Guidebook for Oakland

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Guidebook for Oakland

Food Scene

Recommended by tenants and locals!
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Caffe 817
817 Washington Street
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Recommended by tenants and locals!
Cute Little Neighborhood Diner that I've eaten at and is perfect for club sandwich and a drink. A 12-15 min walk up Mandela to a local area that has a couple choice eating options.
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Pretty Lady
1733 Peralta Street
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Cute Little Neighborhood Diner that I've eaten at and is perfect for club sandwich and a drink. A 12-15 min walk up Mandela to a local area that has a couple choice eating options.
A nice 10 min walk up Mandela to this local coffee shop
Milky Way Coffee
1724 Mandela Pkwy
A nice 10 min walk up Mandela to this local coffee shop
Local 4+ star restaurant. Will have to get a ride there and reservations are recommended
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Townhouse Bar & Grill
5862 Doyle Street
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Local 4+ star restaurant. Will have to get a ride there and reservations are recommended
This is one of the iconic Berkeley restaurants. If you can't get a reservation, off to eat at the bar!
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Chez Panisse
1517 Shattuck Avenue
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This is one of the iconic Berkeley restaurants. If you can't get a reservation, off to eat at the bar!
Highly recommended by locals. Check it out. Definitely Uber. Many options in the area for drinks and dinner.
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Oakland
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Highly recommended by locals. Check it out. Definitely Uber. Many options in the area for drinks and dinner.
This is a must check out place. Basically 4 restaurants under one roof with common seating. Seafood, Mexican, Sushi, Sausage. Good drink options as well. I would Uber there, or parking has been OK the dozen times we have gone.
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Swan's Market
538 9th Street
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This is a must check out place. Basically 4 restaurants under one roof with common seating. Seafood, Mexican, Sushi, Sausage. Good drink options as well. I would Uber there, or parking has been OK the dozen times we have gone.
V Satui basically moved a 600 year old Castle from Europe to Calistoga. The Wine is OK, the effort to build this is amazing. 100 wineries to go to on the way!
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Castello di Amorosa
4045 Helena Highway
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V Satui basically moved a 600 year old Castle from Europe to Calistoga. The Wine is OK, the effort to build this is amazing. 100 wineries to go to on the way!
If you come to SF you have to eat Sourdough bread. In the heart of Tourist area is a factory/restaurant/store. Don't miss this on your tour!
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Boudin Bakery Cafe
160 Jefferson St
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If you come to SF you have to eat Sourdough bread. In the heart of Tourist area is a factory/restaurant/store. Don't miss this on your tour!
Local Deli only 5 blocks from the building, on the way to West Oakland BART.
Zella’s Soulful Kitchen
1430 7th St
Local Deli only 5 blocks from the building, on the way to West Oakland BART.
Yes and we have our local McDonald's as well on 7th.
McDonald's
800 Market St
Yes and we have our local McDonald's as well on 7th.
Chinese Fast Food on 7th street. We have it all in West Oakland!
Hong Kong Fast Food
900 Market St
Chinese Fast Food on 7th street. We have it all in West Oakland!
McDonald's, Chinese, and yes: KFC. Your choice. 15 min walk from the building.
KFC
950 Market St
McDonald's, Chinese, and yes: KFC. Your choice. 15 min walk from the building.
Truly great food and views of SF. If you are in SF for a few days, try to make it over to Marin and downtown Sausalito.
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Sausalito
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Truly great food and views of SF. If you are in SF for a few days, try to make it over to Marin and downtown Sausalito.
Local Coffee shop, 10 - 15 min walk up Mandela Parkway
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Kilovolt Coffee
1829 Mandela Parkway
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Local Coffee shop, 10 - 15 min walk up Mandela Parkway
Several options in the area next to IKEA, including a 14 Plex movie theater. Uber or paid parking is available.
Buckhorn Grill
1650 E Monte Vista Ave
Several options in the area next to IKEA, including a 14 Plex movie theater. Uber or paid parking is available.
Very fast, low cost, Vietnamese restaurant. 20 min walk just down 12th, or Uber/Taxi/Lift.
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Le Cheval
1007 Clay Street
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Very fast, low cost, Vietnamese restaurant. 20 min walk just down 12th, or Uber/Taxi/Lift.
Winery specializing in BARREL TASTING! Compare the same grape in 3 different Oak Barrels. You'll be amazed. Make a Reservation before you go. You'll be talking about the experience forever! (continue up Silverado trail for more tastings afterwards!)
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Del Dotto Historic Winery & Caves
1055 Atlas Peak Road
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Winery specializing in BARREL TASTING! Compare the same grape in 3 different Oak Barrels. You'll be amazed. Make a Reservation before you go. You'll be talking about the experience forever! (continue up Silverado trail for more tastings afterwards!)
if you can get a reservation, high quality food, they have a parking lot. 10 mins away from the 1212. I've gone there 5x.
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Townhouse Bar & Grill
5862 Doyle Street
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if you can get a reservation, high quality food, they have a parking lot. 10 mins away from the 1212. I've gone there 5x.
Brown Sugar is known for large, tasty portions, for breakfast and lunch. Definitely an Oakland homegrown original
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Brown Sugar Kitchen
2295 Broadway
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Brown Sugar is known for large, tasty portions, for breakfast and lunch. Definitely an Oakland homegrown original
High End Chinese good at the Emeryville "Bay" shopping area. Lots of other choices and AMC movie plex and IKEA are there too.
P.F. Chang's
5633 Bay Street
High End Chinese good at the Emeryville "Bay" shopping area. Lots of other choices and AMC movie plex and IKEA are there too.

