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.
Old Oakland is now a great neighborhood to explore its many boutiques and shops, diverse restaurants, and bustling nightlife and bar scene, while taking in the beautifully preserved Victorian architecture.
Old Oakland Farmers’ Market- Held every Friday year-around in Old Oakland, offering seasonal produce, farm-fresh goods, condiments and more.
Old Oakland Walking Tour – Free Old Oakland walking tour exploring the neighborhoods history and architecture.
Gallary Viena (472 9th Street) – Gallery in Old Oakland offering Oakland-made art and other goods.
California Humanities, The Art of Story Telling (538 9th Street #210) - California Humanities is an exhibition series titled “The Art of Storytelling” in their Oakland office that shares the work of narrative artists through a humanities lens. They showcase California’s rich cultural and artistic history and people with art that amplifies local voices and connects arts and humanities at the community level. The offices are located on the second floor of the historic Swan’s Market.
Beast Mode (811 Broadway) – Marshawn Lynch’s clothing store, selling sweats, hoodies and tees for men, women & kids.
BOSK (494 9th Street) – Hip men’s store with brand-name streetwear along with licensed team hats, jerseys & accessories.
Bookmark Bookstore (721 Washington Street) – Used books, CDs, DVDs and LPs, with proceeds benefitting the Oakland Public Library.
Crown Nine (515 9th Street) – Shop offering jewelry from independent designer alongside fragrances and artwork.
Endgame (921 Washington Street) – Retailer offering board games with a large event space for game nights and tournaments.
Maple Street Denim (465 9th Street) – Down-to-earth boutique offering premium-label jeans for men and women, plus free hemming services.
Marion and Rose’s Workshop (461 9th Street) – Chic, bright shop offering artisanal, American-made home goods, accessories, beauty products and gifts.
Massive (713 Washington Street) – Barbershop and art gallery, focusing on local artists.
Oakland Flower Market (821 Jefferson Street) – Selling flowers, vases, floral tools and more.
Owl N Wood (471 9th Street) – Modern shop with a retro flair, offering vintage clothing, plus apparel by local designers.
Umami Mart (815 Broadway)
Annapurna Restaurant & Bar (948 Clay Street) – Restaurant serving spicy Nepalese and Indian classics in ornate environs with an old-world feel.
B-Dama (907 Washington Street) – Japanese favorites offered within Swan’s Market.
Blue Bottle Coffee (480 9th Street) – Trendy coffee shop offering upscale coffee drinks and pastries, plus beans and brewing equipment.
Caffe 817 (817 Washington Street) – Small restaurant offering sandwiches, coffee and other breakfast and lunch options.
Cosecha (907 Washington) – Bustling Mexican café serving local fare and house-made tortillas.
Cock-A-Doodle Cafe (719 Washington Street) – Breakfast spot with a cozy dining area, serving eggs, French toast, and more.
Delage (536 9th Street) – Japanese bistro, with upscale omakase-style sushi and drinks.
DESCO (499 9th Street) – Vintage style bistro in a historic space, serving Italian food with a focus on seasonal ingredients.
Deep Roots Oakland (510 9th Street) – Industrial-chic nook within Swan’s Market, serving cocktails, wine and local beer.
El Gusano (1015 Clay Street) – Mexican taqueria and cantina offering lunch and dinner.
Galeto Brazillian Steakhouse (1019 Clay Street) – Classic Brazilian steakhouse in a sprawling space.
Hen House (907 Washington Street) – Rustic nook within Swan’s Market, offering Italian comfort eats for lunch and dinner.
Le Cheval (1007 Clay Street) – Vietnamese eatery offering classic dishes and noodle soups in a spacious, airy setting.
Miss Ollie’s (901 Washington Street) – Counter-serve café with a menu of Caribbean soul food, picnic tables, colorful décor and island vibes.
Rattos (821 Washington Street) – Historic grocery store offering imported Italian food and gifts plus a deli with outdoor seating.
Rosamunde Sausage Grill (911 Washington Street) – Pairing house-made sausages with craft beer inside Swan’s Market.
Super Juiced (540 9th Street) – Bright, contemporary to-go spot serving organic juices, superfood smoothies, nut milks and hot tea.
Swan’s Market (538 9th Street) – 100-year old market offering various fantastic Oakland restaurants and food shops.
Tamarindo (468 8th Street) – Trendy, upscale Mexican restaurant serving gourmet tapas and margaritas.
The Cook and Her Farmer (907 Washington Street) – Restaurant inside Swan’s Market, offering Californian cuisine and wine with a seasonal and local emphasis.
District (827 Washington Street) – Offering extensive whiskey and wine, and small plates in a modern space.
Fort Green (736 Washington Street) – Urban sports bar serving New American pub snacks and drinks.
Liege Spirits Lounge (481 9th Street) – Offering cocktails and small plates with a chill vibe.
Parliament (811 Washington Street) – Cocktail lounge and event space with a bar, modern décor, DJ beats and happy hour.
Penelope (Clay Street & 11th Street) – Offering Asian cocktails, specialty beers and fine spirits in a chic spot.
The Trappist (460 8th Street) – Offering Belgian and specialty beer, plus meat and cheese plates in a Victorian building.