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Address: 388 9th St, Oakland, CA 94607
Phone Number: 510 893 8979
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Not touristy

Like the review below, this Chinatown is unlike others where there are lots of shops for souvenirs. There are still lots of restaurants but some are painted with graffiti.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2016
lovetripsdd
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Manila, Philippines
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Hayward, California, United States
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56 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

Oakland's Chinatown is a bit smaller than San Francisco's, but it is more accessible. Street and garage parking are ample and it is on bus and BART lines. The many restaurants and grocery stores and bakeries and butcher shops are there for the daily use of the Chinese and Southeast Asian inhabitants rather than tourists. Real utensils, not just souvenirs,... More 

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Thank John C
Colorado
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114 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Love to be amongst the people/cultures in each town. Raised in New York, my husband and I love visiting different neighborhoods, sample cuisines, and shop for trinkets and gifts. We were disappointed that the streets and several restaurants soiled.

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Thank Arlene M
Manila, Philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

Like the review below, this Chinatown is unlike others where there are lots of shops for souvenirs. There are still lots of restaurants but some are painted with graffiti.

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Thank lovetripsdd
Petaluma, California
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97 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2016

Chinatown is a bustling area of restaurants, shops, grocery stores specializing in Asian foods. Usually crowded parking can be difficult although there are some parking structures available. Nice to continue to have ethnic neighborhoods selling their food, wares, and displaying their culture often lost in gentrified neighborhoods.

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Thank M F
Oakland, California
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016

Oakland Chinatown is a wonderful place to go for specific reasons: especially shopping & eating. Main problem is parking. Unless you use the parking garage in the center of Chinatown, you willhave to walk several blocks to get there. There are some excellent restaurants there and great shopping on the cheap.

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Thank chick676
Brentwood, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2016

So much fun shopping around and seeing what all their is to see in these shops. Some simple, others elegant items that are not to be resisted.

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Thank Leslie B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2016 via mobile

If you are needing a real bowl of Chinese noodles or real wonton soup head to Oakland's Chinatown. This is the real deal and so less touristy than SF's Chinatown. Near Lake Merritt and the fab Oakland Museum of California.

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Oakland, California
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175 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016

Gung Hey Faat Choy to everyone! With Chinese New Year start February 8, 2016, this China Town is busy! Many restaurants, grocery stores, pharmacies (yes even ASIAN people may needing medicines), stores, clinics, Chinese bakeries, library, even tours of China Town! Anyway, is Chinese New Year, starts February 8, 2016! Year Of The Monkey, my animal is Year Of The... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2016

Very busy place. Surprised by the amount of refuse on the sidewalks. My husband found a great flat cap at a tiny clothing store.

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Santa Ana, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

We love to walk around a Chinatown and have visited those in New York, Los Angeles, Toyko, etc., but we were so disappointed with the one in Oakland due to all the spray can art by the vandals who apparently decorate the city. Is it too much to ask that the merchants form a committee of young men and women... More 

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