The Scoop is your resource for all the latest and greatest events, restaurant and bar openings and retail news happening in Downtown Oakland! Explore the features and categories below to get local insights about the best places to eat in Downtown Oakland, best venues to enjoy live entertainment, Oakland’s hottest retail shopping, live music, and more! To truly experience Downtown Oakland in all of its authentic glory, you’ll want to come back time and time again.
We know that vibrant public spaces enhance community pride, promote healthy living, and offer visitors a respite from busy pedestrian traffic. With a Walkscore of 97 (out of 100) it’s no wonder that Downtown Oakland has such a variety of outdoor activities available. Sip a coffee from Awaken Café in historic Latham Square or bathe in the sun while munching on an Ike’s sandwich under beautiful oak trees in Franklin Square. Walking tours, led by Oakland historian and columnist, Annalee Allen can show a visitor much of Oakland’s charm and history all while getting your steps in. As the nation’s first official wildlife refuge and the largest saltwater lake in the country that’s within city limits, Lake Merritt is a unique hub of nature and wildlife surround by convenient urban amenities. Take out a paddle boat or learn to sail on this jewel of Oakland! Outdoor enthusiasts can check out our business directory for a more comprehensive listing of the best parks and things to do outdoors in Downtown Oakland, from lounging at Lake Merritt to rowing on the waterfront at Jack London Square!