Entertainment & Activities

It's one classic movie theater that draws people to time when Movies were king. Lots of eating options in the area and only blocks from Lake Merritt
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Grand Lake Theatre
3200 Grand Ave
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It's one classic movie theater that draws people to time when Movies were king. Lots of eating options in the area and only blocks from Lake Merritt
Read up on this new "experience" in SF and see if it's something you want to spend the afternoon exploring the exhibits. The DeYoung is there as well. Parking is at the Museum. Then you are in SF and might go to the Ocean. Check out Cliff House for a pricey dinner right on the Ocean.
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California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Dr
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Read up on this new "experience" in SF and see if it's something you want to spend the afternoon exploring the exhibits. The DeYoung is there as well. Parking is at the Museum. Then you are in SF and might go to the Ocean. Check out Cliff House for a pricey dinner right on the Ocean.

Everything Else

Yes and we have our local McDonald's as well on 7th.
McDonald's
800 Market St
Yes and we have our local McDonald's as well on 7th.

Parks & Nature

Injured or 'abandoned' sea lions, seals, etc. are cared for here and released back to nature. Definitely need a car to get here, but the views on the way make this at least a 1/2 day trip and stop in Sausalito on the way back for a meal and view!
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The Marine Mammal Center
2000 Bunker Road
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Injured or 'abandoned' sea lions, seals, etc. are cared for here and released back to nature. Definitely need a car to get here, but the views on the way make this at least a 1/2 day trip and stop in Sausalito on the way back for a meal and view!
Giant Redwood forest. You now need to make a reservation to PARK.
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Muir Woods Visitor Center
1 Muir Woods Road
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Giant Redwood forest. You now need to make a reservation to PARK.
YOU CAN TAKE THIS PICTURE! Here's how: Bay Bridge or San Rafael Bridge to the Golden Gate Bridge. From San Francisco, driving North, exit at Alexander Ave (first exit), left at the end of the exit toward MARIN HEADLANDS. Don't get back on the bridge, go up the hill (keep right). PARK: You'll come to an area of parked cars on the left. Wait for a spot, and walk toward the Bridge! Get this picture. Continue on this road. Stop at the Gun Mounts and take some pictures there, then head down to the Marine Mammal Institute and perhaps Sausalito for lunch/dinner (through the one way tunnel). From the North (took the San Rafael bridge and drove South). Also exit at Alexander and turn left up the hill. See "PARK" above.
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Golden Gate Bridge
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YOU CAN TAKE THIS PICTURE! Here's how: Bay Bridge or San Rafael Bridge to the Golden Gate Bridge. From San Francisco, driving North, exit at Alexander Ave (first exit), left at the end of the exit toward MARIN HEADLANDS. Don't get back on the bridge, go up the hill (keep right). PARK: You'll come to an area of parked cars on the left. Wait for a spot, and walk toward the Bridge! Get this picture. Continue on this road. Stop at the Gun Mounts and take some pictures there, then head down to the Marine Mammal Institute and perhaps Sausalito for lunch/dinner (through the one way tunnel). From the North (took the San Rafael bridge and drove South). Also exit at Alexander and turn left up the hill. See "PARK" above.

Sightseeing

Continue up this road South to several vista points. Sunset is amazing. Definitely need a car and probably go an hour before sunset.
Grizzly Peak Vista Point
1 Centennial Dr
Continue up this road South to several vista points. Sunset is amazing. Definitely need a car and probably go an hour before sunset.
A nice way to see SF and relax.
City Tour San Francisco (Gray Line)
353-399 Jefferson St
A nice way to see SF and relax.
Book a parking spot before you go (see the website). About a 1 hour drive from 1212 12th. May want to visit Sausalito and the Golden Gate bridge on the way back. Ask for me for ideas!!
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Muir Woods National Monument
1 Muir Woods Rd
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Book a parking spot before you go (see the website). About a 1 hour drive from 1212 12th. May want to visit Sausalito and the Golden Gate bridge on the way back. Ask for me for ideas!!

Grocery Stores

Fresh Food Shopping option. On the way from BART to the Apartment. 10 min walk.
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Mandela Foods Cooperative
1430 7th Street
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Fresh Food Shopping option. On the way from BART to the Apartment. 10 min walk.
Large Safeway Supermarket, a 5 min drive away. Also near Target, Ultra, Home Depot, Ikea, other restaurants in Emeryville. Pixar HQ 2 blocks away.
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Pak 'N Save
3889 San Pablo Ave
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Large Safeway Supermarket, a 5 min drive away. Also near Target, Ultra, Home Depot, Ikea, other restaurants in Emeryville. Pixar HQ 2 blocks away.