Oaklands waterfront neighborhood - named for the famed American author who grew up here - is a mix of stunning scenery, fantastic food, and lively events. It doesn't matter the time, day or season Jack London Square is always the place to be.

Food

Forge

66 Franklin St

Enjoy fantastic views of the Oakland Estuary with your artisanal, wood-fired pizzas served in an industrial space with rustic accents. If it's a nice day (and it usually is here in Oakland, try to beat the dinner rush and snag a seat on the patio.

Forge Pizza Oven

Bocanova

55 Webster St

Pull up a seat along the water and dive into (not literally) this Pan American favorite. The menu features tantalizing dishes packed with Mediterranean, Central, and South American flavors. The duck quinoa salad is something everyone needs to try.

Chop Bar

247 4th St

In West African culture, a chop bar is a restaurant that serves as a gathering place for the community. Chop Bar certainly feels that way inside with a perfectly cozy interior and patron-packed bar.

Home of Chicken and Waffles

444 Embarcadero West

Craving some comfort food? Craving some comfort food late night? Home of Chicken and Waffles has you covered serving up a number of mouth-watering combos you didn't even know you needed.

Nido

Nido

444 Oak St.

Authentic and traditional Mexican flavors are served in this unique restaurant at the Southern edge of the Jack London District. Named after the word for “nest” in Spanish, Nido welcomes guest into their family environment. In addition to delicious Mexican entrees, the restaurant serves a variety of margaritas sure to make a hit during happy hour.

Souley Vegan

301 Broadway

No meat? No problem. Indulge in the flavors of Southern food without any compromises. Owner and Chef Tamearra Dyson creates recipes using fresh herbs and spices that’s delicious to both vegans and carnivores. Try the fried okra and jalapeno poppers. Jack London Square is one of the most popular spots to dine in Oakland so be sure to check out the full list of restaurants.

Attractions

Bay Area Bikes

427 Water St

Rent a bike and explore Oakland’s waterfront, Lake Merritt or the Urban Winer Trail.  Located on the estuary, just a short distance from the Jack London Square ferry landing.  Bikes are available for the whole family, including tandems and cargo bikes. 

SuperMoon

California Canoe & Kayak

409 Water St

Lessons and guided tours await at this shop on the estuary. Grab a kayak, paddleboard or canoe and be sure to ask about the moonlight tour.

USS Potomac

540 Water St

History buffs hop on board FDRs presidential yacht and head for out for a ride around the Bay in this historic vessel, affectionately dubbed the Floating White House.

Nightlife

Heinolds First & Last Chance Saloon

48 Webster St

Open since 1883 this is your chance to drink where Jack London himself drank! You might notice a slight tilt (read: it is literally impossible to not notice) in the structures foundation, thats from the 1906 earthquake that struck. It adds to the fun and charm of the place, we swear.

plank

98 Broadway

You could actually come here during the day or at night but FYI no kids after 9pm. Come for the arcade, bowling, bocce, and/or beer garden, theres 50,000 sq. ft. of fun to be had.

Oakland Urban Wine Trail

Oakland Urban Wine Trail

A trip to Oakland isn’t complete without tasting a little local flavor. Like everything else in Oakland, our wine scene is a little different. Oakland’s urban wineries are housed in renovated warehouse spaces, but the wine quality is second to none.

Where to Stay

Waterfront Hotel

10 Washington St

Sit poolside while you're bayside at this nautical-themed hotel. Also, this Joie de Vivre property is right next door to the ferry if you need to make a trip to San Francisco.

Z Hotel

233 Broadway

One of the friendliest staffs in Oakland awaits you at this quaint property. Within walking distance to everything Jack London Square has to offer you'll be perfectly situated for your adventure.

Forge Pizza logo This blog post has been sponsored by Forge. Make sure to check them out during Oakland Restaurant Week for some of the best pizza in the entire Bay Area.

For more neighborhoods to explore, see our "Top Things to Do in KONO" blog post!