While you're enjoying free parking today (mind the time limits), we thought we'd list some great spots that are highly dense with shops. But keep in mind, Oakland is very walkable and bike friendly, so don't cheat yourself - explore outside these suggestions!
Temescal Alleys Area - This beautiful walkway and neighboring streets host world-class food, luxurious fashion and jewelry for everyone in the family, pampering services, toys, and endless artisanal charm. These merchants are seriously lovers of Oakland and USA made goods and services. Visit their website.
Rockridge Market Hall Area - Conveniently located at Rockridge BART station, this area is a home entertainer's heaven. If you want to serve the most decadent dinner spread with impeccable wine pairings in the most well-appointed home, everything you need is within a couple blocks. Visit their website.
Old Oakland Area - Lovers of Victorian architecture and tree-lined streets with holiday lights should experience this small box store mecca in the evenings. These shopkeepers are merchandising experts, finding the most unique products and displaying them in the most perfect ways. You can't help but fall in love with everything they have to sell. Visit their website.
Montclair Village Area - If you want to feel like you're in a little mountain town, smell some evergreen in the air, and have a more 'vacation' feel to your shopping excursion, Montclair Village is for you. From the anchor independent department store, to boutique kitchen and home stores, the Village welcomes you with small town hospitality and charm. Visit their website.
Piedmont Grocery Area - This stretch of Piedmont Avenue is ideal if your gift recipients are a very eclectic crew. If you need fancy foods, Oakland-made to costume jewelry, shoes and clothes, rare books and magazines, comic books, holiday cards, vintage handbags, handmade ceramics, international fashion, cigars, spa gift certificates, crafts supplies, and more! Visit their website.