DOWNTOWN / LAKESIDE
In recent years, Downtown Oakland has seen an emergence as the East Bay epicenter of arts, enterprise, dining and nightlife. Catch a concert at the renovated Fox Theater, dinner at Flora and or head to Cafe Van Kleef for a fresh Greyhound cocktail for happy hour. With warm, mild weather and picturesque views of the Bay and San Francisco, Downtown Oakland is a great area to live car-free, it’s easily accessible to via 12th Street BART, AC Transit buses and the free Broadway Shuttle.
It’s an eclectic area where old school Oakland icons like Lois the Pie Lady and the weekly Ashby Flea Market meet the uber-hip North Oakland neighbor Temescal Alley. Neighborhood notables include Berkeley Bowl. Cholita Linda, Mariposa Bakery and Alchemy Cafe. Sandwiched between MacArthur and Ashby BART, Bushrod is an ideal spot for Emeryville and San Francisco commuters.