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Guidebook for Berkeley

Shopping
Fabulous selection of fresh fruits and vegetables at the best prices anywhere. People drive from all over to shop here, and it's my corner grocery!
Monterey Market
Fabulous selection of fresh fruits and vegetables at the best prices anywhere. People drive from all over to shop here, and it's my corner grocery!
Best roasted beans in Berkeley, IMO. They also have a worldwide selection of tea, spices, and chocolates, besides the cheeses. The owner is smart and friendly. Love this place.
Country Cheese Coffee Market
Best roasted beans in Berkeley, IMO. They also have a worldwide selection of tea, spices, and chocolates, besides the cheeses. The owner is smart and friendly. Love this place.
This place is special. The owner is author of a book on sustainable fishing, and all the offerings are marked as to how and where they were caught. You can get both fancy and plain seafood here.
Monterey Fish
This place is special. The owner is author of a book on sustainable fishing, and all the offerings are marked as to how and where they were caught. You can get both fancy and plain seafood here.
Since I don't drink I've never been inside this place except once to buy ginger ale for a sick friend, but if alcohol is your thing, this place is there.
Monterey Liquors
Since I don't drink I've never been inside this place except once to buy ginger ale for a sick friend, but if alcohol is your thing, this place is there.
You can get cheaper posies at the Monterey Market, but if you want the absolute best, arranged like a work of art, this eye-popping little shop is the place.
Freshly Cut
You can get cheaper posies at the Monterey Market, but if you want the absolute best, arranged like a work of art, this eye-popping little shop is the place.
Should you decide you like it so much here you want to buy property (as I did, years ago), this place can show you current listings.
Northbrae Properties
Should you decide you like it so much here you want to buy property (as I did, years ago), this place can show you current listings.
Absolutely fabulous selection of children's toys and books. Hardly visible from the street, but generations of Berkeley parents (and kids) revere this locally owned place.
Mr Mopp's
Martin Luther King Jr Way
Absolutely fabulous selection of children's toys and books. Hardly visible from the street, but generations of Berkeley parents (and kids) revere this locally owned place.
An eye-opening variety of seafood plus Japanese groceries and gifts. If you want to prepare a variety of sushi items, this is the place to get them.
Tokyo Fish Market
San Pablo Ave
An eye-opening variety of seafood plus Japanese groceries and gifts. If you want to prepare a variety of sushi items, this is the place to get them.
It's the nearest Office Depot branch, in case you need it. (It's moved across the street in 2014 from the location shown on the map.) Follow the signs to the T-Rex parking lot.
Office Depot
It's the nearest Office Depot branch, in case you need it. (It's moved across the street in 2014 from the location shown on the map.) Follow the signs to the T-Rex parking lot.
This is the nearest Costco. The Point Isabel dog park, reputed to be the best in the West, is just a quarter mile past the store.
Costco
This is the nearest Costco. The Point Isabel dog park, reputed to be the best in the West, is just a quarter mile past the store.
The historic birthplace of the Beat movement, home of Ferlinghetti and other legends, and a great bookstore for any era.
City Lights Bookstore
Columbus Ave
The historic birthplace of the Beat movement, home of Ferlinghetti and other legends, and a great bookstore for any era.
For the few items that you can't buy at or around the Monterey Market, such as Ben&Jerry's ice cream, this is the nearest conventional supermarket.
Safeway
For the few items that you can't buy at or around the Monterey Market, such as Ben&Jerry's ice cream, this is the nearest conventional supermarket.
Good if you want to buy small portions, or if you happen to like their store brands of stuff.
Trader Joe's
University Ave
Good if you want to buy small portions, or if you happen to like their store brands of stuff.
This is the nearest REI. But there are several other outdoor stores (Royal Robbins, North Face) further west on Gilman Street.
REI
San Pablo Ave
This is the nearest REI. But there are several other outdoor stores (Royal Robbins, North Face) further west on Gilman Street.
One of the few remaining locally owned bike shops. Great place to shop, get or do your own repairs, pick up local biking lore.
