The Bay Area Sights

Jack London Square

  • Plaza/Square/Piazza

Published 07/06/2016

Fodor's Review

Shops, minor historic sites, restaurants, and the venerable Yoshi's jazz club line Jack London Square, named for the author of The Call of the Wild, The Sea Wolf, and other books. London, who was born in San Francisco, also lived in Oakland, where he spent many a day boozing and brawling in the waterfront area, most notably at the tiny Heinold's First and Last Chance Saloon (48 Webster St., at Embarcadero W). The wonderful saloon has been serving since 1883. Next door is the Klondike cabin in which London spent a summer in the late 1890s. The cabin was moved from Alaska and reassembled here in 1970.

Weekends at the square are lively, with diners filling the many outdoor patios, and shoppers perusing Sunday's farmers' market, from 9 am to 2 pm. The square is worth a peek if you've arrived on the ferry that docks here; but you'll get a better feel for Oakland checking out the Uptown, Rockridge, or Temescal neighborhoods.

Sight Information

Address:

Embarcadero W at Broadway, Oakland, California, 94607, USA

Phone:

510-645–9292

Published 07/06/2016

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