Uptown Oakland Neighborhood: Insider Tour

Learn about the best that the Uptown Oakland Neighborhood has to offer from a local business owner.

One of the biggest thrills of landing in a new neighborhood for work is mapping out the secret spots (where to grab a great sandwich, the perfect place for an Americano). We caught up with PeerSpace Host, Trevor, for his insider picks from the Uptown Oakland neighborhood. Trevor is an Oakland native and recently opened a community event space, gallery and co-working space in the area.

How long have you been in the neighborhood?

I’ve been in and out of this neighborhood my entire life, but my community event space has only been here for 7 months since January 2014.

Parham-2 Favorite secret spot to grab lunch and what do you order?

My favorite secret spot to grab lunch is Spice Monkey on Webster @ 17th. I order the Super Human Sprouted Salad, a great light lunch that keeps me going through a long day. The restaurant is in the Howden Building, originally and old tile factory, which is home to some other cool new businesses.

Best place to take a 10-minute walk?

The best place for a 10 minute walk from the heart of Downtown Oakland is Snow Park. It’s located right at Harrison & 19th and gives you a great view of Lake Merritt so you don’t have to spend the 60 minutes it takes to walk around the lake.

Favorite hidden gem?

One of my favorite hidden gems in this neighborhood is Vamp, a small vintage store on 19th St between Webster & Harrison. They have a great collection of classic vinyl records, as well as some other odds and ends that make you wish you had held on to some of your old gems from childhood. A great place to let your imagination wander during an otherwise busy work day.

Best spot for an after work drink?

Flora. It’s right around the corner from 19th and Telegraph. It’s in a beautiful restored building directly across the street from the beautifully restored Fox Theater. Flora’s upscale yet relaxed atmosphere really helps to take the edge off after work. They’re also the only bar I can find in town that serves a “Carter Beats The Devil” cocktail.

Vamp-Vintage-Art Favorite meeting space/coffee break spot?

This community event space is my favorite place to meet, and if I drank coffee, I would probably walk two blocks down Broadway to Awaken Cafe. The place is always alive and it’s hard to go there without recognizing at least one person I know.

Trevor lists his co-working space for events, meetings, classes and more on the PeerSpace marketplace. His venue has become a hub for local artists and professionals in the Uptown Oakland neighborhood. Spend some time in a new ‘hood with Peerspace’s extensive listings. For more information about Trevor’s community event space, download the app or get in touch.