Jack London Square

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Jack London Square

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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.

Top Hotels Close to Jack London Square

Jack London Inn
Jack London Inn
2 out of 5
444 Embarcadero W, Oakland, CA, 94607
The price is $80 per night from May 23 to May 24
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Oakland. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the overall value in our reviews. Popular ...
2.5/5 (969 reviews)
"Property has a low rating of 2.5 , for a reason. Hest I. Room was broken. So it was cold and I'm sure they knew this. After I called them they did nothing for like 3 hours, cause they were busy at the desk with other guests checking in and only one employee. He brought up finally the world's smallest ..."

Reviewed on May 12, 2022

Jack London Inn
Waterfront Hotel, part of JdV by Hyatt
Waterfront Hotel, part of JdV by Hyatt
3.5 out of 5
10 Washington Street, Oakland, CA, 94607
The price is $171 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Oakland. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour fitness center, and valet parking. Our guests praise the restaurant and ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (981 reviews)
"We liked the location & room. However, there was no soundproofing in ceiling or walls & we heard upstairs & next door guests, especially the barking dog."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Waterfront Hotel, part of JdV by Hyatt
Oakland Marriott City Center
Oakland Marriott City Center
4 out of 5
1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA, 94607
The price is $189 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Oakland. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (983 reviews)
"I had reserved a king room a few months ago...not available when we checked in at 4pm."

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

Oakland Marriott City Center
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Jack London Square

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5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 10, 2020

Nice boardwalk near the water and marina. Very tranquil and large lounge chairs that seat 3-4 people. very cute. clean bathrooms

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 27, 2019

We Uber’d to this place and ate ate Planks. It’s was a lot of fun to go see, walk around and eat. I would definitely recommend this place if you’re staying in the Oakland area for a night like we did.

2/5 - Disappointing

Ella

Apr 22, 2019

Long waits on restaurants. Parking is a nightmare :(

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Apr 20, 2019

Check your sheets.

5/5 - Excellent

Kareha

Feb 15, 2019

Kincaid's food is awesome!

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Best Lodging Options Near Jack London Square

Jack London Inn
Jack London Inn
2 out of 5
444 Embarcadero W, Oakland, CA, 94607
The price is $80 per night from May 23 to May 24
Jack London Inn
Waterfront Hotel, part of JdV by Hyatt
Waterfront Hotel, part of JdV by Hyatt
3.5 out of 5
10 Washington Street, Oakland, CA, 94607
The price is $171 per night from May 30 to May 31
Waterfront Hotel, part of JdV by Hyatt
Oakland Marriott City Center
Oakland Marriott City Center
4 out of 5
1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA, 94607
The price is $189 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Oakland Marriott City Center
Z Hotel Jack London Square
Z Hotel Jack London Square
3 out of 5
233 Broadway, Oakland, CA, 94607
Z Hotel Jack London Square
Courtyard by Marriott Oakland Downtown
Courtyard by Marriott Oakland Downtown
3 out of 5
988 Broadway, Oakland, CA, 94607
The price is $169 per night from May 26 to May 27
Courtyard by Marriott Oakland Downtown
Hampton Inn Oakland Downtown-City Center
Hampton Inn Oakland Downtown-City Center
2.5 out of 5
378 11th Street, Oakland, CA, 94607
The price is $153 per night from Jun 2 to Jun 3
Hampton Inn Oakland Downtown-City Center
Extended Stay America Premier Suites Oakland Alameda
Extended Stay America Premier Suites Oakland Alameda
2.5 out of 5
1350 Marina Village Pkwy, Alameda, CA, 94501
The price is $138 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Extended Stay America Premier Suites Oakland Alameda
Ramada by Wyndham Oakland Downtown City Center
Ramada by Wyndham Oakland Downtown City Center
2.5 out of 5
371 13th St, Oakland, CA, 94612
The price is $125 per night from May 26 to May 27
Ramada by Wyndham Oakland Downtown City Center
Washington Inn
Washington Inn
3 out of 5
495 10th St, Oakland, CA, 94607
The price is $109 per night from May 23 to May 24
Washington Inn
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.