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Address: 8th and Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607
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Good mix of old and new

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 6, 2015
Oakland, California
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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 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 stars Reviewed July 6, 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
Medford, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

The architecture in Old Oakland is beautiful. My son, who is a mason, would love to just walk around, or look out the highest window, at the beauty of these buildings. The shops are fun to go through and well as tons of places to eat. Give yourself a little time to enjoy.

1 Thank MelodyK51
Winchester, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

We love Old Oakland and love the Pacific Brewery in particular.The Friday street market is outstanding with local produce and colourful characters.During the week always lots of parking but Friday the market takes up a lot of room.There are many interesting stores and eating places and the buildings are beautiful.Lots of interesting characters about and it is near the Oakland... More 

1 Thank Natalie C
Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Old Oakland is doing its best to be one of those cities that nearly fell into ghetto'd ruins but saves itself by being hipster. It's almost there. One fraction of it is seeing bodega's, starbucks and gastropubs pop up while the other is still a dirty, don't walk after dark, scary inner city. Give it a few years it will... More 

Thank Leigth M
Oakland, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a reburbished area of downtown Oakland. During the week there is activity there with offices and people around. On weekends there is little happening there, although there is a bit of activity around the couple of restaurants....its popular the the people in the court for lunches at the deli and other restaurants.

1 Thank Carol N
Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

There was one street I walked on which had leaves coming down since it was autumn-time. Soooo pretty. I heard there's a pretty good farmers' market on Friday mornings and I like how there are more little restaurants and local cafes popping up everywhere. (Although some may say that Oakland is becoming more "hipster" for that reason)

Thank Victoria C
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Downtown Oakland, west of Lake Merritt and close to the Jack London Square, amid newly built Condominiums, the City is revitalized. Unfortunately Broadway has suffered for lack of businesses, that have been targeted for vandalisms.

Thank ingeborg j
Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

Hard to think of "Old Oakland" as a destination attraction. Surely there is no there there, and probably never was. Go to Fourth Street in Berkeley if you wish to stroll in the East Bay.

1 Thank MarshBruce
Libertyville, Illinois, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

We were there on a Friday and enjoyed walking around the farmer's market. Many samples-interesting fruits and veggies. Some ethnic type foods and some alternatives for dairy. It was truly a farmer's market, not overly filled with flower stands, meats, cheeses, etc.

Thank RobinR699

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