Grand Lake / Lakeshore

See where Oaklanders come together

Located on the northeast end of Lake Merritt north of Interstate 580, the Grand Lake district includes the commercial streets of Grand, Lake Park, and Lakeshore Avenues.  These streets are home to many cafes and restaurants and small shops.  Lakeshore Avenue has more chain stores interspersed with small businesses.  This neighborhood really comes alive on Saturdays with the weekly farmers market at Splash Pad Park, located along Lake Park Avenue.  Craftsman homes and some condominium and apartment buildings are nestled behind these two main streets.

How to get to Grand Lake / Lakeshore:

  • By bus: Take the AC Transit 12 route northbound on Broadway directly to the neighborhood.
  • On foot: Alternatively, this route can be a leisurely 2 mile walk along Broadway and Grand Avenue.
  • By bus: Broadway can also be traveled using the free Broadway “B” Shuttle.
  • On foot: For a more scenic route, walk toward Lake Merritt along 14th Street and follow the Necklace of Lights around the lake along Oak Street, Lakeside Drive, and Grand Avenue.

Saturday farmers market
Grand Lake farmers market


Grand Lake Theatre
Grand Lake Theatre


Arizmendi Bakery pizza special
Arizmendi pizza special


Guide and Photos by Jackie Yang