Located in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Oakland's Chinatown is surrounded by San
Francisco to the West, Napa Valley to
the North and Silicon Valley to the South.
The East Bay is the home of Oakland and
just on the edge of downtown Oakland lies
one of the city's most active enclaves,
Oakland Chinatown. The area is a showcase
of Asian cultures, restaurants, shops.
A constantly bustling center of activity,
the Oakland Chinatown's open-air markets
display everything from live fish to imported
ceramics. Large families congregate around
huge round tables in favorite restaurants.
Businesspeople, shoppers, and children
scurry through the streets to their destinations.
It's just another day in Oakland's Chinatown.
In just sixteen square blocks, visitors
can explore the offerings of much of Asia.
Visitors to this downtown neighborhood
will find dozens of fascinating, eclectic
stores that carry fresh, high-quality
produce, live seafood, healing herbs,
and a plethora of retail goods - everything
from chopsticks and stress relievers to
fine china and porcelain.
The hub of Chinatown is the Pacific Renaissance
Plaza, a multi-story residential and commercial
complex, which houses a large underground
parking garage and features two levels
of shops and restaurants. The plaza is
also home to the Oakland
Asian Cultural Center and the Asian
branch of the Oakland Public Library.
The plaza boasts a quiet courtyard, where
many of the locals and visitors congregate
to meet with friends. The plaza is also
the perfect spot to come to relax and
soak in the sun, or for shoppers to take
a break from their shopping, and enjoy
a cool drink.
Despite its name, Chinatown is home not
only to ethnic Chinese. Its businesses
and its residents hail from countries
throughout Asia, with the majority from
Vietnam and Korea, as well as China and
Japan. As the face of Chinatown changes
and grows, the area develops even more
cultural offerings for visitors and residents,
from food to shops to services.
Chinatown's proximity to Downtown Oakland,
Old Oakland, Jack London Square and Lake
Merritt make it an exciting and convenient
addition to any trip to Oakland.