Oakland is the East Bay’s biggest city, home to 50-plus distinct neighborhoods, a vital arts scene, a bevy of culinary delights, rich history, and proud residents.
Piedmont Avenue was founded in the late 1800s, developing as a commercial and residential district around the sprawling, historic Mountain View Cemetery. Bound by the Temescal neighborhood and Broadway to the west, Oakland Avenue and independent city Piedmont to the east, Interstate 580 (the MacArthur freeway) to the south, and the cemetery to the north, it is one of the city’s primary commercial centers.
Historic homes and buildings are Piedmont Avenue’s calling card, but two landmarks loom especially large – the Julia Morgan-designed Chapel of the Chimes and The Piedmont Theatre, Oakland’s oldest, operating since 1917. This walkable enclave is marked by restaurants, bars, cafes, boutiques, and shops of all stripes, including the famous, family-friendly Fentons Creamery and Michelin-starred Commis (with sister bar CDP next door).
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Adams Point occupies a central location in Oakland, with proximity to Lake Merritt, Pill Hill, Grand Lake, and Downtown. Located between Grand Avenue to the south, Harrison Street to the northwest, and Interstate 580 to the northeast, this neighborhood – which got its start as a camp for former residents of San Francisco displaced by the 1906 earthquake – offers proximity to shopping, dining, parks, and more. Highlights include Lakeside Park, home to family favorite miniature theme park Children’s Fairyland, and the landmark art deco Bellevue-Staten Building.
A short walk or bike ride takes residents to Grand Avenue and Grand Lake’s commercial and entertainment districts, 19th Street BART, a Whole Foods Market, and neighborhood fixtures like Korean favorite Jong Ga House and hip brunch and lunch joint Grand Lake Kitchen.
Grand Lake is located at the northeast corner of Lake Merritt, sitting between Adams Point to the west, Trestle Glen and Crocker Highlands to the east, and Piedmont to the north. Main streets Grand Avenue and Lakeshore Avenue offer an abundance of shops, restaurants, bars, and landmarks, including the Grand Lake Theater (and its iconic neon sign).
Great for exploring on foot, Grand Lake is home to the seven-acre Morcom Rose Garden and the weekly farmer’s market at palm-lined Splash Pad Park. Down the hill are classic watering holes like The Alley and Heart and Dagger Saloon, as well as culinary favorites like Boot & Shoe Service.