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:
2. Lunch with a view at Lake Chalet. A cousin of the renowned Beach and Park Chalets, this popular waterfront restaurant serves up classy food and drinks in a breathtaking setting. (1520 Lakeside Drive, thelakechalet.com)
3. Catch an afternoon movie at the historic Grand Lake Theatre. 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. (3200 Grand Avenue, renaissancerialto.com)
4. Snag supper at Boot and Shoe Service, a fantastic little restaurant with creative cocktails and a young, hip vibe. Warning: they don’t take reservations. (3308 Grand Avenue, bootandshoeservice.com)
Take BART to Lake Merritt station.