Oakland is an amazing place to soak up great summer vibes. With a variety of events and activities happening throughout The Town  – there is something for everyone to enjoy. By day or by night, whether you’re looking to plan the perfect date, get together with friends or enjoy lots of family fun - Oakland is the place to be!

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Clocking in at one of Oakland’s smallest districts, this cute area is full of shopping, eats, and historical architecture.


Just the facts

Main strip:  Piedmont Avenue
Who dwells here: Grad students, dog-walking couples, families galore
Population: 6,578 (including the greater Piedmont area)
Founded: Late 1800s
Architecture: Stately manors, Craftsman
Neighborhood giants: Julia Morgan-designed Chapel of the Chimes and Frederick Law Olmsted’s Mountain View Cemetery
Best ode to a potato: Gregoire’s crispy potato puff
Where to mingle with locals:  Fentons Creamery, Gaylord’s Caffe Espresso, Piedmont Theatre

The vibe 

Not to be confused with Piedmont, a small city in Alameda County, Piedmont Avenue is one long badass sidewalk of restaurants, shops and home bric-a-brac, stacked side by side, with nearly nothing vacant. Choices range from family-friendly, 1894-founded Fentons Creamery, which made a cameo in Pixar’s Up, and the Michelin-starred Commis. Indie films screen at Oakland’s longest running cinema (1917), the Piedmont Theatre, while at the more modern Cato’s Ale House, sports screen on TVs as taps pour craft beers. Despite being part of the big city and having a high density of stores, Piedmont Avenue is very small-town, with a sewing shop with lessons (Sew Images) and a tobacconist (Piedmont Tobacconist). It’s a model street.

The inside inside scoop

At popular Piedmont Springs, outdoor tubs are kept at about 102 degrees. The open-air combo room has views of the sky (or stars) from the redwood tub.

If you only have three hours

Like unsolved mysteries and old cemeteries? Good news—Piedmont Avenue dead ends at the 226-acre Mountain View Cemetery designed in 1863 by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed New York’s Central Park. Because there’s so much of interest, docents lead tours on certain days of the month. Famous burials include Julia Morgan, Samuel Merritt, and Elizabeth Short (known as the Black Dahlia, a victim of an unsolved murder in 1947).

The Julia Morgan redesigned Chapel of the Chimes hosts a series called Jazz at the Chimes, where Bay Area musicians play in the designated, very well acoustic’ed landmark. Attendees can tour the chapel and cloisters pre and post show.

Shopping is dense with a nice distribution of antiques and vintage with quirk. Mercy Vintage is a well curated selection of designer vintage and unusual—same goes for Pimlico, only the focus is on accessories, like handbags.

How to get here

Freeway exit: Broadway Auto Row/Webster Street from I-580 E

BART stop: MacArthur station

Bus lines: 12, 49, 51A, 52, 57