Oakland’s Grand Lake neighborhood is in the northeast area of Lake Merritt, named after the intersection of Grand and Lakeshore Avenues. There are plenty of shopping and restaurants in the area for visitors and families. With great outdoor space around Lake Merritt and Splash Park, the neighborhood is perfect for weekend gatherings and activities.
Grand Lake Theater (3200 Grand Avenue
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Grand Lake Farmers Market (Lake Park Avenue, Every Saturday @ 9AM-2PM) – Hailed as one of the best farmer’s markets in the East Bay, the Grand Lake Farmers Market offers fresh produce and flowers, delicious prepared and cooked food, and family fun at Splash Pad Park. Easily accessible by public transportation and occurs rain or shine!
Children's Fairyland (699 Bellevue Avenue) Just on the outskirts of the Grand Lake District, on the shores of Lake Merritt lies one of the beloved treasures of Oakland. Since 1950, Children's Fairyland has delighted children and their parents with whimsical storybook sets, gentle rides, friendly animals, and inspired live entertainment. The theme park served as an inspiration to Walt Disney prior to his creation of Disneyland.
30th Annual Easter Parade & Spring Festival (Lakeshore Baptist Church, April 15 @ 10:30AM-12:30PM) – Join in this annual tradition with free family fun that marches up and down Lakeshore Avenue. Bring the kids for face painting, corn dogs, and Easter egg decorating. No Easter celebration is complete without an appearance by the Easter Bunny himself, who will be handing out baskets of goodies for all young visitors.
Barlago Italian Kitchen (550 Grand Avenue) – Indulge in your Italian food craving with locally-sourced Italian comfort food and wine. With a large space for private parties and a heated patio with views from Lake Merritt across the street, you’ll be able to dine al fresco in Oakland all year long.
Grand Lake Kitchen (576 Grand Avenue) – This small yet popular brunch spot offers modern takes on comforting breakfast and lunch classics. With views that look across to Lake Merritt and an outdoor sidewalk patio, it’s a great place to sit back and people-watch while you dine.
Shakewell (3407 Lakeshore Avenue) – Serving modern Mediterranean tapas and delightful handmade cocktails, this local favorite is famous for its food and friendly atmosphere. It also helps that owners Chef Jen Biesty and GM Tim Nugent are Top Chef alum who bring their camera-ready hospitality to all hungry visitors.
Lin Jia Asian Kitchen (3437 Lakeshore Avenue) – Serving family-style Chinese cuisine with a contemporary flair, this new addition to the neighborhood is a great lunch spot. Locals love the lunch options and it’s friendly service.
Michel Bistro (3343 Lakeshore Avenue) – This two-story French restaurant with rustic-chic décor and has an impressive wine-list and scrumptious French cuisine. This is a perfect spot for a casual first date and a place to share your love of food and wine with friends.
Boot & Shoe Service (3308 Grand Avenue) Oakland hospitality staple Charlie Hallowell opened this Oakland hotspot featuring exceptional cocktails with an open kitchen offering views of the pizza oven, where pies are perfectly crafted.
Camino (3917 Grand Avenue) Open fire cooking at its best, Russel Moore brings his 20 years of experience working at Chez Panisse and delivers ingredients-focused meals that will have you raving.
La Parisienne (3249 Grand Avenue) La Parisienne brings the "boulangerie & patisserie" experience to downtown Oakland. The founders and chefs are Parisians, that perfectly recreate the flavors of their home country.
Urban Indigo (3339 Lakeshore Avenue) – A boutique gift shop offering an eclectic mix of good from stationary, housewares, to clothing and jewelry.
Rose Quartz Jewelry Store (3295 Lakeshore Avenue) – Looking for a special gift for a special someone? Rose Quartz offers affordable jewelry, clothing, and accessories to ensure you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for.
Maribel (3251 Lakeshore Avenue) – This cute consignment shop offers gently worn styles by top name brands. Stop in here to sell your items or to peruse what they have on sale.
Michael Mischer Chocolates (3352 Grand Avenue) Michael Mischer began his career as an apprentice to Swiss Master Pastry Chef Andreas Haertle. He opened his own retail store on Grand Avenue in 2004 where he crafts praline and chocolate bars.
Alchemy Bottle Shop (3256 Grand Avenue) Alchemy focuses on small, independent producers who are honest about their ingredients and transparent with their methods. They host free tastings every Saturday afternoon and hold regular in-depth classes to explore some different categories of spirits.
Oaktown Spice Shop (546 Grand Avenue) Named one of the world's best spice shops by Food & Wine Magazine, Oaktown Spice Shop offers the freshest, most delicious, high-quality spices and hand-mixed spice blends in the Bay Area.