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Guidebook for Berkeley

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Guidebook for Berkeley

Food Scene
It's an informal Italian restaurant with an outdoor patio. Reasonably price and portions are ample!
Pasta Bene
2565 Telegraph Avenue
It's an informal Italian restaurant with an outdoor patio. Reasonably price and portions are ample!
"The drunken boat". A French restaurant in a lovely old house.
Le Bateau Ivre
2629 Telegraph Avenue
"The drunken boat". A French restaurant in a lovely old house.
Specializes in Japanese tapas. This tiny place is very popular – go early! There is frequently a line outside the door.
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Kiraku
2566 Telegraph Avenue
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Specializes in Japanese tapas. This tiny place is very popular – go early! There is frequently a line outside the door.
This is a Nepalese restaurant, very reasonably priced. Serves many different curries and other Eastern dishes (including vegetarian and vegan). Very good food.
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Mount Everest Restaurant
2598 Telegraph Avenue
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This is a Nepalese restaurant, very reasonably priced. Serves many different curries and other Eastern dishes (including vegetarian and vegan). Very good food.
Thai noodle house (the food is tasty and reasonably priced, but the décor is a bit stark). Good for take-out.
Racha Café
2516 Telegraph Avenue
Thai noodle house (the food is tasty and reasonably priced, but the décor is a bit stark). Good for take-out.
Excellent creative Burmese food, very good service, in a pleasing environment, at quite reasonable prices. Book ahead! This place is popular - go early.
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Royal Rangoon
2826 Telegraph Avenue
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Excellent creative Burmese food, very good service, in a pleasing environment, at quite reasonable prices. Book ahead! This place is popular - go early.
An upscale Italian restaurant in the Rockridge Market Hall which is right by the Rockridge BART station. Reservations recommended!
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Oliveto
5655 College Avenue
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An upscale Italian restaurant in the Rockridge Market Hall which is right by the Rockridge BART station. Reservations recommended!
This is a Parisian-like collection of small specialist food shops all under one roof, for baked goods, seafood, produce, pasta, grass-fed beef, cheeses, fresh roast organic coffee, and aalmost nything else you might desire to prepare your own gourmet meal.
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Rockridge Market Hall
5655 College Avenue
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This is a Parisian-like collection of small specialist food shops all under one roof, for baked goods, seafood, produce, pasta, grass-fed beef, cheeses, fresh roast organic coffee, and aalmost nything else you might desire to prepare your own gourmet meal.
For your morning fix - excellent coffee drinks and select pastries and snacks. Peet's was founded in Berkeley and is now well-known nationwide.
Peet's Coffee
2501 Telegraph Avenue
For your morning fix - excellent coffee drinks and select pastries and snacks. Peet's was founded in Berkeley and is now well-known nationwide.
A popular UC Berkeley hangout. From the outside you might think it was a classroom since almost every customer is working on a laptop. Excellent coffee and select pastries, cookies and snacks
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Sack's Coffee House
2701 College Avenue
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A popular UC Berkeley hangout. From the outside you might think it was a classroom since almost every customer is working on a laptop. Excellent coffee and select pastries, cookies and snacks
A large and comprehensive selection of natural, organic, and GMO-free food, beverages, cosmetics and household products. Now owned by Amazon. Special offers for Amazon Prime members.
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Whole Foods Market
3000 Telegraph Avenue
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A large and comprehensive selection of natural, organic, and GMO-free food, beverages, cosmetics and household products. Now owned by Amazon. Special offers for Amazon Prime members.
Essentials
For milk, bread, packaged food, hot dogs and other quick essentials. Open late.
7-Eleven
2601 Telegraph Avenue
For milk, bread, packaged food, hot dogs and other quick essentials. Open late.
Shopping
It's a convenient small grocery store for basic foods and drinks.
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Derby Food Center
2707 College Ave
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It's a convenient small grocery store for basic foods and drinks.
Very convenient. They sell food, drink and household items as well as the usual pharmaceutical, household and cosmetic goods.
CVS Pharmacy
2655 Telegraph Ave
Very convenient. They sell food, drink and household items as well as the usual pharmaceutical, household and cosmetic goods.
Very popular place with a wonderful selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, beautifully displayed.
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Berkeley Bowl
2020 Oregon Street
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Very popular place with a wonderful selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, beautifully displayed.
