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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Bakery
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“Local favorite spot for specialty bakery that offers delicious gourmet pizza! Tips: Be sure to look them up online to see what their daily pizza is! ”
  • 137 locals recommend
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. ”
  • 136 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
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“ September 25- October 25 Oakland Sweet Spirit & Beyond Food Tour Just in time for the spooky season, the Oakland Sweet Spirit & Beyond Tour is an adventure filled with cupcakes, cocktails, and a guided walk through two cemeteries. This tour is not your typical Oakland ghost tour. This 90-minute cemetery tour highlights some of Piedmont Avenue's hidden gems including the final resting places of the Bay Area's most famous and infamous residents. Whether you're interested in the "boos" or the booze, this is a must-go event for all guests 21 and over during the Halloween season in Oakland. Screaming for more information? Click the button below. Cupcakes, Cocktails & Cemeteries Oakland Cocktail Week Continues September 20-29 If you missed the first few days of Oakland Cocktail Week, you still have time to enjoy drinks! From now until Septemeber 29th you can still enjoy some of the special events and visit over 50 participating bars who are crafting special drinks just for the week. You won't want to miss out on the last few days of sipping cocktails. Why limit happy to just one hour? Shakewell's Jen Biesty is the New "Chopped" Champion Co-owner of Shakewell, Jen Biesty, can now add "Chopped" champion to her already impressive resume. She won the September 17 episode of Food Network's "Chopped" with the theme titled, "Weird, Wacky, and Wild!," where contestants competed to prove their culinary skills with outrageous ingredients. This makes the second win from an Oakland chef on "Chopped," but who's counting? Check out Shakewell Àl la carte Events September 28, 1-5pm: East Bay Reginal Park District Presents: FAM Fest! September 28, 1-11pm: Town Love Fest 2019 October 11, 6-9pm: Adult Hike & Sip @ Chabot Space & Science Center October 12, 12-5pm: Biergarten at the Lake Entrée Events September 27, October 4 & 11, 5-9pm: Friday Nights at OMCA September 28, October 12 & 19, 3-5pm: Grand Lake Cultural Cuisine Food Tour Septemeber 28, October 5, 12 & 19, 9am-2pm: Grand Lake Farmers Market September 29, October 6 & 20, 3-5pm: Blues + Music, Blue Water- Sunday on the ay USS Potomac September 29, October 6, 13 & 20, 10am-3pm: Jack London Square Farmer’s Market October 4, 5-9pm: Oakland First Fridays October 4, 6-10pm: Batchmade Market October 5 & 6, 12 & 13, 19 & 20, 4-5:30pm: Oakland Sweets Spirit & The Beyond Food Tour Show us how you love Oakland! Tag us in all of your photos and videos to be featured! Follow us on our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube pages to be in the know about all things Oakland. ”
  • 42 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Some of the best pizza around. Try the deep dish cornmeal crust! Also, delicious gluten free crust.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Bar
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“Fun local bar where people post up to sing karaoke with a live piano. I believe this place is only cash, FYI! ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Cafe
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“Sunday Night Salsa with a live DJ. Depending on the time you arrive and the crowd, entry can range from free to $15. There is no coat check, so I strongly recommend not bringing any valuables.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Dive Bar
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“This is a hip place with pool, pinball, Ms. Pacman, and a nice outdoor seating area in the back. Cheap beer and drinks.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Berkeley-born chain featuring signature coffee, tea and blended drinks alongside baked goods. Big open space with local art.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Bookstore
“This surprisingly voluminous bookstore has thrived for more than 40 years. That's partly because the staff prides itself on really knowing its stock and being the original recommendation engine before Amazon ever existed. Located on Grand Avenue and surrounded by a variety of restaurants, you'll often find customers waiting for their tables browsing the aisles. The kid's section has a handmade feel and the rare book room is gorgeous and full of first editions and other treasures.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Wine Bar
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“quaint wine spot to sit outside during the day or early evening and take in the local scene”
  • 23 locals recommend
Café
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“Everything you need: Peet's coffee, Noah's bagels, Walgreens, CVS, restaurants, etc”
  • 25 locals recommend
Café
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“If you like rolling out of bed and wandering to someplace for a nice hot breakfast, this is the place. Their crepes are heaping portions and super tasty. Great for lunch as well. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Japanese Restaurant
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“Popular Japanese eatery serving classic and creative sushi rolls, traditional entrees and bento boxes.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Pharmacy
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“In case you require prescriptions to be filled, medical or beauty supplies, there is a Walgreens next to the Trader Joe's. Again, all within walking distance so a car is not required.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Lounge
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“Great cocktails and friendly staff, small outside area in back. Dog friendly. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Grocery Store
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“Convenient location with good variety of food at a reasonable price. Walkable on a pleasant day.”
