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.
Oakland is full of artisans and makers, who pour their passion into their work. Together they make Downtown Oakland a sought-after and unique shopping destination full of locally owned and independently operated stores. Our burgeoning retail scene provides customers a one of a kind shopping experience that is authentically Oakland. When in town for business or pleasure, or just on your lunch break, explore some of the over 60 independent retail establishments and take home some Oakland-made products and unique items curated from around the world. Start with a selection of fine artisan furniture, homewares and clothing intermingled with found objects at Kosa Arts on 19th Street. While there, enjoy some delightful conversation with Kosa’s lovely proprietor, Elaine Hamblin. Maybe vintage is more your style? Stop in at VAMP Vintage Art and Music for the People to shop through a curated collection of vintage music, art, clothing, jewelry, housewares, and furniture. Head into Old Oakland for a truly unexpected shopping experience at NFL star Marshawn Lynch’s apparel shop Beast Mode or neighboring business Umami Mart – purveyors of beautiful Japanese bar tools and glassware, as well as a bottle shop dedicated to sake and Japanese beer. We’ll raise a glass to that! Check out our business directory for a comprehensive listing of the best places to shop in Downtown Oakland, from Uptown to Jack London Square. If you’re ready to explore, check out our retail map!