East Oakland stretches between the 880 Freeway on the West and Skyline Boulevard on the East. It encompasses many of the East Bay Regional Parks in Oakland, known for its hiking trails and panoramic views of the city. Home to several college campuses, the neighborhood has eclectic sprawling outdoor space and landscaped educational campuses sprinkled with authentic local dining options and attractions.
“One of Oakland’s greatest assets is our vast amount of outdoor space and many are surprised to find so many hiking trails in East Oakland. One of my favorite things to do is to hike around beautiful Mills College or hike up to Merritt College for the stellar views of the city,” says District 6 City Councilmember Desley Brooks. From flatlands to highlands, Oakland has some of the best views of the Bay Area any hiker and photographer would want to experience.”
Mills College (5000 MacArthur Blvd.) – A liberal arts and science college situated in the hills of East Oakland, the campus was the first women’s college on the West Coast. Today, it offers coed undergraduate and graduate degrees with acclaimed programs in Education and Business. The campus also houses the Mills College Art Museum which showcases work from students and famed Oakland artist (and Mills College instructor) Hung Liu, who created the crane installation art piece at Terminal 2 in the Oakland International Airport.
Merritt College (12500 Campus Dr.) – A two-year community college, the school is well-known for its comprehensive nursing and medical-related studies. The school opened up 60 years ago and has been a the stable of quality education at an affordable price
Leona Canyon Regional Open Space Preserve (Leona Trail, near Keller Ave. & Campus Dr.) – With 290 acres of outdoor space, Leona Canyon offers hiking and biking trails for all activity levels to enjoy the views of the city.
Arroyo Viejo Recreation Center (7701 Krause Ave.) – Meaning “Old Creek” in Spanish, community park and garden features a football/soccer field tennis courts, tot lot, and multi-use rooms. Great for groups looking to incorporate outdoor activities in their day.
Maxwell Park (4618 Allendale Ave.) – A local neighborhood park, visitors will be in awe of the intricate mosaic work on the walls and the chess tables that encourage social gatherings.
Lena’s Soul Food Café (6403 Foothill Blvd.) – A brand-new second location of local’s favorite soul food spot with dine in seats. Famous for their fried chicken, okra and black-eyed peas.
Genny’s BBQ (6637 Bancroft Ave.) – A favorite for southern-style BBQ, locals rave about the ribs and fried fish. Generous servings of sides like mac & cheese, sweet potatoes and greens make this a neighborhood must!
Old Weang Ping (6217 MacArthur Blvd.) – Described as a quaint sanctuary away from bustling city life, this Thai restaurant offers home-style cuisine in a welcoming, Buddhist-inspired and eclectic décor. It’s a favorite of nearby Mills College students and is cash only.
Skyline Pizza (4400 Keller Ave.) – A local pizza parlor known for quality food and service, it’s a great stop for lunch after a morning of hiking with the family.
West Wind Coliseum Swap Meet (5401 Coliseum Way) – Bring the whole family to this daily marketplace full of vintage finds, great deals, live entertainment and authentic taqueria fare. Open year-round with admission ranging from 50 cents to $1.50. Children 11 and younger admitted free.