6334 San Pablo Avenue Oakland, CA 94608 +1 510 653 8386
Actual Cafe, in North Oakland right next to Berkeley, is a cafe with a laid back and relaxed atmosphere. Actual is a true proponent of community, using ingredients from local sources and even declaring the cafe a laptop free zone on weekends. Actual features all kinds of coffee drinks, including the ever popular Cubano con Leche, as well as cool drinks like spritzers, flavored lemonades and even ice cream sodas. As for food, Actual serves a selection of simple breakfast and lunch sandwiches, salads, empanadas, brunch dishes like waffles, and various different ice cream concoctions. Actual is an Oakland favorite, and after one visit you will see why.
5655 College Avenue Rockridge Market Hall Oakland, CA 94618 +1 510 653 0450
Coffee lovers in North Oakland adore this place. The coffee beans are hand-roasted in small batches and shipped the same day to assure the ultimate in flavor. You will find 14 different blends to take home. The tea is also quite good. Try black, green and decaffeinated blends formulated season to season. Unique flavors include Assam Fancy, Irish Breakfast, Ostfriesen Breakfast, Hibiscus, Bourbon Vanilla, Mango and Gunpowder. Of course, no gourmet coffee shop is complete without fine chocolates and pastries.
5362 College Avenue Oakland, CA 94618 +1 510 601 8818
Spend some time to rediscover ethnic Chinese cuisine at Chu. Mix Chinese noodles and rice with the variety of tasty dishes on the menu and allow the palate to experience the spicy flavor and the tanginess of the sauce. The Ghan Shao Lamb, Sweet & Sour Pork and Smoked Salmon Onion Pan Cake are special favorites. The venue is quaint, decorated with Chinese artifacts. It exudes a warmth and tranquility that soothes the senses and helps one concentrate on the food. For an extra corkage fee, one can bring in bottles of alcohol, though the bar serves a limited selection too.
Encuentro is a modern, comfortable, airy restaurant located near Oakland's historic Jack London Square. The restaurant is entirely vegetarian, with a healthy amount of vegan options as well, so vegetarians will be able to eat to their heart's delight. The contemporary Californian cuisine that uses fresh, quality ingredients features dishes like Sweet Potato "Samositas", BBQ Tempeh Sandwich, and Fig and Chevre Bruschetta, which are so delicious the carnivores out there won't even miss the meat! In addition to all the meat-free fare Encuentro is also a wine bar, so needless to say the wine list features excellent selections, and Encuentro also has a small selection of beers.
2230 Livingston Street Oakland, CA 94606 +1 510 500 1129
Numi Tea Garden is a unique establishment in Oakland. Opened in 2007 as a venue to showcase the artisan and high quality teas of the Numi brand, the garden has become a popular and tranquil retreat from the craziness of every day. The Tea Garden features a stage to showcase live music and perfomances frequently. At the Numi Tea Garden you can sip from a wide variety of White, Green, Black, Oolong and Herbal teas, among many other tea options. They also serve a selection of light nibbles and meals, like various dips, pizzas, cheeses and baked goods.
This unique drinking establishment boasts itself to be a "beer tasting room". Beer Revolution always features somewhere around 15 different artisan brews on tap, as well as an impressive collection of bottled beer, which visitors are welcome to drink in the store or buy to bring home. Pull up a stool to the beer-barrel tables, pop open a cold one, and enjoy the Revolution.
522 Second Street Oakland, CA 94607 +1 510 444 6979
From comedy to live music, Kimball's Carnival has something for everyone. Enjoy great food and drinks while you groove to a list of foot-tapping numbers. Bored is the last thing you would feel here as each night has something different in store for you. Be it karaoke Tuesdays or casual Fridays, this place is an entertainer all the way. If you are on a look-out for a hip place to hang out, look no further, at this place the carnival never ends! Check website for event schedules.
510 Embarcadero West Oakland, CA 94607 +1 510 238 9200
Yoshi's is not just a place where you can catch mind-blowing jazz, but also a sushi bar with an excellent restaurant. Eager music lovers pack the restaurant and the Jazz House on performance nights. It showcases the best talent and boasts of high tech acoustics in the Bay area. A full cocktail menu is available besides sushi, appetizers, salads and desserts. The attire is causal and the atmosphere jazzed up. It has a top-notch restaurant that serves Japanese food, and is open for lunch and dinner.
48 Webster Street Oakland, CA 94607 +1 510 839 6761
This historic pub and upscale bar is full of stories, character, and charm. Once a place Jack London himself would frequent to drink and write, the story is that the famous author borrowed his college entrance fee from the bar's proprietor. The small bar still features a slanted wooden floor and charred walls leftover from the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906, which took its toll elsewhere in the Bay Area, too. Its name derives from the old days when it was the only bar at the port of Oakland. Each day as laborers would take the ferry to San Francisco and back again, this was the first and last chance for the working man to grab a drink. The bar serves only beverages and distributes literature on its history.
100 Washington Street Oakland, CA 94607 +1 510 433 1325
This nine-screen cinema resides in the city's number one waterside attraction named after the famous native author. The theater is a clean and modern facility that shows a variety of new releases and box office hits. Notable neighboring establishments include a long list of great restaurants and independent boutiques. Come catch a flick for the seats are comfortable, the snack bar's well stocked, and parking is convenient. Afterward, take a walk on the boardwalk for great views, fine seafood, and artisan crafted souvenirs. See website for showtimes, online ticketing and more.
Make Westing is located right in the thick of all
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