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.
Looking for a vibe that is energetic, buzzing and vibrant?
For those who are searching for the popular spots, sightseeing landmarks and very vibrant, high octane places where you’d be alert to all the colors, smells and sounds. These are the poppin’ places, like coffee shops, dive bars, patio happy hours, streets events, and popup markets – the places where you’re guaranteed to find everybody. Search Vibemap to find more Buzzing vibes in Oakland.
Looking for a vibe that is calm, cozy, and chill?
These are for people looking for sentimental and responsive reflections on the places and events around us. The spaces where we can express empathy and love. The relaxed, calm events and peaceful spots.
Looking for a vibe that is magical, artsy, and mindful?
These are for those who are living the upscale dream, shining and living who they are out loud. For those who enjoy kicking back in beautiful artspaces, buying from cool shops and seeking out purpose-free experiences.
Looking for a vibe that is old school, retro, and nostalgic?
There are spots for those who are looking to explore folksy things and events that look at how the past influences the future. For those into landmarks, reviving older things, feeling retro, nostalgic, sentimental, traditional, and sightseeing at popular old spots.
Looking for a vibe that is playful, exciting, and adventurous?
These are for the passionate hobbyist, the content & confident, the curious & inquisitive. On the edge of sassy. Includes all ages activities where you can expect to be engaged, learn things, tinkerer, have adventurous distractions, break a sweat, DIY together, or have whimsical relaxation.
Looking for a vibe that is cultural, diverse, and open?
These are for people looking for mindful and conscious experiences, universally welcoming/loving experiences or places that put women, POC and marginalized groups front and center, that celebrate their contributions AND also help you find like-minded people in other arenas, like sober-curious and Black queer, welcomingness but also family bonding, friend making, — where you might even go alone and be expected to contribute or find friendly hosts. Positivity rules here! Lift up voices that have been left out or left behind.
Looking for a vibe that is centered on community, passion and belonging?
These are for those interested in warm, joyful places that bring us together. They have a familiar feel to them, so it is accessible to all. These are places where we “show the love” and where we show appreciation and connection. Good vibes and self love.