The Heart of Oakland
Want to stay on top of all the happenings in the heart of Oakland without missing a beat? Want to get the word out to prospective customers about your indie business? Visit Oakland Central, the official site for what’s going on in Uptown, Downtown, Old Oakland and Jack London Square. It's a one-stop site specifically deisgned to help indie businesses in and around the downtown area connect to residents, customers, visitors and each other. Oakland Central has its pulse on the city and is a valuable resource for Downtown Oakland. This multi-faceted website is the hub for up to date news, events, activities, social media chatter and general information about how to get here and what will delight you when you arrive. Whether you want to get the word or get the word out, this is the resource you won't want to be without.
Have you noticed that there is something magical happening near the downtown Broadway corridor in Oakland from 27th street all the way to the waters-edge? This is the heart of the city, and a central hub of what is special about Oakland. The bustling streets during the day and the energetic vibe at night make for an irresistible landscape, just begging to be explored. Browse the city’s most diverse mix of indie retail shops, see a show and grab a bite at a cafe or fine restaurant. Get out there. Here's some of what you'll find.
How you choose to set about exploring this dynamic area is your first challenge as there are many options for shopping, dining and playing. Let’s start at Broadway and 27th Street, the entry point to the Uptown neighborhood. For style, try menswear purveyor Two Jacks Denim with its high-quality, made in the USA menswear and Owl N Wood, featuring clothing and accessories for women and men. And don’t feel like you have to stay on the beaten track. On several streets just off of Broadway you’ll find an urban winery, the gorgeously renovated Fox Theater, restaurants, art galleries, a cinema-pub and more. Oakland Central is a great way to unearth all of the activities that go on in this neighborhood.
Downtown & Old Town
The streets in downtown are finding resurgence where you can discover creative cocktails at Penelope Bar & Lounge, restaurants like Tribune Tavern and fashion-forward boutiques like Viscera. Head down a few more blocks to the architectural wonders of Old Oakland to score seriously good food in Swans Market, plus shop at some of the best indie stores in the city. Get inspired at charming home store Marion & Rose’s Workshop or stop by the artisan jewelry shop, Crown Nine for locally-made accessories. And travel the world among the treasures in Umami Mart, the Japanese-inspired barware shop that will take your own cocktails up a notch, whether they’re stirred or shaken.
Jack London Square
Finally, as you head south down the last five blocks of Broadway with the water right in front of you, you’ll enter Jack London Square, one of the most scenic areas in Oakland. This is a great place to snack your way through a visit. Save room for the delectable pastries at Miette Patisserie; share a wood-fired pizza from Forge, or try the Dungeness crab deviled eggs on the patio at Boca Nova. For groups in search of serious fun, stop into Plank where you can play bocce ball in the outdoor beer garden or head inside for bowling and arcade fun.
Each area is easily accessible via car, bike or public transportation, with a mix of on-street, private and public parking garages. So Explore the Heart of Oakland!