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The best of Oakland
No trip to the Bay Area is complete without time spent in San Francisco’s sister-city to the east, Oakland. From the vital art scene to the globally-inspired food, there’s a reason all your SF-based friends are suddenly relocating to the East Bay. Storied redwoods, city-wide block parties, waterfront wineries, and mindblowing Oakland restaurants featuring all regions and ethnicities (special shout out to all the great Ethoiopian restaurants in Oakland) are just some of the best things to do in Oakland, California. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.
Oakland is a hotbed of diverse cuisines and cultures, which means the best restaurants in Oakland run the gamut from Montreal bagels and modern Oaxacan fare to Asian fusion and authentic Ethiopian. From the nationally lauded Cambodian cuisine and taco trucks on Fruitvale Avenue to the high-end Italian and tapas on Piedmont Avenue, Oakland is a city where you can travel the world from the dinner table. When you're full, head to Jack London Square to find some of the best waterfront wineries in the Bay Area. RECOMMENDED: The best things to do in Oakland
Peering at each other from across the San Francisco Bay, Oakland and San Francisco eschew the dueling city rivalry for a cozy, sibling-like relationship. San Francisco’s the larger and older of the two with charming cable cars, ornate Victorian houses, and big-name tech firms. Oakland is the hip little sister—the Brooklyn to San Francisco’s Manhattan—with cheaper rents, a thriving art scene, and killer tacos. Though close enough to walk, chilly bay waters and a non-pedestrian bridge prevent that option. Instead, here are the many other ways to travel from Oakland to San Francisco. RECOMMENDED: The best things to do in San Francisco
Oakland's industrial Jack London Square may be the last place you'd guess to find a decent cabernet. But bespoke urban wineries, housed in renovated warehouses that once catered to the shipping industry, are using California's bountiful grape varieties to produce some if the best wines in the Bay Area (Sonoma be damned). Curious? Follow this walkable trail for a full day of tasty vino and waterfront views.
Centered around Telegraph Avenue in Oakland are some of the best Ethiopian restaurants in the Bay Area, offering fresh, deftly spiced foods, from vegan and vegetarian specialties like gomen and yekik alicha to hearty kitfo, tibs, and stews. For those of you who refuse to venture to the East Bay, there are good restaurants in San Francisco on this list too. Enjoy. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best restaurants in Oakland