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Old 07-05-2010, 11:37 PM
 
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Hi all,

I'm moving to Emeryville (near Bay st) and I'm somewhat new to the East Bay. I was hoping some of you could give me advice on just really what to do in the area.

All I really know is that its close to the Bay bridge and there is some good shopping nearby.

So I'd really appreciate if you all could let me know some of your favorite spots around town (restaurants, nightlife, shopping, entertainment...)
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Old 07-06-2010, 01:18 AM
 
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Go to Ikea...?

There isn't much there, it's a tiny little town and it's where people from all around the Bay Area go for the strip malls and big-box stores that other towns don't have.

Oakland and Berkeley are nearby and have more stuff to do.
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Old 07-06-2010, 01:27 AM
 
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There's a pretty good poker room in Emeryville - The Oaks. I wouldn't want to park my car there at night, but it's something to do there.
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Old 07-06-2010, 01:31 AM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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aside from emery market and a cool bar called kitty's, there is nothing to do besides shop at bay street.

fret not, oakland and berkeley have way more to do and there are a 5-10 minute drive away- berkeley marina, lake merritt, jack london square, etc.
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Old 07-06-2010, 11:22 AM
 
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I live in Emeryville! It all depends on what you like to do. There's actually a lot for a small place. Here are my thoughts:

-Outdoor activities: the area on the west side of I-80 has a very nice Marina that also links up with the Bayside trail. You can walk, rollerblade, jog, or bike there and enjoy great views of the City, Oakland, and Marin. Also nice for picnicking or BBQing on weekends. If you're in the middle of town, there are some cool little paths for walking your dog, most notably the "linear park" that runs diagonally through town (with some interruption on old blocks that aren't yet redeveloped). There is a new large neighborhood park at Hollis and 62nd that is also great -- basketball court, playground for kids, huge lawn that's used for picnicking, ultimate frisbee, kicking the soccer ball, etc.

-Food: we have a ton of places to eat or just chill with a cup of coffee. If chain restaurants aren't your thing, then there are cool local places like Townhouse, Summer Summer Thai Eatery, Bucci's, Aquarius Cafe, Ruby's, Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe (fun breakfast joint), Rotten City Pizza (take out only), Doyle Street Cafe (also a fun breakfast place). There is also the Emeryville Public Market, which is basically a food court with all kinds of independent food vendors (but not too spectacular). There's also a Chevy's Mexican restaurant on the waterfront, as well as Trader Vic's and a dim sum palace.

-Shopping and Movie Theaters: Emeryville is the area's main shopping district west of the Berkeley hills (aside from Berkeley's very charming Fourth Street, which is two freeway exits away and full of cool independent boutiques, restaurants, and places to hang out outdoors; but it's much smaller). Emeryville has the Public Marketplace, which has Borders books, the Public Market food court, a United Artists movie theater, a billiard place, a gym, and a huge (flagship) Peet's Coffee. That's about it. Bay Street has an enormous AMC Theater and IMAX, a bunch of mall stores (Banana Republic, Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Metropark, Steve Madden, etc). and a ton of cool places to eat, some of them small local chains and some big national ones (PF Chang's, CPK, Elephant Bar, Pasta Pomodoro, Pizza My Heart, Teacake Bake Shop, Fuddrucker's, Buckhorn Grill, Coldstone, Asqew Grill, Zao Noodle Bar). All restaurants have outdoor patios, and some are on the second level by the movie theater for nice views. There is a fun plaza area with adirondack chairs, fire pits, and live music on the weekends. As far as malls go, it's compact and nice to be outside. You also have IKEA of course, and your local shopping (Trader Joe's, Starbucks, BevMo, etc) at Powell Street Plaza.

-Art Studios: there are still some artists' studios around, but not like there used to be. Try to get some info on those and especially don't miss the October Art Walk thing they do one weekend, where all the galleries are open on one night.

-Nightlife: one guy said it, it's pretty much Kitty's Bar (cool place with a great patio), and some of the restaurants being open late (like Rudy's), but other than that, it's not a nightlife area. Uptown Oakland is a short drive away, as is Berkeley, as is the City!

Other than that, remember that Emeryville may not be the most exciting city in the world, but it's really tiny (7500 people), so there's quite a lot for being so small! And that also means you border Oakland and Berkeley, and we are very close to all parts of the Bay Area (including Marin), so it's just a quick hop anywhere.

I really like it here!
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Old 07-06-2010, 11:25 AM
 
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As others have said, Emeryville is not much bigger than your thumbnail. There's shopping and the marketplace, there's a movie theater as well. Everything is in Oakland and Berkeley, both of which engulf Emeryville's eastern, southern, and northern boundaries. Emeryville is nice however and you won't be far from anything.
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Old 07-06-2010, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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the area on the west side of I-80 has a very nice Marina that also links up with the Bayside trail. You can walk, rollerblade, jog, or bike there and enjoy great views of the City, Oakland, and Marin.
Agree with this - it's a very pretty walk on that little peninsula around Trader Vic's with all the sailboats, there's a wooden walkway that meanders along the edge, very nice at sunset/nighttime especially.

