Off the Bart: 4 Things to Do in Lake Merritt, Oakland
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Flanked by the ritzier Rockridge and Temescal regions of Oakland, lovely Lake Merritt still has a slightly rough edge, and some major authenticity appeal.
Here are four things to do in Lake Merritt, Oakland:
1. Start with the obvious: Walk Lake Merritt. Clocking in at 3.4 miles, the perimeter is flat all the way around, making for a gorgeous stroll.
2. Lunch with a view at Lake Chalet (1520 Lakeside Drive). A cousin of the renowned Beach and Park Chalets, this popular waterfront restaurant serves up classy food and drinks in a breathtaking setting.
3. Catch an afternoon movie at the historic Grand Lake Theatre (3200 Grand Avenue). With classic art deco interior, complete with fancy chandeliers, intricate molding, and a second floor organ. Matinees run until 7p.m. for $7, plus they have free popcorn on Tuesdays.
4. Snag supper at Boot and Shoe Service (3308 Grand Avenue), a fantastic little restaurant with creative cocktails and a young, hip vibe. Warning: they don’t take reservations.
Directions: Take BART to Lake Merritt station and head north towards the lake.