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CONTENTS 3 Welcome to Berkeley 4 Berkeley’s Keynotes 6 Accommodations 14 Restaurants 22 Berkeley Brew Trail 26 Arts & Culture 30 Things to Do 34 Shopping Districts 45 Outdoor Adventures & Sports 47 Berkeley Marina

48 Meetings & Celebrations

52 UC Berkeley 54 Berkeley Travel Information 56 Transportation 57 Visitor & Community Services 58 Maps Berkeley Farmers’ Market

Berkeley Born In Berkeley, there’s a spirit of innovation and ideation that comes with a university town setting. It’s a dynamic place where things are discovered, invented and reinvented – sometimes on the same block. Here, good ideas will surround you. In this climate of thought leadership, there have been some pretty amazing discoveries and “Berkeley Firsts.” Here’s an incomplete list of things born in Berkeley: • Worker-owned juice bars (The Juice Bar Collective, est. 1976) • Gourmet coffee (Peet’s Coffee & Tea, est. 1966) • California “locavore” cuisine (Chez Panisse, est. 1971) • Dog parks (Ohlone Dog Park, est. 1979) • Computer mouse (UC Berkeley, 1963) • Berkelium (Bk on periodic table, UC Berkeley, 1949) • Hot tubs (The Jacuzzi Co., West Berkeley, 1915) • Disability rights (first curb-cut, downtown Berkeley, 1972) • Wet suits (Hugh Bradner, UC Berkeley, 1952) • Listener-supported radio (KPFA, 1949) • Free Speech Movement (Sproul Plaza, UC Berkeley, 1964) • Indigenous People’s Day (city of Berkeley, 1992)

BERKELEY WELCOMES YOU! The 2014-15 Official Berkeley Visitors Guide is published by: Visit Berkeley, 2030 Addison St., Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 549-7040, Fax (510) 644-2052 • Executive Committee Barbara Hillman, President/CEO, Visit Berkeley Kevin Allen, Vice Chairman; Innkeeper, Rose Garden Inn Thomas Burcham, Secretary/Treasurer; Worldwide Farmers Harry LeGrande, Past Chairman; Vice Chancellor Student Affairs, UC Berkeley Board of Directors John Pimentel, Account Exec/Special Projects Hornblower Cruises & Events Lisa Bullwinkel, Owner; Another Bullwinkel Show Tracy Dean, Owner; Design Site Greg Mauldin, General Manager; Hotel Shattuck Plaza LaDawn Duvall, Executive Director, Visitor & Parent Services, UC Berkeley

Hello, Berkeley is an innovative city with economic vitality, diverse population and unique arts and cultural experiences. We are nationally recognized as a very livable and sustainable city with the number one public university in the country. Our distinctive neighborhood districts are filled with world-class restaurants, great independent shops and galleries, acclaimed theatres, and wonderful parks. In other words, Berkeley is an amazing place to visit! I encourage you to experience Berkeley’s signature elements and events during your stay with us. And, please stop by the Visit Berkeley Information Center if you need any assistance during your stay (they’re located right across the street from the Berkeley Rep in our Downtown Arts District). As Visit Berkeley suggests, “Come for the Culture, Stay for the Food“ – you’ll be glad you did! Sincerely,

Matt Terwilliger, Business Development; Cal Alumni Association Chris Koertge, General Manager; Golden Bear Inn / America’s Best Value Inn Jay Lee, General Manager; Hotel Durant

Tom Bates, Mayor of Berkeley, CA.

Visit Berkeley Staff Barbara Hillman – President/CEO Daniel Marengo – Communications Manager Adele McQuade – Visitor Center Coordinator Jessie Fischer – Marketing Assistant


Designed & Published by: Design Site 1942 Bonita Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 843-7483 x126 • © Copyright 2014 Visit Berkeley. All rights reserved. All photographs are property of Visit Berkeley and/or the credited photographers and may not be reproduced without permission. Visit Berkeley provides the Official Berkeley Visitors Guide as a service. Visit Berkeley has made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the material in the Guide. Visit Berkeley and the Publisher assume no responsibility or liability for errors, changes, omitted or outdated information contained in this Guide. No parts of this publication may be reproduced in any form or by any means without the written consent of Visit Berkeley and Design Site. A special thank you to all our marketing partners. Without your advertising support the Official Berkeley Visitors Guide would not be possible. Photo Credits: Cover: Steve Tanner/Berkeley Repertory Theatre; Andrew Eccles/Cal Performances; Visit California/Chez Panisse; Bonnie Azab Powell; 1: David Shapiro/BUILD; 2; Alan Nyiri; 3: Pak Han/Shotgun Players; Nancy Rubin; 4: Cheshire Isaacs/Berkeley Repertory Theater; Dave Weiland/Berkeley Symphony; 5: Visit California/Chez Panise; Rommi Linnik; 14: David Shapiro/BUILD; 27: Steve Tanner/Berkeley Repertory Theater; 28: Pak Han/Shotgun Players; Andrew Eccles/Cal Performances; Steven Addis; 30: Steve McConnell/UC Berkeley; Jeff Wason/ UC Berkeley; 45: Steve McConnell/UC Berkeley; 46: Virginia Yeh/UC Berkeley; Nancy Rubin;; 53: Cal Performances; Virginia Yeh; Keegan Houser. Printed on 10% PCW recycled paper.

Welcome to Berkeley! Today, the world is filled with travel destinations offering something novel, trendy or new. While Berkeley is a place that is constantly evolving, we also offer something that’s harder to pin down: authenticity. In fact, no less an authority than Lonely Planet’s founder, Tony Wheeler, called Berkeley one of the most authentic places on earth. It’s certainly “true” that Berkeley visitors will discover a compact city of vibrant and distinctive neighborhood districts. Each has a fascinating set of places to see, things to do, and an energy all its own. As you discover Berkeley, I hope you will have time to stop by our Visitor Information Center downtown. Here you can speak with our staff for directions, information, and assistance to optimize your time here. To help you plan your trip, our official travel website, has all the latest information, hotel reservations, dining, tour and shopping tips, and event calendar. If you are already in Berkeley, welcome! If you’re reading this before your arrival, we look forward to seeing you soon! Very best regards,

Barbara Hillman, President, Visit Berkeley


Berkeley’s Keynotes Set on sparkling San Francisco Bay, Berkeley is a spirited city that will surprise and delight those who still see it as the counter-culture center of the Sixties. Free speech and flower power are forever in the city’s “DNA,” but Berkeley has evolved into a culinary and cultural destination with a “green” soul. Berkeley is more than a vibrant Northern California destination. It is also home to the park-like UC Berkeley campus that rises from Downtown Berkeley, with topographical drama, into a forested foothill range. Across its 18 square miles, Berkeley offers a cultural and culinary bounty – visual and performing arts, great local shops and restaurants, and outdoor recreation.

Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Creative spark infuses Berkeley with everyday wonders ranging from vibrant street art and public galleries, to major venues such as the Downtown Berkeley Arts District and Berkeley Art Museum. Aurora Theatre Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Cal Performances and the Freight & Salvage present world-class productions applauded by audiences and acclaimed by critics. Berkeley’s cultural scene engages at every turn. Wander through an artists’ collective gallery, go behind the scenes at an artisan’s studio, experience edgy theater or tap your toes to folk rock – there are many ways to connect with Berkeley’s creative side. The food scene in Berkeley is delicious and ever-changing. Close your eyes, place your finger on the city map, and chances are there’s something fresh, local and organic to taste on the block. Berkeley is passionate about cuisine, and it shows – on

Berkeley Symphony

the menus of the city’s innovative, influential restaurants, and inside dozens of artisan food stores and stands. With so many cultural and culinary experiences to savor indoors, Berkeley balances that with at least as many ways to enjoy the great outdoors. Walking, hiking and biking trails race along the bay and through the city’s landmark regional parks. Visitors can golf, sail, and walk through verdant botanic gardens. Adventureseekers will discover opportunities for rock climbing, kayaking, skateboarding and more. Berkeley is a “buy local” kind of place, with independent merchants and craftspeople lining its business districts. It’s also a great place to try the road less traveled. The city’s twists and turns of terrain give its neighborhoods room to establish eclectic personas, moods and mantras. From foodie North

Shattuck and stylish Fourth Street, to hip-hop Telegraph, chic Solano and the vibrant Downtown hub, each of Berkeley’s “boroughs” has hyper-local authenticity. Visitors have more places to stay and play than ever before, from certified green hotels and charming boutiques to well-known national chains. Groups will discover a climate of thought leadership that fuels innovation, great ideas and productive meetings. Yes, chances are that you’ll still see more tie-dye per capita in Berkeley, but a closer look reveals a small yet dynamic city that is consummately Californian in setting, international in outlook, and filled with superb theaters, restaurants and shops.

Welcome to Berkeley! Telegraph Avenue


Chez Panisse


Stay by the Bay Berkeley’s lodging scene offers great value, selection, and style. Weekenders, business travelers, vacationing families, UC Berkeley parents and alumni, meeting attendees and special event celebrants will find the right property, right here. Berkeley is served by Oakland and San Francisco International Airports, with many hotels close to Berkeley BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) stations that connect directly with the airports. Book your hotel stay online at or contact individual lodging establishments for current rates and availability. Rates supplied by the management of each establishment and represent a range from minimum to maximum for that property. These rates were in effect at the time of publication and are subject to change without notice. Visit Berkeley cannot be responsible for changes in rates that may occur. It is advisable to determine current room rates when making reservations. Berkeley’s hotel and motel room rates are subject to 12% transient occupancy tax and 1% tourism assessment.

