a visit to oakland’s umami mart.

Umami Mart

Umami Mart

Umami Mart

umami mart is a gorgeous shop of japanese kitchen accessories and barware hand-picked and curated by yoko kumano and kayoko akabori. if you’re on the hunt for beautiful and unique gifts, hop on over to their shop located in downtown oakland and take a peek inside. The entire shop, including the Umami Mart logo, travel mug and the graphics on the wall were designed by Anders Arhoj from Copenhagen, DK, a friend of Yoko’s from when they lived together in Tokyo.

umami mart started as a food and drink blog back in 2007, and the brick and mortar shop opened just last year in 2012 to showcase these beautiful kitchen tools and wares. in the spirit of their original focus on celebrating and conversing over meals, umami mart goes above and beyond by also offering community events throughout the year.

Umami Mart

Umami Mart

Umami Mart

Umami Mart

Umami Mart

Umami Mart

Umami Mart

Umami Mart

20 Responses to “a visit to oakland’s umami mart.”
  1. Lisa says:

    What a unique spot! I love beautiful serving items like these, especially as a souvenir

  2. Chelsea says:

    Look at those little ghosts!! What a beautiful selection. I am making a list for our upcoming trip, and I am adding this right now. Thanks. xo

  3. Erin says:

    I LOVE this shop – some of my favorite kitchen items are from there (like their salt box and their gold martini shaker!)

  4. maja says:

    This is my all time favorite Oakland store!

  5. WOW, what an amazing space!
    such a beautiful selection of goodies.

    Molly {Dreams in HD}

  6. Christina says:

    This place is gorgeous! I absolutely love all the pictures!

  7. What a beautifully unique shop! Love how everything is displayed!

  8. I will definitely add this shop to my list of shops to visit. Looks like one of those shops I could actually live in as well! Nicely captured, Victoria.

  9. jaye says:

    so simple yet so beautifully displayed!

  10. What a beautiful space!

  11. Ana says:

    When visiting Oakland next time, I HAVE to go to this place. Have read so many articles about it. but never made it.

    compliments to Rachel on beautiful pictures. :)

  12. Oh, this place looks amazing! Such so really beautifully displayed stuffs. Nice share!

  13. my hyggelig says:

    thank you for sharing this! pinned and pinned! :) lovely, lovely, lovely. anders’ site also had some interesting information on the shop and the neighborhood revitalization approach – it’s a win win for everyone, really great idea!

  14. Kylie says:

    Wow. What an incredibly gorgeous store. There are some stores out there that seem like works of art in and of themselves, and this looks like one of those. This is so totally added to my list for the next time I’m in California.

  15. I love that store and have been shopping pretty regularly there! You and your assistant should go around the corner as they are a few other shops in the same area that are pretty awesome as well!

  16. Yuri says:

    very unique finds! thank you for the share

  17. Michaela says:

    Need to make it to this spot! Looks super cool, thanks for posting!
    love the latest content.


  18. Adrienne says:

    Very cool store I love the teapots and ghosts, Great pictures.

  19. Martha says:

    The best bartender in Dallas, Gabe Sanchez recommends buying barware from this shop… Nice blog posting!

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