Guidebook for Berkeley

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Guidebook for Berkeley

Food Scene
Summer Kitchen sells both prepared foods (sandwiches and salads, e.g. curry cauliflower salad) as well as sandwiches and simple meals (e,g. spaghetti and meatball, pizzas, roasted chicken with mashed potatoes). It's sort of what you'd cook for yourself if you had the time. Prices are not the cheapest, it's sort of a luxury takeout place.
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Summer Kitchen +bakeshop
2944 College Avenue
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Summer Kitchen sells both prepared foods (sandwiches and salads, e.g. curry cauliflower salad) as well as sandwiches and simple meals (e,g. spaghetti and meatball, pizzas, roasted chicken with mashed potatoes). It's sort of what you'd cook for yourself if you had the time. Prices are not the cheapest, it's sort of a luxury takeout place.
Nabolom is open Wed-Sun and closes at 7pm. In the morning, they have hand-rolled croissants and their famous danishes, and during lunch and dinner hours, they have a Cheeseboard style pizza du jour, always vegetarian. Their cookies are phenomenal. This is a local spot with really friend proprietors.
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Nabolom Bakery - Pizzeria
2708 Russell Street
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Nabolom is open Wed-Sun and closes at 7pm. In the morning, they have hand-rolled croissants and their famous danishes, and during lunch and dinner hours, they have a Cheeseboard style pizza du jour, always vegetarian. Their cookies are phenomenal. This is a local spot with really friend proprietors.
Generous amounts of poke served up Chipotle style.
Hashtag Poki
3075 Telegraph Ave
Generous amounts of poke served up Chipotle style.
Parks & Nature
Tilden is just a 10 minute drive from the cottage, and there is hiking, a swimmable lake for warm days, and a botanical garden. For kids, Tilden has an excellent steam engine train ride, merry go round, a small farm where children can feed the animals.
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Tilden Regional Park
2501 Grizzly Peak Boulevard
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Tilden is just a 10 minute drive from the cottage, and there is hiking, a swimmable lake for warm days, and a botanical garden. For kids, Tilden has an excellent steam engine train ride, merry go round, a small farm where children can feed the animals.
Essentials
Whole Foods is the nearest grocery store, a ~15 minute walk from the house. They also have a breakfast hot bar and a coffee shack outside in the front, so you can just pull in with your car and grab your coffee or sit down with your coffee/meal in the outdoor seating area.
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Whole Foods Market
3000 Telegraph Avenue
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Whole Foods is the nearest grocery store, a ~15 minute walk from the house. They also have a breakfast hot bar and a coffee shack outside in the front, so you can just pull in with your car and grab your coffee or sit down with your coffee/meal in the outdoor seating area.
This Safeway at College and Alcatraz has a huge parking lot (where you could also park for errands near by) and is open seemingly nearly 24hrs. If you need milk at 6am, this is your place. It faces very cute stores for grocery, a great butcher and the like. There is also the well-reputed Philz coffee in the complex.
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Safeway
6310 College Avenue
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This Safeway at College and Alcatraz has a huge parking lot (where you could also park for errands near by) and is open seemingly nearly 24hrs. If you need milk at 6am, this is your place. It faces very cute stores for grocery, a great butcher and the like. There is also the well-reputed Philz coffee in the complex.
Trader Joe's has everything! This one (vs the one on University) has more space, parking is more straightforward and the store itself has wider aisles meaning you bump into other shoppers a bit less than other locations.
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Trader Joe's
5727 College Avenue
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Trader Joe's has everything! This one (vs the one on University) has more space, parking is more straightforward and the store itself has wider aisles meaning you bump into other shoppers a bit less than other locations.
Berkeley Bowl is famous for its wide selection of fruits and veggies. Prices are pretty reasonable, and the wide selection includes random groceries like gluten free soba or some obscure cheese made by a local dairy farmer. Beware of its highly competitive parking lot and peak hours where all of Berkeley seems to have descended on the store. There is another location Berkeley Bowl West which has a bit more breathing room.
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Berkeley Bowl
2020 Oregon Street
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Berkeley Bowl is famous for its wide selection of fruits and veggies. Prices are pretty reasonable, and the wide selection includes random groceries like gluten free soba or some obscure cheese made by a local dairy farmer. Beware of its highly competitive parking lot and peak hours where all of Berkeley seems to have descended on the store. There is another location Berkeley Bowl West which has a bit more breathing room.
Sightseeing
UC Berkeley's iconic Sather Gate is pictured in every PR and journalism piece. The plaza beyond the gate is where the students protested in 1968 and where people still congregate. Also representative of student life is Telegraph Ave from Dwight all the way up to the gate. There are a couple of decent restaurants en route.
Sather Gate
Sather Road
UC Berkeley's iconic Sather Gate is pictured in every PR and journalism piece. The plaza beyond the gate is where the students protested in 1968 and where people still congregate. Also representative of student life is Telegraph Ave from Dwight all the way up to the gate. There are a couple of decent restaurants en route.