Even-though Oakland has been nicknamed as ‘Brooklyn by the Bay,’ still, Oakland is an incomparable California’s original – unique, cultured and inventive as always. Quite often Oakland is overshadowed by San Francisco, but recently the city has become a hotspot all on its own, including the artists, chefs, fashion designers and DIY entrepreneurs walking down the streets, tells a whole different tale about the city.
Are you ready to escape San Francisco’s chilly fog? Cross the bay-bridge and discover the top spots to eat, drink, shop and have fun in Oakland.
Vivid Urban Art Scene:
As long as the tech-invasion of San Francisco continues, a lot of the Bay region’s creative, cutting-edge kinds have emigrated in order to join the Oakland’s arts scene. The midpoint of all the action and the best place to begin your urban exploration is considered to be the Uptown, that’s where vibrant contemporary art spills onto the streets of the city on the first Friday of every month throughout the year. Uptown’s main artery, the well-known Telegraph Avenue, rife with food trucks, artistic vendors and famous live bands, whilst nearby galleries like Vessel hosts the social Art Murmur events. You must not miss visiting the Great Wall of Oakland, it is a giant 10,000-sq-ft video projection on the side of a building in uptown, displaying new works by the artists as well as the consciousness-raising community programming.
Drinking & After-Dark Adventures:
Nothing represents the taste of the new Oakland than the Blue Bottle Coffee Co. It is overshadowed among the various other market warehouses nearby Jack London Square, but this famous nationally revered coffee roaster is obsessed with crafting the perfect coffee cup. You should visit on a Saturday-afternoon for some coffee tasting and some insights into the single-origin beans and the secret roasting and brewing processes.
When it comes to cocktails, I believe there is no place in the US which serves as much the diverse qualities of cocktails as in Oakland, after all this is where the beloved “Mai Tai” was first invented. If you have never tried Mai Tai, you can order yours with a small-paper umbrella at North Oakland’s Kona Club. In order to experience the fashionable hand-crafted spirits, you should make a beeline to the buzzing cocktail bars of the Uptown.
After dark in Oakland, city’s glittering restored art deco theaters light up the streets with landmark neon signs. The beloved Fox Theater stages indie music concerts, whilst the Paramount Theatre, home to the Oakland’s symphony as well as ballet, screens neoclassical films and some serenades movie-goers with a historic Wurlitzer organ. And over at the New Parkway Theater, stretch on a comfy sofa and drink the finest-beer, meanwhile you watch the second-run flicks and some cult movies, or you could meet locals at trivia, bingo, and open-mic for some ‘nerd’ night.
Oakland, The glittering city overshadowed by the San Francisco has recently become a hotspot of its own. Cross the Bay-bridge in order to experience the diverse and incentive arts theatres, Food spots and some quite delicious beverages, also get a chance to have the well-known Mai Tai cocktail in the city in which it was invented.