The Bay Area Sights

Old Oakland

  • Neighborhood/Street

Published 05/25/2016

Fodor's Review

The restored Victorian storefronts lining four historic blocks, formerly Oakland's main business district, now contain restaurants, cafés, shops, galleries, and a three-block farmers' market that takes place on Friday morning. Architectural consistency distinguishes the area from surrounding streets, lending it a distinct neighborhood feel. Tuscany-inspired Caffè 817 (817 Washington St.) serves excellent panini and bowls of café latte in an artsy atmosphere. Stop in for a deli sandwich at the Italian grocery Ratto's International Market (827 Washington St.), in business for more than a century, or head over to Pacific Coast Brewing Company (902 Washington St.) for a microbrew on the patio. The Trappist (460 8th St.) beer bar wins loyalty for its exhaustive selection of Belgian ales. Various pop-up boutiques and permanent shops throughout the neighborhood are reinvigorating the storefront scene.

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Bordered by 7th, 10th, Clay, and Washington Sts., Oakland, California, 94607, United States


Published 05/25/2016


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