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Downtown Oakland is the central business district of Oakland. Established in the 1850s, the architecture exemplifies gorgeous examples of Art Deco design.

The neighborhood is currently undergoing a revitalization with new businesses and a vibrant nightlife. Visitors can hop on and off the free B Shuttle along Broadway to explore Downtown and its surrounding neighborhoods.

 

Events & Attractions

African American Museum & Library in Oakland (659 14th Street) – The African American Museum and Library at Oakland (AAMLO) is dedicated to the discovery, preservation, interpretation and sharing of historical and cultural experiences of African Americans in California and the West for present and future generations. Check out their unique reference library featuring children’s books and the recent acquisition of the eight-volume African-American National Biography, edited by Henry Louis Gates. Current exhibitions include the history and contributions of the Black Panther Party

Visit Oakland Mural (between 10th & 11th Streets) The official selfie wall of Oakland, no visit is complete without a picture in front of Visit Oakland’s mural in front of the Oakland Marriott. In partnership with street muralist Illuminaries, the design is inspired by Visit Oakland’s current Inspiration Guide featuring all the iconic attractions in Oakland. 

Tribune Tower (409 13th Street) – Built in 1906, this building was the official headquarters of the Oakland Tribune newspaper and is a recognizable icon in the Oakland skyline. It’s historic clock and illuminated signage shines brightly during the night sky and is lit in professional sports team colors during season openings and playoffs.

Joyce Gordon Gallery (406 14th Street) – This fine arts gallery and event space reflects Oakland’s diverse artists and artwork that come out of the city and the Bay Area.

3rd Thursdays at Latham Square (Telegraph & Broadway) – Check out 3rd Thursdays at Latham Square for live music, food, beer and wine while shopping at your favorite Downtown retailers. Located at the intersection of the two streets in Oakland, the newly-renovated space encourages social gathering and socialization in the public sphere.

Oakland City Center (801 Franklin Street) Office and retail complex in the heart of downtown Oakland. 

Preservation Park (1233 Preservation Park Way) Sixteen restored Victorian houses occupy two richly landscaped blocks and provide a sneak peek into Oakland's past. The park includes a 19th-century fountain and showcases five distinct domestic architectural styles.

Geoffrey's Inner Circle (410 14th Street) A pillar in Oakland, Geoffrey Pete runs this downtown event space that is as well known for supporting local community groups as they are for their lively Sunday Jazz Concerts, held weekly from 6-10PM. 

 

Accommodations & Dining

Oakland Marriott City Center (1001 Broadway) – The newly-renovated Oakland Marriott City Center is conveniently located across the street from 12th Street BART station and within walking distance of most Oakland neighborhoods. A favorite of business travelers (it’s connected to the Oakland Convention Center), the Oakland Marriott also features urban industrial design detail and an Oaklandish-designed suite. During your stay, dine at Iron & Oak Restaurant & Bar, the hotel’s new Oakland-themed restaurant.

Courtyard Oakland Downtown (988 Broadway) – Located across the street from the Oakland Marriott City Center, this hotel property gives visitors a more at-home feel when traveling.

Tribune Tavern (401 13th Street) – Located on the street level floor of the iconic Tribune Tower, the restaurant is a casual, gastro-pub style eatery with artisanal cocktails, local craft beers, and wine. Great for dinners and happy hour visits. 

Core Kitchen (499 14th Street) – Vegans and carnivores will love this brand-new restaurant concept featuring plant-based fast food. Touting itself as the first gluten-free certified restaurant in the nation and the first and only produce-only restaurant in the world, not even oil is used in their cooking process.

Tambo Peruvian (1414 Jefferson Street) Tambo offers a selection of types of ceviche, an assortment of Peruvian tapas, and a variety of organic South American beers and wines. Tambo has been recognized as a REAL Certified restaurant by the United States Healthful Food Council. 

Downtown Wine Merchants (102 Frank H Ogawa Plaza) Downtown Wine Merchants is a full service Wine Bar offering Lunch and Dinner, and bringing you the best in small production European & American wines. Downtown Wine Merchants was a winner of a 2016 Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards.

Le Cheval (1007 Clay Street) Popular Vietnamese restaurant with specialties including imperial rolls, lemongrass beef, and fried bananas. Le Cheval is family friendly and has been proudly serving Oakland since 1985.

 

Shopping

Oaklandish (1444 Broadway) – Show off your Oakland pride in style. Stocked with T-shirts, hoodies, and onesies branded with iconic Town images, this downtown flagship store also sells Oakland-made gifts and housewares.

Town Biz (349 15th Street) – Representing Oakland through art and apparel, this unique store showcases Oakland’s progressive voice and proud Oakland vibe with local vendors and designers.

Show & Tell Concept Shop (1427 Broadway) – Oakland is a lifestyle and this store, gallery and gathering space features sustainable designs by American companies.

FLAX Art & Design (1501 MLK Jr. Way) FLAX art & design, the Bay Area's oldest and well-loved retail art supply business, has been serving the creative community since 1938. The family-owned business has recently opened their flagship store in Oakland.

Laurel Bookstore (1423 Broadway) A neighborhood bookstore that is so much more. They host readings, workshops, fundraisers, and the occasional happy hour. The selection of books perfectly reflects the diverse community that is Oakland, and the staff constantly take book suggestions from customers.

 

Click on the interactive map to explore the neighborhood. 

Map for Downtown Oakland Spotlight

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