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Julia Morgan’s elegant historic landmark offers 35 rooms just steps away from the Berkeley campus, two blocks from Telegraph Avenue, five blocks from downtown Berkeley BART, with convenient SF and airport access. $$$

DoubleTree by Hilton Berkeley Marina


200 Marina Blvd., Berkeley, CA 94710 (510) 548-7920,

Rose Garden Inn

Full-service hotel with a 5,000 sq. ft. ballroom and an 8,000 sq. ft. Executive Meeting Center overlooking SF Bay. Featuring the Sweet Dreams bed, two pools, two whirlpools, sauna, complimentary Internet and exercise facility. “Certified green hotel,” pet friendly. $$$-$$$$

2740 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705 (800) 992-9005, The Rose Garden Inn is an oasis of tranquility in the heart of Berkeley. Forty elegant guest rooms in five different buildings with modern amenities set amidst beautiful rose-lined paths. Located 1/2 mile from UC Berkeley, offering complimentary hot buffet breakfast and free Wi-Fi. Your stay will be memorable. $$-$$$


Bancroft Hotel 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704 (800) 549-1000,

Located close to UC Berkeley, the Bancroft is one of Berkeley’s greenest hotels with 22 guest rooms, bay and campus views. 4,000 sq. ft meeting and event space, all set in a 1928 National Historic Landmark building. $$$

Berkeley City Club 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 848-7800,



Downtown Berkeley YMCA Hotel 2001 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94703 (510) 848-6800,

Located ½ block from Downtown Berkeley BART station. Affordable, comfortable rooms in the heart of Downtown Berkeley with mini-refrigerator, free Wi-Fi, community kitchen; laundry facility; free fitness center and swimming pool access. $

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites 1175 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702 (510) 548-1700,

A popular hotel located minutes from the UC Berkeley campus. All rooms have microwaves and fridges, two line phones with data ports, high-speed Internet, coffee makers and HBO cable TV. Complimentary breakfast bar served daily, fitness room, free parking. $$$$


Hotel Shattuck Plaza


DoubleTree by Hilton Berkeley Marina

2600 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 845-8981,

For more than 80 years, Hotel Durant has been THE premier destination hotel for UC Berkeley visitors. Fiercely eclectic… Hotel Durant, the Berkeley Experience. $$$

Hotel Shattuck Plaza 2086 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 845-7300,

The Hotel Shattuck Plaza was Berkeley’s first hotel in 1910. Today, the boutique hotel is consistently ranked as the top hotel in the city. $$$$

The French Hotel 1538 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709 (510) 548-9930,

Naturally impressive rooms with the modern comforts of home but in the tradition of European-style hotels. Espresso Bar/Café, limited free guest parking, room service, cable with HBO, free local calls, 24-hour concierge service. $-$$


Golden Bear Inn 1620 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702 (510) 525-6770,

The Golden Bear Inn provides comfortable accommodations and personalized service in the Bay Area’s most convenient location. Close to UC Berkeley, shopping and restaurants. $

Berkeley Inn 1720 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702 (510) 524-8778,

Located within walking distance to BART and close to UC Berkeley, Berkeley Inn offers the best amenities for value-conscious travelers. All rooms have pillow-top mattresses, microwave/refrigerator, air conditioning, satellite “DirecTV,” free HBO and wireless Internet. $

Berkeley Travelodge 1820 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94703 (510) 843-4262,

Located four blocks from UC Berkeley. Free parking. 39” LED TVs, cable & HBO, wireless Internet, in-room

coffee. Clean and comfortable rooms at affordable rates. Security locks. Close to downtown Berkeley BART station. $$-$$$

Quality Inn

Downtown Berkeley Inn

29 remodeled guestrooms including all new room décor, 32” flat screen LCD TV, free hi-speed Internet, free parking, four blocks from UC Berkeley. All rooms include microwave, refrigerator, cable, coffeemaker, full hot complimentary continental breakfast. Special U.C. Berkeley visitor rates. $$ - $$$

2001 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 843-4043,

The Downtown Berkeley Inn is one of the newest lodging facilities in Berkeley, just two blocks from UC Berkeley and a short walk to BART and public transportation. Featuring contemporary platform beds with TempurPedic-like foam mattresses and 42” Plasma HDTVs. $$-$$$

Easton Hall 2401 Ridge Road, Berkeley, CA 94709 (510) 204-0732,

Charming, quiet guest house located one block from campus and Euclid Ave. shops/restaurants/cafes. Twelve guest rooms with en suite baths and WiFi. $$

Knights Inn Berkeley 1512 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94703 (510) 845-7090,

Newly remodeled 26-unit property, located on University Ave., blocks from Downtown Berkeley, North Berkeley BART station and Cal campus. Guest rooms are equipped with microwave, refrigerator, coffeemakers, hair dryers, 40” flat screen TV with HBO, Wi-Fi and free guest parking with 24-hour service. $$$

1761 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94703 (510) 841-4242,

Rodeway Inn 1461 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702 (510) 848-3840,

The Berkeley Rodeway Inn is a completely remodeled charming motel. Offering all of the modern features and amenities that business and leisure travelers expect, the Berkeley Rodeway Inn is located less than 1 mile from the UC Berkeley campus. $

Super 8 1619 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94703 (510) 841-3844,

Super 8 is a completely renovated motel, offering all amenities that travelers expect. All rooms include 32” plasma TVs, hi-speed Internet & hardware, in-room coffee, microwave, refrigerator, iron with board, hair dryer, security locks, 24 hour customer service, free parking, continental breakfast. Close to BART and UC Campus. $

La Quinta Inn 920 University Avenue, Berkeley, 94710 (510) 849-1121,

Located just west of downtown Berkeley, the La Quinta Inn Berkeley is minutes from the University of California Berkeley campus and a short drive to San Francisco. Meeting facilities, business center and complimentary Wi-Fi available. Pet friendly.

Marina Inn 975 University Ave., Berkeley, CA 94710 (510) 841-7410

Marina Inn, near the BART and AMTRAK stations, offers clean, comfortable and reasonably priced accommodations. Free Wi-Fi in some rooms, all have microwave and refrigerator, free TV. $$ VISITBERKELEY.COM



Q. Which famous female

architect designed the Berkeley City Club (now a historic hotel)?

A. Julia Morgan. In 1904, she became the first woman licensed to practice architecture in California, and she was hired to design the Berkeley City Club in 1927.

Hotel Durant

Rose Garden Inn

Rose Garden Inn

Berkeley City Club


Bancroft Hotel

Bancroft Hotel

Hotel Durant






Your Table is Ready Berkeley’s rep as a food destination is world-class, with accolades like “culinary wonderland” and “sustainable center of the food universe” cited on a regular basis. Indeed, Berkeley’s restaurant raves ripple well beyond the city limits. So does its legacy. After all, the California food revolution was born right here in the 1970s, at Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse. Today, Berkeley restaurants, chefs, and food artisans continue to innovate and impress with quality cuisine and memorable experiences. For all their edible diversity, Berkeley’s round-the-world restaurants share a passion for great taste. And, with more than 350 restaurants citywide, there’s an amazing array of dining options ranging from casual to candlelit.

LEGEND B breakfast L lunch D dinner WB weekend brunch

BUILD Pizzeria Roma

BUILD Pizzeria Roma

featured berkeley restaurants

2286 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 898-1839, L/D

Ajanta Restaurant Best Indian restaurant as voted by Zagat, Ajanta is one of Alice Waters’ favorite places. Ajanta uses organic, sustainable ingredients and features dishes from all over India on monthly-changing menus.

Voted “Best of the East Bay” 2013! Build is downtown’s unique, hip & fun Pizzeria & Bar. Along with our wood-fired pizzas we’ve got great salads, special pastas, Italian small plates and an award winning bar featuring 16 craft beers on tap, Napa wines, and artisan cocktails. Great for groups & viewing sporting events, seating 2 to 200.

Angeline’s Louisiana Kitchen

Café Clem

1888 Solano Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94707 (510) 526-4373, L/D

2261 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 548-6900, L/D

2020 Kittredge St. #C, Berkeley CA 94704 (510) 280-3881, B/L/D

Angeline’s brings the flavor and atmosphere of a New Orleans neighborhood restaurant to downtown Berkeley with great music, libations and the classic dishes invented in the Big Easy’s greatest kitchens. All major credit cards accepted.

Café Clem has moved from Seventh St. to downtown Berkeley, next to the central library. The new location for the café, which offers a Parisianinspired menu including baguette sandwiches, organic coffee and teas, serves as the catering department for both Café Clem and La Note.

Bay Grille 200 Marina Blvd., Berkeley, CA 94710 (510) 548-7920, www.berkeleymarina.doubletree. com B/L/D

Café Rouge 1782 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710 (510) 525-1440, L/D

Enjoy California cuisine served with a side of picturesque marina views at Bay Grille, open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The scenic Bay Lounge is the perfect setting to enjoy a favorite cocktail and a blazing San Francisco Bay sunset.

Café Rouge, a destination restaurant and meat market, is set in the Fourth Street shopping district. With a menu that changes every month, reflecting the bounty of Northern California, Café Rouge is a Bay Area favorite in a region known as a culinary mecca.

Bistro Liaison

Cyprus Restaurant

1849 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709 (510) 849-2155, L/D/WB

81 Shattuck Square, Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 649-9999 B/L/D

Bistro Liaison serves traditional French cuisine in a warm ambiance. Using only the freshest ingredients, the seasonal menu highlights traditional dishes and “French food for the soul.”

Family owned, Mediterranean and Persian cuisine that stands out in freshness, quality and taste.. Kabobs, gyros, falafel, hummus, pasta, pita pizza, Kobe burger, and authentic Persian dishes. Vegetarian and gluten free options. Catering available, free Wi-Fi. Located in the heart of downtown Berkeley.




BUILD Pizzeria Roma

Angeline’s Louisiana Kitchen



Bistro Liaison

Ajanta Café Rouge

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Eureka! Freehouse Restaurant

RESTAURANTS Spenger‘s Fish Grotto

SLOW Restaurant

FIVE Restaurant & Bar

La Note Restaurant

Henry’s Gastropub

Gather Restaurant


Henry’s Gastropub

2068 Center Street, Berkeley, CA 94704 L/D (510) 809-8282,

2600 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 809-4132, B/L/D

The enlightening gourmet burger experience accompanied by local, fresh ingredients, artisan recipes, American craft beer, classic cocktails and rock n’ roll.

Henry’s Gastropub, Hotel Durant’s full-service restaurant, is UC Berkeley’s #1 hot spot before and after CAL sporting events. A classic Pub, Berkeley-style, steps from campus.

FIVE Restaurant & Bar


2086 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 225-6055, B/L/D

Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704, (510) 280-1547, http://berkeleycityclub. com/restaurant/ B/L/D

FIVE is a Modern American restaurant & bar in Downtown Berkeley. The menu features familiar favorites reinvented, served in a stylish setting. Located at the historic Hotel Shattuck Plaza, adjacent to BART, two blocks from UC Berkeley campus.

