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Food and History

I'm here almost everyday, lovely part of downtown with lots of bars and restaurants and a farmer's... read more

Reviewed July 18, 2018
Thomas V
Oakland, California
Great Architecture

Some really lovely old buildings preserved and reused as bars and restaurants. Lots of good good... read more

Reviewed November 24, 2017
Thomas V
Oakland, California
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed October 25, 2011

Very pro Oakland person here and it is great to see Old Oakland thriving. It is every changing, but there are great places to eat and shops to go in. The musicans that frequent the area always bring out the best in Oakland.

5  Thank BlueJ68
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Reviewed March 3, 2013

I don't know why the Trip Advisor app gives an address of 835 Chester for Old Oakland. The area designated Old Oakland (complete with banners on light poles) is more than a mile away, between Clay and Broadway and roughly 8th and 10th. There are...More

1  Thank brachiopod251
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Reviewed July 18, 2018

I'm here almost everyday, lovely part of downtown with lots of bars and restaurants and a farmer's market, great preserved historic buildings.

Thank Thomas V
Reviewed March 14, 2018

This is really a very small section of downtown Oakland, but it is cute and interesting. I don't know that I would make a special trip to see it.

Thank Ann W
Reviewed December 3, 2017

This New Yorker exiled to San Francisco prides himself in knowing of and all about the hyper-speed revival of Oakland. But I was completely blown away over Old Oakland. A bit of background: four decades ago, during my first return to the Bay Area, I...More

2  Thank ReneAnglaisLatin
Reviewed November 24, 2017

Some really lovely old buildings preserved and reused as bars and restaurants. Lots of good good here, plus some shops. Apartments nearby. Great downtown area. Market on Friday.

1  Thank Thomas V
Reviewed October 17, 2017

It was such a treat to round the corner and find the beautiful shops and galleries! Not very big, but plenty to keep you strolling and shopping for a couple of hours! the architecture was especially intriguing-- art deco with California Mission influences.

1  Thank KimT_6294
Reviewed August 2, 2017

walking and looking at the ships and the folks on the peir and shore is relaxing. great place to day dream and just breathe.

Thank Rosa B
Reviewed July 21, 2017

Nothing to see, nothing to do, no reason to go unless you need a parking lot or you have an appointment in one of the buildings.

Thank Doctor G
Reviewed June 21, 2017

This is a small section of Oakland, easy to get to (12th street BART). There is the Swan market - a collection of walk-up restaurants and a butcher and fishmonger - as well as some small boutique shops within lovely architecture. From here you can...More

1  Thank GPToak
Reviewed May 21, 2017

Some nice historic preservation, right downtown. Some very good restaurants, bars, and a nice market. Good outdoor farmers market at least one day per week.

1  Thank Thomas V
Reviewed May 10, 2017

A relative recently moved to Oakland from San Francisco and took us on a walking tour of Old Oakland. We were very surprised by what we saw. The area around 8th and Broadway is packed with restaurants and interesting shops. Nearby Chinatown is interesting as...More

1  Thank chaslin19
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