A Day in Oakland
I quickly lost count of the amount of San Franciscans who have told me that they have never been to Oakland – “it’s too far,” “there’s so much to do here in the city,” and “I wouldn’t even know what to do” remain top concerns. So, I decided to create an ideal Saturday in Oakland.
11:00 AM – Head to the Grand Lake Farmer’s Market for breakfast after a walk around Lake Merritt. With over 40 local farmers every week, this is the spot to be in Oakland on a Saturday morning. In addition to food and coffee, there are jewelry stands, flowers stalls, and live music.
1:00 PM – Make your way to the Redwood Regional Park for a leisurely hike among California’s tallest trees. The best thing about this park is that there is an option for everyone – you can walk flat along the Stream Trail, or work your way to the West Ridge Trail for a harder workout.
3:00 PM – Time to relax! Temescal Avenue is my go-to for a lazy Oakland afternoon. Grab a delicious Cuban lunch at Cholita Linda, shop around the Temescal Alleys, and then head to Temescal Brewing for a sunshine-soaked beer. Don’t forget to stop by the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse, which is the perfect place to pick up a used book or some crafts for a new arts project.
7:30 PM – There will always be something to eat, regardless of what you’re in the mood for. Craving pizza and wine? Boot and Shoe Service on Lakeshore does just the trick. Want to experience a bit of Oakland’s Chinatown? Head to Shandong for some quality dumplings and handmade noodles. Duende, situated in the heart of downtown, serves delicious modern-Spanish food.