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Chinatown

388 9th St, Oakland, CA 94607
510 893 8979
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Ranked #20 of 55 attractions in Oakland
Type: Neighborhoods
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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1,048 reviews 1,048 reviews
636 attraction reviews
750 helpful votes 750 helpful votes
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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Emeryville
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84 reviews 84 reviews
58 attraction reviews
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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102 reviews 102 reviews
58 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
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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Sacramento
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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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Hawaii
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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Hamilton
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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
56 helpful votes 56 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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87 reviews 87 reviews
27 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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East Lansing, Michigan
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

I loved walking the streets in this Chinatown, which is smaller and allot less touristy then it's neighbor in San Francisco. It has allot of fish and produce markets but less tourist shops. It is very busy with allot to see and to eat at. My wife I toured several markets are are amazed at the variety of produce, fish... More

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