Welcome to Oakland Park
A fast-growing residential neighborhood close to the beach
Just north of Fort Lauderdale, Oakland Park is among the fastest-growing residential areas in Southern Florida. Once known as a small town in a big city, Oakland Park has excellent parks, ample opportunities for recreation, and an independent library. At eight square miles, with a population of about 42,000, the neighborhood punches above its weight.
Residents can appreciate the miles of gorgeous beaches on the Atlantic Ocean lined with palm trees. Oakland Park is also home to many up-and-coming restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues. The newly renovated downtown district has rocketed this small community to fame, attracting tourists from all over and leading to tremendous economic growth.
The city is primarily residential, with walkable city streets and access to natural parks and outdoor recreational spaces. In addition, the downtown area has dozens of restaurants and shopping options for residents to enjoy without leaving the city.
What to Love
- A small, peaceful community
- Great restaurant options
- Hip downtown area
- Access to natural parks and outdoor spaces
- Summer festivals
- Excellent real estate value
Oakland Park has all the amenities of a major city combined with the peaceful charm of a small town. This community has been around for over 100 years, and the unique architecture is a testament to Oakland Park's rich history. Residents can stroll through the neighborhood and marvel at the different architectural styles. This small town also fosters a great sense of community. Friends and family can gather at a local park or enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants in Oakland Park.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
If you're looking somewhere to shop in Oakland Park, the Oakland Park Flea Market is the place to be. Since 1972, this authentic flea market has served the Oakland Park and Fort Lauderdale area. There are over 200 booths where vendors sell products such as clothing, jewelry, cell phones, and more.
Oakland Park has plenty of up-and-coming restaurants to fit all tastes and cuisines. The Mason Jar Pub is a local Florida pub serving classic American food, such as chicken wings, burgers, and fresh salads. This pub also has a drive-thru and outdoor seating, perfect for gathering with your friends for a delicious meal. Don't forget to try their famed sweet tea in a mason jar.
The Peter Pan Diner is a family-owned diner serving "no-nonsense" breakfast and freshly prepared lunch. Whether you're craving pancakes or a turkey club sandwich, Peter Pan Diner has you covered.
When you want some delicious baked goods and desserts, look no further than Rendez-Vous Bakery and Bistro. This lovely bakery offers freshly baked bread, cakes, pastries, and signature dishes. Rendez-Vous Bakery prides itself on its extraordinary bread, developed with natural yeast and ancient baking practices. The quality and taste of the bread are unlike anything else. They also have a full breakfast, dinner, and wine menu in the bistro.
Funky Buddha Brewery is a must-visit for beer lovers interested in learning about the brewing process. What once started as a small brew house in 2010 has now become a great brewery famous for its unique beers and ales. Guests can tour the factory to see how their favorite flavors are created. Funky Buddha is also a full tap-house restaurant offering delicious bar food and brunch that pair perfectly with their beers. Visitors can rent the brewery for private events, corporate meetings, holiday parties, birthday parties, and weddings.
Things to Do
The live music scene is alive and well in Oakland Park. The Culture Room is the prime place in the area for live music. For over 25 years, the Culture Room has hosted live concerts and events spanning all genres of music. They update concert dates frequently, so check their website to see when your favorite band is coming to town.
On the second Friday of each month, Oakland Park hosts Summer Nights in Jacob Pastorius Park during the summer. Residents can enjoy live music, vendors, and family-friendly movies. This year's events include a family-friendly Pride celebration, a "Rock & Soul" concert, and a "Beach Vibes" reggae concert.
Oakland Park has many thriving parks and outdoor facilities. The town is dedicated to providing effective recreation programs, well-maintained parks, and library enrichment responsive to the community's diverse needs. With over 20 public parks, residents can enjoy picnic areas, hiking trails, playgrounds, sports fields, and more.