Top Things to Do in Jack London District
Oaklands waterfront neighborhood - named for the famed American author who grew up here - is a mix of stunning scenery, fantastic food, and lively events. It doesn't matter the time, day or season Jack London Square is always the place to be.
66 Franklin St
Enjoy fantastic views of the Oakland Estuary with your artisanal, wood-fired pizzas served in an industrial space with rustic accents. If it's a nice day (and it usually is here in Oakland, try to beat the dinner rush and snag a seat on the patio.
55 Webster St
Pull up a seat along the water and dive into (not literally) this Pan American favorite. The menu features tantalizing dishes packed with Mediterranean, Central, and South American flavors. The duck quinoa salad is something everyone needs to try.
247 4th St
In West African culture, a chop bar is a restaurant that serves as a gathering place for the community. Chop Bar certainly feels that way inside with a perfectly cozy interior and patron-packed bar.
444 Embarcadero West
Craving some comfort food? Craving some comfort food late night? Home of Chicken and Waffles has you covered serving up a number of mouth-watering combos you didn't even know you needed.
444 Oak St.
Authentic and traditional Mexican flavors are served in this unique restaurant at the Southern edge of the Jack London District. Named after the word for “nest” in Spanish, Nido welcomes guest into their family environment. In addition to delicious Mexican entrees, the restaurant serves a variety of margaritas sure to make a hit during happy hour.
No meat? No problem. Indulge in the flavors of Southern food without any compromises. Owner and Chef Tamearra Dyson creates recipes using fresh herbs and spices that’s delicious to both vegans and carnivores. Try the fried okra and jalapeno poppers. Jack London Square is one of the most popular spots to dine in Oakland so be sure to check out the full list of restaurants.
Bay Area Bikes
427 Water St
Rent a bike and explore Oakland’s waterfront, Lake Merritt or the Urban Winer Trail. Located on the estuary, just a short distance from the Jack London Square ferry landing. Bikes are available for the whole family, including tandems and cargo bikes.
409 Water St
Lessons and guided tours await at this shop on the estuary. Grab a kayak, paddleboard or canoe and be sure to ask about the moonlight tour.
540 Water St
History buffs hop on board FDRs presidential yacht and head for out for a ride around the Bay in this historic vessel, affectionately dubbed the Floating White House.
48 Webster St
Open since 1883 this is your chance to drink where Jack London himself drank! You might notice a slight tilt (read: it is literally impossible to not notice) in the structures foundation, thats from the 1906 earthquake that struck. It adds to the fun and charm of the place, we swear.
You could actually come here during the day or at night but FYI no kids after 9pm. Come for the arcade, bowling, bocce, and/or beer garden, theres 50,000 sq. ft. of fun to be had.
A trip to Oakland isn’t complete without tasting a little local flavor. Like everything else in Oakland, our wine scene is a little different. Oakland’s urban wineries are housed in renovated warehouse spaces, but the wine quality is second to none.
Where to Stay
10 Washington St
Sit poolside while you're bayside at this nautical-themed hotel. Also, this Joie de Vivre property is right next door to the ferry if you need to make a trip to San Francisco.
One of the friendliest staffs in Oakland awaits you at this quaint property. Within walking distance to everything Jack London Square has to offer you'll be perfectly situated for your adventure.
This blog post has been sponsored by Forge. Make sure to check them out during Oakland Restaurant Week for some of the best pizza in the entire Bay Area.
For more neighborhoods to explore, see our "Top Things to Do in KONO" blog post!