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Old Oakland District

Old Oakland is a historic district in downtown Oakland, California. The area is located on the northwest side of Broadway, between the City Center complex and the Jack London Square district, and across Broadway from Chinatown.

The Old Oakland district was the “original” downtown Oakland during the 1860s after Central Pacific Railroad constructed a terminus on 7th Street. By the 1870s it was the bustling heart of town, elegant brick Victorian hotels were being built in the blocks surrounding the railroad station to accommodate travelers.

The ground floor of the hotels were designed as series of narrow shops so that pedestrians would pass by many of them just walking down the block. The architectural styles of the time featured tall, cast-iron columns and large plate-glass windows.

Today, these buildings are regarded as the finest collection of commercial Victorians on the West Coast. Along old-fashioned brick sidewalks are 15 cafes and restaurants, Swan’s Marketplace, fashionable art galleries, specialty shops, and gourmet markets, including Ratto’s, the oldest international grocer in the West. A Friday farmers market, brew pub, outdoor concerts and cultural events are popular attractions.

LOCATION: Broadway to Clay Street from 7th Street to 10th Street , Oakland, CA 510-343-5439
Website • 2.3 miles From Hotel