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6 Instagrammable Spots in Oakland

Often overshadowed by its sister city San Francisco, there is actually much to see in the city of Oakland. But we all know that travel is no longer just about seeing it for yourself. It’s also about letting your friends and followers travel with you. You know how the saying goes: if you didn’t post it, did it really happen? If you’re visiting Oakland and you want to have a top notch photo reel for Instagram or the perfect scene for a TikTok, these are the best spots to check out:

1. Fox Theater

If there’s anything you absolutely can’t miss in Oakland, or the entire San Francisco Bay Area, it’s the historic Fox Theater. Originally opened in 1928, the theater operated as such until 1970, when it was converted to show movies rather than live performances. In 2009, it was restored and again repurposed into a concert venue. The classic “Fox Oakland” sign is a must-shoot. If you’re serious about your photo ops, check it out on a Sunday morning when it’s less crowded.

2. T-Rex Mural

Local art is one of the best ways to capture a city’s character and beauty. Nychos, a renown urban artist from Austria is the creator of the popular T-Rex mural on the side of the FLAX art and design building. This mural is located just west of uptown on the corner of Martin Luther King Jr and 15th street. Made entirely of spray paint, this is a prime unique photo op.

3. Temescal Alleys

These two pedestrian-only alleyways make for a fantastic morning or afternoon stroll. Check out the local shops and cafes that line the streets, and soak in the character of the architecture. The alleys are characterized by the brightly colored doors that welcome you into each unique shop.

4. Brother & Sister Flower Shop

If you want some interesting shots that are less touristy, visit the Brother & Sister flower shop on Grand Avenue. They have a gorgeous southwestern boho style plant shop perfect for cozy snapshots filled with character. They also offer various workshops for those interested.

5. Grand Lake Theatre

Akin to the vintage charm of Fox Theater, the Grand Lake Theater has been a functioning movie theater since 1926 and still has weekly showings today. The classic circular overhang and neon lighting is instantly nostalgic and perfect for ‘gramming. Just like Fox, this area can get pretty busy so it’s best to go in the morning if you want some space.

6. Gardens at Lake Merritt

For a taste of nature in the city, visit the Gardens at Lake Merritt. There are ten gardens with various themes housed within the seven-acre plot of land. The beautiful floral arrangements make for excellent photo op scenes, and admission is totally free.

Elly Johnson stands at the forefront of content research and online branding at Utopia Management. As the Content Marketing Manager, she delves deep into understanding local real estate and rental markets, fueled by her passion for travel and keen research skills. Elly is dedicated to empowering individuals with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about where to reside. A proud alumna of the University of South Florida, located in the vibrant heart of Tampa Bay, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Her academic background and extensive travel experiences uniquely position her to provide insights that resonate with diverse audiences.

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