Sightseeing
Take a trip across the Bay on the ferry. It takes about 30 minutes to the San Francisco Ferry Building. Schedules and routes are published on the web. There is free parking at the 7-story garage at 101 Washington St., Oakland, 1-1/2 blocks from the Jack London Square ferry terminal (take your parking ticket for validation). Go in the morning or afternoon, enjoy the ferry ride, explore downtown SF, then take the ferry back to Jack London Square where there are numerous good restaurantsT
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San Francisco Bay Ferry
10 Clay St
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Take a trip across the Bay on the ferry. It takes about 30 minutes to the San Francisco Ferry Building. Schedules and routes are published on the web. There is free parking at the 7-story garage at 101 Washington St., Oakland, 1-1/2 blocks from the Jack London Square ferry terminal (take your parking ticket for validation). Go in the morning or afternoon, enjoy the ferry ride, explore downtown SF, then take the ferry back to Jack London Square where there are numerous good restaurantsT
Entertainment & Activities
This is a wonderful place to go to hear live jazz and other music genres. Their concert schedule is published on their website. The doors open about an hour before the concert. If you reserve dinner at Yoshi's restaurant (excellent sushi and other Japanese dishes) you get reserved seating for the concert somewhere in the front 2 rows. Highly recommended for music lovers.
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Yoshi's
510 Embarcadero West
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This is a wonderful place to go to hear live jazz and other music genres. Their concert schedule is published on their website. The doors open about an hour before the concert. If you reserve dinner at Yoshi's restaurant (excellent sushi and other Japanese dishes) you get reserved seating for the concert somewhere in the front 2 rows. Highly recommended for music lovers.
Parks & Nature
This is a large park in the Berkeley Hills with great hiking trails, picnic areas, an antique merry-go-round, and a "Little Farm" where kids of all ages can learn about and pet the animals.
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Tilden Park Merry Go Round
Central Park Drive
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This is a large park in the Berkeley Hills with great hiking trails, picnic areas, an antique merry-go-round, and a "Little Farm" where kids of all ages can learn about and pet the animals.
This is a very pleasant place to walk or jog. The trail is about 3 miles around the reservoir. Also you can rent a paddle boat for some fun and exercise.
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Lafayette Reservoir
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This is a very pleasant place to walk or jog. The trail is about 3 miles around the reservoir. Also you can rent a paddle boat for some fun and exercise.
If you love hiking, the trail around this reservoir is around 13 miles! Never very crowded . Note: there isn't much shade. Take drinking water and sunscreen!
Briones Reservoir
If you love hiking, the trail around this reservoir is around 13 miles! Never very crowded . Note: there isn't much shade. Take drinking water and sunscreen!
Arts & Culture
A beautiful hall on the Berkeley campus, where you can find fine arts music, theater and dance performances. They publish a schedule on the web; http://calperformances.org/.
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Cal Performances
101 Zellerbach Hall
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A beautiful hall on the Berkeley campus, where you can find fine arts music, theater and dance performances. They publish a schedule on the web; http://calperformances.org/.
Concerts, plays and shows of all kinds. It’s worth a visit just to see the grand Art Deco architecture and design! They give tours on the first and third Saturdays of each month.
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Paramount Theatre
2025 Broadway
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Concerts, plays and shows of all kinds. It’s worth a visit just to see the grand Art Deco architecture and design! They give tours on the first and third Saturdays of each month.
A Bay Area favorite. Consult their website for schedule of plays and shows. http://www.berkeleyrep.org/
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Berkeley Repertory Theatre
2025 Addison Street
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A Bay Area favorite. Consult their website for schedule of plays and shows. http://www.berkeleyrep.org/
You'll find a wide variety of music (e.g., folk, bluegrass, honky tonk, guitar, swing, a capella). http://www.thefreight.org/
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Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse
2020 Addison St
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You'll find a wide variety of music (e.g., folk, bluegrass, honky tonk, guitar, swing, a capella). http://www.thefreight.org/
Regular intimate concerts in the piano showroom. You can also rent one of their practice rooms if you want to practice piano while you are staying in the area.
Piedmont Piano Company
1728 San Pablo Ave
Regular intimate concerts in the piano showroom. You can also rent one of their practice rooms if you want to practice piano while you are staying in the area.
Displays and exhibitions - art, history, natural sciences.
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Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak St
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Displays and exhibitions - art, history, natural sciences.