  • 125 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bakery
“Local favorite spot for specialty bakery that offers delicious gourmet pizza! Tips: Be sure to look them up online to see what their daily pizza is! ”
  • 137 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“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. ”
  • 136 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
“ September 25- October 25 Oakland Sweet Spirit & Beyond Food Tour Just in time for the spooky season, the Oakland Sweet Spirit & Beyond Tour is an adventure filled with cupcakes, cocktails, and a guided walk through two cemeteries. This tour is not your typical Oakland ghost tour. This 90-minute cemetery tour highlights some of Piedmont Avenue's hidden gems including the final resting places of the Bay Area's most famous and infamous residents. Whether you're interested in the "boos" or the booze, this is a must-go event for all guests 21 and over during the Halloween season in Oakland. Screaming for more information? Click the button below. Cupcakes, Cocktails & Cemeteries Oakland Cocktail Week Continues September 20-29 If you missed the first few days of Oakland Cocktail Week, you still have time to enjoy drinks! From now until Septemeber 29th you can still enjoy some of the special events and visit over 50 participating bars who are crafting special drinks just for the week. You won't want to miss out on the last few days of sipping cocktails. Why limit happy to just one hour? Shakewell's Jen Biesty is the New "Chopped" Champion Co-owner of Shakewell, Jen Biesty, can now add "Chopped" champion to her already impressive resume. She won the September 17 episode of Food Network's "Chopped" with the theme titled, "Weird, Wacky, and Wild!," where contestants competed to prove their culinary skills with outrageous ingredients. This makes the second win from an Oakland chef on "Chopped," but who's counting? Check out Shakewell Àl la carte Events September 28, 1-5pm: East Bay Reginal Park District Presents: FAM Fest! September 28, 1-11pm: Town Love Fest 2019 October 11, 6-9pm: Adult Hike & Sip @ Chabot Space & Science Center October 12, 12-5pm: Biergarten at the Lake Entrée Events September 27, October 4 & 11, 5-9pm: Friday Nights at OMCA September 28, October 12 & 19, 3-5pm: Grand Lake Cultural Cuisine Food Tour Septemeber 28, October 5, 12 & 19, 9am-2pm: Grand Lake Farmers Market September 29, October 6 & 20, 3-5pm: Blues + Music, Blue Water- Sunday on the ay USS Potomac September 29, October 6, 13 & 20, 10am-3pm: Jack London Square Farmer’s Market October 4, 5-9pm: Oakland First Fridays October 4, 6-10pm: Batchmade Market October 5 & 6, 12 & 13, 19 & 20, 4-5:30pm: Oakland Sweets Spirit & The Beyond Food Tour Show us how you love Oakland! Tag us in all of your photos and videos to be featured! Follow us on our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube pages to be in the know about all things Oakland. ”
  • 42 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Some of the best pizza around. Try the deep dish cornmeal crust! Also, delicious gluten free crust.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Bar
“Fun local bar where people post up to sing karaoke with a live piano. I believe this place is only cash, FYI! ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Cafe
“Sunday Night Salsa with a live DJ. Depending on the time you arrive and the crowd, entry can range from free to $15. There is no coat check, so I strongly recommend not bringing any valuables.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Café
“If you like rolling out of bed and wandering to someplace for a nice hot breakfast, this is the place. Their crepes are heaping portions and super tasty. Great for lunch as well. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Japanese Restaurant
“Popular Japanese eatery serving classic and creative sushi rolls, traditional entrees and bento boxes.”
  • 19 locals recommend

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