As promised from the last post, here is my Travel Guide to Oakland, CA.
Oakland Travel Guide
Most of Oakland can be explored in 48 hours. I know what you are thinking, 48 hours isn't a lot of time to experience much but trust me, we saw a lot! Oakland is smaller than San Francisco such that you can easily explore the city. Plus, everything is walkable which I think is a bonus! So if you are looking for a quick getaway or a place to explore for a long weekend, Oakland is your city. This is my travel guide for Oakland. I do apologize in advance that the photos are not 'high quality'. We pretty much explored Oakland whenever we had time to stroll away from the summit. So grabbing our SLR wasn't convenient.
Where to Stay:
Oakland Mariott City CenterThe Oakland International Airport was only 20 minutes away from our hotel. We arrived really late Thursday night, so there wasn't much to see. We stayed at the Oakland Mariott City Center. Not a unique hotel, but that was where the summit was held and it was in the center of Oakland. It was just steps away from the Old Oakland neighborhood.
Where to Eat:
Swan's MarketThis is a fresh food hall that contains multiple destination-worthy restaurants. You can find a variety of genres of food that range from Mexican to Japanese to seafood. You name it, you'll find it. They're open Monday - Saturday from 9am - 9pm. So any time during the day (breakfast, lunch, dinner), you can stop by for a meal!
This was the first place we had our first meal in Oakland. It is a tiny cafe in the heart of Old Oakland, and it is adorable! The coffee is delicious and the brunch is scrumptious. Their brunch menu is comfort food meets farmer's market. They utilize produce that is currently in season and create a comfort-worthy meal. I had the baked eggs in polenta with chorizo-tomato sauce and it was amazing!
We went to District for Sunday brunch. They are actually known for their Sunday brunch. They have an amazing brunch buffet spread of Cajun style food with bottomless mimosas. Omg, I kept going for seconds, thirds, etc haha. Too good!
We explored at Swan's Market since there were so many different restaurants to try and it was a block away from the the Mariott. We had raw oysters at The Cook and Her Farmer (satisfied my Oyster cravings haha) and pizza from Deep Roots Oakland - had the spicy pepperoni and it was one of the best pepperoni pizzas I've ever had.
Things to Do:
Old Oakland's Farmer's Market (Fridays only)
Jack London SquareJack London Square is one of the most scenic areas of Oakland. It is located along the waterfront. There are tons of shops, restaurants, and cafes along the pier. You bet I stopped at a coffee shop for some iced coffee! The view of the water is beautiful! This area is also very vibrant and lively. Everyone there seems to be enjoying themselves.
Explore Old Oakland