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Oakland Marriott City Center

1001 Broadway · Oakland, California 94607 USA

Local Attractions

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Visitors to the San Francisco Bay area delight in the hidden gem that is Oakland. A vibrant urban oasis, Oakland is a spirited city of exciting attractions, including Jack London Square, the Oakland Zoo and Fox and Paramount theaters. Our hotel places it all in your reach.


Settled in the 1850s, Chinatown Oakland is one of the oldest Chinatowns in the United States. Oakland Chinatown is considered a "Working Chinatown," where residents work, shop, dine and celebrate together. Visitors will find foodie bliss in the hand-pulled Chinese noodles at Shandong Restaurant; Chew Chow Ho Fun at Vien Huong; Hong Kong-style dim sum at Peony Seafood Restaurant; and Boba tea at The Sweet Booth and i-Tea Oakland. Wares are displayed on the sidewalks or in the windows, from herbal teas, live seafood to porcelain and delicious Shaomai at bakeries. Look for the expressive murals from block to block, including the Chinese Zodiac dragon on 10th and Jackson.

Location: A few steps from the hotel

Jack London Square

Jack London Square's selling point is its fantastic location, complete with Bay views, the call of seabirds and the ferry as public transit. Jack London Square is the home of Sunset Magazine's headquarters. Enjoy the peace of the waterfront, or head a few paces onshore and down European-styled walkways to a booming bar and restaurant scene, including Lungomare and Everett & Jones BBQ. Music streams nightly from Yoshi's, Oakland's famed spot for jazz and dinner. Tucked within these modern-day diversions and loft-style living are serious old-school stops. California's second oldest bar, Heinold's First and Last Chance Saloon, opened in 1883 and is still lit by gas (author Jack London wrote here). Look for the famed writer's Yukon cabin - a replica built from the original boards.

Location: Located a half-mile from the hotel. Walk, catch a ride on the free city bus or take a quick taxi

Lake Merritt

Lake Merritt is a large tidal lagoon, east of downtown Oakland and an easy drive from our hotel. It is home to many acres of parkland and the United States' first official wildlife refuge. Rent a sailboat, visit the children's amusement park dubbed "Fairyland," explore the bird refuges, or take a picnic and relax in the more than 250 days per year of sunshine that Oakland enjoys.

Historic Downtown & Old Oakland

Historic Downtown and Old Oakland: To say Downtown Oakland is eclectic and diverse would barely skim the surface of this melting pot. You're likely to bump into a scholar, a Federal judge, a tech entrepreneur and a civil rights activist in a one-block area only minutes from our hotel. At one time, a swath of the area's Victorian and Art Deco storefronts were vacant and in need of repair. Now, they're renovated and home to unique shops such as Umami Mart, Oaklandish and art pioneer Joyce Gordon Gallery. Downtown is peppered with architectural marvels: the African American Museum and Library in a 1902 Carnegie; the Pardee Home, dating back to 1868; and the Rotunda Building, a massive elliptical dome in the heart of the district.

Oakland's downtown isn't, though, just about business. Downtown Oakland is a vital crossroads, where varied cultures meet, eat and sleep. Many murals around the streets tell the stories of the people and their plights. Just a hop away is Old Oakland, a historic neighborhood adjacent to Downtown Oakland. You'll want to try all the restaurants at Swan's Market, home to some of Oakland's most popular restaurants. Swan's is Oakland's version of the Ferry Building, only better - featuring Ms. Ollie's Caribbean soul food, B Dama and Cosecha Cafe, reportedly serving the best tacos in town. If you're looking for a cool bar where the locals hang, visit District, three blocks from our hotel.


Once a shopping district in the early 20th century, Uptown is one of the hottest neighborhood in Oakland. A new restaurant, Indie boutique or bar seemingly opens every other week, with nearly 125 opened in the past decade. Billed as the arts and entertainment district of Oakland, it fulfills its promise, particularly during the boisterous Art Murmur on First Fridays. But the prettiest art may be the Art Deco buildings themselves, with the crown jewels being the show-stopping Fox and Paramount theaters, near the hotel. The former is mostly a live music venue; the latter channels its inner flapper often (classic movies with a live organ player). Art galleries, run by the artists or by volunteers, are opening in brick warehouses. Down side streets are scenes of the start-up, DIY revolution with co-ops, an urban winery, entrepreneur hubs and creative centers.

Location: Just a half mile from the hotel

Paramount Theatre

Built in 1931, this massive Art Deco movie theater was the largest multi-purpose theater on the West Coast, seating 3,476 people. Today, the Paramount Theatre is the home of the Oakland East Bay Symphony and Oakland Ballet and a venue for live music events, plays, stand-up comedy, lecture series and screenings of classic films.

Location: Less than one mile from our hotel

Oakland Zoo

A popular Bay Area attraction, this 100-acre zoo, nestled in the rolling hills of 525-acre Knowland Park, is easily walkable and contains modern exhibits. Spend time visiting the animals and creating lasting memories.

Location: Ten miles from our hotel, the Oakland Zoo is an easy taxi ride away

Fox Theater

Originally opened in 1928 as Oakland's largest movie theater palace, the Fox Theater flourished for many years before falling into decline and closing. After more than 40 years of silence, this grand architectural landmark reopened in 2009 as a school, restaurant and popular live concert venue.

Location: A quick half-mile from our hotel

Oakland Urban Wine Trail

Explore The Urban Wine Trail: No need to head to traditional wine country when Oakland is home to 10 urban wineries. Experience the Oakland Urban Wine Trail, where the unique tasting rooms are as memorable as the vintages. Sample the vino at tasting rooms found in renovated warehouses, in the middle of art galleries and along the waterfront. Most locations are walkable from one another and accessible by public transportation, easily caught from our hotel. View their website

San Francisco

Discover the many wonders of San Francisco and the state of California. A few gems to experience:

Union Square - One of San Francisco's main retail and cultural centers, Union Square also refers to the actual park bordered by Geary, Powell, Post and Stockton streets. The park, named after the pro-Union rallies held there before and during the Civil War, was built and named in 1850 by San Francisco's first mayor, John Geary.

Fisherman's Wharf - A must-see tourist destination, Fisherman's Wharf is home to unique museums and world-class restaurants serving the area's famed Dungeness crab, clam chowder and other fresh seafood. Be sure to visit famed Pier 39 and Pier 45.

Chinatown - San Francisco Chinatown is the largest Chinatown outside of Asia, as well as the oldest Chinatown in North America. It is one of the top tourist attractions in San Francisco.

San Francisco Zoo - The San Francisco Zoo is designed with the underlying belief that nature-focused interaction leads to conservation action. Learning about animals here inspires visitors to care for all wildlife.

All of these attractions are easily accessed from our hotel in Oakland.

Chabot Planetarium

Chabot Planetarium offers many wonderful experiences for visitors of all ages. Enjoy a date night with a live planetarium show, telescope viewings, a showing in their Tien MegaDome Theater or a wide variety of exhibits. Culture is found close to our hotel.

Location: Eight miles from our hotel

Wine Tasting (Napa Valley/Sonoma)

With over 400 vineyards and wine tasting rooms, Napa Valley takes its Wine Country nickname seriously. Napa is a fun and easy day trip from our hotel in Oakland.

Oracle Arena

Catch an exciting game at the Oracle Arena, one of the loudest and most thrilling basketball arenas in the country.

Location: Three BART stops south of our hotel

Oakland Coliseum

The Oakland Coliseum (aka The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum) is a great destination for sporting events, live shows and entertainment. Many of music's biggest names play at this stadium all year round.

Location: Three BART stops from our hotel

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