Off the BART: 6 Things to Do Near MacArthur Station


Situated just outside downtown Oakland, Piedmont Avenue (not to be confused with the city of Piedmont)  is home of some of Oakland’s hippest restaurants and shops. Here you’ll find food for every taste bud, from Vietnamese to pub grub, plus plenty of entertainment.

Here, a taste of everything the avenue has to offer.

1. Break for breakfast at Mama’s Royal Café, located halfway between MacArthur station and Piedmont Avenue. Breakfast after your BART ride might be just what Mama ordered, and this funky diner has been serving healthy breakfast and lunch seven days a week since 1974. (4012 Broadway,

2. Walk off breakfast with some shopping on the avenue. Get one of a kind vintage frocks at Mercy Vintage Now clothing store, or rifle through well-organized indie wares at Rare Bird. (4188 Piedmont Avenue,, 3883 Piedmont Avenue,

3. Grab a beer (or maybe some pub trivia) at Cato’s Ale House.  (3891 Piedmont Avenue,

4. Get your fiesta on at Bar César. (4039 Piedmont Avenue,

5. Check out what’s playing at Piedmont Theatre. You can rely on this old independent theater’s stellar pick of flicks, from the latest film festival winners to obscure foreign flicks. (4186 Piedmont Avenue,

6. Indulge in a tasty frozen treat at the historic Fentons Creamery. (4226 Piedmont Avenue,

Take BART to Oakland’s MacArthur station.

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  • Kristin McCloy
    September 5, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Love me some Piedmont Ave! Surprised Kostum didn’t come up — a very high-end consignment shop that still has some wonderful bargains — not to be missed!

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    […] For you: After you’ve dealt with your gifting Issues, treat yourself to something sweet at famous Fentons or something pretty at Mercy Vintage Now. Catch a movie, grab a drink… There’s plenty to do on Piedmont Avenue. […]

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