Julia’s is a modern American restaurant influenced by French and Spanish traditions. Inspiration begins with Bay Area ingredients, combined with an atmosphere of refined service, to create a memorable experience.

Freehouse Restaurant


2700 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 647-2300, L/D

2181 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 843-8277, L/D

One of Berkeley’s favorite neighborhood hangouts near campus, featuring grass-fed burgers, sandwiches, salads, pot pies and seasonal specials. Full bar, 16 local craft beers on draft and more bottled beers. All in 1920s historic building across the street from the UC Berkeley campus.

Locally owned & operated, serving its own handcrafted beers & ales along with wood-fired pizza, Jupiter is a downtown Berkeley destination beerhouse. Lunch favorites include creative salads, sandwiches and pizzas. The dinner menu expands with seasonal plates for patrons to share.

Gather Restaurant

La Note Restaurant

2200 Oxford Street, Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 809-0400, L/D/WB

2377 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 843-1535, B/L/D/WB

Located in downtown Berkeley, Gather serves seasonal fare appealing to vegetarians and omnivores. Dine inside or on our patio for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.

Authentic Provencal-French Bistro in the heart of downtown Berkeley. Traditional breakfast and lunch with rustic-flair in a charming atmosphere. Beautiful patio.


Le Bateau Ivre/The Drunken Boat

2121 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702 (510) 647-5016, L/D/WB

2629 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 849-1100, B/L/D/WB

German cuisine, Bay Area style! Enjoy the lighter side of German fare with a refreshing draft “bier.” Largest German bier selection in the East Bay.

Charming cozy retreat for personal, business and VISITBERKELEY.COM



private events. Old-World atmosphere. Fine French food and an internationally inspired mix of daily specials featuring the freshest seasonal ingredients. Live music Wednesday evenings.

Pyramid Alehouse 901 Gilman Street, Berkeley, CA 94710 (510) 528-9880, berkeley L/D/WB With 31 taps, full brew house menu, private event space available and a knowledgeable staff, Pyramid Alehouse brings out the best in your beer and experience.

SLOW Restaurant 1966 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 647-3663, L/D Everything is prepared using the same quality ingredients and the same cooking techniques as a fine-dining restaurant, but without the pretentiousness that comes with it. Enjoy a beautiful day in the Rose Garden and eat SLOW food!

Spenger’s Fresh Fish Grotto 1919 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710 (510) 845-7771, L/D Berkeley tradition since 1890, Spenger’s delights with an extensive variety of fresh seafood and daily menus that reflect local, seasonal catch. In addition, Spenger’s has historical nautical displays and offers seven banquet rooms for private events.

Triple Rock Brewery & Alehouse 1920 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 843-2739, L/D Triple Rock Brewery is America’s oldest original brewpub. Started in 1986 by brothers John and Reid Martin, this classic pub in Berkeley serves up a selection of fresh craft beers made in-house along with great American pub fare.

La Mediterranée

RESTAURANTS Bette’s Oceanview Diner

Pappy’s Zut!


Hs Lordships




berkeley Marina Hana Japan Steak House 235 University Ave., (510) 848-8515

Hs Lordships 199 Seawall Dr., (510) 843-2733

Sea Breeze Deli 598 University Ave., (510) 486-0802

Skates on the Bay 100 Seawall Dr., (510) 549-1900

DOWNTOWN Belli Osteria 2016 Shattuck Ave., (510) 704-1902

Comal 2020 Shattuck Ave., (510) 926-6300

CU Sushi 2152 Center St., (510) 704-1814

Giovanni 2420 Shattuck Ave., (510) 665-7700

Ippuku 2130 Center St., (510) 665-1969

Pathos 2430 Shattuck Ave., (510) 981-8339

Revival 2102 Shattuck Ave., (510) 549-9950

Raw Energy 2050 Addison St., (510) 665-9464

Venus 2327 Shattuck Ave., (510) 540-5950

Zatar 1981 Shattuck Ave., (510) 841-1981

ELMWOOD Elmwood Cafe 2900 College Ave., (510) 843-1300

La Mediterrannée 2936 College Ave., (510) 540-7773

Summer Kitchen 2944 College Ave., (510) 981-0538

Trattoria Siciliana

GOURMET GHETTO Cesar 1515 Shattuck Ave., (510) 883-0222

Cheeseboard 1504/ 1512 Shattuck Ave., 510-549-3183

1788 Shattuck Ave., (510) 704-8004

Imperial Tea House 1511 Shattuck Ave., (510) 540-8888

Saul’s Restaurant & Deli 1475 Shattuck Ave., (510) 848-3354


2498 Telegraph Ave., (510) 548-8885

Joshuya Brasserie 2441 Dwight Way, (510) 848-5260

Pappy’s 2367 Telegraph Ave., (510) 405-1000

Rangoon Super Stars Top Dog 2534 Durant Ave., (510) 843-5967

1889 Solano Ave., (510) 528-2519 1539 Solano Ave., (510) 526-2542


UNIVERSITY AVE Bittersweet Café 1952 University Ave., (510) 654-7159

1820 Fourth St., (510) 644-0444 VISITBERKELEY.COM

1598 University Ave., (510) 849-9800

2826 Telegraph Ave., (510) 647-9744

Bette’s Oceanview Diner


North Beach Pizza

Bleecker Bistro



1788 Fourth St., (510) 525-5160

1255 University Ave., (510) 845-5898


Khana Peena


La Mission Mexican Grill

1517 Shattuck Ave., (510) 548-5525


1830 Fourth St., (510) 845-8100

2161 University Ave., (510) 845-8011

Chez Panisse Restaurant & Cafe

2993 College Ave., (510) 704-1474

1807 Fourth St., (510) 644-3230

Brazil Café



Q. Where in Berkeley was the “latte” coffee drink invented?

A. Caffe Mediterraneum, on Telegraph Avenue, in the late 1950s.

berkeley restaurants BY DISTRICT


Gather Restaurant

Saul’s Restaurant & Deli

Cyprus Restaurant


Bay Grille

Q. Where have the Dalai Lama,

President Bill Clinton, and film director Werner Herzog dined in Berkeley?

A. Chez Panisse Chez Panisse


The delicious art of craft brewing is booming in the Bay Area. Discover Berkeley’s celebrated legacy of microbrewing, harkening back to the advent of the American brew pub movement. Today the beer (and sake) revolution continues to ferment all across the city. Hop between brewery tours, taprooms, bars and beer gardens, and you’ve got a brew trail that’s definitely worth the walk! Add a few tastes of Berkeley’s artisan food scene along the way for an only-in-Berkeley culinary adventure. Cheers!

1. Albatross Pub

4. Freehouse Restaurant

1822 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94710 (510) 843-2473,

2700 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 647-2300,

Featuring an outstanding selection of foreign and domestic beers and spirits. We offer board games, six dart lanes, pub quiz, pool, art gallery, live music and a fireplace room. Large and small groups will enjoy this warm, conversational atmosphere at Berkeley’s oldest pub. No credit cards, but ATM available.

One of Berkeley’s favorite neighborhood hangouts near campus, featuring grass-fed burgers, sandwiches, salads, pot pies and seasonal specials. Full bar, 16 local craft beers on draft and more bottled beers. All in 1920s historic building across the street from the UC Berkeley campus.

2. BUILD Pizzeria Roma

5. Jupiter

2286 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 898-1839,

2181 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 843-8277,

Voted “Best New Bar” in the East Bay, BUILD BAR Features 16 locally crafted artisan beers on tap and an ever-changing eclectic bottled/canned beer list. Our award-winning bartenders create seasonal, artisan cocktails and pour 12 California wines from “Keg to Glass” daily. HD 90” TV’s for sports and special events. 400-seat nightclub, open Spring 2014.

Locally owned and operated, Jupiter serves a large selection of craft beer including 11 regular house beers, seasonals, and a rotating menu of guest brews alongside award-winning wood-fired pizzas, salads, sandwiches and more. Live music.

3. Eureka!

Q. What is the name of the

underground club in Berkeley where Green Day got its groove? 924 Gilman St. in West Berkeley

A. 924 Gilman, located at…


Berkeley Brew Trail

2068 Center Street, Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 809-8282, Discover the renaissance of American craft brewing and small batch distillation in our uniquely 100% America beer and bourbon bar. Eureka! features rare, innovative and ultra-premium craft beer and whiskey and an enlightening gourmet burger experience accompanied by local, fresh ingredients, artisan recipes, and rock n’ roll.



6. Pyramid Alehouse 901 Gilman Street, Berkeley, CA 94710 (510) 528-9880, berkeley With 31 taps, full brew house menu, private event space available and a knowledgeable staff, Pyramid Alehouse brings out the best in your beer and experience.

7. Takara Sake USA & Museum 708 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA 94710 (510) 540-8250, Takara Sake brewery was established in 1982, and is now the largest sake brewery in the U.S. Home of award-winning Sho Chiku Bai sake. Sake museum holds a rare collection of 19th century sake-making tools and display. Sake tasting flights available ($5/flight). Tasting room and Museum open daily, 12:00 – 6:00 pm.


Triple Rock Brewery & Alehouse

BUILD Pizzeria Roma


8. Torpedo Room

9. Triple Rock Brewery & Alehouse

10. Trumer Pils Brauerei

2031 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710 (510) 647-3439,

1920 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 843-2739,

1404 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710 (510) 526-1160,

The Sierra Nevada Torpedo Room is an intimate hub for craft-beer science, flavor and culture. The Torpedo Room’s 16 taps feature rare, small-batch draught beer.

Triple Rock Brewery is America’s oldest original brewpub. Started in 1986 by brothers John and Reid Martin, this classic pub in Berkeley serves up a selection of fresh craft beers made in-house along with great American pub fare.

One perfect pilsner brewed at one perfect location right here in Berkeley. Trumer Pils offers an authentic German-style pilsner that pairs perfectly with the bay. Free brewery tours Mon – Fri, 3:15 p.m.; please call for reservations.

