The other city by the Bay, Oakland is a diverse metropolis teeming with entertainment, arts, and culinary opportunities. The once overlooked East Bay is quickly establishing itself as a hip new hot spot among creative types and those in the know.
Pack a picnic and take a trip to Lake Temescal for an afternoon of sunbathing, game playing, and duck watching. Beautiful hikes, like the surprisingly scenic Mountain View Cemetery or epic Redwood Regional Park, are additional ways to enjoy the great outdoors. For an urban adventure, head to the quaint artisanal shops at Temescal Alley or take a tour of the Blue Bottle Coffeefactory.
Oakland has dining options to satisfy all cravings. Head to Chinatown for dim sum or try more adventurous options at the city’s popular food trucks and ethnic eateries. After dinner, catch a live show at the Fox Theater or see stand-up at the New Parish. Keep the party going with a handcrafted cocktail at one of the city’s popular dive bars or cocktail lounges.