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Jack London Square

Shop, dine and stroll to your heart’s content in this waterside square, named after the novelist who spent his childhood here. 

Come to Jack London Square to spend a relaxing afternoon walking the paths that run by the waterside or to enjoy a beer in the same tavern where the author of The Call of the Wild drank. Shop in some of Oakland’s best establishments and enjoy fine dining in one of the many restaurants overlooking the water.

Jack London Square was formerly the hub of all Oakland’s port activity. The novelist and social activist Jack London spent his boyhood here watching the ships come in and studying the many characters that roamed the port. Now the area is one of Oakland’s standout attractions, combining stunning waterside scenery, excellent shopping and dining activities and active leisure pursuits such as kayaking or jogging. 

Pay a visit to Heinold’s First and Last Chance saloon. This was built in 1883 from the timber of an old whaling ship and was the bar in which Jack London used to drink. Adjacent to the building is a replica of the cabin London lived in when he was in the Yukon territory where he got inspiration for The Call of the Wild. The replica is built using some of the logs from the original cabin.

Take a stroll along the Jack London walk, a path that runs from Heinold’s Saloon to the presidential Potomac yacht. Facts about the novelist’s life are placed on diamond-shaped markers along the path.

Those who love shopping will find much to enjoy here with several major retail outlets and boutique stores around the square. Look for the Jack London Market, which has a large number of stalls selling locally produced food.

Enjoy a west coast sunset sipping a beer or wine in one of the many bars. In the summer, come to the square on weekend evenings to watch one of the regular outdoor movies. Order the catch of the day in a seafood restaurant and continue on for a night of dancing in one of the local nightclubs.

Jack London Square is located a short walk from downtown Oakland. A ferry service, buses and the Bay Area Rapid Transportation (BART) service all stop here. A free shuttle will take you from the BART stop to the square.


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Waterfront Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel ¥14,213
Waterfront Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel

Waterfront Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel

10 Washington Street, Oakland, CA
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Jack London District, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Jack London Square and Oakland Convention Center. Oakland Museum of California and Oakland City Center are also within 1 mi (2 km). Oakland-Jack London Square Station is 10 minutes by foot and 12th St - Oakland City Center Station is 16 minutes.

    Jack London Inn ¥7,865
    Jack London Inn

    Jack London Inn

    444 Embarcadero W, Oakland, CA
       
      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Oakland, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Jack London Square, Oakland Convention Center, and Oakland City Center. Oakland Museum of California and Fox Theater are also within 1 mi (2 km). Oakland-Jack London Square Station is 6 minutes by foot and 12th St - Oakland City Center Station is 14 minutes.

      Oakland Marriott City Center ¥13,111
      Oakland Marriott City Center

      Oakland Marriott City Center

      1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Chinatown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Oakland Convention Center and Oakland City Center. Jack London Square and Oakland Museum of California are also within 15 minutes. 12th St - Oakland City Center Station is only a 4-minute walk and 19th St Station is 10 minutes.

        Z Hotel Jack London Square ¥14,212
        Z Hotel Jack London Square

        Z Hotel Jack London Square

        233 Broadway, Oakland, CA
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Oakland, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Jack London Square, Oakland Convention Center, and Oakland City Center. Oakland Museum of California and Fox Theater are also within 1 mi (2 km). Oakland-Jack London Square Station is 7 minutes by foot and 12th St - Oakland City Center Station is 12 minutes.

          Courtyard by Marriott Oakland Downtown ¥12,081
          Courtyard by Marriott Oakland Downtown

          Courtyard by Marriott Oakland Downtown

          988 Broadway, Oakland, CA
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Chinatown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Oakland Convention Center and University of California Board of Regents. Fox Theater and Oakland Museum of California are also within 15 minutes. 12th St - Oakland City Center Station is only a 5-minute walk and Lake Merritt Station is 10 minutes.

            Extended Stay America Oakland - Alameda ¥12,022
            Extended Stay America Oakland - Alameda

            Extended Stay America Oakland - Alameda

            1350 Marina Village Pkwy, Alameda, CA
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Alameda, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Jack London Square, Oakland Museum of California, and Oakland Convention Center. Oakland City Center and Fox Theater are also within 2 mi (3 km). Oakland-Jack London Square Station is 20 minutes by foot and Lake Merritt Station is 26 minutes.

              The Washington Inn Hotel ¥10,208
              The Washington Inn Hotel

              The Washington Inn Hotel

              495 10th St, Oakland, CA
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Oakland, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Oakland Convention Center and Oakland City Center. Jack London Square and Oakland Museum of California are also within 15 minutes. 12th St - Oakland City Center Station is 5 minutes by foot and 19th St Station is 11 minutes.

                Hampton Inn Oakland Downtown-City Center ¥13,018
                Hampton Inn Oakland Downtown-City Center

                Hampton Inn Oakland Downtown-City Center

                378 11th Street, Oakland, CA
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Chinatown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Oakland Convention Center, Oakland Museum of California, and Oakland City Center. Jack London Square and Fox Theater are also within 15 minutes. 12th St - Oakland City Center Station is 5 minutes by foot and Lake Merritt Station is 10 minutes.