Across Broadway from Old Oakland but worlds apart, Chinatown is a densely packed, bustling neighborhood. Unlike its San Francisco counterpart, Oakland's Chinatown makes no concessions to tourists; you won't find baskets of trinkets lining the sidewalk and souvenir displays in the shop windows. But supermarkets such as Yuen Hop Noodle Company and Asian Food Products (824 Webster St.), open since 1931, overflow with goodies. And the line for sweets, breads, and towering cakes snakes out the door of Napoleon Super Bakery (810 Franklin St.).
Between Broadway and Lakeside Dr. and between 6th and 12th Sts., Oakland, California, 94607, USA
Sep 6, 2003
Chinatown operates on two levels. There's the touristy side, such as Grant Avenue, but there are pockets where you can get glimpses of people living completely different lives than you (unless you happen to be south Asian. Check out some of the small lanes such as Waverly Place or Ross Alley, and pop into herb or other stores not selling obvious trinkets.