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Pyramid Brewery & Alehouse


A. 1963. There’s a commemorative plaque at the corner of Addison St. and Shattuck Ave. in downtown Berkeley. arrested in Berkeley?

Q. When was Janis Joplin

Berkeley’s creative scene engages at every turn.Wander through an artists’ collective gallery, see an open studio, experience cutting-edge theater or tap your feet to folk rock – there are many ways to spark Berkeley’s creative side. A natural hub for the arts, the Downtown Berkeley Arts District was once lined with auto body shops; now it “rolls” with live theatre and music venues including Aurora Theater Company, Jazzschool, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse. With more than 100 non-profit cultural arts organizations, and hundreds more artists and performers, Berkeley is filled with world-class productions applauded by audiences and acclaimed by critics.

Q. Where did Creedence Clearwater Revival record some of their most legendary songs?

of Berkeley’s Zaentz Media Center

A. Fantasy Studios, now the hub


Creative Spark

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse


California Jazz Conservatory

Aurora Theatre Company

2087 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 845-5373,

2081 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 843-4822,

Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Founded in 1997, the California Jazz Conservatory (formerly Jazzschool, Inc.) is the only accredited, independent music conservatory devoted to the study and performance of jazz and related styles of music in the country. The CJC offers a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies as well as the Jazzschool Community Music School for adults and youth. The Jazzcaffè and CJC Bookstore are open to the public.

2025 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 647-2949,


In its intimate 150-seat theatre in downtown Berkeley, Aurora produces intelligent, relevant and thought-provoking professional theatre. Elegant dining, BART, and discounted parking are all nearby.

The Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre thrills 200,000 guests annually with entertaining and adventurous shows produced in its two-theatre downtown complex. Visit

Central Works Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue Berkeley, CA 94704, (510) 558-1381 Berkeley’s oldest small professional theater company (50 seats) presents affordable world-premiere plays “while maintaining some of the highest artistic standards in the Bay Area (Huffington Post).

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 644-2020, This award-winning, all-ages venue provides the finest in folk and traditional music. The Freight offers classes, concerts, summer camp and other events in downtown Berkeley. Visit our website for schedules, information and tickets.




Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) 2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94720 (510) 642-0808, BAM/PFA is the visual arts center of the University of California, Berkeley. One of the edgiest Bay Area venues to experience art and film, we present 15 exhibitions and screen 380 films each year. Visit our website for gallery hours and to find out what’s happening today.

Lacis Museum of Laces and Textiles 2982 Adeline Street, Berkeley, CA 94703 (510) 843-7290, As a living legacy of Kaethe Kliot, founder of Lacis, LMLT is a place where the spirit of support, knowledge and encouragement is the guiding mode in the dissemination of knowledge focusing on the textile arts. Its center is an extensive collection of historical lace, textiles and costumes and a related library. Adjacent to the Ashby BART station. Visit our website for exhibition schedules, information and directions. Groups welcome.

Aurora Theatre and California Jazz Conservatory

Berkeley Repertory Theatre


Berkeley Art Museum


Stained Glass Garden Inc.


Berkeley Art Center

1800 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710 (510) 841-2200,

Rialto Cinemas Elmwood

Stained Glass Garden is a glass gallery, supplier, and education center with handcrafted art from 50+ local artists! Classes in mosaic, stained glass, and fusing.

California Theatre

1275 Walnut St., Berkeley, CA 94709 (510) 644-6893, Berkeley Art Center serves the diverse and creative citizens of this unique regional area, through the presentation of visual art exhibitions and related programs that are relevant, engaging, and inspiring.

Expressions Gallery 2035 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94703 (510) 644-4930, Art gallery featuring local/international artists’ paintings, photography, jewelry, crafts, fiber arts, sculpture, found and recycled art and more. Classes, rental space for small parties and events!


2966 College Ave, (510) 433-9730 2113 Kittredge St., (510) 848-0620

Landmark Theatres Shattuck Cinemas

Another Bullwinkel Show 2934 Fulton Street, Berkeley, CA 94705 (510) 334-6523, Producer of outdoor festivals such as Fourth of July @ Berkeley Marina, Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival, Dia de los Muertos, and Snow Day. Sign up for Berkeley Arts & Culture Hotline (BACHotline) on our website.

2230 Shattuck Ave., (510) 644-2992

United Artists Theatres 2274 Shattuck Ave., (510) 486-1852

Pacific Film Archive 2625 Durant Ave., (510) 642-0808

Q. Which Berkeley street has three tons of poems engraved into its sidewalks?

A. Addison Street, downtown, where the Berkeley Poetry Walk features the works of Shakespeare, Wilder, Walker, and more. Downtown Arts District

California Jazz Conservatory

Shotgun Players

Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Cal Performances


Kala Arts

Susan Brooks Studio Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive


ARTS & CULTURE A. In the last seven years, the company has helped send seven shows to Broadway and 11 shows have hit off-Broadway. to Broadway runs directly from the Berkeley Repertory Theatre?

Q. How many plays have gone on

UC Berkeley Campus Tours

Berkeley is brimming with authentic experiences and activities to engage, expand, entertain, and enthrall – sometimes even all of the above! All across Berkeley, there are great attractions to tour, and neighborhoods filled with independent merchants and local artisans to explore. Inside and outdoors, there’s a great vibe that gives the city a genuine appeal all its own.

Berkeley History Center 1931 Center Street, Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 848-0181, A program of the Berkeley Historical society, the Berkeley History Center is open and staffed by volunteer docents most Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1 to 4 pm. The History Center is located at 1931 Center Street, close to the Berkeley BART station.

Q. Three bestselling

authors named Michael live in Berkeley. Name them!

A. Michael Chabon (Telegraph Avenue), Michael Lewis (Moneyball), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma).


Tours, Tastes, Great Times Golden Gate Fields 1100 Eastshore Highway, Berkeley, CA 94710 (510) 559-7300, Thoroughbred horse racing and more. Perfect for a “day at the races,” group outings and year-round private rental for meetings, banquets, and trade shows.

Lawrence Hall of Science 1 Centennial Drive, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720 (510) 642-5132, Visit the Hall to combine awe-inspiring views of the San Francisco Bay with hands-on indoor and outdoor science exhibits. Kids and families can build bridges and buildings, interact with animals, climb giant structures, and view a planetarium program or 3-D movie.

Thalassa Bar & Billiards 2367 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 848-1766, The best billiards and bar in the East Bay. With 23 pool tables, full bar, and ample seating,Thalassa Bar & Billiards offers something for everyone.

UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley, CA 94720 (510) 643-2755, The University of California Botanical Garden is a living museum open to the public with over 12,000 different kinds of plants from around the world displayed over 34 acres.

USS Hornet Museum 707 W Hornet Ave, Pier 3, Alameda, CA 94501 (510) 521-8448, Authentically restored, this WWII aircraft carrier museum recovered the Apollo 11 & 12 first moon




missions and is available for private/corporate events and youth overnights.


Berkeley Farmers’ Markets South Berkeley (Tue), North Shattuck (Thur), Downtown (Sat), (510) 548-3333, Berkeley Farmers’ Markets are festive, familyfriendly, open-air marketplaces where California farmers bring fresh, locally-grown produce and farm-processed foods directly to you.

Edible Excursions 71 Cuvier St., San Francisco CA 94112 (415) 806-5970, Edible Excursions is an award-winning culinary tour company that offers food lovers intimate culinary strolls through North Berkeley’s iconic Gourmet Ghetto, the birthplace of California cuisine. Regular tours of San Francisco’s famed Ferry Building, Mission District, Japantown and downtown Craft Cocktail bar scene are also available, as well as Oakland’s Temescal.

Takara Sake USA & Museum 708 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA 94710 (510) 540-8250, Takara Sake brewery was established in 1982, and is now the largest sake brewery in the U.S. Home of award-winning Sho Chiku Bai sake. Sake museum holds a rare collection of 19th century sake-making tools and display. Sake tasting flights available ($5/flight). Tasting room and Museum open daily, 12:00 – 6:00 pm.

Berkeley’s Pathways

things to do

Edible Excursions


Trumer Pils Brauerei

Extranomical Tours

1404 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710 (510) 526-1160,

501 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133 (415) 357-0700, Travel in small groups, experience unique and exciting itineraries to Yosemite, Napa, Sonoma, Muir Woods, SF City and Sausalito, Monterey and Carmel, outlet shopping and more. Tours seven days a week, year-round. Mention discount code BERKELEY at time of booking to receive $10 discount.

Tower Tours 288 Beach St., San Francisco CA 94133 (415) 345-8687, Join Tower Tours on luxurious motorcoaches and listen in as our professional tour guides take you on an adventure in San Francisco, Muir Woods, wine country, or Monterey and Carmel.

Architectural Walking Tours

One perfect pilsner brewed at one perfect location right here in Berkeley. Trumer Pils offers an authentic German-style pilsner that pairs perfectly with the bay. Free brewery tours Mon – Fri, 3:15 p.m. Please call for reservations.

The Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association’s “41 Walking Tours of Berkeley” guide is available for purchase at the Visit Berkeley Information Center.

UC Berkeley Campus Tours

Berkeley’s Pathways

UC Berkeley Visitor Services, 101 Sproul Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720 (510) 642-5215,

Berkeley Pathwanderers Association

UC Berkeley Visitor Services offers free walking tours of the campus almost every day of the year. Led by expert student guides who know the university and the nuances of student life, a campus tour is ideal for students interested in attending UC Berkeley, tourists, nostalgic alumni, and anyone wishing to learn more about the university. Advance online reservations required.

Berkeley has 135 paths, steps and walkways. Paths are maintained by the City’s Department of Public Works and Department of Parks & Recreation. The Berkeley’s Pathways Map is available for purchase at the Visit Berkeley Information Center.

Q. What came first,

Berkeley or UC Berkeley?

A. UC Berkeley was founded in 1868, and the town of Berkeley became a city in 1909. Lawrence Hall of Science

where to shop Ecology Center 2530 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, CA 94702 (510) 548-3402, The Ecology Center encourages everyone to live sustainably. We carry innovative gifts, toys, body care, housewares, books, recycled glass and paper products, and garden supplies.