Missing Link Bicycle Cooperative
1988 Shattuck Avenue
One of the few remaining locally owned bike shops. Great place to shop, get or do your own repairs, pick up local biking lore.
The complete Whole Foods experience, including EV recharging, a few minutes' drive away.
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Whole Foods Market
1025 Gilman Street
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The complete Whole Foods experience, including EV recharging, a few minutes' drive away.
They have a wide selection of fresh meats and deli stuff, tasty rotisseried chickens, an olive bar, an impressive array of frozen meats, soups, and sauces, and a great selection of bulk olive oils and balsamic vinegars.
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Magnani Poultry
1576 Hopkins Street
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They have a wide selection of fresh meats and deli stuff, tasty rotisseried chickens, an olive bar, an impressive array of frozen meats, soups, and sauces, and a great selection of bulk olive oils and balsamic vinegars.
Food Scene
High-voltage coffee, a wide range of breakfast and lunch dishes at reasonable prices, friendly and competent staff, interesting mix of people, not a UC student hangout; wonderful to have it near. Very Berkeley.
Espresso Roma
High-voltage coffee, a wide range of breakfast and lunch dishes at reasonable prices, friendly and competent staff, interesting mix of people, not a UC student hangout; wonderful to have it near. Very Berkeley.
When I don't feel like cooking, there's always Lilly's. Homey atmosphere, friendly staff, good food (no MSG), big portions, fast service, good prices, what's not to like?
Lilly's Restaurant
When I don't feel like cooking, there's always Lilly's. Homey atmosphere, friendly staff, good food (no MSG), big portions, fast service, good prices, what's not to like?
This is the first place open in the morning, and it has fresh bread and pastries every day, baked right there. Also very rich, memorable cakes. My mouth waters just thinking about this place.
Hopkins Street Bakery
This is the first place open in the morning, and it has fresh bread and pastries every day, baked right there. Also very rich, memorable cakes. My mouth waters just thinking about this place.
I personally prefer the pizza at Cheese Board up on Shattuck, but Gioia is closer, and it's getting better. You can get into heated arguments with locals about Gioia v. Cheese Board, it's almost a religious war; so try both. There's practically no seating in the restaurant so expect to do takeout.
Gioia Pizzeria
I personally prefer the pizza at Cheese Board up on Shattuck, but Gioia is closer, and it's getting better. You can get into heated arguments with locals about Gioia v. Cheese Board, it's almost a religious war; so try both. There's practically no seating in the restaurant so expect to do takeout.
If plain American home cooking at reasonable prices is your thing, take a short walk to Fat Apple's. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Fat Apple's Restaurant
Martin Luther King Jr Way
If plain American home cooking at reasonable prices is your thing, take a short walk to Fat Apple's. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
It may take weeks to get a reservation downstairs, and costs a mint, but it's totally worth it. The Cafe upstairs is more accessible and easier to get into. This is Mecca for foodies.
Chez Panisse Restaurant
It may take weeks to get a reservation downstairs, and costs a mint, but it's totally worth it. The Cafe upstairs is more accessible and easier to get into. This is Mecca for foodies.
A little slice of New York, this very popular restaurant and deli serves good, hearty meals and big sandwiches at reasonable prices. There may be better Jewish delis in New York but not in Berkeley. Live music sometimes.
Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen
A little slice of New York, this very popular restaurant and deli serves good, hearty meals and big sandwiches at reasonable prices. There may be better Jewish delis in New York but not in Berkeley. Live music sometimes.
This is the "there" in Berkeley! Great vegie pizza by the slice or pie, family seating, live jazz, a worker-owned collective. The long line at lunch and dinner moves fast. Don't miss this one!
Cheese Board
This is the "there" in Berkeley! Great vegie pizza by the slice or pie, family seating, live jazz, a worker-owned collective. The long line at lunch and dinner moves fast. Don't miss this one!
The most popular Mexican restaurant around, for good reason. Always busy, fast, tasty, reasonably priced, family friendly. Can be loud.
