Swan’s Market Merchant Alliance

 
 

The central depot for the first railroad linking California to the eastern states arrived in Oakland on November 8, 1869 at Broadway and 7th Street. Hotels, restaurants, barber shops, drug stores and other services for travelers sprang up in the surrounding streets and what we now refer to as ‘Old Oakland’ became one of the most dynamic and diverse neighborhoods in Oakland.  Among these businesses was the founding of the ‘Oakland Free Market’ in 1890, the predecessor of todays Swan’s Market.


Over 150 years later the market still maintains its’ sense of history and has been returned to a modernized version of its’ former glory as a showcase for some of the best food and wine in the Bay Area.

 

WELCOME TO HISTORIC SWAN’S MARKET

COSECHA CAFE

Cosecha (harvest in English) brings together the bounty of the Bay Area’s best ingredients, offering a warm and cozy place to gather, talk, and rejuvenate in the historic Swan’s Market. Chef/Owner Dominica Rice-Cisneros has been cooking professionally in the Bay Area, Mexico City and New York for the past seventeen years at Chez Panisse, Eccolo and Restaurant Soleil in the Mexican capitol.

THE COOK AND HER FARMER seeks to enhance the quality of food, strengthen the fabric of community, and to celebrate the beauty and vitality that is present in the city of Oakland by cultivating a needful spirit of generosity and gathering around the table for honest foods. We desire to foster a creative environment that supports the growth and development of future cooks and farmers.

B-DAMA JAPANESE

In 2003 Chikara Ono helped open perennially jammed Geta Sushi with his brother-in-law. Ono then hung up his maki rolling mat to open B-Dama on Piedmont Avenue, which offers one of the few authentic izakaya experiences in the East Bay. He is now opening his next East Bay shrine to classic Japanese cuisine inside of Swan’s Market.

MISS OLLIE’S

Miss Ollie's is the vision of Sarah Kirnon, a well-established name in food circles (formerly Front Porch in San Francisco and Hibiscus in Oakland). The market-driven menu is inspired by foods of the Caribbean, with an empahsis on taste and quality.  Stop in for the legendary fried chicken and her once-a-week oxtail stew that has drawn the most passionate following.

PERISCOPE CELLARS

Serving wines produced in a WWII submarine repair facility Periscope Cellars works with grapes from small, family growers with a focus on hands-on growing and winemaking to yield wines of unique character and quality.  Distinctly non-traditional, they focus on unique blends and modern packaging.

Rosamunde Sausages

Rosamunde is a natural fit to the historic downtown landmark turned gourmet hub of Old Oakland. They feature Taylor’s sausages on the menu alongside the Rosamunde favorites along with 16 craft beers on tap, plenty of outdoor seating, and catering available to the local community.

TAYLOR’S SAUSAGES

Taylor's owner Raymond Gee is the last shop owner from the original Housewives Market and has been an institution to generations of sausage lovers in the Bay Area. Based on decades of experience and traditional practices, Taylor's has drawn fans as diverse as Alice Waters and an array of Oakland politicians and sporting heros.  Recents winner of the SF Chronicle sausage taste-off.

DEEP ROOTS

Deep Roots Oakland serves the thirst-based needs of Old Oakland with a full selection of locally-made wines-on-tap, beer and a carefully curated selection of cocktails created from house-made and seasonal ingredients. Deep Roots is also the official headquarters to taste all Periscope Cellars wines as part of the Oakland Wine Trial.

HEN HOUSE

Hen House is a collaboration between Celeste Cooper and Alexandra Lopez, two mothers rooted in Bay Area food who want to create simple and deeply delicious meals for their community.