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Address: 8th and Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607

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In The Bay Area? Check Out Old Oakland!

I went over to Oakland on a Friday during my stay in the Bay Area. Old Oakland blew me away with how cool the architecture and the landscape was. Little bistros and shops in the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 July 2016
Jordan W
Kamloops, Canada
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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

This is a beautifully restored area of Oakland, not far from Jack London Square and the Civic Center. It is also fairly close to Lake Merritt and the Oakland Museum of California.

Thank Janice A
Oakland, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

A small area highlighted by some good historic preservation. Pedestrian. Some good restaurants, mostly informal. A small market. The farmer's market, Fridays I think, is very popular. But don't go out of your way to visit.

Thank Thomas V
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

There is a brewery tour you can get on in front of Pacific Coast Brewing Co in Old Town. You have to buy a ticket first. You visit 3 breweries around Oakland and other nearby cities. It included all of the beer tastings. It is a lot of fun.

Thank JeanCal
Kamloops, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

I went over to Oakland on a Friday during my stay in the Bay Area. Old Oakland blew me away with how cool the architecture and the landscape was. Little bistros and shops in the area make the experience really authentic, and must see for any tourists in the area. Oaklands Farmers Market is every Friday in the Old Oakland... More 

1 Thank Jordan W
Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

Came here mainly to visit the Farmers' Market which turned out to be good. Not too many stalls but they were enough. There were also a couple of tables and chairs at the center to eat or just to sit. There were various food tents from Indian to Vietnamese. We tried the latter but unfortunately didn't enjoy it very much,... More 

Thank lovetripsdd
Camarillo, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2016 via mobile

Great bars, cool stores, and hip restaurants. I was very happy to be staying near this area during a conference. The Italian restaurant, Desco, was probable my favorite!

Thank USCfan30
Claremont, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2016

Went to visit my daughter and we drove all around Oakland. It's a beautiful City . The buildings are awesome, the mixture of old and new buildings really works . You'll never have a problem finding a restaurant or coffee shop, they are everywhere . Also the neatest shops . Yet it's very quint .. You really don't see your... More 

1 Thank Dolores91711
Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2016

We took a short walk around the neighborhood after going to the Jazz performance at Ratto's. Great old buildings. It was only 3pm & just about everything was closing up. This area is probably more active during weekdays.

1 Thank marciapolo
Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2015

great place to eat and get a feel for Oakland - rustic not fancy - yet nice places to shop and look see. Not late night since not a lot of foot traffic.

Thank Rosa B
Oakland, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2015

Old Oakland is a blend of old and new. It has the historic feel of an old downtown with the buildings. The Swan Building with multiple restaurants as well as Taylor's Meats for pork products is a great place to check out. There are new stores being added to the area every day. It's vibrant, walkable and adjacent to Chinatown.... More 

Thank Japanoncemore

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