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Top Choice Museum in Oakland

Chabot Space & Science Center

Stargazers will go gaga over this kid-oriented science and technology center in the Oakland Hills with loads of exhibits on subjects such as space travel and eclipses, as well as cool planetarium shows. When the wea…
Top Choice Californian in Oakland

Commis

The East Bay's only Michelin-starred restaurant, the signless and discreet dining room counts a minimalist decor and some coveted counter real estate where patrons can watch chef James Syhabout and his team piece to…
Top Choice Basketball in Oakland

Golden State Warriors

If it’s hoops you must have, then it’s the Warriors for you. Originally from Philadelphia, this team moved across the bay from San Francisco in 1971. Today they play at Oracle Arena (next to the Coliseum). The Warri…
Top Choice Theater in Oakland

Fox Theater

A phoenix arisen from the urban ashes, this restored 1928 art-deco stunner adds dazzle and neon lights to Telegraph Ave, where it's a cornerstone of the happening Uptown theater and nightlife district. Once a movie …
Top Choice Market in Oakland

Oakland–Grand Lake Farmers Market

A rival to San Francisco's Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, this bountiful weekly market hauls in bushels of fresh fruit, vegetables, seafood, ranched meats, artisanal cheese and baked goods from as far away as Marin Cou…
Top Choice Cafe in Oakland

Blue Bottle Coffee Company

Java gourmands queue at Blue Bottle's original warehouse location for single-origin espressos and what some consider the Bay Area's best coffee. Single-origin beans are roasted on-site; reserve ahead online for coff…
Top Choice Cafe in Oakland

Blue Bottle Coffee Company

Blue Bottle's roomier cafe is inside the beautiful WC Morse Building, a 1920s truck showroom. Communal tables, lofty ceilings and minimalist white decor invite sipping a Gibraltar – similar to a cortado (espresso wi…
Square in Oakland

Jack London Square

The area where writer and adventurer Jack London once raised hell now bears his name. The pretty waterfront location is worth a stroll, especially when the Sunday farmers market takes over, or get off your feet and …
Lake in Oakland

Lake Merritt

An urban respite, Lake Merritt is a popular place to stroll or go running (a 3.5-mile paved path circles the lake), with bonsai and botanical gardens, a children's amusement park, bird sanctuary, boathouse and gondo…
American in Oakland

Homeroom

Mac 'n' cheese, the ultimate in American comfort food, gets a long-overdue ovation at this quirky restaurant with a primary-school theme. A menu of whimsical options – including 'Mac the Goat' with chevre, Greek-sty…