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Figuring out what Oakland's like through what you read and hear can be tough. These connective experiences show another side of what makes this city shine.
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475 25th St, Oakland, CA 94612, USA
On the first Friday evening of every month, Art Murmur takes over the streets and galleries of downtown Oakland, from Old Oakland to Uptown. The epicenter is 25th Street, between Telegraph Avenue and Broadway, where this bubble man, viewed from...
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1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612, USA
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From 1928, when it opened as the West Coast Oakland theater (planned original name: The Bagdad), until it slid toward "final" closure in 1970, the Fox Theater was one of downtown Oakland's two classic movie palaces (See the Paramount Theatre as...
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1909 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606, USA
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Packed into this Vietnamese sandwich, or bánh mì (bAHn-me), are spiced, crushed pork meatballs and a runny fried egg that gushes at first bite. A slather of pâté and mayonnaise melts into the fresh-toasted french loaf...and to top this classic...
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Peralta Hacienda, Oakland, CA 94601, USA
A 15-minute drive up into the hills above Oakland's Fruitvale district, Redwood Regional Park is my go-to spot for a quick hit of real NorCal nature. An easy walk leads you along a creek beneath big, beautiful trees. The air is clean, the...
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1000 Oak St, Oakland, CA 94607, USA
Good to know that there is a museum dedicated to educating the community and supporting art in Oakland. Take a nice bike ride around lake Merritt before viewing the current exhibit or have a refreshing greyhound at Room 389.
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3308 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610, USA
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Boot and Shoe Service is the spinoff restaurant to Pizzaiolo, which has been my favorite spot in Oakland since it opened in 2006. Boot and Shoe, its slightly more casual little sister, serves the same pizza--a blistery and crisp crust topped with...
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3935, 460 8th St, Oakland, CA 94607, USA
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Located in historical part of oakland and close to the metro, Trappist is considered one of the best bars in the country to get Belgian style beers. Lets just say if you are a beer lover, making a pilgrimage to this place is a must. They also...
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Lakeside, Oakland, CA, USA
Is it ironic that this view of the downtown storefont Oaksterdam Museum included the Kaiser Permanente tower? Kaiser runs a vast medical plan; Oaksterdam is ground zero for the medical marijuana movement. The cannibas museum (which includes a...
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558 Bellevue Ave, Oakland, CA 94610, USA
Looking a place to run while you're in Oakland? Lake Merritt offers a 3.4-mile circumference that takes you past downtown, through Lakeside Park, past the historic Grand Lake Theater, and along Lakeshore Avenue. If you need a challenge, jog up the...
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Oakland, CA 94611, USA
No matter where you live in Oakland, or where you're staying when you visit, you can find a farmers' market nearby: on Fridays in Old Oakland, East Oakland, and at Kaiser Hospital; on Saturdays in Grand Lake (near Lake Merritt); and on Sundays in...
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333 Lancaster St, Oakland, CA 94601, USA
Come late January, you can find your “Set of Drifters” en route to the Bay Area. Though the weather this time of year leaves a lot to be desired, the quick visit is one of our favorite traditions, and perhaps, it can be one of yours as well. Our...
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Jack London Square, 409 Water Street, Oakland, CA 94607, USA
Casual wanderers can pack a lunch and sunscreen and spend the day on the water where limbo catches them in neither the Bay or the Pacific. The safe and sometimes sound Oakland Estuary, which separates Alameda from Oakland, will by kayak or canoe...