Spend a Weekend in Oakland
When you're ready to travel again, make plans to visit Oakland. Oakland is located less than 10 miles from downtown San Francisco across the Bay Bridge, and is home to a community that speaks over 125 languages, many vibrant neighborhoods, Michelin-star restaurants, the Black Panther party, a redwood forest, 19 miles of coastline, and so much more. If you’re ready to discover different sights, explore a new city, sample new foods, pack your bags and we’ll see you in Oakland.
How to Travel Safely
Whether you're coming from near or far, it's best to follow the new rules of travel safety. Protect yourself by wearing a mask, maintaining social distancing, and practicing good hygiene. And for good measure here's a COVID-Safe packing list:
- Hand Sanitizer
- Water Bottle
- Phone Charger
- Adventurous Spirit
Book Your Hotel
Oakland hotels abide by new guidelines and procedures to ensure your safety, health, and peace of mind during your stay. From waterfront views, airport convenience, and iconic landmark properties, find a hotel that works for you.
Day 1 / Friday
The Many Flavors of Fruitvale
Refuel from your trip over as you explore more of the vibrant Fruitvale neighborhood, home to some of the Town’s tastiest treasures. Enjoy eating outside at taco trucks like Taqueria Sinaloa and Guadalajara. Finish the meal off with a refreshing mangonada from Nieves Cinco de Mayo. Or, Transport yourself to Cambodia’s Golden Era at restaurants like Bib Gourmand and Nyum Bai, or indulge in Phnom Penh street food like Mee Kola cold noodle dish and Prahok ktis and Rice.
Day 2 / Saturday
Indulge in the Town's Art Scene
Jump-start your morning at Oakland’s Black-owned coffee roaster Red Bay Coffee in Fruitvale. Enjoy a charcoal latte or iced coffee as you stroll down Jingletown’s Rue De Merde, a wall of diverse and colorful murals and intricate mosaics, showcasing the passion and talent of the neighborhood’s artist community.
Colorful, Tasty Chinatown
Continue your mural tour in Oakland’s Chinatown, and find the fiercest dragon murals by Three Thirty Three Arts. Explore more Oakland street murals, and maybe even grab some dim sum from 名味閣 Ming's Tasty Restaurant or fortune cookies from 金門餅廠 Fortune Cookie Factory to snack on the go!
American Classics, Oakland-Style
Head to Temescal for a warm good-feel meal at Homeroom. Step your Kraft game up with their endless ways to eat mac n cheese, and then take a short trip over to Fenton’s Creamery in Piedmont for a large scoop of old-fashioned homemade Rocky Road ice cream. Did you know Rocky Road was invented in Oakland?!
Catch the Sunset
Where can you find the best view of San Francisco in the entire Bay Area? Oakland, of course. Whether you’re tucked in the hills or close up near the water, the views are truly stunning. Explore the best places to catch the sunset in Oakland.
Day 3 / Sunday
A Big Breakfast and a Lake View
Sunday mornings are for home-cooked meals, and the chicken and waffles from Chef Tanya Holland’s Brown Sugar Kitchen is home cooking at its finest. Grab your food to-go, and head over to Lake Merritt and spend the day exploring. Walk, jog, paddle, and gondola, and detour to places like Children’s Fairyland, a storybook theme park that inspired THE theme park giant—Disneyland, the Kaiser Rooftop Garden, or the Cathedral of Christ the Light, an Oakland architectural great.
Looking for a lakeside guide? The audio historic tour, “Once Upon A Time, Happily Ever After,” can be downloaded online, and starts at the Rotary Nature Center. Thirsty after all that touring? Grab lunch and happy hour brews on the patio at Portal, or sip on a margarita and enjoy your meal lakeside at Lake Chalet.
Take a (historically dope) Tour
Take a walking tour through the Black Panther Party's historic legacy. From the Black Panther Headquarters to DeFremery Park to the Oakland Community School, you can visit the locations that shaped Oakland, the county, and the world. At the end, stop by It's All Good Bakery (which also has historic significance!) for something yummy.
Enjoy the Great Outdoors
We've never been more eager to get outside. Oakland's famous Lake Merritt is a genuine urban oasis where you can walk, job, and paddle (or just take a break and people-watch). Looking to get off the beaten path? Head east to the Dimond District and connect with nature along the the Sausal Creek Trail in Dimond Park. You’ll spot redwoods, oaks, buckeye and other native California plants. Ferns and wild blackberries grow here, too! After all this adventuring, you won't feel so guilty about that breakfast.