Adeline/Ashby Antiques District Berkeley, CA 94703, The Adeline Ashby Antiques District features a multitude of antiques dealers ranging in collections from late 18th century English and French, art & crafts, mission, midcentury Scandinavian and American modern, fine art, silver, and lace. Conveniently located off I-80 Ashby Exit, or Ashby Station BART.

Buy Local Berkeley Shifting consumer spending to independent, locallyowned & operated businesses whenever possible. Connecting consumers with businesses, promoting Berkeley’s amazing, unique businesses and producers.

Downtown Berkeley Berkeley, CA 94704, Visit Downtown Berkeley, a vibrant urban center with an eclectic mix of culture, arts, food and ideas, where inspiration thrives. From innovative restaurants to unique shops, and world-class theatre and music, Downtown Berkeley offers a wealth of experiences to explore. Downtown Berkeley - it starts here.

Elmwood District Berkeley, CA 94705, Discover the historic Elmwood Shopping District and theater – over 80 independently-owned boutiques and restaurants in a friendly, neighborhood environment. Go where Berkeley locals go!

Fourth Street Berkeley, CA 94710, Bejeweled by respectful architecture that follows the scale and context of the street, Berkeley’s Fourth Street is a shopping destination with world-class restaurants and retailers offering creative merchandise of high quality and contemporary design.

North Shattuck/Gourmet Ghetto Berkeley, CA,

things to do

UC Botanical Gardens




The restaurants, boutiques, and galleries along Shattuck Avenue and Vine Street in North Berkeley’s “Gourmet Ghetto” share an emphasis on unique, artisan-made products and services. Sidewalk cafes, flower stands, bakeries and fine food purveyors lend the area a wonderful European ambience.

Solano Avenue Berkeley, CA 94707, Solano Avenue is a local treasure with the charm of a small town and an unmatched array of restaurants and retail establishments – including professional and personal services.

Telegraph Avenue Berkeley, CA 94704, Poets, artists, musicians and urban explorers enjoy the energetic atmosphere of Telegraph Avenue, one of the Bay Area’s oldest and most distinctive streets and commercial districts.

West Berkeley Design Loop Berkeley, CA 94702, Explore this loop of independent design and home improvement merchants from Ashby to Gilman. Find unique furniture, books, building materials, lighting, antiques and custom décor.

Golden Gate Fields

things to do


Gourmet Ghetto The restaurants, boutiques, and galleries along Shattuck Avenue and Vine Street in North Berkeley share an emphasis on unique, artisanproducts and services. Sidewalk cafes, flower stands, bakeries and fine food purveyors lend the area a wonderful European ambience. Gourmet Dining & Food Shops The North Shattuck area has been popularly known as the “Gourmet Ghetto” since the 1970’s because of its concentration of innovative restaurateurs. This includes Alice Waters, whose world-renowned Chez Panisse Restaurant is considered as the cradle of California cuisine. Other pioneering local businesses are the original location of Peet’s Coffee & Tea in historic Walnut Square, the collectively worker-owned Cheeseboard Bakery & Cheese Shop, and Poulet Deli. Two Chez Panisse alums opened Cesar in the 80’s, a lively tapas restaurant and bar which stays open late. Next door is Epicurious Garden, a collection of gourmet take-out, including the Kirala Sushi, Soop, Lush Gelato, and Alegio Chocolate, and Mediterranean Flavor - which can be enjoyed in their secluded courtyard - along with sit-down restaurants Mint Leaf and the Imperial Tea Shop. The Kitchen on Fire cooking school is located upstairs, offering a range of culinary classes. Gregoire offers fine French-inspired gourmet take-out items from a tiny shop on Cedar St., and a historic former water pumping station on Vine St. has been transformed into Vintage Berkeley Wine shop. Chef Wendy Brucker opened the casual, always packed, Italian bistro Corso, and Bay Area favorites Crepevine Café and Philz Coffee opened outposts at the corner of Cedar and Shattuck. Guerilla Café serves up organic cuisine with a social conscience and hosts a number of “pop-up” nights by other budding chefs. Oliveto alums Monica and Aaron Rocchino’s The Local Butcher Shop sells only local sustainably raised meats used from “nose to tail.” LaFable recently opened in Walnut Square, offering casual French bistro fare and a sunny upstairs bay view patio. Galleries & Artisans The Gourmet Ghetto is known for high quality shops, jewelers, and galleries with an emphasis on unique, artisan-produced wares. Twig & Fig specializes in custom letterpress printing and APriori Designs offers sustainable, artist-produced home décor. For over 50 years, the A.C.C.I. Gallery has presented the work of California artists and craftspersons and hosts a lively monthly opening, while the Firehouse North Gallery shows work and offers VISITBERKELEY.COM

Kitchen on Fire Cooking School

classes in a variety of mediums. Handmade Celtic jewelry and crafts are found at Celtic Inheritance, and Baubles and Beads offers an array of beads from around the world, as well as beading and jewelry making classes.

Boutiques & Jewelry On and around Vine St., Earthly Goods, Molly B., Bryn Walker, Zaver & Mor, Beauty & Attitude and the Walk Shop carry distinctive clothing, shoes, jewelry and lingerie. Kid Dynamo’s selection includes eco-friendly children’s clothing, gifts, and furniture. Next door to Chez Panisse, M.Lowe & Co. Jewels offers an eclectic selection of fine jewelry including high carat gold and pearls. Towards downtown, Siamese Dream, Lobelia and Foxglove offer a great mix of women’s clothing, jewelry and accessories. Ethnic clothing, furniture, and jewelry can be found at several area shops, including Tibet Himalayan House and Tibet Imports. Health, Beauty & Wellness North Shattuck is also home to many unique health and wellness oriented businesses, including Shen Nong Chinese Herbs, the Acupressure Institute, and the YogaKula Healing Arts Center, which offers yoga, massage, pilates and natural beauty treatments. There are a number of salons and spas in the area, including Vine St. Salon, Peter Thomas Hair Design, and Solemates Nail Spa. The Bar Method recently opened a Berkeley studio, conducting specialized ballet and pilates-based exercise classes. Music, Events & Festivals The Gourmet Ghetto is alive day and night with music at the Cheeseboard Pizzeria, Mint Leaf, and La Fable in Walnut Square, and wine tasting each afternoon at Vintage Berkeley Wine Shop. On Thursday afternoons the North Berkeley Farmers’ Market features all organic produce, locally caught fish, baked goods and other specialties. A walking culinary tasting tour is offered a partnership with Edible Excursions twice per week, with stops around the district for tasty samples and a behind the scenes experience with local chefs. Annual events include a Dia de los Muertos Celebration, the Taste of North Berkeley Restaurant Walk, and the Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival in early June, which brings together artists and chocolate lovers for strolling and chocolate sampling. In the fall, the area hosts Sunday Streets, an open streets event where everyone is invited to bike, skate and stroll in the street and enjoy outdoor seating and music. Vine Street hosts a wine and beer garden with artisan booths for the day. Nearby parks and venues include the Live Oak Park and Theatre, the Hillside Club, and the Jewish Community Center, which host plays, author readings, movies and music performances. Please visit our website for more information about our businesses and events:




Elmwood District The Elmwood district is a destination not only for visitors but Berkeley residents alike. This tree-lined neighborhood is Berkeley’s oldest commercial district, and its location close to UC Berkeley and the Claremont hotel make it the perfect destination to find unique gifts and enjoy world-class cuisine and entertainment. SHOPPING The Elmwood boasts over 50 independently-owned boutiques – the perfect place to find clothing, jewelry, and gifts. Bill’s Trading Post and The Gem Gallery have been family-owned since 1939; they specialize in Native American jewelry, Fine jewelry, unique gifts and all jewelry repairs. Collector provides affordable, original art for every taste and budget, with an emphasis on local and regional artists. Elements is a family-owned business that carries contemporary women’s shoes, clothing, lingerie, and accessories, and men’s shoes. The Focal Point has provided the finest quality eyewear and optical services to the Bay area for over 30 years, and is a destination for innovative eyeglass frame designs. Visit Labels, an award-winning boutique where thousands of designer handbags, shoes and luxury jewelry items are sold at a fraction of the retail price. Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore offers an exciting and diverse selection of titles—both comprehensive and contemporary— and is renowned for its skillfully-curated fiction, non-fiction, poetry, garden, and



Your Basic Bird

children’s book sections. The Treehouse Green Gifts specializes in handmade, recycled, organic, and fair-trade gifts; they offer shipping and complimentary giftwrap. Your Basic Bird has specialized in hand-fed birds, bird grooming and boarding, cat adoptions, providing dog, cat and small animal supplies since 1981.

DINING The Elmwood is home to dozens of cafes and restaurants, and its wide range of cuisines reflects the incredible diversity of Berkeley. Ici (ee see) is an artisanal ice cream shop where all ice creams, candies and cookies are handmade in-house using sustainably-sourced products. Since 1982, La Mediterranée has been providing an authentic taste of the Mediterranean in the heart of Berkeley, especially the recipes and influences of Armenia, Greece, Lebanon and France; open for lunch and dinner daily, and weekend brunch. Summer Kitchen is Berkeley’s premier to-go foods market and café, serving lunch and dinner daily using fresh ingredients from local farms, from hand-tossed pizzas, seasonal salads, grilled sandwiches, soups to desserts.

FITNESS AND ENTERTAINMENT The Elmwood offers a variety of fun daytime and evening activities, from taking fitness classes to enjoying movies and theater. The Dailey Method is the premier Bay Area barre fitness studio; this challenging non-impact workout is known creating longer, leaner, stronger bodies in a community atmosphere that supports optimal health for mind, body and spirit. Built in 1914, Rialto Cinemas® Elmwood has been called Berkeley’s best neighborhood movie theatre; featuring the latest in popular and independent cinema, the theater asks its patrons to believe in the power of film!

Rialto Cinemas Elmwood



La MediterranĂŠe ICI

Focal Point

The Treehouse Green Gifts The Dailey Method

Elements Summer Kitchen



Fourth Street Stroll, Shop, Dine! Bejeweled by respectful architecture that follows the scale and context of the street, Berkeley’s Fourth Street is a shopping destination with world-class restaurants and retailers that offer creative merchandise of high quality and contemporary design.

