"The Kaiser Rooftop Garden is simply beautiful. It's an amazing oasis above the hustle and bustle of the streets below. Sitting, reading, eating, napping, or walking through here you would never know that you are in fact on top of a multi-story parking garage. One of my favorite views from here is looking across the garden at the Ordway Building located across the street. It just seems to pop up out of the plants and trees like it was some sort of a giant aluminum and glass mushroom.
If you're having difficulty finding the garden, the three easiest ways to get there are by going up the escalators in the main lobby of the Kaiser Center building and then taking the garage elevator to the roof; entering the semi-abandoned mall behind the Long's Drugs and taking the escalator or elevator up to the top floor (follow the signs to the Central Park Restaurant); or taking the elevator up to the 2nd floor in the Ordway Building and walking across the skybridge that crosses 21st Street.
If you live or work in downtown Oakland, you MUST visit this place."