This is by no means an exhaustive list of
what's available in Oakland, but people places and
things we like. Point out something to us and if
we like it, we might add it too!
- Trio Bistro
- Well, the link is actually to a rave review and not to their home page. Trio
is by far our favorite Oakland eatery. A great place to relax and enjoy
- Tomate Cafe
- Technically in Berkeley, this little cafe serves up some great breakfasts. And
if you are still around for lunch, stop by Viks Chaat house around the corner.
- Mama's Royal Cafe
- Great breakfast fare in a simple diner. Check out the great artwork on the
walls around the tables.
- The Purple Plum
- A 'California Soul Food Kitchen' in the Glenview district. And not only is it
a great place to have dinner, you can get it to go if you aren't feeling very
- Have a craving for some good Mexican food? Don't be detered if there is a line out the
door, there often is but the speedy service usually takes care of it in a couple of minutes.
- Royal Coffee
- In addition to the cafe, Royal Coffee is the
premier coffee importer. The serve their own
coffee in the cafe and you can nip down to nearby La Farine if you can't find just the
right pastry for breakfast.
- Peet's Coffee & Tea
- There may only be 80 or so Peet's in the world, but a majority of them are
right here in the Bay Area, home to the first store started by Alfred Peet.
(And early customer of Royal Coffee)
- A true city cafe, in addition to the coffee and breakfast treats they
offer Wireless Internet access, art on the walls, are open late into
the night, and serve Mexican Hot Chocolate.
- East Bay Parks
- One of the largest park systems in the state, you can
walk from Richmond to Hayward without leaving a park.
- Friends of Sausal Creek
- A community group working to improve the Sausal Creek watershed. There
are great places to hike, or you can pitch in and weed or plant.
- Lake Merritt Rowing Club
- Learn how to scull or sweep and join one of the several competitive
racing teams which call Lake Merritt home.
- The Oakland Zoo
- Tucked away in the hills, many people don't even know it's there.
- Guided Walking Tours
- Free 90 minute guided walking tours through various Oakland neighborhoods and points of interest.
- Kennith Pitts' Martial Arts
- A friendly neighborhood place to learn Capoeira, Judo, Taekwondo and others, right
down on Lakeshore Ave. Classes for kids and adults.
- A group dedicated to promoting and documenting the culture of 'Our Town'.
Learn about Oakland history and culture, and catch some of the events
put on or promoted by the Nonchalance folks.
- Oakland Museum of California
- Local history, natural history, and art museum rolled into one. Check
out their events calendar too for things like their fabulous Dia De Los Muertos
- Chabot Space & Science Center
- A quick climb into the hills gives you fabulous views of the bay, but
even better views of the stars. In addition to the telescopes, they have
movies, classes and other events.
- Earthquake Central
- Where is the nearest fault? Probably right through your backyard!
- Grand Lake Theater
- True Oakland spirit drives this fabulous neighborhood theater, and you
up on your politics too.
- Parkway Theater
- Ever want more than just popcorn at the theater? Well how about a pizza?
Beer? A Salad? A couch? Two wacky guys who insist on rambling on about
the schedule before each movie?
- A great place for jazz, right down at Jack London Square.
- Oakland Library - History of Oakland
- The Oakland Library has a great history room and their list of history
links on this page is very comprehensive.
- City of Oakland - History Timeline
- A concise timeline of the events leading up to modern day Oakland.
- Oakland History.com
- A whole site dedicated to Oakland history. Plenty of info and images.