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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.

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 the numerous ethnicities from all over Asia, Oakland Chinatown is the nostalgia to all Asian Americans in the East Bay.  Unlike any other Chinatowns in the United States, Oakland is a real “working Chinatown” where there are not many tourists but people living and working here. Chinatown is a neighborhood that encompasses your five senses. Visitors will see ducks hanging in restaurant windows, smell traditional herbs and spices, hear seniors talking with their native tongue, taste the delicious food and chewy boba tea, and touch each fresh produce items to purchase. A real place to experience Oakland’s local Asian cultures and lifestyles.

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.

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.