The Best of the East Bay, Oakland/Berkeley
Collected by AFAR Traveler , AFAR Contributor
What's over across the Bay, you ask? Come and find the funky shops, pioneering farm-to-table restaurants, public land, and a sense of where most of those people walking around San Francisco live. The East Bay cities of Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda, and Emeryville have vibes of their own.
Old Oakland, Oakland, CA 94607, USA
Even if Oakland isn't your hometown you'll find cool stuff in this shop which celebrates this East Bay city with tees & hoodies, jewelry, gifts and artwork from local artists! Come out and feel Oakland pride & support local artists. Hella Tight!
1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612, USA
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...
Lakeside, Oakland, CA, USA
10,000 Steps, a historic walking tour created in 2006, explores downtown Oakland’s historic parks. These parks—Jefferson Square, Lafayette Square, Madison Square, and Lincoln Square – each occupy only one city block. Walking this "Invisible City"...
1007 Clay St, Oakland, CA 94607, USA
I'm not typically a fan of food that takes too much work to eat. Lobster, for instance. Rarely worth all that cracking. But assembling the banh hoi at Le Cheval is fun. And the result is delicious. Soak the dry rice paper in hot water to soften it...
817 Washington St, Oakland, CA 94607, USA
On a lazy Saturday morning head to Caffe 817 in Old Oakland (downtown) for a breakfast of poached eggs, olive tapenade and toasted levain. Add a latte bowl or cappuccino for the perfect start to your day! After breakfast explore the neighborhood...
471B 9th St, Oakland, CA 94607, USA
Near the corner of 9th & Broadway, Marion & Rose's Workshop, in the Old Oakland neighborhood, is fun place for unique gifts for friends or for yourself! Lots of small artwork, children's clothing & toys, housewares, Blue Chair jams, jewelry & LOTS...
Oakland, CA, USA
Old Oakland--the historic district west of Broadway and north of the port--is defined by its Victorian architecture and panoply of new hangouts, like the District Oakland wine and whiskey bar, pictured, cheek by jowl with longstanding institutions...
1900 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612, USA
Restaurateurs Dona Savitsky and Thomas Schnetz, known for their upscale Mexican Restaurante Doña Tomás in the Temescal neighborhood, expanded their mini empire with high-end California cuisine an cocktails at Flora. They took over the corner of...
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...
2025 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612, USA
Architect Timothy Pflueger completed the Paramount in 1931, and the theater became an instant landmark among Depression-era movie palaces. After decades of neglect, it was restored in 1973, and although it's taken more than 30 years for the rest...
2300 Webster St, Oakland, CA 94612, USA
In addition to fantastic and relatively cheap food, this is where you'll find the best backstory of any restaurant in Oakland. In 2011, James Syhabout, Oakland's only Michelin-starred chef (for his Commis, on Piedmont Avenue, which is Oakland's...
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.
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...
1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709, USA
When my friends came to visit from abroad this was the first place I had to take them. Bay Area locals can't get enough of this co-op run, cheap, gourmet pizza! This particular pizza was a delicious combo of gruyere cheese, cilantro, garlic, corn...
3800 Main St, Alameda, CA 94501, USA
The Alameda Antiques experience is such a cool way to spend the morning of your first Sunday of any month on the calendar year. It's the largest show in Northern California and it has over 800 dealer booths that are selling items at least 20 years...
5655 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618, USA
Oliveto, Oakland's best fine-dining Italian restaurant, is the corner anchor of an upscale shopping compound that includes artisan coffee, a bakery, fish and produce markets, butcher, pasta-cheese-charcuterie shop, wine merchant, and flower stand....
900 Murray St, Berkeley, CA 94710, USA
Walking into Urban Ore for the first time is an assault on the senses. To each their own on any treasure hunt here, in the space that just keeps on going. Row after row, drawer after shelf, the amount of discarded items (spared from landfills)...
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...
Oakland, CA 94611, USA
Looking for a great afternoon or evening hike, high above the clouds of the East Bay? Need a few good labyrinths and a volcano to make it desirable? It so happens, I've found your place. Located on the border of Oakland and Contra Costa, the...
2109 Cedar St, Berkeley, CA 94709, USA
This has become my go-to plan for friends visiting the area. It includes fine French takeout dining from Gregoire's on Cedar and Shattuck, and a one mile walk up to the best local sunset view you'll ever find (smack dab in the middle of a Berkeley...
1517 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709, USA
Alice Waters, the mother of the slow food movement and The Gourmet Ghetto on Shattuck in Berkeley has recently celebrated her 40th anniversary of her restaurant Chez Panisse. The ingredients are local with a French influence and well worth the...
5000 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611, USA
Designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Oakland's Mountain View Cemetery, completed in 1863 is the final resting place for some of California's most famous residents including Charles Crocker, Bernard Maybeck, Anna Head,...
1200 Euclid Ave, Berkeley, CA 94708, USA
This city-owned park in Berkeley will steal your heart, even before you find the stone slide! While I was exploring the park for the first time, I'd already been wowed by the little league park of my dreams, the magical Redwood trail running...
2501 Grizzly Peak Boulevard, Orinda, CA 94563, USA
This is my favorite 30-35 mile ride in the East Bay, and spring and fall are the times to see the colors really pop. Make your way up and out of Berkeley on Spruce and head straight on Wildcat Canyon to enter the majestic Tilden park, when you hit...
2390 Fourth St, Berkeley, CA 94710, USA
The original street food, chaat means to lick and is common all over India. Vik's on 4th Street in Berkeley probably serves the best chaat in the Unites States. It is a no muss no fuss restaurant, a warehouse actually. Served in paper airline...
200 Centennial Dr, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
I had heard that the botanical garden at UC Berkeley in Berkeley, California, was worth visiting, but I didn't expect it to be so beautiful. Set among the hills that rise above the city, the botanical garden seems to go on and on, one beautiful...
1836 Fourth St, Berkeley, CA 94710, USA
Berkeley's 4th Street shopping area offers 3 blocks of unique shops and restaurants. Some of my favorite spots are The Gardener for gardening accesories and housewares, Nest for beautiful gift items and linens, and Bette's Oceanview Diner for...
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