Picante Catering
The most popular Mexican restaurant around, for good reason. Always busy, fast, tasty, reasonably priced, family friendly. Can be loud.
Our favorite place for casual, quick, inexpensive but tasty Indian food.
House of Curries
Our favorite place for casual, quick, inexpensive but tasty Indian food.
There's two great Indian dinner houses across the street from each other on upper Solano. We prefer the Khana Peena, with its more casual atmosphere. The top-rated Ajanta across the street is more upscale and formal, with prices to match.
Khana Peena Indian Restaurant
There's two great Indian dinner houses across the street from each other on upper Solano. We prefer the Khana Peena, with its more casual atmosphere. The top-rated Ajanta across the street is more upscale and formal, with prices to match.
The place for deep-dish pizza; the house special spinach-mushroom is a big favorite.
Zacharys Chicago Pizza
The place for deep-dish pizza; the house special spinach-mushroom is a big favorite.
Arguably the best burgers and clearly the greatest variety of burgers in town. There's another one on Solano Ave.
Barney's Gourmet Hamburger
Cedar St
Arguably the best burgers and clearly the greatest variety of burgers in town. There's another one on Solano Ave.
Inexpensive student food, truly international atmosphere
International House At Uc
Inexpensive student food, truly international atmosphere
Dinner on a yacht cruising the bay, for a very special day.
Hornblower Dining Yachts
Dinner on a yacht cruising the bay, for a very special day.
Guests report outstanding BBQ -- salmon, beef, pork, vegie; also exceptional pecan pie. "Gourmet Street Food to Go" is the motto. Chef Tina Fergusen-Riffe has street cred and also Cordon Bleu cred.
2434 San Pablo Ave
2434 San Pablo Ave
Guests report outstanding BBQ -- salmon, beef, pork, vegie; also exceptional pecan pie. "Gourmet Street Food to Go" is the motto. Chef Tina Fergusen-Riffe has street cred and also Cordon Bleu cred.
It's Chez Panisse in a garage. An easy walk from here.
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Lalime's
1329 Gilman Street
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It's Chez Panisse in a garage. An easy walk from here.
Indoor and outdoor seating, good selection of lunches, casual, comfortable, very Berkeley
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Cafe Leila
1724 San Pablo Avenue
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Indoor and outdoor seating, good selection of lunches, casual, comfortable, very Berkeley
With closure of the Genki, this has become the No. 1 sushi place within walking distance. Try the sushi special lunch! And pay cash to get a 10% discount.
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Kiku Sushi
1316 Gilman Street
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With closure of the Genki, this has become the No. 1 sushi place within walking distance. Try the sushi special lunch! And pay cash to get a 10% discount.
Popular outdoor eatery with a Brazilian food truck serving eats plus a beer area and a desserts table.
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Westbrae Biergarten
1280 Gilman Street
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Popular outdoor eatery with a Brazilian food truck serving eats plus a beer area and a desserts table.
Replaces Cafe Fanny at that location; serves Paris-inspired coffees, pastries, sandwiches, indoor/outdoor seating next to Acme Bread.
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Bartavelle Coffee & Wine Bar
1603 San Pablo Avenue
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Replaces Cafe Fanny at that location; serves Paris-inspired coffees, pastries, sandwiches, indoor/outdoor seating next to Acme Bread.
Long lines form here for the fresh breads and pastries baked onsite daily.
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Acme Bread
1601 San Pablo Avenue
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Long lines form here for the fresh breads and pastries baked onsite daily.
If you get hungry late in the evening, this is about the only place open in Berkeley. Decent coffee, desserts, sandwiches etc.
Au Coquelet
2000 University Avenue
If you get hungry late in the evening, this is about the only place open in Berkeley. Decent coffee, desserts, sandwiches etc.
Formerly Oscar's, a Berkeley landmark for 1950s style cheeseburgers, this place is now a hugely popular salad restaurant, mostly but not exclusively vegetarian. Expect lines at lunch, but they move fast.