Italian footwear for both men and women. World class shopping is here with Anthropologie (750 Hearst Ave.) where you’ll find comfortable and contemporary clothes plus a full line of household items. Margaret O’Leary (1832 Fourth St.) features cutting edge knitwear and MAC (1850 Fourth St.) creates perfection when it comes to the art of color and cosmetic application. Kiehl’s (1848 Fourth St.) and their extensive offerings of body care products suit almost every need while Crate & Barrel (1785 Fourth St.) outlet is here for home decor. Rejuvenation (1717D. Fourth St.) is centered upon historic lighting, hardware and furniture and the famous Sur La Table (1806 Fourth St.) will satisfy all your cooking needs. Visit Fourth Street Flowers (1792 Fourth St.) and have a botanically inclined chat with Jean Lee, the owner/operator of this colorful, neighborhood flower stand. No visit is complete without dropping into The Apple Store (1823 Fourth St.), which is open late for your computing and shopping convenience.

STROLL Meander the wide sidewalks lined with sycamore trees and soft landscaping. There is plenty to appreciate, whether you are searching for an excellent meal, hand picked shops, unique street festivals, local musicians or just a sunny spot to relax. Marked by low wooden benches and wide brimmed walls for sitting, this public experience is the perfect place to enjoy world-class restaurants and shopping...a wonderful street.

DINE Tacubaya’s (1788 Fourth St.) creative combinations of traditional Mexican ingredients create a new experience for those who think they have tasted all that Mexican food has to offer. You can’t go wrong at the world famous Bette’s Oceanview Diner (1807A Fourth St.) where you’ll meet the locals enjoying a sit-down breakfast, meal at noon or take-out for two from Bette’s To Go just next door. Iyasare (1830 Fourth St.) is a Japanese restaurant inspired by the Northeastern countryside of small farms and ingredient-driven food. Café Rouge (1782 Fourth St.) brings a celebrated oyster bar and full menu of rustic Mediterranean cuisine as well as traditional American meals, focusing on fresh meats and house made charcuterie. Zut! on Fourth (1820 Fourth St.) blends local ingredients and artisan sensibilities at Berkeley’s freshest new Mediterranean dining experience for lunch, dinner or weekend brunch.

SHOP Visit the magical, Castle in the Air (1805 Fourth St.) for artful splendors, items for your writing needs plus a unique set of weekly classes. The Gardener (1836 Fourth St.) offers the ultimate in thoughtfully designed showcases of items that blur the outside world of gardening and patio art with the inside world of imported French soaps, delicate scarves, magnificent furniture, wooden toys and handcrafted jewelry. Just across the street you’ll find the one and only, book lover’s gold mine for home improvement, design, architecture, travel and art at Builders Booksource (1817 Fourth St.). Stained Glass Garden (1800 Fourth St.) was one of the original businesses on Fourth Street, 35 years ago featuring hand blown, glass art and workshops for all. Fourth Street boasts the “West’s oldest independent bookseller,” Books Inc. (1760 Fourth St.), with a wide collection of general interest fiction and non-fiction titles.

Fourth Street Shops! Experience the activities, explore the shops and discover the dining delights. Visit our website for a complete list of our 65 stores and restaurants, visit or call us at (510) 644-3002 for more information.

Erica Tanov (1827 Fourth St.) offers wardrobe pieces of timeless, honest elegance. Convert (1809B Fourth St.) brings quality clothing, shoes and accessories for men and woman who care about style as much as they care about the earth. Visit Rabat (1825 Fourth St.) for the refined styles of imported,








Downtown Berkeley It starts here. taste. create. experience. From innovative restaurants and lively pubs to world-class theatre, arts and music, Downtown Berkeley offers an abundance of experiences for you to explore.

CULTURE & INNOVATION Visit the David Brower Center, Berkeley’s greenest building and home to over 30 environmental non-profits and the Hazel Wolf Gallery. Interact with history at the new Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life and discover Science in the Theatre and other engaging events.

EDUCATION Walk up Center Street to the world-renowned UC Berkeley campus. Our vibrant district also features Berkeley City College, Berkeley High School and numerous other educational opportunities in academics, science, music, arts and culture.

THEATRE AND PERFORMING ARTS Enjoy a special night out at the Tony Award winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s Thrust Stage or Roda Theater, the intimate Aurora Theatre Company, or The Marsh solo artist incubator. See an original dance performance by Danse Lumiere, or experience an interdisciplinary art show at Subterranean Arthouse.

FAMILY AND FITNESS Take your kids to the highly interactive Habitot Children’s Museum and Central Public Library, or stock up on flavorful organic produce at the Berkeley Farmers’ Market. Stretch your mind and body at yoga studios and the wonderful facilities of the YMCA.

MUSIC Dive into a music workshop or performance. You’ll find traditional

EVENT PLANNING Plan your next family or company event in unique venues such as the Hotel Shattuck Plaza, the David Brower Center, the Marsh Berkeley, the Magnes, Freight & Salvage and other sites offering meeting space, auditoriums, movie theaters and rooftop gardens.

acoustic music at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, avant guarde tunes at Berkeley Arts Festival and performances by students and master artists at the Jazzschool. Other talented acts perform at Jupiter, Bobby G’s and Sliver Pizzeria.

DINING From the critically acclaimed Gather and Revival restaurants to the authentic fare of Comal and Pathos Restaurant & Bar, feast on a growing culinary scene with over 140 restaurants offering local farm fresh menus, organic spirits and international cuisine.

ACCESS FROM EVERYWHERE Downtown Berkeley is a regional transit hub with BART and AC Transit bus lines connecting to the East Bay and San Francisco. The UC Berkeley Bear Transit travels the campus perimeter. Six parking garages and other street parking provide more than 2,500 parking spaces. And our bicycle-friendly Downtown has free valet bike parking and bike rental at the Bike Station on Shattuck Ave.

BOOKS AND LITERARY ARTS Follow the Berkeley Poetry Walk’s cast iron sidewalk panels on Addison Street. Then, browse the stacks at our amazing Central Public Library and hear authors read at independent bookstores such as Pegasus, Fantastic Comics and East Wind Books.

CINEMA Enjoy 18 movie screens showing independent, foreign, documentary and Hollywood films at United Artists and Landmark Theatres. The Shattuck Cinema Screening Lounge offers the comfort of couches, loveseats and beanbags.


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Welcome to Telegraph Ave For decades, poets, artists, musicians and urban explorers have enjoyed the energetic atmosphere of one of the Bay Area’s oldest and most distinctive commercial districts. Telegraph Avenue merges the bustling vigor of modern Berkeley with its rich political and social history that dates back to the 1960’s and further. Today, its multilayered character attracts a diverse mix of students, Bay Area locals and out-of-town visitors. TELEGRAPH AVENUE IS HOME TO A WIDE RANGE OF TASTES including historic institutions, independent book stores and music stores, colorful street vendors, body art parlors, vintage clothing stores, smoke, shoe, and hat shops, hair salons, contemporary boutiques, and dozens of restaurants and cafes serving a variety of international cuisine. Every building and block has a story from the architectural masterpieces by Julia Morgan and Bernard Maybeck, to the classic structures – modern and historic – of the UC Berkeley campus.

TELEGRAPH’S NORTH END LEADS DIRECTLY TO THE UNIVERSITY of California and Sproul Plaza, birthplace of the Free Speech Movement. Not far away is People’s Park, deeply rooted in Berkeley’s history and the site of protests and peace mar ches. Stroll south from campus toward Dwight Way to uncover small, secret, almost-hidden courtyards renowned for their ethnic restaurants and distinctive shops. At the intersection of Telegraph Avenue and campus, Bancroft Avenue offers its own row of retail experiences ranging from urban, casual and team apparel to organic, local and specialty dining venues. THERE ARE MANY HOTELS in Berkeley that offer splendid service. Within one block of the heart of Telegraph Avenue are three distinctive hotels— the Bancroft Hotel, the Blue Sky Hotel and Hotel Durant. All are conveniently located to the heart of the bustling Telegraph shopping area. GETTING TO TELEGRAPH is easy via public transportation. For those who drive, parking at the Telegraph Channing Garage is easy, convenient and discounted with merchant validation.

TREASURES FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD can be found among the many niche shops in the area, be it collectibles, gifts, herbs, guitar strings, vinyls, tie-dye shirts, cool clothes, out-of-print books and more discoveries. Telegraph is often home to “Nor*Cal” style street fairs and music festivals. A weekend on Telegraph is an occasion that is not to be missed by anyone from hipsters to families.

TELEGRAPH IS A PERENNIAL FAVORITE among Bay Area residents for people watching and creative pursuits. Attentive eyes will notice art in many forms from poster shops to distinctive handcrafts to decorated store windows. Telegraph Avenue is a dynamic, bustling bohemian place, a must-see for anyone exploring the treasures of Berkeley.

THE VARIETY OF TELEGRAPH is also represented by an impressive collection of international restaurants and mom-and-pop stores nestled in the area.


Indulge in fine cuisines that span the continents from Japanese to Thai, Ethiopian, Mediterranean, European and Latin American. Local shops offer personalized service and warm, inviting atmospheres – hallmark characteristics of Berkeley.



BERKELEY’S CULTURAL HEART AND SOUL Telegraph—the street of history and character. The street where authentic ethnic cuisine meets avant-garde writers. The street where vintage and cutting-edge fashion meets world-famous music stores. You’ll feel a vibe that is unmatched in any corner of the world. Telegraph visitors yearn for the distinctive and genuine. Come, see, dine, shop and Experience Telegraph. Visit us at, like us at Facebook/TelegraphBerkeley.



Solano Ave Solano Avenue is a local treasure with the charm of a small town and an unmatched array of restaurants and retail establishments – including professional and personal services. Where else can you find a larger collection of independently-owned “mom and pop” enterprises? Where else can you find such a dynamic range of services and get so many things done in one area? Where else can you find a more culturally rich group of businesses with owners from all over the map? Nowhere… It’s on Solano. Before you rush-off to the mall, think of Solano first. We may not have the glitz of your local shopping center, but we have the lasting spirit of “small business” and that counts for double.


Thank you for your continuing support of Solano Avenue.




