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West Oakland, located west of Downtown Oakland and the closest Oakland neighborhood to San Francisco, is a residential and industrial community along the waterfront at the Port of Oakland.

Easy access via AC Transit and the West Oakland BART station makes the neighborhood an ideal location for commuters and visitors coming from across the Bay.

With many arts & cultural attractions, a rich blues & jazz history and unique dining options, West Oakland is an exciting neighborhood and a wonderful destination for visitors to explore.


Events & Attractions

Bicycle and Pedestrian Path (Bay Bridge) - Stretching 2.2 miles along the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge, the path takes visitors past the span's 525-foot signature tower to Yerba Buena Island. Named after the late East Bay Bicycle Coalition founder and Bay Bridge Trail advocate Alex Zuckermann, the path allows unique perspectives of Oakland’s skyline and the entire Bay Area.

Blues Walk of Fame - (7th Street near the West Oakland BART station) – Bronze plaques embedded in the sidewalk on the west side of 7th Street commemorate the history of the vibrant history of music in West Oakland.

Clawson Neighborhood Walking Tour (City Slicker West Oakland Farm) – On July 30, enjoy an Oakland Heritage Alliance walking tour that explores West Oakland’s history.

Free Harbor Tours (540 Water Street) From May through October 2017, free, 90-minute boat tours are held twice monthly. Visitors learn about the Port, its operations and economic impact on the region while enjoying a unique perspective of the marine terminals.

Happy Hound Play & Daycare (2101 Mandela Pkwy) – Offering doggy training, daycare, boarding, and spa services available for dog owners.

Kinetic Arts Center (785 7th Street) – Experience trapeze arts, circus arts, gymnastics, juggling and more fun.

Middle Harbor Shoreline Park (2777 Middle Harbor Road)This 38-acre park built and operated by the Port of Oakland for the community has more than two miles of pathways and unprecedented views of the bay, natural habitats and maritime activity.

The Crucible (1260 7th Street) – An industrial arts school, offering classes in blacksmithing, welding, woodworking, glass blowing, ceramics and more.

Trapeze Arts (1822 9th Street) – Offers flying trapeze and circus arts classes to adults & children.



Brown Sugar Kitchen (2534 Mandela Pkwy) – Updated renditions of soul food classics, such as fried chicken and waffles, served until 3pm daily.

Drip Line (1940 Union Street #21) - Serving coffee, baked goods & Cal-Asian eats with a sustainable focus.

Locol (3446 Market Street) – Low-key socially conscious café, serving baked goods & American basics.

Old Kan Beer & Co (95 Linden Street) – Industrial brewery and beer garden serving American pub fare and house-made beer.

10th and Wood (945 Wood Street) – Sandwich shop serving globally influenced sandwiches, salads and breakfast.


Click on the interactive map to explore the neighborhood. 

West Oakland Spotlight

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