Neighborhoods in Oakland, California
City Center- Oakland's popular pedestrian plaza and dining destinations with an exciting mix of new shops and restaurants. Summer concert series and other special events throughout the year. (Location: Broadway and 14th Street to Clay and 12th Street)
Diamond Business District- Near the Oakmore, Glenview and Lincoln Heights neighborhoods of Oakland. Many locally-owned retail stores and family owned restaurants. Stop in to Farmer Joe's Marketplace for organic produce and groceries. (Location: MacArthur Boulevard and Fruitvale Avenue)
Downtown- Many new condo's are being developed downtown and it is bringing more and more shops and restaurants to the area. Downtown considered to include Ogawa Plaza, City Center, Uptown, Old Oakland, Chinatown and Jack London Square. Large events throughout the year include Art and Soul, Chinatown StreetFest, Black Cowboy Parade, and the Oakland Holiday Parade. (Location: Oakland Estuary to Grand Avenue stretching from I-980 to Lake Merritt)
Fruitvale- The multicultural area of Oakland with a strong Latino identity recognized throughout the Bay Area. Annual festivals include Dia de Los Muertos and Cinco de Mayo. Many family owned shops with imported goods. Farmers' Market every Thursday. The Fruitvale Public Market is across from the Fruitvale Village (E12th St & 34th Ave) and is made up of a variety of small vendors selling handmade ice cream, baked goods and arts and crafts from all over Latin America. (Location: International Blvd between 29th and 42nd Ave)
Grand Lake -Tree lined street of shops and restaurants including the Grand Lake Theater and other historic facades. A vibrant mix of local retailers. Grand Lake Farmers Market at the SplashPad Park every Saturday morning over looking Lake Merritt. (Grand Avenue from I-580 to Mandana Blvd.)
Lakeshore- Quality shopping includes a local mix of national retailers and family owned shops. Adjacent to Lake Merritt and near affluent residential neighborhoods. Family oriented special events including the Halloween trick-or-treating and the annual holiday open house. Parallel to Grand Lake an nearby the SplashPad Park's Farmers Market every Saturday. (Location: Lakeshore Avenue from I-580 to Mandana Blvd)
Laurel Busines District- Nestled in between the Oakland Hills and the lower hills neighborhood's. Minutes from Lake Merritt and Downtown Oakland, off the 580 freeway, national and regional retailers mixed in with family owned establishments. Arches span the 35th Avenue and High Street entrances into the business district. Annual events incude the Chinese New Year, Lion Dance, Spring easter Egg Hunt, Laurel District World Music Festival, Halloween Trick or treating and Santa's Holiday Stroll. (Location: MacArthur Blvd from 35th Ave to High Street).
Montclair- Located at the base of the east bay hills and adjacent to Piedmont. Many service oriented businessess and national, regional and local retailers. The shopping area includes day spas, unique gifts, gourmet food and fine apparel as well as restaurants, cafe's and coffee houses. Events include the Montclair Jazz and Wine Festival, Pacific Fine Arts Sidewalk Festival and the Hoiday Stroll. Farmers Market every Sunday between La Salle and Moraga Avenue. (Location: Mountain Blvd. and Moraga Avenue from Park Blvd. to Colton)
Old Oakland- Commercial Victorians, outdoor concerts and movies, pubs, cafés and restaurants. Popular destination for it's architecture, Swan's Marketplace, art galleries, specialty shops and gourmet markets. Farmers Market every Friday morning. walking distance to Oakland's Chinatown. (Location: Broadway to Clay Street from 7th to 10th Street)
Piedmont Ave- Craftsman homes surrounded by locally-owned restaurants, one of a kind coffee and tea houses, a famous ice cream shop, and neighborhood charm. Leisurely walk the avenue and stop for lunch after browsing an antique shop, magazine store, bookstore, boutique, or after watching a movie at the local cinema. Neighborhood events sinclude the Halloween Parade, and the April Art and Tulip Festival. (Location: Piedmont Avenue from Broadway to Mountain View Cemetery).
Rockridge- Centrally located, this neighborhood has a big city sophistication with a relaxed urban/suburban environment. Part of it's charm is the easy commute to San Francisco. Commute options include casual carpool, Bay Area Rapid Transist (BART) or the A.C. Transit bus line. What ever your fancy, you are less than 20 minutes away from the San Francisco Embarcadero. Rockridge ranges from upscale, independently-owned retail stores, cafes, coffee houses and a fabulous gourmet market to bookstores, flowershops, restaurants and art galleries. The Europen-style flare is found in many of the stores, markets, and restaurants on the avenue. Closer to the Caldecott Tunnel and the Hwy 13/24 interchage you will arrive at Upper Rockridge. The annual event is Out and About Rockridge, held every September. (Location: College Avenue from Broadway to the Berkeley Border).
Temescal- Eclectic and funky, the Temescal merchants offer a variety of products ranging from shopping and dining including auto rentals, an italian grocery store and a restaurant catering to the motorcyclists of the city. Considered a hot spot for local Tatoo artists. Characteristics of the neighborhood include wide tree lined streets, glass storefronts, and outdoor table on the restaurants sidewalks. (Location: Telegraph Avenue from 4th Street to the Berkeley border).