The Scoop is your resource for all the latest and greatest events, restaurant and bar openings and retail news happening in Downtown Oakland! Explore the features and categories below to get local insights about the best places to eat in Downtown Oakland, best venues to enjoy live entertainment, Oakland’s hottest retail shopping, live music, and more! To truly experience Downtown Oakland in all of its authentic glory, you’ll want to come back time and time again.
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From First Friday street fairs to summer music festivals, from pop-up restaurants to the hottest nightlife performances, Downtown Oakland offers events for all occasions! There are so many great things to do in Oakland, the hardest part is just choosing which events to check out! Click on the events below to learn more and don’t miss out on our Happenings page for a more comprehensive listing of events!
Oakland is buzzing with energy from a thriving restaurant and Café scene, so much so that it’s almost impossible to decide where to go – almost! Going local is important to Oaklanders, so it’s no surprise that the newest restaurant on the scene, LocoL, is a huge success. Quick, wholesome food and community empowerment are served here along with breakfast, lunch and dinner – try the chicken nugs and a green juice! For some afternoon coffee head over to Hive Oakland, a beautifully renovated former auto dealership that is now a shopping, gathering, working and living space and the home of the Red Bay Coffee Box. Order some locally roasted coffee from the stylishly converted shipping container and support this crowdfunded project that puts profits back into the pockets of its employees. That’s how Oakland rolls. When it’s dinner you’re looking for, there are some serious choices to make – a fine dining experience like the art deco elegance of Flora or Belly for casual California-Korean fusion? Maybe some tasty vegan eats like gluten-free cauliflower tacos at Hella Vegan Eats? Whatever you have a taste for, downtown Oakland has endless dining options to choose from.
Be sure to check out out our business directory for a comprehensive listing of the best places to eat in Downtown Oakland, from Uptown to Jack London Square.
Max’s Diner & Bar Oakland City
Max's Diner & Bar is a cornerstone in the Oakland City Center, recognized for its outstanding Classic American cuisine.Learn More
The Octopus Literary Salon Oakland
The Octopus Literary Salon is a café/bookstore/performance space supporting local musicians, writers, and performers.Learn More
NomNom is an online community designed to help you discover handcrafted meals from local startup food-makers. All of our mealsLearn More
Red Bay Coffee Grand Opening
Red Bay Coffee is a wholesale specialty coffee roasting company based in Oakland, California. We serve Beautiful Coffee to theLearn More
James and the Giant Cupcake
We offer gourmet cupcakes (minis, full size, and giant), baby cakes, and cakes for walk-in or custom order. We changeLearn More
Itani Ramen is the expression of Japanese ramen culture now open in Oakland.Learn More
Downtown Wine Merchants
We are a Wine Bar & Retail Shop specializing in European & Domestic small producers, practicing as natural and handsLearn More
Farley’s is a family owned and operated, community oriented café, offering an inviting casual social environment. Local organic sustainable ingredientsLearn More
Spice Monkey Restaurant & Bar is one of the most unique restaurants in downtown Oakland. They created handcrafted spice-blends andLearn More
The Punchdown Wine Bar and Bottle
The Punchdown is a natural wine bar and kitchen with a temperature controlled retail wine shop in Oakland.Learn More
Food Truck Pod at Snow Park
The Food Truck Pod hosts 2-3 rotating food trucks based in the Bay Area every Wednesday from 11am-2pm.Learn More
Haven's dining room offers a family-style menu that changes every night. Sunday through Thursday the menu is three courses forLearn More
Edible Excursions Uptown Food & Drinks
Uptown’s best restaurants, cafes, and bars in this arts-oriented district have helped the area earn its acclaim as “America’s BestLearn More
Flakes are a delightful and healthy frozen dessert that tastes like fresh fruit with the texture of real snow. WeLearn More
Sweet Bar Bakery
Sweet Bar is a bakery ~ café that opens with both sweet and savory in the morning. Coffee of course,Learn More
Since the opening of our first restaurant in San Francisco in 1997, Bissap Baobab has promoted a community embracing environment,Learn More
We offer traditional Mexican cuisine that represents the different states of Mexico with flavors from street food to classic culturalLearn More
Calavera, Lungomare and Chop Bar
Our newest restaurant, Calavera, will be offering regional Mexican food, utilizing the great ingredients of the Bay Area. We willLearn More
Woods Bar and Brewery
Woods Beer Co. is a small brewing company with locations in San Francisco and Oakland. We make adventurous beers forLearn More
Liba Falafel features a Falafel Bar with 20 salads, sauces, and pickles that customers use to dress their meal, highlightingLearn More