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Jack London Square, Oakland

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Jack London Square is a popular entertainment and business destination on the waterfront of Oakland, California, United States. Named after the author Jack London and owned by the Port of Oakland, it is the home of stores, restaurants, hotels, an Amtrak station, a San Francisco Bay Ferry ferry dock, the historic Heinold's First and Last Chance Saloon, the (re-located) cabin Jack London lived in in the Klondike, and a movie theater. A farmer's market is hosted among the retail shops on Sunday mornings. The former presidential yacht USS Potomac is moored at an adjacent slip.Jack London Square is located at the south end of Broadway, across the Oakland Estuary from Alameda.The name has also come to refer to the formerly industrial neighborhood surrounding Jack London Square now known as the Jack London District, which has undergone significant rehabilitation in the last decade, including loft conversions and new construction. Current California Governor (and former Oakland mayor) Jerry Brown made his home here before moving north to the Uptown neighborhood.
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  • I Come here for a couple of my favorite stores. And sometimes we come here to dine. It's a nice are, could be so much more. An unrealized part of downtown. 
    I Come here for a couple of my favorite stores. And sometimes we come here to dine. It's a nice are, could be so much more. An unrealized part of downtown.  more »
  • Flew in to Oakland International Airport, took a quick Uber ride to Jack London Sq to sleep and eat for a few days. What a great spot to stay on the water, and then catch that Ferry ride over to the SF Ferry Building and beyond. Logistically speaking, JL Sq has it all. The History, Excellent dining, Live music, Family entertainment, Marina Life, and even an Amtrak Station is within walking distance. Downtown Oakland is a short walk away, professional sports is a very short ride away...and it appears that there is a resurgence of business, high density living and community activities increasing around the immediate area. The Bay Area Trail is looking good from here too. Lots of local walkers hitting the trail. It's clean, safe and right on the waters edge. Nice job Oakland!
  • My first time here and I love it so much! Very peaceful and clean 👍🏻. Excellent place to have a picnic with friends and family! Will definitely gonna come back here and try out the restaurants here

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