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City Guide: What to Do in Oakland

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by Maria Fernandez | December 03, 2020

If you're planning a trip to Oakland, California — whether IRL or in your mind — best turn to an expert. Maria Fernandez isn't just a five-year veteran of Red Bay Coffee, she's a certified Oakland native.

Here, she shares her top spots in Oakland, to support small, local businesses, and join in the vibe of this diverse community.

Red Bay Roastery

3098 East 10th Street

Oakland, California 94601

Open daily 8:00 am

Stop by the Fruitvale District roastery for curbside service, a full-service coffee bar, coffee garden, curated food, snacks, condiments, branded tees, sweatshirts, totes, mugs, and more. Catch Greyson, while you're there!


Ale Industries

3096 East 10th Street

Oakland, California 94601

Open daily 12:00 pm

Right next door to Red Bay Coffee, this chill taproom inside a warehouse-like brewery offers up a variety of house beers plus growlers to go. When you visit Ale Industries, try Fruitvale Grind, a collaboration with Red Bay and our delicious cold brew.


Lake Merritt

Lake Merritt is one of the most unique urban spaces in the US. With its three- mile shoreline, it is Oakland's heart and center and representative of an exceptionally diverse city. A special place where nature and nurture migrates and mingles daily.


Grand Lake Farmers Market

Splash Pad Park

746 Grand Avenue

Oakland, California 94610

Open Saturday 9:00 am

On Saturdays, shop the best farmers market in the East Bay. The Oakland Grand Lake market features over 40 local farmers, 30 specialty food purveyors, and a handful of local artisans selling, plus Red Bay Coffee - on-site, serving beautiful coffee to the people from our full-service mobile van.


Alkali Rye

3256 Grand Avenue

Oakland, California 94610

Open Tuesday to Sunday 11:00 am

Alkali Rye is a new, beautiful specialty beverage shop and tasting room in Oakland, offering an exciting selection of craft spirits, wines, beers, teas, and coffee in support of and featuring BIPOC producers.


Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream

2335 Broadway

Oakland, California 94612

Open Monday to Thursday 3:30 pm; open Friday to Sunday 1:00 pm


Peoples Barber & Shop

2337 Broadway #101

Oakland, California 94607

Open daily 9:00 am


Drake’s Dealership

2325 Broadway

Oakland, California 94612

Open Wednesday to Sunday 12:00 pm; Open Tuesday 4:00 pm


Robert’s Park Mountain Trails

10570 Skyline Boulevard

Oakland, California 94619

Open daily 8:00 am

For a leave the city vibe, without leaving the city.