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From art to recreation, Oakland is home to a variety of interesting attractions. Surrounding the city, nature lovers will love outdoor spots like Tilden and Redwood Regional Parks for hiking, biking, and daydreaming. In the heart of the city, you can find plenty of entertainment options including the Oakland Museum of California, Lake Merritt, Old Oakland, and much more.
Oakland Restaurants & Nightlife
Oakland’s dining scene is constantly changing, but always delicious. Each neighborhood boasts a solid representation of premier eateries. In West Oakland, you can find some of the best bakeries. In Gaskill, you can find some amazing soul food. Oakland’s Chinatown might be the only neighborhood that can compete with San Francisco’s Chinatown in terms of cuisine. And of course, everywhere you turn in this city you’ll be able to find some of the best seafood. Oakland also offers all kinds of nightlife venues from jazz lounges and beer gardens to lively dance clubs and dive bars. Downtown and Uptown are two of Oakland’s main neighborhoods for activity, while Temescal and Rockridge offer more quiet retreats. Along Telegraph Avenue there’s a wide selection of lounges and happy hours like Somar Bar and Club Stork. The south side of Oakland is also great for different food and drink combos such as Yoshi’s, which is a snazzy jazz nightclub with great eats.
With murals and local artists littering the streets of Oakland, it's clear to see the city has a distinct culture. Downtown and Jack London Square are the best neighborhoods where you can find Oakland’s thriving local art scene with various galleries and special exhibits. Some of the larger music venues within the city include Oracle Arena, Paramount Theater, and Fox Theater, which regularly rotate new and old artists. You can also find more intimate venues such as The Sound Room towards the northern side of the city.