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Old Oakland was the central depot for the first Transcontinental railway linking California to the eastern states in the late 1860s. This area was where visitors stayed when they traveled on the railroad, and it offered hotels, restaurants, barber shops, drug stores and other services for travelers.

Piedmont Avenue offers great restaurants, unique shopping and historic attractions to visitors and locals. From designer vintage clothing, to home antiques, the neighborhood is filled with one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques. 

Oakland’s Grand Lake neighborhood is in the northeast area of Lake Merritt, named after the communities of Grand and Lakeshore Avenues. There is plenty of shopping and restaurants in the area for visitors and families. With great outdoor space around Lake Merritt, the neighborhood is perfect for weekend gatherings and activities. 

Home to a plethora of ethnicities, including groups from all over Asia, the neighborhood is a “working Chinatown.” The constant bustling with open air vendors and other activities make the area a convenient destination for local shoppers, foodies and dedicated tourists looking for a true local gem. Chinatown is a neighborhood that encompasses all five senses. Visitors will see ducks hanging in Chinese BBQ windows, smell traditional herbs and spices, hear vendors selling their goods, taste the delicious foods and snacks in the area, and touch each fresh produce item to purchase. A great place to experience Oakland’s local Asian culture and lifestyle.

KONO (Koreatown Northgate) is a hub of arts and culture in the Bay Area and Oakland, featuring The First Fridays Festival and Art Murmur Gallery Walk. Along and with the arts, KONO features Oakland’s most popular craft beer gardens and pubs. Here are some suggestions for your visit to KONO! 

It's an exciting time to be in Oakland and the perfect time to start exploring Fruitvale! The vibrant neighborhood at the base of the Oakland foothills is almost half Latinos and is home to some of The Towns hidden treasures. Fruitvale is known for its assortment of Mexican food fare, especially Oakland’s famous street-style tacos. Many of the shops and restaurants located in Fruitvale are family-owned, and some have even been passed down from generation to generation.

Known for its strong culture and pride, West Oakland is filled with favorite local art studios and restaurants. Oakland is known for being a hot spot for creativity and a booming restaurant scene. West Oakland is definitely a testament to that with Tanya Hollands restaurants and unique industrial arts productions leading the way.

Oakland is often referred to as the central hub of the Bay Area. Which makes the Uptown Downtown District Oaklands main line. Oaklands entertainment capital comes alive at night with a host of new restaurants, hip bars and an arts scene that's one of the best in the country.

Temescal is a vibrant and unique community unlike any other part of Oakland. Once filled with horse stables and barns, Temescal is full of a younger crowd with a hipster feel without the pretentious looks you could receive in other cities. Lose yourself in the culture walking up the street of Telegraph and into Temescal Alley where you will be pleasantly entertained by the artistry of Oakland.

Oaklands waterfront neighborhood - named for the famed American author who grew up here - is a mix of stunning scenery, fantastic food, and lively events. It doesn't matter the time, day or season Jack London Square is always the place to be.