Oakland, California

The Town (not to be confused with The City) offers awesome co-working options and a hip street-vibe that rivals its sister city across the bay, San Francisco. 
Downtown Oakland Skyline

The Town (not to be confused with The City) offers awesome co-working options and a hip street-vibe that rivals its sister city across the bay, San Francisco.  We found Oakland to be a great WanderLawyer location that not only has good transportation, tons of cafes, and affordable prices, but also a unique vibe. Far from being in the shadow of San Francisco, Oakland stands tall with its own unique charm and character.

While San Francisco is often touted for its iconic landmarks, Oakland prides itself on its diverse culture, thriving arts scene, and historic neighborhoods.

Oakland is a melting pot of cultures, which is reflected in its eclectic neighborhoods. From the artsy vibes of Uptown to the historic elegance of Jack London Square, there’s a place in Oakland for every mood and preference.

If you’re seeking a bustling business environment, Downtown Oakland will serve you well. But for those who crave a more grassroots, urban feel, Temescal or Fruitvale are perfect spots to set up your remote workstation.

One of the best things about working in Oakland is the plethora of parks and scenic spots. Whether it’s enjoying a calm evening by Lake Merritt or admiring the skyline from Joaquin Miller Park, there’s no shortage of places to take a break from work.

Oakland’s events calendar is always buzzing, from the Art & Soul Festival to the monthly First Fridays. And if you’re a sports enthusiast, catching an A’s game at the Oakland Coliseum is a must.

Here is our WanderLawyer rating for Oakland, California:

Accessibility: 4.5/5 stars.

Delicious food: 4.5/5 stars.

Affordability: 4/5 stars.

Work remote locations & internet access: 4/5 stars.

Weather: 4/5 stars.

Friendliness: 4/5 stars.

Nightlife: 4/5 stars.

Vibe: 4.5/5 stars.

Overall Score – 4.5/5 Stars.

Recommendations: 

Attractions: 

The Oakland Zoo is a must and offers family fun entertainment in a world-class Zoo. Lake Merritt is a bustling urban oasis, perfect for a leisurely stroll, bird-watching, or enjoying the Californian sun. Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) allows vistors to dive into California’s rich history, art, and natural sciences with interactive exhibits and a beautiful garden.

Cafes: 

Blue Bottle Coffee is a pioneer in the coffee world, their W.C. Morse building location is an emblem of quality coffee and sustainable practices. Red Bay Coffee Roastery, a Fruitvale gem, is more than just a café; it’s a hub for community engagement and social justice, with an inviting space for work and meetings. Finally, Timeless Coffee. is a vegan-friendly spot on Piedmont Avenue that offers delicious plant-based pastries and a cozy ambiance, perfect for a relaxed work session or a leisurely break.

Food:

Check out ABURAYA for Japanese fried chicken, and Dan Sung Sa for a hip Korean restaurant. We were delighted with the soul food at Everett & Jones Barbeque and the authentic Mexican flavors at Taqueria Sinaloa. If you’re around Lake Merritt, check out Grand Lake Kitchen for a lakeside brunch. And for a touch of nostalgia, Fentons Creamery in Piedmont Avenue is a must-visit.

Lodging:

While there are a few Airbnb options, we found boutique hotels like Waterfront Hotel at Jack London Square to be more charming. Another excellent pick for digital nomads is The Oaklander Hotel with its urban chic style. Not to be outdone, The Moxy is a for a hip spot with a nice bar and good access to all of the fun Telegraph Ave and Broadway has to offer. 

Nightlife/bars:

If you’re in the mood for jazz, Yoshi’s Oakland is the place to be. For beer gardens, check out Telegraph Beer Garden in the Uptown district is a popular spot. Blind Tiger is a comfy, cozy basement tavern for Asian Fusion shared plates & drinks plus happy hours.

Remote working locations:

Oakland has a burgeoning co-working scene. We found The Port Workspaces and Impact Hub to be quite accommodating and friendly for digital nomads. 

Transportation:

Oakland’s transportation system is well-connected. With BART stations located strategically, commuting around the Bay is a breeze. AC Transit buses are reliable for city rides. And yes, don’t miss the nostalgic experience of the historic streetcars.

VERDICT:

Oakland, with its unique charm, makes for an excellent WanderLawyer location. With its diverse culture, thriving arts scene, and affordability, it’s a contender for top WanderLawyer destinations in the USA. -WL.

Authors

Anthony Shallat

Anthony Shallat

Anthony Shallat is a digital nomad attorney and WanderLawyer co-founder. Anthony believes travel unlocks potential and opens minds. He’s been wandering and lawyering since 2014.