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sweetgreen
1890 Shattuck Ave
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Formerly Oscar's, a Berkeley landmark for 1950s style cheeseburgers, this place is now a hugely popular salad restaurant, mostly but not exclusively vegetarian. Expect lines at lunch, but they move fast.
Parks & Nature
This is lovely just to walk through, like a fancy botanical garden practically at my front door. The staff are all trained horticulturists and know their stuff. Don't miss it!
Berkeley Horticultural Nursery
This is lovely just to walk through, like a fancy botanical garden practically at my front door. The staff are all trained horticulturists and know their stuff. Don't miss it!
Playgrounds for toddlers and older kids; quarter-mile track; soccer field; tennis courts; baseball field and basketball courts are just up the hill on the school campus.
King Park
Hopkins St
Playgrounds for toddlers and older kids; quarter-mile track; soccer field; tennis courts; baseball field and basketball courts are just up the hill on the school campus.
A good uphill walk takes you to this popular viewing spot for sunset or any time. Mortar Rock park just up the street has Native American acorn grinding holes.
Görlitzer Str. 23
Indian Rock Ave
A good uphill walk takes you to this popular viewing spot for sunset or any time. Mortar Rock park just up the street has Native American acorn grinding holes.
This is a great place to watch the sunset, and a good place for a brisk walk to get fresh sea air. Popular for flying kites, too. Bring sweater, camera. P.S. Despite the label it's not a State Park but a City of Berkeley park.
Cesar Chavez State Park
Spinnaker Way
This is a great place to watch the sunset, and a good place for a brisk walk to get fresh sea air. Popular for flying kites, too. Bring sweater, camera. P.S. Despite the label it's not a State Park but a City of Berkeley park.
Great place to throw a frisbee. The Ohlone bikeway passes through here, too. Tennis and basketball courts nearby.
Franklin Street
Rose St
Great place to throw a frisbee. The Ohlone bikeway passes through here, too. Tennis and basketball courts nearby.
Another great place to throw a frisbee or kick a ball around. Also has basketball courts.
Ohlone Park
Ohlone Greenway
Another great place to throw a frisbee or kick a ball around. Also has basketball courts.
Nice shady park on a hot day; also tennis, basketball, meeting rooms. Arts and crafts fairs meet here in season.
Live Oak Park
Berryman Path
Nice shady park on a hot day; also tennis, basketball, meeting rooms. Arts and crafts fairs meet here in season.
Come up here and smell the roses and look at the postcard view.
Berkeley Rose Garden
Euclid Ave
Come up here and smell the roses and look at the postcard view.
Alas, the pier closed in late 2015 due to deferred maintenance. It was a fine, romantic, breezy, scenic walk to the end of the pier. The 51B bus can get you there. It's still a lovely walk along the waterfront.
Berkeley fishing pier
Fishing Pier
Alas, the pier closed in late 2015 due to deferred maintenance. It was a fine, romantic, breezy, scenic walk to the end of the pier. The 51B bus can get you there. It's still a lovely walk along the waterfront.
A real little farm. You can get face to snout with cows, sheep, and goats. Also turkeys, chickens, ducks. Bring lettuce or celery (only) to share; you can usually get some free at Monterey Market if you ask. A favorite!
Tilden Little Farm
Central Park Dr
A real little farm. You can get face to snout with cows, sheep, and goats. Also turkeys, chickens, ducks. Bring lettuce or celery (only) to share; you can usually get some free at Monterey Market if you ask. A favorite!
Lake swimming on hot days, kid-friendly. Call 1 (888) 327-2757 for hours. Search ebparks dot org for info.
Lake Anza Beach
Lake Anza Rd
Lake swimming on hot days, kid-friendly. Call 1 (888) 327-2757 for hours. Search ebparks dot org for info.
A unique outside-the-box play environment for kids 6-16, nationally recognized as a top creative play space. Call 510 981-6720 for hours.
Adventure Playground
University Ave
A unique outside-the-box play environment for kids 6-16, nationally recognized as a top creative play space. Call 510 981-6720 for hours.
