Top Things to Do in West Oakland
Known for its strong culture and pride, West Oakland is filled with favorite local art studios and restaurants. Oakland is known for being a hot spot for creativity and a booming restaurant scene. West Oakland is definitely a testament to that with Tanya Hollands restaurants and unique industrial arts productions leading the way.
Driving and Biking would be the easiest option when exploring the neighborhood. There is also a West Oakland BART station that can provide you with an easy commute to The Town.
2534 Mandela Pkwy
Come on down to Brown Sugar Kitchen for some locally grown, organic soul food. Tanya Holland, who has made multiple appearances on the Food Network, offers Oaklands favorite local spot for soul food. Chicken and Waffles, and the pulled pork are dishes you need to try!
2311A Magnolia St.
Are you a KFC fan? Its pretty bomb if you ask us. Not the chicken with the Colonel, but FuseBOXs Korean Fried Chicken! Crispy goodness too awesome to pass up. Serving up dishes like The Eggs Benny, poached eggs with chicken apple sausage and a special go chu jang hollandaise sauce, FuseBOXs unique take on food will make your tongue spin! Yes that is a good thing.
3303 San Pablo Ave.
Got a sweet tooth? This place has a pastry-focused menu that wont disappoint. Supervised by Celeste Scott, the pastry chef at Tanya Hollands Brown Sugar Kitchen, these bites will have you dancing with your mouth full.
945 Wood St. Enjoy comfort food with a modern twist? Grab a tasty classic like the fried chicken sandwich, and take in the welcoming vibes in and around the cafe. On a beautiful Oakland day (which we seem to have a lot of), their outside seating is a must.
95 Linden St.
Your spot for eats and drinks, The Dock has a rustic feel with local brews at the bar. Unlike most city bars, this one has something special that is sometimes overlooked free parking. Ask for the Jerk chicken wings for a finger-lickin good experience.
229 Brush St.
This Spanish paella bar won't disappoint. With the experience of bringing people together in his family's restaurant Casa Balaguer in Valencia, Spain, Eduardo has brought his love for diversity, culture, and food to West Oakland. A bite of the Paella de Arroz negro will transport your taste buds to the Catalonian countryside.
1960 Mandela Pkwy
In search of a unique industrial art paradise? Look no further than American Steel! This creative studio space has some interesting pieces to say the least. Focusing on large-scale industrial projects like sculptures or even frames for vehicles, this spot continuously surprises us with inspiring new concepts.
1260 7th St, Oakland
This place takes Do it Yourself Activities to the extreme. Everythings more fun with fire right? With some quick training offered at The Crucible, you can learn to express your creativity through innovative design, glass bending, and explosions!
3650 Mandela Pkwy
Located on the main street of West Oakland, this hotel puts you in a great position to try these eat and drink spots on your visit to Oakland.