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There's also a Chevy's Mexican restaurant on the waterfront
Chevy's food isn't the best, but this one has a beautiful view, and if you can snag a table at the window during happy hour it's one of the cheapest eats for the best views you can get in the Bay Area.
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Old 07-06-2010, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Mission Viejo, CA / San Rafael, CA
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Emeryville is great and the Movie Complex area is a nice place to spend a Friday night, if you don't get any thugs and wannabes acting like idiots during your visit.

One time I went to see a movie there and 4-5 guys came into the movie theater drunk as ****, and screaming profanity and screaming "510 b*tches! Oakland fo life!!!" Honestly it was horrible. For almost 2 hours these jokers were chatting and laughing loudly throughout the movie, and no one wanted to do anything because these wannabes looked like they might be packing guns.

Anyway, sometimes you have to deal with that and it's a pain.
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Old 07-06-2010, 12:50 PM
 
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I live in Emeryville! It all depends on what you like to do. There's actually a lot for a small place. Here are my thoughts:

-Outdoor activities: the area on the west side of I-80 has a very nice Marina that also links up with the Bayside trail. You can walk, rollerblade, jog, or bike there and enjoy great views of the City, Oakland, and Marin. Also nice for picnicking or BBQing on weekends. If you're in the middle of town, there are some cool little paths for walking your dog, most notably the "linear park" that runs diagonally through town (with some interruption on old blocks that aren't yet redeveloped). There is a new large neighborhood park at Hollis and 62nd that is also great -- basketball court, playground for kids, huge lawn that's used for picnicking, ultimate frisbee, kicking the soccer ball, etc.

-Food: we have a ton of places to eat or just chill with a cup of coffee. If chain restaurants aren't your thing, then there are cool local places like Townhouse, Summer Summer Thai Eatery, Bucci's, Aquarius Cafe, Ruby's, Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe (fun breakfast joint), Rotten City Pizza (take out only), Doyle Street Cafe (also a fun breakfast place). There is also the Emeryville Public Market, which is basically a food court with all kinds of independent food vendors (but not too spectacular). There's also a Chevy's Mexican restaurant on the waterfront, as well as Trader Vic's and a dim sum palace.

-Shopping and Movie Theaters: Emeryville is the area's main shopping district west of the Berkeley hills (aside from Berkeley's very charming Fourth Street, which is two freeway exits away and full of cool independent boutiques, restaurants, and places to hang out outdoors; but it's much smaller). Emeryville has the Public Marketplace, which has Borders books, the Public Market food court, a United Artists movie theater, a billiard place, a gym, and a huge (flagship) Peet's Coffee. That's about it. Bay Street has an enormous AMC Theater and IMAX, a bunch of mall stores (Banana Republic, Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Metropark, Steve Madden, etc). and a ton of cool places to eat, some of them small local chains and some big national ones (PF Chang's, CPK, Elephant Bar, Pasta Pomodoro, Pizza My Heart, Teacake Bake Shop, Fuddrucker's, Buckhorn Grill, Coldstone, Asqew Grill, Zao Noodle Bar). All restaurants have outdoor patios, and some are on the second level by the movie theater for nice views. There is a fun plaza area with adirondack chairs, fire pits, and live music on the weekends. As far as malls go, it's compact and nice to be outside. You also have IKEA of course, and your local shopping (Trader Joe's, Starbucks, BevMo, etc) at Powell Street Plaza.

-Art Studios: there are still some artists' studios around, but not like there used to be. Try to get some info on those and especially don't miss the October Art Walk thing they do one weekend, where all the galleries are open on one night.

-Nightlife: one guy said it, it's pretty much Kitty's Bar (cool place with a great patio), and some of the restaurants being open late (like Rudy's), but other than that, it's not a nightlife area. Uptown Oakland is a short drive away, as is Berkeley, as is the City!

Other than that, remember that Emeryville may not be the most exciting city in the world, but it's really tiny (7500 people), so there's quite a lot for being so small! And that also means you border Oakland and Berkeley, and we are very close to all parts of the Bay Area (including Marin), so it's just a quick hop anywhere.

I really like it here!
What he(or she) said.

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Old 07-06-2010, 05:36 PM
 
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Emeryville is great and the Movie Complex area is a nice place to spend a Friday night, if you don't get any thugs and wannabes acting like idiots during your visit.

One time I went to see a movie there and 4-5 guys came into the movie theater drunk as ****, and screaming profanity and screaming "510 b*tches! Oakland fo life!!!" Honestly it was horrible. For almost 2 hours these jokers were chatting and laughing loudly throughout the movie, and no one wanted to do anything because these wannabes looked like they might be packing guns.

Anyway, sometimes you have to deal with that and it's a pain.
How long did it take you to make up that BS story.
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