Fine weather in every season, scenic coastal and forested foothill terrain, and a sparkling San Francisco Bay setting make Berkeley a great place to be outside. Berkeley offers a bounty of opportunities for hiking, biking, golf, and more. Fly a kite at the Berkeley Marina, walk around redwoods at a botanic garden, fling a Frisbee or climb a collection of giant boulders – Berkeley’s got game, and is ready to play! College sports fans will take note of the many options to attend events in Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose and regional venues.

Q. Where was the hot tub invented?


Tilden Park Golf Course 10 Golf Course Drive, Berkeley, CA 94708 (510) 848-7373, This 18-hole golf course, multi-tier driving range, banquet facility and full-service bar/grill, set within the rolling hills and forest-lined fairways of Tilden Park, is one of a kind.

Adventure Playground 1600 University Avenue, Berkeley Marina (510) 981-6720, (Parks, Recreation & Waterfront ) Adventure Playground is recognized as a “Top Ten” playground by National Geographic. Climb on the many unusual kid–designed and built forts, boats, and towers. Ride the zip line or hammer, saw and paint

Aquatic Park 80 Bolivar Way at Bancroft Way (Between Ashby & University Avenues) Aquatic Park provides opportunities for bird watching, boating, hiking trails and biking trails around the lake. A Frisbee Golf Course plays through in the meadows. There is also a fitness exercise course, “Dream Land for Kids,” a playground featuring extensive wooden castles, walkways and other structures, as well as a habitat for avian and aquatic life. Limited parking available on the east side of the park.

Cesar Chavez Park 11 Spinnaker Way, Berkeley Marina Berkeley’s SF Bay-side park with 90 rolling acres and 1.5 miles of paved trails. Wildlife sanctuary, sports fields, paved pathways, picnic areas and wide-open



meadowlands for Frisbee and kite flying. Hiking and biking allowed. The Annual International Kite Festival in July is here. Park Hours: 6:00 am-10:00 pm, unless otherwise posted. Paved paths around perimeter and part of interior are wheelchair accessible; other areas are not.

Shorebird Park Nature Center Berkeley Marina, (510) 981-6720 The shorebird Park Nature Center is the first municipal straw bale building in the United States. Here you’ll find a 50-gallon salt-water tank, a 30-gallon freshwater tank and displays on marine mammals and birds. The center itself is a display on green building. The Visitors Center provides information on recreation, marine conservation and education.

Berkeley Pier Berkeley Marina Pier Hours: Daily, dawn to dusk. Stroll the historic pier, or bring your poles and bait any day of the year. Settle in to catch some crabs, halibut and bass. No fishing license required. Great area for birdwatching or enjoying the show as the sun sets beyond the Golden Gate Bridge.

Codornices Park 1201 Euclid Avenue (Between Eunice St. & Bayview Place) A wide array of play opportunities are available in a beautiful hillside setting: baseball/softball fields, basketball court, tot play area, picnic/BBQ area, (reservation required), hiking trails through glade and groves of magnificent oaks, bay trees and redwood, a vista/overlook, two forks of Codornices Creek and a tunnel underneath Euclid Ave. leading to the Berkeley Rose Garden.



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The Berkeley Rose Garden is located next to Codornices Park. A full 3.64 acres of row upon row of fragrant roses. The garden also has a redwood pergola, 4 tennis courts, a picnic area, hiking trails, foot bridges, a semicircular terraced amphitheatre and an ornamental pool fed by Codornices Creek, which runs through the garden. Pathways are steps, wheelchairs can access through the Codornices Park Tunnel, but the Garden itself contains many steep slopes and steps.

Tilden Regional Park (510) 562-PARKS, Tilden Park, one of East Bay Regional Park District’s 3 oldest parks, offers more than 2,000 acres for outdoor adventure. Activities include an Environmental Center, Merry-Go-Round, Steam Train, Lake Anza and Golf Course. Entrances are off Wildcat Canyon Rd. and Grizzly Peak Blvd.

Lake Anza / Swimming & Fishing (888) 327-2757 Just up the hill from Berkeley, Tilden Park’s Lake Anza is a favorite getaway. Its sandy beach is open to the sun and sheltered from the wind, with lifeguards posted during the swim season. Wheelchair accessible features include a snack stand, drinking water, ample parking, and trail access. Picnic grounds are located nearby. Swimming season is normally May-Sept and closed for swimming Nov-Mar. There is an entrance fee to the swim area, which has changing rooms and a refreshment stand. Lake Anza is open for fishing throughout the year.

The Steam Train offers rides along the scenic ridge on a scaled-down steam train. Parking, drinking water, and restroom facilities are wheelchair accessible.

Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum * Single Tickets: (800) RAIDERS,

Tilden Nature Area & Little Farm

Levi’s Stadium, Tickets: (415) GO-49ERS

(510) 544-2233

San Francisco 49ers

Learn all about Tilden’s surprising variety of plants and animals through the nature programs at the Little Farm and the Environmental Education Center (ECC) in Tilden Nature Area, both accessible to disabled persons. Dogs are not permitted in the Tilden Nature Area.

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Cal Athletic Ticket Office

San Jose Sharks

Golden State Warriors Oracle Arena*, Tickets: (888) 479-4667 Or (888) GSW-HOOP (press 1),

2223 Fulton St., 1st Floor, Berkeley, CA 94720 (800) GO-BEARS (800-462-3277),

HP Pavilion at San Jose, Tickets: (408) 999-5757

Cal Athletics features 27 different sports teams with competitions running from August through May. The Golden Bears are nationally ranked in many sports.



San Jose Earthquakes Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara Tickets: (408) 556-7700,

Oakland Athletics


Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum*, Single Tickets: (877) 493-2255,

Sonoma Raceway

San Francisco Giants

Highways 37 & 121, Sonoma, California 95476 Tickets: (800) 870-RACE,

AT&T Park*, Single Tickets: (877) 473-4849

(*) BART train service available to these locations.




Berkeley is bounded by two wild sides that serve as natural parentheses to this compact city. Forested, wildlife-rich Tilden Regional Park forms the city’s eastern boundary. To the west are the San Francisco Bay, wetland habitat, wildlife sanctuary, and the Berkeley Marina. In addition to having some of the most convenient harbor berths to the Golden Gate Bridge and Pacific Ocean beyond, the Berkeley Marina is a recreational hub for walking, biking, fishing, kite flying, picnicking and more. This diversity of activity options shares at least one important element: a very consistent and invigorating Pacific breeze!

Berkeley’s West Edge Cesar Chavez Park offers a wide range of recreational opportunities at the Berkeley Marina, with spectacular views of three San Francisco Bay bridges, Alcatraz and Angel islands and the sparkling San Francisco city skyline. Shoreline hiking trails (some paved and wheelchair accessible) offer spectacular views and vistas. Restored wetland habitat hosts flocks of seabirds, life, as does the park’s wildlife sanctuary. Off-leash dog play areas, picnic and BBQ areas, and perhaps the best kite flying on the continent are here, too.

Berkeley Marina’s 52 acres of water and 1,100 berths can safely accommodate crafts from 16’ to 110,’ protected by an entrance breakwater. Just south of the Marina is the Berkeley Pier. When constructed in 1909, the pier extended 3.5 miles into San Francisco Bay from the end of University Avenue. It presently extends only 2.5 miles, with the first 3,000 ft (0.9 km) maintained and open to the public for strolling and fishing (no permit required). The Berkeley Marina Sport Fishing Center is based here, as are the Olympic Circle Sailing School, Cal Sailing Club, and
Cal Adventures. Shorebird Park, situated along the southern shoreline at the Berkeley Marina, offers the Shorebird Nature Center and Classroom, picnicking sites, playgrounds, and postcard-perfect views.




Adventure Playground is an only-in-Berkeley experience for kids, friends and families. Called one of the country’s best playgrounds by National Geographic, Adventure Playground features a variety of hand-made climbing structures repurposed from scrap lumber and materials, zip line, tool library and work tables. In addition to the year-round recreational opportunities, the Marina offers several popular annual festivals and events. The Berkeley Bay Festival happens every April. This ecologythemed festival includes environmental education as well as hands-on activities like sailboat rides and dragon boat tours of the Bay. The Marina booms every Fourth of July with Berkeley’s Independence Day festival and fireworks. Later in the month, the Berkeley Kite Festival takes to the sky with spectacular (and less explosive) flying shapes of all sizes. Held at Cesar Chavez Park, the Kite Festival’s proximity to prevailing Golden Gate zephyrs makes the Marina green great for serious kite running. Ample, free public parking is available at the Berkeley Marina, and visitors can also access it via AC Transit’s 51B bus line.


Berkeley Marina


Setting the Agenda Berkeley is an inspiring destination for meetings, events, & celebrations. A culinary and cultural hub, Berkeley offers meeting and event venues ranging from grand ballrooms and conference-ready hotels, to dramatic theater spaces and private dining rooms in fantastic restaurants. There’s also the Berkeley bonus. Meetings and conferences gain focus and status from Berkeley’s universitytown climate of thought leadership. After all, this is the home of the University of California and the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement. With exceptional service, a multitude of accommodation options and exciting after-agenda group activities, Berkeley has true event-appeal. Visit Berkeley’s meetings and events team can assist with site selection, dining and tour recommendations, transportation, convention services and more. Please call toll-free, (800) 847-4823 to start planning your Berkeley event.

Berkeley Repertory Theatre 2025 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 647-2900, A state-of-the-art theater complex, rehearsal space and meeting rooms. We can accommodate groups from 10-600. Visit for photos and details.

David Brower Center 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 809-0900, The non-profit David Brower Center inspires, sustains, and brings together people committed to environmental and social action. The Center offers educational and arts programs, stunning conference and event facilities, and high-quality office space for non-profits—all in the greenest building in Berkeley.

Hornblower Cruises & Events 200 Marina Blvd, Berkeley, CA 94710 (510) 843-9020, Conveniently located in the Berkeley Marina, Hornblower has yachts to accommodate 2 - 2,000 guests. Whether Corporate, Social, Wedding or Association, we will help you plan a world-class experience you and your guests will talk about for years to come.

Golden Gate Fields 1100 Eastshore Highway, Berkeley, CA 94710 (510) 559-7300,

Berkeley City Club

Jewish Community Center of the East Bay 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley, CA 94709 (510) 848-0237, The JCC East Bay provides multi-generational programs that emphasize and celebrate Jewish values and culture. Facilities for bar/bat mitzvahs, weddings, memorials, receptions, dinners, meetings, and more. Open to everyone.

