Jack London Square on Oakland’s waterfront is a bustling hub of restaurants, shops, and events. Named for Oakland’s famous writer, Jack London lived in the area when it was still a rough-and-tumble seaport. Oakland still boasts a working port, but Jack London Square is no longer ramshackle houses, but a beautiful shop-lined boardwalk and square.
At the square, you’ll find lively local events, as well as regular weekly events and daily restaurant specials.
Explore Jack London’s history! The author was a pioneering magazine writer and most famous for The Call of the Wild and White Fang. A recreation of the cabin that London lived in the remote Yukon while writing, as well as Heinold’s First and Last Chance Saloon, are two spots to get a sense of the famous Oaklander the area is named for. Heinold’s has been in the same spot since 1883, and was originally constructed from a whaling ship.
The U.S.S. Potoamac Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s presidential yacht which has been converted into a National Landmark and museum to the president. The “Floating White House” is open for tours and cruises all year long.
Grab a bite to eat near the water! Some options in the Square:
Photo Courtesy of Jack London Square