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Best Shopping Places in Oakland

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Oakland is a quintessential shopping destination where your shopping instincts can never be satisfied. This unfulfilled quench will only set you for countless shopping excursions along the bustling neighborhoods of this port city. Below we’ve caricatured these bustling neighborhoods of Oakland in simple words for you: to tell you about how each of these neighborhoods offer distinctive shopping experience to all its visitors.            

Oakland City Center

Oakland City Center Tower

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This is not a shopping neighborhood but a shopping mall – that too a very famous one. It has been the heart of Oakland’s restless shopaholics for more than 5 decades now. And it is no hyperbole to state that it will continue to be a heartland as long as people in Oakland love shopping. Its sheer plethora of shops and barrage of international brands that it offers never fail to excite Oakland’s shoppers. Even the most demanding and obsessive shopaholics land up at this mall with palpable excitement.                         

Address: 500 12th St, Oakland, CA 94607
Website: http://www.oaklandcitycenter.com/  

Jack London Square

Ariel view of Jack London Square
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When abundance of international brands and great variety of shopping is offered in one place, then its simply fabulous. But when you get all that alongside beautiful waterfront view, then it is not just good but fantastic. This place adorns a carnival like atmosphere almost throughout the year, where shopping is just one of the many escapades that people indulge in. These many other escapades include dining, boating, live events, parties etc. Shopping here therefore is not a standalone adventure. It brings along with it many enthralling actions that will only spice up your shopping experience further.                     
Address: Embarcadero West, Oakland, CA 94607, United States
Website: http://www.jacklondonsquare.com/


China Town in Oakland

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If the name rings a bell in your mind, then it mustn't be very hard for you to guess that Chinatown shopping is all about Chinese & Asian flavor. However, interestingly people are not attracted to this place by only Made in China label. They are mostly attracted by raw ambiance that straight away gets into people as soon as they step here. At heart of this ambiance are many compulsive things that most die hard shoppers still crave for:  an array of makeshift shops, cheap products lying haphazardly, seller’s shrilling voices and of course unabashed freedom with which buyers can indulge in bargaining. Chinatown, to put it in simple words, is a carnival of street shopping. The likes of which no other neighborhood of Oakland city can create for you.                         

Rockridge District

From the raw world of street shopping we straight away take into a world that is poles apart. This is upscale Rockridge District, where upscale retail shops fixated with renowned brands are found in abound. You can buy a high class antique furniture or gift wrap an expensive designer shirt for your friend or simply splurge around the money till have nothing left to hold. In the world of Rockridge, it’s a man with deep pocket that conquers all. Not surprisingly, bargaining is absolutely frowned upon in this upscale world. Rockridge’s customers though never rue about it. The high class brands and uncompromising quality all around leaves them intoxicated –  it is not bargaining but splurging that preoccupies them.              

Address: 5435 College Ave #200, Oakland, CA 94618
Phone no: 510-604-3125
Website: http://rockridgedistrict.com/Home

Fruitvale District

Just like Chinatown, even Fruitvale District has a cultural novelty of its own. Its massive concentration of Latino population lends truckload of influence on almost every thing here – including shopping. However, Latino shopping is just a small part of the large shopping gambit that this place has to offer. The other parts include domestic and international brands that are absolutely running amok here. Their rampaging presence obviously gives power of choice to customers. Apparels, furniture’s, electronics, footwear’s – here every other product comes along with barrage of choices. This is what makes this neighborhood such a desired shopping destination in Oakland.     

Montclair Village

Imagine shopping in a small and beautiful nestle of nature – filled with lush green hills & mountains on all sides. Sounds like beautiful dream. Well, this beautiful dream has a name of its own: Montclair Village. Located in upscale & posh Montclair District, Montclair Village is a pretty big shopping cum business arena. An arena where beautiful nature runs amok alongside. As for what you can shop here, then here you’ll find good number of shops dealing in apparels, furniture’s and jewelries. However, we’ve to remind again it is not number shops but shopping experience laden with beautiful nature - that makes this place so special.  

Address: 1980 Mountain Blvd, Oakland, CA 94611, United States
Phone no: 1 510-339-1000                                   

Downtown Oakland

Shopping is so synonymous to downtown Oakland that it is almost professed like a religion. Even sneak peek into this neighborhood will make you realize that this is no exaggeration. In other words, Downtown Oakland is always teeming with crowd that mostly fills up barrage of retail shops here. The passion for shopping is simply contagious here. As for what you should be shopping for here. Then this question is pretty irrelevant here. This is because Downtown Oakland is shopping la la land where every desirable thing is just right across the shop.


Although though not as popular as Chinatown and Fruitvale District, but Temescal has more than enough shops in its neighborhood to surprise you. This pleasant surprise is what is thickening the crowd here by every passing year. Coming to what is good to buy here, then all general items that make up our shopping is found in good quality here. Readymade garments, jewelleries, foot wears, home decorative items, furnitures etc.

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