Clarion Hotel Downtown Oakland City Center
371 13th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510) 279-1700
Fax: (510) 279-1701
Once the tallest building in town, the Oakland City Hall is a 320-feet (97-meter) high structure. It was built in 1914 in the Beaux-Arts architectural style. This marvel is replete with a stunning rotunda and intricate trimming. It is featured on the National Register of Historic Places.
Located just west of Lake Merritt sits Oakland's Chinatown. Oakland's Chinatown is one of the oldest in the nation, dating back to the mid-19th Century. Although it is lacking in the formal entry gate that many Chinatown's are known for, Oakland's version has some interesting and unique features such as bilingual street signs and diagonal crosswalks, making for a street-crossing frenzy during crowded times. Chinatown is also home to many of the city's best Asian restaurants, not just Chinese but also Thai, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Japanese and more. Chinatown is also host to several celebrations throughout the year including Chinese New Year and annual Dragon Boat races.
10th Street Market, also known as the Oakland Free Market, was a commercial market and city attraction that now features on the National Register of Historic Places. The Swan Market features several tourist-oriented businesses including restaurants and boutiques, as well as the Museum of Children’s Art. This complex has also been awarded for its urban excellence.
The African American Museum and Library was built in 1900. This museum host several exhibitions that showcase the culture and history of African-American people across Northern California and the Bay Area. The well-preserved collection features artifacts, photographs and memorabilia, as well as digital media for research purposes.
This is considered one of the greatest historical landmarks in Northern California. Built in 1868, the house is an Italianate villa that once belonged to Enoch Pardee and his family, all of whom made a great impact on local and state politics in the late-19th and early 20th centuries. The estate is attractive both architecturally and historically and features authentic carriage and tank houses. It is known as the centerpiece of Oakland's Preservation Park Historic District.
The First Unitarian Church of Oakland is a beautiful Romanesque styled church. One breathtaking feature of the church is the stained glass windows. The church invites everyone irrespective of age, sexual orientation, race, gender identity, class, ability, theology and religious heritage. Come here to worship and feel at home and at peace. You can also avail of the religious education.
The Paramount Theatre is the home of the Oakland Ballet and the Oakland East Bay Symphony. It is the area's foremost facility for performing arts and is known for its grand music concerts, variety shows and movies. Constructed in the post-Depression period of 1931, the Paramount Theatre is best remembered for fusing various disciplines of arts together into a harmonious whole. The Paramount frequently screens old movie classics complete with intermission with bar service.
That huge, modern glass tower perched on the edge of Lake Merritt is actually the Cathedral of Christ the Light, although it is sometimes known simply as the Oakland Cathedral. This Roman Catholic Cathedral was actually the first built in the 21st Century as a replacement for the Cathedral of Saint Frances de Sales, which was damaged beyond repair in the 1989 earthquake. Among the regular attributes, the Cathedral includes a health services center providing help to those without insurance, a mausoleum for the bishops of Oakland, a cafe, a bookstore and a public garden. The Cathedral often hosts classical and religious concerts and concert series that are free to the public.
In this concrete jungle, Kathy Shaner and her team brings to us her research about the most conventional bonsai trees. These hidden gems across the world are few and Kathy encourages their preservation, care and understanding through her educational workshops and programs. This Japanese styled garden and museum also showcases a huge variety of age old trees and stones and their origins. A definite must visit spot! To know more about their events and programs, check out their website or call ahead.
This is a 10-acre outdoor park in Oakland's Lakeside Park at Lake Merritt that features larger-than-life displays, rides, and entertainment inspired by children's literature. For over 50 years Bay Area families have turned here for wholesome family fun, and Walt Disney even got the idea for Disneyland from Fairyland. Enjoy a restored old-fashioned carousel, puppet shows, the Johnny Appleseed Cafe, and all your favorite childhood literary characters from Alice In Wonderland to the Swiss Family Robinson. It is highly recommended that you buy the "magic key"($2) that activates the narration of most displays. Please keep in mind visitors are not allowed entry without a child accompanying them.
In the days before Prohibition, Oakland was a beer-brewing Mecca, with more than 40 breweries producing more than 70,000 kegs a year. Today, Linden Street Brewery makes a much more modest amount of beer than that, but uses old-fashioned methods and recipes. Their beers are available at local watering holes like The Trappist and Cato's, but they're best sampled right here at the brewery. Beer and food are on offer most days. See website for beer specifics, brewery news and more.
The first of its kind to be opened in the United States, Oakland's Cat Town Cafe is a truly heartwarming experience. Part cafe and part cat shelter, this cafe is run by the non-profit Cat Town Oakland, which is dedicated to finding foster and forever homes for homeless cats in and around the Oakland area. The cafe consists of two different areas separated by a dividing wall: the cafe proper, where patrons can order coffee, espresso drinks, tea, and pastries, and the cat zone where all of the adoptable cats are free-roaming. Visitors to the cafe can take their drinks into the cat zone and spend up to an hour petting, playing with, and getting to know all of the cafe's feline residents. Reservations are highly recommended, as Cat Town Cafe is extremely popular, and can be made online. A $10 donation, which goes towards providing food, shelter, and care for the cats, is required for all patrons who make a reservation. Free-of-charge walk-ins are also available at the cafe, but are only available as time and space permits.