Much has changed since Jack London -  the turn-of-the-century American author of "White Fang" and "Call of the Wild" - grew up on Oakland's waterfront. But you can still drink whiskey grandley, sup on oysters and meander beside the docks just as they did in the 1890s in this waterfront neighborhood named after this literary star. The Jack London District has old school vibes everywhere - from the covered sidewalks and old time saloons that can be found in the historic Wholesale Produce Market to the warehouse cafes and bars that give this part of town it’s reputation as the “Beverage Belt”. That’s why this formerly gritty waterfront is perfect for anyone that is looking for a classic East Bay experience.


Located on the “Sunny Side” of the Bay, the Jack London District in Oakland is full of local spots and hidden gems. Stroll through the farmer’s market along Water Street and enjoy locally grown fruits and veggies. Hang out on the lawn, sipping wine, while watching or catching a ferry to San Francisco. Explore the murals and other pop-up art that has come to define a large part of the identity of Oakland. Tequila and trains mixed with “indie” vibes at Nido’s Backyard. Sushi and jazz together with “cozy” vibes at Yoshi’s. Curry, tamarind and lime provide a little spice along with “tropical” vibes. Explore this historic waterfront neighborhood with this guide to the best places to go in Jack London, sorted by vibe.