OAKLAND (CBS SF) — The New York Times ranked Oakland among the top 45 places to visit in 2012.

Oakland earned the number 5 spot just after London, and before Tokyo.

READ MORE: Antioch: Woman In Stable Condition After Passenger In Her Car Accidently Shot Her

Although there was some mention of the tensions that erupted during the recent Occupy protests, the east bay city was praised for its revitalized night-life.

Among Oakland’s jewels: the historic Fox Theatre, great music venues, and restaurants like Commis, Hawker Fare and Plum.

READ MORE: COVID: California Lawmakers Revive Virus Tax Break For Businesses

Tahoe grabbed the number 30 spot.  San Francisco was not on the list.

Panama ranked number 1.

MORE NEWS: Suspects In Kristin Smart's Disappearance, Murder Plead Not Guilty

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)