Though gentrification is a loaded term in the Bay Area these days, especially in Oakland, there is no denying that Uptown has breathed phenomenal new life into an area of the city that was once run-down. Anchored by the gorgeously restored Fox Theater and Paramount Theatre, this district is the burgeoning epicenter of new restaurants, cocktail bars, art galleries, and boutique shops. It’s also ground zero for Oakland’s First Fridays street festival and Art Murmur gallery walks.
You could spend a whole evening out just in this neighborhood and never be bored. Get here in the late afternoon before the shops close to do some browsing, starting at Owl N Wood. Then go grab a craft beer in the outdoor courtyard with fire pits at Drake’s Dealership or play bocce ball with a cocktail during happy hour at Make Westing. For dinner, you’ve made reservations at Hopscotch or Duende, right? With tickets in hand, catch a show at the Fox Theater or the Paramount Theatre. Otherwise, go to the New Parkway Theater for movie night. For late-night drinks, there’s retro-style Dogwood or divey Cafe van Kleef.
Directions: Uptown is closest to Oakland’s 19th St. BART station. The neighborhood fills the blocks between Broadway and Telegraph Ave., stretching as far south as 17th St. and north to 25th St., where it runs into the KONO (Koreatown Northgate) area. For more Transportation details see Oakland and Around (in the yellow bar).