Tips for shopping in Oakland
Located just six miles and across the bay from San Francisco, Oakland is a major transportation and trade center for the entire Central and Northern California region. Historically, it served as the western terminus of the Transcontinental Railroad. Ethnically diverse Oakland has grown and shrunk along with a series of waves of immigration and migration. Currently, the city has substantial Latino, Asian, and African American populations that bring a particular rich character to the city's cuisine, culture and language. Oakland's economy, like much of the Bay Area, is dominated by tech and dot-com companies, notably Ask.com and Pandora Radio. Oakland is also home to two professional sports teams: the Golden State Warriors and the Oakland Athletics. Right in the heart of Oakland, the City Center is a great place to enjoy the weather while you explore some of the most popular stores. If you're looking for a more ethnic experience, Oakland's Chinatown has lots of Chinese and Asian foods and merchandise. Latin culture is front-and-center in the Fruitvale District, so test out your Spanish skills here.