Oakland is making national headlines, garnering positive attention for attracting top restaurants and chefs, emerging technology companies and new residents. Oakland has received a number of positive accolades the past few years, including a Top 10 U.S. Destination for 2015 by Lonely Planet, “Most Exciting City in America” by Movoto, “6th Best Rising Star Destination” by The Huffington Post, and “5th Hippest City in the U.S.” by The Thrillist.
In 2012, the world recognized Oakland’s travel appeal when the destination was named the “#5 Place to Go in The World” by The New York Times. Multiple outlets followed suit, listing Oakland as one of “America’s Best Cities on the Rise,” “America’s 50 Best Cities,” and “America’s Coolest Cities.”
According to The Huffington Post, Oakland deserves acclaim as a rising destination due to its “hip” factor, stating that “Brooklyn and Portland had better shuffle over and give Oakland some hipster room.” Walkscore.com recognized Oakland as the 9th most walkable large city in the U.S., proclaiming “Oakland isn’t the Bay Area’s second city anymore. With its stunning location on the shores of Lake Merritt and proximity to Silicon Valley employers, it’s come into its own.” The California Travel Association awarded Oakland chef Tanya Holland “California Chef of the Year” in 2013, based on her success in creating not one, but two, dining establishments that exemplify the best in culinary arts.
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