Piedmont Avenue in Oakland runs from Broadway, at the end of Auto Row, to just past Pleasant Valley Road near the Piedmont City limits. So, Piedmont Avenue itself is both a long, bustling shopping street as well as the name of the adjacent residential district.

The nearby homes are a mix of mostly craftsman-style bungalows and two story shingle homes, mixed with the occasional apartment building and sweet old Victorian. The streets are tree-lined and tranquil and offer samples of some of Oakland’s quintessential character. To the south, the streets wander up the hillside toward Oakland Avenue and then downhill to Grand Avenue. Going north, Broadway is considered the border of the Piedmont Avenue district.

The shops, restaurants, entertainment and markets along Piedmont Avenue are second to none. Like nearby College Avenue, locals are loyal to their favorite spots and repeat customers are the name of the game. Oaklanders as well as Piedmont folk consider “Piedmont Ave” their go-to choice. The Bay Wolf restaurant is a Bay Area destination, offering a dining experience which has earned its stellar reputation over more than 30 years. The new Comis restaurant is now garnering accolades for its imaginative world-class cuisine (and often a waiting-list to match).

But it’s the everyday cafes, services and friendly day-to-day living which make Piedmont Avenue so such a fun, special neighborhood. Check it out for a drink, quick snack or a leisurely stroll of window shopping. You’ll love this charming neighborhood.