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Best things to do in Oakland

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Park
“Redwood Regional Park is a part of the East Bay Regional Parks District (EBRPD) in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is located in the hills east of Oakland. The park contains the largest remaining natural stand of coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) found in the East Bay. The park is part of a historical belt of coast redwood extending south to Leona Canyon Regional Open Space Preserve and east to Moraga.”
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Park
“Visit The Town (Oakland) with a walk around Lake Merritt (5k). Amazing views, stop by the Oakland Museum, Fairyland or Botanical Garden (free). Lots of local shops and restaurants all around. Take Bart and exit at Lake Merritt Station.”
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Museum
“OMCa has fantastic special exhibitions as well as a pretty interesting local interest collection. On Friday nights the galleries are open late and the are food trucks and entertainment/dancing happening until 9!”
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University
“Hit up Cal with all it's food, music, and college to get the full experience!”
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Movie Theater
“Beautifully restored theatre with a live organ player introducing your film on Friday and Saturday nights.”
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Cheese Shop
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“Cheese Board: Co-op with cheese store and ONE type of cheese pizza per day. The line can be very long, but with only one pizza type the line moves fast.”
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Music Venue
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“Get tickets to the concert or just hang out at the bar and watch the scene.”
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New American Restaurant
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“ This is the famous Alice Waters, fancy, farm-to-table restaurant. If you're a foodie, you might need to check it off your list. ”
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Burmese Restaurant
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“SF has a lot of good Burmese food, not exactly sure why, but this is one of the best. ”
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Pizza Place
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“Wonderful Italian food. This isn't just pizza, it's a gorgeous atmosphere and the menu changes daily according to what's fresh at the farmer's market.”
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Pizza Place
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“Delicious thin crust pizza with other great options. You can either have dinner in the front, or hang out at the bar in the back. I believe they're also open for brunch. ”
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Bakery
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“This bakery is worker-owned, and they make great pastries, salads, soup and pizza!”
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Farmers Market
“Head over to Splash Pad Park to pick up fruits and vegetables 9-2pm, every Saturday.”
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Bakery
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“More than a bakery—there friend chicken cabbage sandwich is legend. If you're lucky you'll get a free cookie while you wait in line. All Ages. Breakfast-lunch spot.”
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Plaza
“An interesting destination on the waterfront in Oakland. Kayak rentals, bowling, Bocci ball, dining and more.”
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Shopping Mall
“Great East Bay shopping and restaurants. Some truly unique stores, including some outlets with great deals. Nice outdoor hang. ”
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