Top things to do in Oakland

Top Choice Mexican in Oakland

Taqueria El Paisa@.com

Yes that is the name of this place, and no, we don't know how to say it out loud (a lot of locals just call it 'El Paisa'). Honestly, we would call this taco joint whatever it wants to be named, because the tacos ar…
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 Ice Cream in Oakland

Fentons

If you have children, or love ice cream, you owe it to yourself to stop by this institution. The range of ice cream flavors is encyclopedic in range, stretching from banana nut to green tea, and the scoops are more …
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 a two Michelin star award-winning team pi…
Top Choice Jewish in Oakland

Beauty's Bagel Shop

Few breakfasts can match the sheer perfection of a good bagel loaded with cream cheese, salmon, tomatoes and capers, the version at Beauty's is, well, a beauty. All of its bagels are excellent, as are other Jewish s…
Top Choice Antiques in Oakland

Zentner Collection

The Zenter has been called the Bay Area's 'other Asian art museum,' and while that designation is tongue in cheek, it's not entirely inaccurate either. You'll see what we mean if you peruse this vast collection of A…
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 Bar in Oakland

Cafe Van Kleef

Order a greyhound (with freshly squeezed grapefruit juice) and take a gander at the profusion of antique musical instruments, fake taxidermy heads, sprawling formal chandeliers and bizarro ephemera clinging to every…
Top Choice Cafe in Oakland

Blue Bottle Coffee Company

This Blue Bottle 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 with a …