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Chinatown

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Address: 388 9th St, Oakland, CA 94607-4287
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Nice shops and restaurants

I try to come to Oakland Chinatown during the weekends. Nice little shops and restaurants. I also take my kids to the boat park.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 November 2016
Camilla L
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You should check this out. If you are good you will stumble on the fortune cookie factory and get a fresh one.

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Thank vonholsen
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I came here for Chinese food and to buy some housewares for my mother-in-law. Great selection of small shops and affordable prices!

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Thank Inbar H
England, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

As with Oakland itself, this area has a lot of graffiti and looks worn down. Even on the inside, some buildings look like they cannot afford to update the decor. But the people I encountered were nice. In one restaurant I used to eat at here, they accepted cash only which was not as convenient as San Francisco but it... More 

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Thank SophieAColumba
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

I try to come to Oakland Chinatown during the weekends. Nice little shops and restaurants. I also take my kids to the boat park.

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Thank Camilla L
San Francisco, California
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153 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Come and spend the day with the locals, not only Chinese live here, but there is also a great deal of Vietnamese people here too... So you will find great restaurants, and cheap nick nacks all over...... Of course not as big as it's cousin in SF but just as pleasant!

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Thank José P
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18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

There are Chinese medicine shops where you can get ingredients cheaper than online. I prefer talking Ginseng oral liquid than coffee for jet lags. Many Chinese snacks bar, vegetarian unfriendly, that you can challenge new tastes. Bubble tea shops are almost at every corners.

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Thank nirai369
Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

I prefer the Chinatown in Grant street, San Fran than Oakland because certain parts of Oakland Chinatown look tired. Cantonese seemed to be widely spoken as opposed mandarin /putong and if you are from HOng Kong or KL (Malaysia) you can perhaps less homesick speaking Cantonese or feast on southern Chinese food (rice based ) as opposed to northern Chinese... More 

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Thank Highadventurer
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

Awesome little Chinatown, great store selections! I love coming to the Sanrio store and eating dim sum with my family on the weekends.

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Thank Maria H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

it dwarfs in comparison to san francisco chinatown but prices and goods are pretty much the same. sometimes i would prefer to go here over san francisco because the parking is decent and its not so crowded especially with tourist.

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Thank antiindian
Berkeley, California, Usa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

The Oakland Chinatown in many ways is a more authentic neighborhood compared to San Francisco. The SF Chinatown seems to be focused on the tourist trade, but Oakland is much more focused on serving the local residents. There are some great markets for food, and the selections of restaurants have menus from many Asian cuisines. China / Vietnam / India... More 

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Thank Bryan B

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