We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.


Address: 388 9th St, Oakland, CA 94607
Phone Number: 510 893 8979
Improve this listing
Ranked #17 of 49 Attractions in Oakland
Type: Neighborhoods, Other
Attraction details
Type: Neighborhoods, Other

Hotels near Chinatown

Write a Review

84 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Lafayette, California
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
17 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Sure the sidewalks are crowded especially in the morning. It reminds me of any large city in Asia. I often shop here but I also bring visiting out-of-town children. We observe the Asian shoppers and the vendors, We visit shops and look and discuss the different food and exotic vegetables. When we find something we are curious about we buy... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cleveland, Ohio
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

I had some free time after a job interview with the city so I just started driving around and when I stopped for gas I asked where I was and it was Chinatown.Everything is written in Chinese,the newspapers,building names,addresses...lol the one thing that was shocking was the ball park...all blacks and whites shooting hoops....that was soo funny to look over... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Oakland, California
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
25 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Many Chinese restaurants, pharmacies (YES PEOPLE EVEN ASIANS MAY NEED MEDICINE), medical clinics, Chinese Cantonese language schools, grocery stores and stores for tourists! There the Sweet Booth, different pearl flavor teas! Me liked the mango one! I now like call Asian Town, as over years has expaneded to other Asian culures such as Chinese (ME), Laotian, Cambodian, Thai! Come here... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This is not a tourist Chinatown. It is bustling with markets and restaurants. It also has Angel Feet where I love to get a massage.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Oakland, California
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I drive though at least once a week. You have to dodge cars, ignore trash everywhere, ignore the run down store fronts, & dirty sidewalks, there are overflowing trash cans, boxes in the street. You would think the biz's in the area would have more pride and be responsible. Foods Ok but I go other nicer places now.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Auburn, California
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Saint Louis, Missouri
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Fremont, California
Top Contributor
1,915 reviews 1,915 reviews
1,177 attraction reviews
1,134 helpful votes 1,134 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
59 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
San Jose, Costa Rica
Top Contributor
108 reviews 108 reviews
63 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Chinatown also viewed


Been to Chinatown? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Chinatown staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?