Scenic outlook and trailhead for several easy and moderate trails in the green belt. Popular rest point for bicyclists.
Inspiration Point
Seaview Trail
Scenic outlook and trailhead for several easy and moderate trails in the green belt. Popular rest point for bicyclists.
Beautiful grounds, hothouses, educational, worth the admission.
UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Grizzly Peak Blvd
Beautiful grounds, hothouses, educational, worth the admission.
Lovely layout, interesting variety, cooling streams on a hot summer day; free.
Regional Botanical Garden
Wildcat Canyon Rd
Lovely layout, interesting variety, cooling streams on a hot summer day; free.
Rent kayaks, windsurfers, small sailboats by the hour. Details on the calbears-dot-berkeley-dot-edu website.
UC Aquatic Center
University Ave
Rent kayaks, windsurfers, small sailboats by the hour. Details on the calbears-dot-berkeley-dot-edu website.
Essentials
A three minute walk from here. They do a great job with shirts and dry cleaning, fast and at reasonable prices; also regular laundry. A family owned business.
Hopkins Launderette
A three minute walk from here. They do a great job with shirts and dry cleaning, fast and at reasonable prices; also regular laundry. A family owned business.
This is the closest gas station, but not the cheapest.
Chevron gas station
Martin Luther King Jr Way
This is the closest gas station, but not the cheapest.
This is usually the cheapest of the nearby gas stations.
Paviljoen Toren De Grote Sniep
1, 3648AS Martin Luther King Jr Way
This is usually the cheapest of the nearby gas stations.
Good haircuts. Avoid Supercuts across the street. Heads is better and doesn't cost more.
Heads
Good haircuts. Avoid Supercuts across the street. Heads is better and doesn't cost more.
This is the nearest ATM. There ought to be one in the Hopkins St village but there isn't.
Wells Fargo ATM
Shattuck Pl
This is the nearest ATM. There ought to be one in the Hopkins St village but there isn't.
This is the nearest pharmacy.
CVS Pharmacy
Shattuck Ave
This is the nearest pharmacy.
It's the nearest coin-operated self-service laundry place. It's a 4-minute drive or a 16-minute walk. You can stroll the Gourmet Ghetto while you wait; you're right in the heart of it.
Bing Wong Cleaners
It's the nearest coin-operated self-service laundry place. It's a 4-minute drive or a 16-minute walk. You can stroll the Gourmet Ghetto while you wait; you're right in the heart of it.
A big self-service coin-operated laundry operation, lots of students here, a block from downtown Berkeley. Park in the back (meters). Bing Wong is closer but this place is OK too.
University Launderette
A big self-service coin-operated laundry operation, lots of students here, a block from downtown Berkeley. Park in the back (meters). Bing Wong is closer but this place is OK too.
This is the nearest Post Office. It's across the street from the French Hotel.
U.S. Post Office
Shattuck Ave
This is the nearest Post Office. It's across the street from the French Hotel.
Something wrong with your car? Take it to Dana Meyers for honest, competent, fast and reasonable service.
Dana Meyer Auto Care
Something wrong with your car? Take it to Dana Meyers for honest, competent, fast and reasonable service.
Arts & Culture
Great selection of books, tapes, videos for all ages; story times for kids; easy walking distance.
North Branch Berkeley Public LIbrary
Hopkins St
Great selection of books, tapes, videos for all ages; story times for kids; easy walking distance.
This is where I studied law, and they often have interesting lectures and seminars. Recently they changed the name to just "Berkeley Law." (Boo)
Boalt Hall School of Law
Bancroft Way
This is where I studied law, and they often have interesting lectures and seminars. Recently they changed the name to just "Berkeley Law." (Boo)
They sometimes have chamber music concerts on weekends, free or very cheap.
Crowden School
They sometimes have chamber music concerts on weekends, free or very cheap.
A great primary school; and the school yard has basketball courts
Jefferson School
Rose St
A great primary school; and the school yard has basketball courts
This has fun, hands-on interactive science exhibits for everyone from tots to grownups. Open daily 10-5, phone 510-642-5132. Also a great view of Berkeley and the Bay.
