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388 9th St, Oakland, CA 94607
510 893 8979
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Ranked #20 of 56 Attractions in Oakland
Type: Neighborhoods
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Yuba City, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

While I enjoy SF Chinatown, I think Oakland's is still great and can give it a culinary run for its money. You can get your inexpensive vegetables, pastries, pork buns, there is a language school, a bank (maybe more than one). Parking is awful and foot traffic can drive you crazy once you leave your car, but have a little... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Fun place to walk about just off edge of Oakland's downtown. Still some nice mom and pop restaurants and shops. Felt reasonably safe and secure. Not as sprawling or as elaborate as San Francisco's China Town.

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Fremont, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Oakland Chinatown area is just average when compared to San Francisco Chinatown. It is close to the Jack London Square area of Oakland. There are some restaurants and stores, but nothing to go out of your way to visit. The best Chinese food in my opinion is in Santa Clara County (many Asians live there). The Chinese neighborhood most interesting... More

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84 reviews 84 reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I'm so used to Chinatown in San Francisco that Chinatown in Oakland just can't compare. The Oakland version does have a lot of eateries, and little stores to shop at, but it's gloomy, really dirty, and depressing, it's right next to the ugliest freeway in the world, and the Oakland Police Department, which means that there's an certain element of... More

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Wandering around the area you see lots of crowded shops with piles of boxes and rubbish outside. Most shops stock plenty of various Asian food items and some fresh veggies which were cheaper than the supermarket . It didn't make you feel like eating at the restaurants as it looked pretty unappetising from the outside. I saw lots of Asians... More

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52 reviews 52 reviews
3 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

Oakland Chinatown has all the amenities that San Francisco Chinatown has to offer except expensive parking. If you visit Oakland Chinatown before 6 pm, you will find a variety of restaurants, bakeries, delicatessens, gift shops and coffee shops. Prices are dirt-cheap; the food is delicious. Street parking is free on Sundays. Come to watch people in the Renaissance Plaza. The... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

It's your average Chinatown. Crowded sidewalks shared with fruit and vegetable stands. Store owners walking around pushing carts of produce and slabs of meat. Forgot the name of the small place I bought my lunch from, but it was outstanding. Alot of food and super cheap. Look for the long line of people out on the sidewalk waiting to get... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Amazing time lots of small stores and markets, prices were reasonable unlike San Francisco. Would go back

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Katy, Texas
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

This is a very easy to locate Chinatown cause it is right next to Downtown Oakland but the traffic is smooth, there are many good restaurants and shopping places, most of the Price are lower than San Francisco, but I have been warned by my friends that next to this área is pretty dangerous, so watch out!

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San Francisco, California
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27 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

Chinatown is more than a place to eat Chinese food. The many Asian grocery shops have a wide variety of interesting and hard- to-find fresh vegetables and fruit. We recently bought a durian, a fruit that smells horrible but taste divine, for some $10. We had previously priced a durian in a high end grocery chain for $50. My husband... More

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