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Uptown Oakland

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Uptown is Back. 

Uptown Oakland is known for being rife with some of the best eating, drinking, and culture: it is quintessential Oakland. Most see it as the area between 27th Street to the North, San Pablo Avenue to the West, City Center to the South, and Harrison St to the East, yet we think the more distinguishing characteristics come in the form of vibrant shopping, eating, nightlife, and artistic hotspots. 

In the face of the pandemic, downtown Oakland has been forced to pause with the rest of the world. The crown jewels of the neighborhood, the historic Fox and Paramount Theatres, shut their doors and surrounding restaurants and bars followed suit: much of what made this neighborhood so sparkly was dimmed. This year, Uptown has been shaking the dust as it resumes its life of vibrancy and electricity. 

With the news that Paramount and Fox Theatres are back with live performances, restaurants and bars are reopening, and the streets are abuzz with that familiar zazzle. It is undeniable that Uptown is back. With this news, we relish in all that makes this neighborhood unique, special, and so beloved by the Oakland community and its loyal patrons. 

What To Do 

Much of the allure and flavor comes in the form of arts and entertainment. With a walk score of 97, you are likely to stumble upon a local artist’s work in the form of poignant murals that help give voice to Oakland locals. Make a date at either the historical Fox or Paramount Theatres to see live music back in all its glory (we know, we’ve missed it, too). Shopping is abundant along the prolific retail corridor. 

What To Eat

There is no shortage of options for the casual diner, the avid foodie and every taste-maker in between. For something quirky, fun, and local, try Oakland Street Food Co. Mua and Hopscotch pack on the eclectic flavor and ambience. And you know we couldn’t stop there…here are some other favorites we would be remiss not to mention:

  • Mua
  • Blind Tiger
  • La Guerrera’s Kitchen Daughter’s Diner
  • The Hatch
  • Palmetto
  • Belly
  • Sobre Mesa
  • The Lunch Box
  • Kingston
  • Aburaya

Looking for something to satiate that sweet tooth? Look no further than Gregory’s Gourmet Desserts for fresh, daily pastries, La Dolce Vita for some of the most coveted baked goodies, or Wooden Table Cafe for all-natural, Argentine treats. 

What To Drink 

If you’re feeling parched, any one of these local watering holes offers all the charm and character you would expect – from Palmetto Bar for a playful take on the classics, to Hello Stranger for a lively bar and nightspot, to  The Miranda for an elevated, themed experience, to Bar Shiru, a Tokyo-inspired cocktail den with an extensive jazz record collection for you audiophiles. 

Where To Live

Now for the reason you are most likely here: we want to help guide your search in everything Oakland housing. If Uptown is for you, look no further than some of our exciting listings that are sure to go fast. You know we got you covered. 

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