Lawrence Hall of Science
Centennial Dr
This has fun, hands-on interactive science exhibits for everyone from tots to grownups. Open daily 10-5, phone 510-642-5132. Also a great view of Berkeley and the Bay.
The LGBT Community Center has a full calendar of events, support groups, projects and activities, open to all. It's at 1800 Market Street.
LGBT Community Center
Market St
The LGBT Community Center has a full calendar of events, support groups, projects and activities, open to all. It's at 1800 Market Street.
A great building with heaps of resources, very popular and for good reason. Worth a walkthrough even if you don't want to read or use the computers.
San Francisco Public Library
Larkin St
A great building with heaps of resources, very popular and for good reason. Worth a walkthrough even if you don't want to read or use the computers.
An outstanding showcase for Asian art.
Asian Art Museum
Larkin St
An outstanding showcase for Asian art.
Permanent collection is worth seeing once; traveling exhibits may be brilliant; check it out.
MOMA - Museum of Modern Art
3rd St
Permanent collection is worth seeing once; traveling exhibits may be brilliant; check it out.
Interesting architecture, evocative, moving exhibits. Worth a visit.
Jewish Museum
Mission St
Interesting architecture, evocative, moving exhibits. Worth a visit.
Live theatrical performances a short walk away, and affordable. Staged by Actors Ensemble of Berkeley; check their web site for details.
Live Oak Theatre
Live theatrical performances a short walk away, and affordable. Staged by Actors Ensemble of Berkeley; check their web site for details.
Live theatre, indy and outside-the-box productions, affordable; check it out. Next to Ashby BART station.
Shotgun Players At the Ashby Stage
Live theatre, indy and outside-the-box productions, affordable; check it out. Next to Ashby BART station.
Entertainment & Activities
Public swimming pool, family friendly, wide variety of swim sessions, inexpensive; check it out.
King Pool
Hopkins St
Public swimming pool, family friendly, wide variety of swim sessions, inexpensive; check it out.
The schoolyard has basketball courts and a softball field, open at non-school times. There's also a great student-built garden where they grow food for school lunches. Go see it and get inspired!
King School
Rose St
The schoolyard has basketball courts and a softball field, open at non-school times. There's also a great student-built garden where they grow food for school lunches. Go see it and get inspired!
A real merry-go-round (carousel), a favorite for kids. Open daily 8:30 am - 4 pm.
Tilden Park Merry Go Round
Central Park Dr
A real merry-go-round (carousel), a favorite for kids. Open daily 8:30 am - 4 pm.
A real kid-size choo-choo ride. Cheap fun for all ages. Weekends in good weather. Call (510) 548-6100 for hours.
Tilden Park Steam Train
Seaview Trail
A real kid-size choo-choo ride. Cheap fun for all ages. Weekends in good weather. Call (510) 548-6100 for hours.
Professional baseball, football, and basketball games. Take BART!
Oakland Coliseum
Coliseum Way
Professional baseball, football, and basketball games. Take BART!
A fantasy trip for the pre-K and K set. Pleasant walk afterward in the park by the lake, the jewel of Oakland.
Children's Fairyland
A fantasy trip for the pre-K and K set. Pleasant walk afterward in the park by the lake, the jewel of Oakland.
People get a kick out of sitting in the restaurant and watching the horse races there. Live races Thu-Fri-Sat-Sun. Go to goldengatefields dot com.
Golden Gate Fields
People get a kick out of sitting in the restaurant and watching the horse races there. Live races Thu-Fri-Sat-Sun. Go to goldengatefields dot com.
Where the Giants play. A great retro-style ballpark. Easily accessible via public transit. Also check out getting there by ferry.
AT&T Park
Willie Mays Plaza
Where the Giants play. A great retro-style ballpark. Easily accessible via public transit. Also check out getting there by ferry.
Drinks & Nightlife
All kinds of dancing to live music with a world beat flavor every night.
Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center
All kinds of dancing to live music with a world beat flavor every night.