Living in the Golden Gate District
Exciting things are happening in Oakland's Golden Gate District! This vibrant neighborhood is undergoing a renaissance with new businesses, neighborhood activities, arts, and cultural events every day. Located at Oakland’s northwestern end, Golden Gate is also sometimes referred to as NOBE (for North Oakland, Berkeley, and Emeryville).
But, what's in a name? The historic neighborhood was once called Klinknerville, named for the man who built some of the first houses here around 1885.
The Golden Gate District is close to Pixar, Clif Bar, Guitar Center, multiple recording studios, and makers' workshops. You'll also find galleries, ashrams, yoga studios, breweries, street art, performance halls, a cooking school, and a popular yarn store – all committed to bringing the diverse groups living here together.
It is easily freeway/bridge accessible and a breeze to navigate on transit, bike, or foot. Whether you are looking to move or just visiting Oakland's Golden Gate District, you'll see it is close to everything and is undergoing quite an evolution!
Here's a taste:
- Berkeley Bowl
- Trader Joe's
- Berkeley Farmers Market – Every Tuesday, 2-6:30 p.m. at 63rd and Adeline.
Coffee and Sweets:
- Vegan Donut Farm – Vegan donuts, coffee, brunch, and lunch. 6037 San Pablo Ave. Oakland
- Sweet Adeline Bakeshop – Pecan cinnamon buns! Apple turnovers! Ricotta cheese galette! And special occasion cakes, too. 3350 Adeline St., Berkeley
- James & the Giant Cupcake – The shop name says it all. And who wouldn't want to try their Cupquake: graham cracker crusted chocolate cupcakes with marshmallow fluff filling, chocolate buttercream, dipped in graham cracker crumbles, topped with a chocolate dipped toasted marshmallow. 6326 San Pablo Ave., Oakland
- Noodle Theory Provisions – Fresh noodles, dumplings, soups, and salads. 5849 San Pablo Ave., Oakland
- Chile Jalapeño – A family-owned taqueria with a colorful ambiance and back patio. Their Mexican mixed drinks are a local favorite! 6706 San Pablo Ave., Oakland
- Yuzu Ramen & Broffee – Handmade noodles and savory broths. 1298 65th St. #1, Emeryville
- The Vault – A neighborhood brunch and lunch spot. 3250 Adeline St. Berkeley
- Town House Bar & Grill – This chef-driven restaurant is fine California dining at its best. The building itself has a colorful history that includes life as a former speakeasy. If those walls could talk... 5862 Doyle St. Emeryville
Draft Brews & Pub Eats
- Novel Brewing Company has a literary-themed tasting room in North Oakland at 6510 San Pablo Ave.
- Hoi Polloi Brewpub and Beat Lounge – A casual mini-micro-brewery, which serves a handful of home brews and lots of other labels. Whatever you drink, pair it with Hoi Polloi’s truffle popcorn. 1763 Alcatraz Ave., Berkeley
- Moxy Beer Garden – Local craft beers on tap, "craft burgers," and a fab beer garden. 3136 Sacramento St., Berkeley
- Wolfhound – A dog-friendly destination, known for its jukebox and Pub Quiz Tuesdays. 5516 San Pablo Ave., Oakland,
Community Centers & Associations
- Charles Porter Golden Gate Recreation Center – Basketball court, baseball field, picnic sites, and patio.
- Golden Gate Community Association – It's all about growing a tight-knit community (join a "block club") and improving the neighborhood with projects like the Lowell Street Mural.
- Golden Gate Branch Oakland Public Library – This is one of five Carnegie libraries in Oakland and is well known for its Summer Jazz on Sundays series. This branch also houses the African American Museum & Library, a unique resource on the history of African Americans in Northern California.
For Makers, Artists, & Art Lovers
- A Verb for Keeping Warm – Yarn, classes, and knitting circles
- Strings – A cozy setting for appreciating original acoustic music, in the style of a house concert.
- Kala – An art-making hub with a gallery that supports artists with an artist-in-residence program and youth education.
- The Compound Gallery and Studios – Voted Best Art Hang Out 2012 and Best Art Complex 2015.