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What are some fun things to do on a date in Oakland, CA?

Asked by jonestown (2points) August 1st, 2008

First date coming up. Never been to Oakland. What are some interesting activities to do there?

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marinelife's avatar

Jack London Square is a fun, if touristy, area. It is on the water, there are shops. In daytime, you can rent kayaks right in the square and go out on the water. On Sundays, there is a Farmer’s Market. At night, there is a movie theater and all types of restaurants.

hannahsugs's avatar

Go for a hike in Redwood park, then stop at the Chabot Space and Science Center for a planetarium show and/or IMAX movie.

Does it have to be Oakland? You could get a meal on Telegraph Avenue or Shattuck in Berkeley, then walk around campus and go up the Campanile bell tower.

boffin's avatar

Go to an A’s Baseball game and watch the opposing team win!

Allie's avatar

Gosh darn it. Marina stole my answer – Jack London Square.

marinelife's avatar

@Allie Meet you there next time I’m in town.

thankgodforbeef's avatar

There’s a multitude of really cute, if yuppie-ish, shops and restaurants on College Avenue; same with the Piedmont district.

trumi's avatar

There are some awesome theaters by UC, and I second Redwood park. Great pick Hannanh. For dinner, get some great Indian food here.

ninjaxmarc's avatar

I second Jack London Square. :)

I mean third. :P

zina's avatar

I also enjoy Rockridge / College Ave and Piedmont. La Mediteranee is a popular but really yummy place to eat (great pomegranate chicken, chicken/cinnamon filo, cheese and spinach karni, hummus, etc) – technically in Berkeley, but along College. It’s often loud, but might be more comfortable and casual for a first date depending on your style. Near Piedmont (not far from Lake Merritt / Lakeshore) there’s a great tiki bar if the night goes well and that’s your kind of thing – at Piedmont and Grand Ave.s – see here. Killer pina colada with macademia nut… mmmmmm

zina's avatar

Also, Fenton’s ice cream on Piedmont – HUGE old fashioned sundaes and things – I recommend the black and tan (chocolate/carmel incredibleness) – I haven’t had the food there, but it’s also a restaurant. The ice creams are so big they’re perfect for sharing. :) It’s located here. Also can be crowded/noisy, but again that might be a bad thing.

zina's avatar

ok, last idea—- might be fun to show up with some lychee bubble tea from l’amyx tea bar at lakeshore and mandana – near lake merritt if that ends up being close to where you’re going (probably if you’re going around by car not public trans)

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