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Guidebook for Berkeley

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Guidebook for Berkeley

Food Scene
This is a casual Italian restaurant with very reasonable prices, and an outdoor patio
Pasta Bene
2565 Telegraph Avenue
This is a casual Italian restaurant with very reasonable prices, and an outdoor patio
"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.
Japanese tapas. This is a tine place and very popular – go early! There is frequently a line outside the door.
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Kiraku
2566 Telegraph Avenue
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Japanese tapas. This is a tine place and very popular – go early! There is frequently a line outside the door.
Nepalese restaurant, very good selection of curries and other eastern dishes, including many vegan and vegetarian items. Prompt service. and reasonably priced.
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Mount Everest Restaurant
2598 Telegraph Avenue
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Nepalese restaurant, very good selection of curries and other eastern dishes, including many vegan and vegetarian items. Prompt service. and reasonably priced.
Thai noodle house (the food is tasty and reasonably priced, but the décor is a bit stark)
Racha Café
2516 Telegraph Avenue
Thai noodle house (the food is tasty and reasonably priced, but the décor is a bit stark)
Well known upscale Italian restaurant in the Rockridge Market Hall which is right by the Rockridge BART station. Worth making ng a reservation.
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Oliveto
5655 College Avenue
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Well known upscale Italian restaurant in the Rockridge Market Hall which is right by the Rockridge BART station. Worth making ng a reservation.
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 anything else you might desire to prepare your own gourmet meal.
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Rockridge Market Hall
5655 College Avenue
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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 anything else you might desire to prepare your own gourmet meal.
Wide selection of coffee and non-coffee drinks and pastries. Peet's was founded in Berkeley and is now a major national brand.
Peet's Coffee
2501 Telegraph Avenue
Wide selection of coffee and non-coffee drinks and pastries. Peet's was founded in Berkeley and is now a major national brand.
This is a popular hangout for students and others. Very good coffee and unique atmosphere. From the outside you might think it was a classroom since almost every customer is working on a laptop.
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Sack's Coffee House
2701 College Avenue
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This is a popular hangout for students and others. Very good coffee and unique atmosphere. From the outside you might think it was a classroom since almost every customer is working on a laptop.
Shopping
For quick essentials (milk, toothpaste, etc.) Open 7 AM to 11 PM.
7-Eleven
2601 Telegraph Avenue
For quick essentials (milk, toothpaste, etc.) Open 7 AM to 11 PM.
Large supermarket-style selection of packaged food, drink and household items as well as pharmaceutical and cosmetic goods.
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CVS
2655 Telegraph Avenue
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Large supermarket-style selection of packaged food, drink and household items as well as pharmaceutical and cosmetic goods.
A full-service supermarket selling natural, organic and healthy foods and drinks as well as household products , diet supplements, and cosmetics. Deli counter for sandwiches, snacks and coffee. Parking lot is usually crowded.
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Whole Foods Market
3000 Telegraph Avenue
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A full-service supermarket selling natural, organic and healthy foods and drinks as well as household products , diet supplements, and cosmetics. Deli counter for sandwiches, snacks and coffee. Parking lot is usually crowded.
An incredible selection of fresh organic fruits and vegetables. Very popular - often crowded.
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Berkeley Bowl
2020 Oregon Street
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An incredible selection of fresh organic fruits and vegetables. Very popular - often crowded.
Essentials
Small grocery store for basic foods and drinks
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Derby Food Center
2707 College Ave
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Small grocery store for basic foods and drinks
Sightseeing
30-minute ferry trip across the Bay to San Francisco. Schedules and routes are published on the web: http://sanfranciscobayferry.com/
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San Francisco Bay Ferry
10 Clay St
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30-minute ferry trip across the Bay to San Francisco. Schedules and routes are published on the web: http://sanfranciscobayferry.com/
Arts & Culture
Yoshi's is an iconic West Coast jazz venue. They also feature hip-hop, blues, soul, funk, and occasionally Hawaiian music. Check the schedule and buy tickets on their website www.yoshis.com. Preferential seating if you reserve dinner at the restaurant before the show.
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Yoshi's
510 Embarcadero West
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Yoshi's is an iconic West Coast jazz venue. They also feature hip-hop, blues, soul, funk, and occasionally Hawaiian music. Check the schedule and buy tickets on their website www.yoshis.com. Preferential seating if you reserve dinner at the restaurant before the show.
Zellerbach Hall on the UC Berkeley campus has a schedule of 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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Zellerbach Hall on the UC Berkeley campus has a schedule of fine arts music, theater and dance performances. They publish a schedule on the web; http://calperformances.org/.
Symphony concerts - see http://www.oaklandsymphony.org/
Oakland Symphony
1440 Broadway
Symphony concerts - see http://www.oaklandsymphony.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. http://www.paramounttheatre.com/tour.html
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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. http://www.paramounttheatre.com/tour.html
The "Berkeley Rep" is a Bay Area favorite. Consult their website for plays and shows. http://www.berkeleyrep.org/
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Berkeley Repertory Theatre
2025 Addison Street
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The "Berkeley Rep" is a Bay Area favorite. Consult their website for plays and shows. http://www.berkeleyrep.org/
Guided tours, artists’ talks, illustrated lectures, poetry readings, musical performances. http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/
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Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2155 Center St
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Guided tours, artists’ talks, illustrated lectures, poetry readings, musical performances. http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/
This place offers a very wide variety of music (e.g., folk, bluegrass, honky tonk, guitar, swing, a capella). Good acoustics. http://www.thefreight.org/
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Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse
2020 Addison St
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This place offers a very wide variety of music (e.g., folk, bluegrass, honky tonk, guitar, swing, a capella). Good acoustics. http://www.thefreight.org/
Regular intimate concerts – not exclusively piano, but the unique concert venue is right in the piano showroom (you sit among the Steinways and the Yamahas!). You can also rent piano practice rooms by the hour .
Piedmont Piano Company
1728 San Pablo Ave
Regular intimate concerts – not exclusively piano, but the unique concert venue is right in the piano showroom (you sit among the Steinways and the Yamahas!). You can also rent piano practice rooms by the hour .
Exhibitions and tours (e.g., art, history, natural sciences). http://museumca.org/tours
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Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak St
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Exhibitions and tours (e.g., art, history, natural sciences). http://museumca.org/tours
Parks & Nature
A large regional park in the Berkeley Hills. Really good hiking trails. It also has a golf course, picnic areas, an antique merry-go-round, and a “Little Farm” where kids can learn about and pet the animals
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Tilden Regional Park
2501 Grizzly Peak Boulevard
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A large regional park in the Berkeley Hills. Really good hiking trails. It also has a golf course, picnic areas, an antique merry-go-round, and a “Little Farm” where kids can learn about and pet the animals
A very pleasant place . It's about 3 miles to walk or jog around the reservoir. You can also rent a paddle boat.
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Lafayette Reservoir
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A very pleasant place . It's about 3 miles to walk or jog around the reservoir. You can also rent a paddle boat.
Everything Else
A very grand old 1920’s hotel (now a “resort hotel”). "Period" decor and architecture.
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Claremont Club & Spa - A Fairmont Hotel
41 Tunnel Road
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A very grand old 1920’s hotel (now a “resort hotel”). "Period" decor and architecture.
A Greene and Greene house (Arts & Crafts style). It’s occupied by a fraternity, and they give informal tours. website. http://thorsenhouse.org/
Sigma Phi Society of the Thorsen House
2307 Piedmont Avenue
A Greene and Greene house (Arts & Crafts style). It’s occupied by a fraternity, and they give informal tours. website. http://thorsenhouse.org/