Kala Art Institute & Gallery 2990 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, CA 94702 (510) 549-2977 x314, Featuring a spacious gallery filled with exciting, memorable contemporary art, an adjoining conference room, a light-filled classroom, and a large mixed-use artist project space. This is the perfect location for parties, fundraisers, receptions, meetings, lectures, performances, workshops and photo/video shoots. Special rates for non-profits available.

Pyramid Alehouse 901 Gilman Street, Berkeley, CA 94710 (510) 528-9880, berkeley Pyramid Alehouse is specially designed in an industrial chic setting to accommodate private events from 10-350 guests. The alehouse boasts 4 private spaces with the option to reserve the entire restaurant.

Thoroughbred horse racing and more. Perfect for a “day at the races,” group outings and year-round private rental for meetings, banquets, and trade shows.




DoubleTree by Hilton Berkeley Marina Berkeley Repertory Theatre

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MEETINGS & CELEBRATIONS USS Hornet Museum 707 W Hornet Ave, Pier 3, Alameda, CA 94501 (510) 521-8448, Need a unique venue for 30 or 3,000? The USS Hornet Museum is an authentically restored aircraft carrier, with a variety of spaces that are perfect for parties, meetings, banquets, weddings, tradeshows, and more.


UC Berkeley Conference Services 2601 Warring Street, Berkeley, CA 94720 (510) 642-4444, Accommodations for groups are available in the University Residence Halls from late May to mid-August. Cafeteria-style meals with extensive food & beverage choices are offered in attractive new and newly-renovated dining facilities. Catering and refreshment services are provided for special functions and meetings. Bed spaces: 6,600. David Brower Center DoubleTree by Hilton Berkeley Marina

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Bancroft Hotel 2680 Bancroft Way, 94704 • (510) 549-1000 •

Berkeley City Club 2315 Durant Ave., 94704 • (510) 848-7800 •

DoubleTree by Hilton Berkeley Marina

200 Marina Blvd., 94710 • (510) 548-7920 •

Hotel Durant 2600 Durant Ave., 94704 • (510) 845-8981 •

Hotel Shattuck Plaza 2086 Allston Way, 94704 • (510) 845-7300 •

La Quinta Inn & Suites 920 University Ave., 94710 • (510) 849-1121 •

Rose Garden Inn 2740 Telegraph Ave., 94705 • (510) 549-2145 •

RESTAURANTS W/ PRIVATE BANQUET FACILITIES Bistro Liaison 1849 Shattuck Ave., 94709 • (510) 849-2155 •

BUILD Pizzeria Roma 2286 Shattuck Ave., 94704 • (510) 898-1839 •

Le Bateau Ivre Restaurant 2629 Telegraph Ave., 94704 • (510) 849-1100 •

Pyramid Alehouse 901 Gilman St., 94710 • (510) 528-9880 •

Spenger’s Restaurant 1919 Fourth St., 94710 • (510) 845-7777 •





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2025 Addison St., 94704 • (510) 647-2900 •

David Brower Center 2150 Allston Way, 94704 • (510) 809-0900 •

Ed Roberts Campus 3076 Adeline Way, 94703 • (510) 225-6300 •

Expressions Gallery 2035 Ashby Ave., 94703 • (510) 644-4930 •

Golden Gate Fields Racetrack 1100 Eastshore Hwy • (510) 559-7384 •

Hornblower Cruises & Events 200 Marina Blvd., 94710 • (510) 843-9020 •

Jewish Community Center–East Bay 1414 Walnut St., 94709 • (510) 848-0237 •

Kala Art Institute & Gallery 2990 San Pablo Ave., 94702 • (510) 549- 2977 x314 •

Lawrence Hall of Science

1 Centennial Drive, UC Berkeley • (510) 642-5132 •

UC Berkeley Conference Services


2601 Warring St., 94720 • (510) 642-4444 •

UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley


200 Centennial Dr., 94720 • (510) 643-2755 •

USS Hornet Museum


707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3, Alameda, 94501 • (510) 521-8448 •

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UC Berkeley is one of the world’s leading educational and intellectual centers. It is renowned for the distinction of its faculty and students, and sets a climate of “thought leadership” that makes Berkeley a place filled with great ideas. The Cal campus also serves as Berkeley’s unofficial “Central Park,” with beautifully landscaped grounds, historic architecture, and wide walking paths that cross campus to connect Downtown Berkeley with the Telegraph Avenue business district.

Q. When did President

John F. Kennedy speak at UC Berkeley’s Memorial Stadium?

A. Charter Day 1962, celebrating the anniversary of the university’s founding.


World-Class Academics & Attra University History On a clear May morning in 1866, the trustees of the College of California gathered on a hillside overlooking the San Francisco Bay. Below them was the rough-andtumble port settlement of Ocean View; surrounding them were 200,000 acres of clear land that would someday become the University of California. “Westward the course of the empire takes its way,” recited one trustee thoughtfully, recalling a poem by bishop George Berkeley. Moved by the moment, the trustees agreed to name their town- to-be after the good bishop. And so Berkeley was, from the beginning, a college town, with all the amenities, innovation, curiosity and exploration that influence a great place of learning.

The Campus Founded in 1868, Berkeley is the original campus of the University of California. UC Berkeley is one of the world’s great centers of learning. It is renowned for the distinction of its faculty and students, and the excellence of its intercollegiate sports programs and achievements of its student athletes. Berkeley ranks first nationally in the number of graduate programs in the top 10 in their fields. The faculty includes eight Nobel laureates, 32 MacArthur Fellows, and four Pulitzer Prize winners among its active faculty. The campus is an urban oasis that preserves much of the tranquil beauty of California’s early years. UC Campus Visitor Center 101 Sproul Hall, Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 642-5215, The UC Berkeley Visitor Center is located in 101 Sproul Hall near the intersection of Bancroft Way VISITBERKELEY.COM



and Telegraph Avenue. Public tours are offered daily Monday-Friday at 10 am (departing from the Visitors Center; online reservations required). Weekend tours, Saturday (10 am) and Sunday (1 pm) begin at Sather Tower, the clock tower also known as the Campanile, located at the center of campus. Group tours are offered, however reservations are required (please see Group Tour Page on web site) for more information. Open weekdays 8:30 am-4:30 pm, excluding holidays and special events.

Sather Tower (1914). Sather Tower, known to most as the Campanile, is perhaps UC Berkeley’s most famous symbol. Visible for miles, it stands 307 feet tall and is the third tallest bell and clock-tower in the world. An elevator ride to the observation platform at the 200-foot level provides visitors with a spectacular view of the entire Bay Area and of the campus. Sather Tower, named after campus benefactor Jane Sather, was modeled after the tower that stands in the Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy. The Campanile houses a 61-bell carillon. There are 38 stairs from the top of the elevator up to the observation platform. The observation platform of this historical landmark is not wheelchair accessible. Hearst Greek Theatre (1903) is a 6,500-seat amphitheater set into the hills. The first campus structure designed by campus architect John Galen Howard, the theater was a gift from the late newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. Berkeley’s Greek Theatre uses the ancient amphitheatre at Epidaurus, Greece, as a model, but also includes Roman elements.

UC Berkeley Campus

ctions California Memorial Stadium (1923) is the home of the California Golden Bears football team. Designed by John Galen Howard, Memorial Stadium is dedicated to students who lost their lives in World War I. Since it opened in the fall of 1923, Memorial Stadium has generated scores of unforgettable memories for generations of Golden Bears. Following a $321 million project to renovate the historic building, bringing it up to modern structural standards and creating a 63,000+ capacity facility significantly reduced seismic risk (all while maintaining the architecture and character of the celebrated structure), Cal Football returned to Memorial Stadium for its fall 2012 season.

Sproul Plaza is the bustling hub of campus, where students meet, musicians perform, and political,

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religious, and social activists expound, especially at noon during the academic year. At the center of Sproul Plaza is Ludwig’s Fountain, named after a favorite dog that spent most of his waking hours in and around the fountain in the 1960s.

Center for Theater Arts. Zellerbach Hall is the home venue for Cal Performances, the UC Berkeley-based organization considered one of the most influential performing arts presenters in the world.

Sather Gate (1910) is a famous Berkeley

benefactor Walter Haas. It seats 12,000 and contains several large venues for athletic and special events. It replaced Harmon Gymnasium (1933), the site of many exciting basketball games as well as volleyball and gymnastics. Harmon’s original façade is preserved and on display inside Haas Pavilion. The adjacent Spieker Aquatic Complex hosts swimming and water polo events, and is home to many nationally-ranked and Olympic athletes.

landmark. Until World War II it was the south entrance to campus. It was a gift from Jane Sather in 1913 to immortalize her late husband Peder Sather, a trustee of the College of California, forerunner of the University.

Zellerbach Hall (1968) is a 2,000-seat concert hall and theater that hosts the world’s best in music and dance, as well as major campus events.The adjoining 500-seat Zellerbach Playhouse is the site of dramatic art, dance and other presentations of the

Haas Pavilion (1999) is named for

Below: California Memorial Stadium


Berkeley Travel Information If you require any assistance while planning your visit, or just have a general question, please feel free to stop by or call the Visit Berkeley Information Center – we’re here to help! VISITOR INFORMATION CENTER Visit Berkeley 2030 Addison Street, #102 Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 549-7040 / (800) 847-4823 The Visitor Information Center is open Mon.-Fri., 9:00 am5:00 pm (excluding holidays).

POPULATION Berkeley 115,400 Alameda County 1,510,300 California 38,041,400 Source: United States 2012 Census

CLIMATE Berkeley is a four-season destination with a Mediterranean-like climate where extreme temperatures or inclement weather are extremely rare. The following data can be used as a general guide:

Winter Spring Summer Autumn Annual

Max 60 66 69 67 65

Min 42 49 54 49 50

Mean 52 58 62 59 57

Rainfall 12.00” 2.50” 0.50” 8.25” 23.25”

TIME ZONE Pacific Standard Time (GMT minus 8 hours). Daylight Savings Time (GMT m ­­ inus 7 hours) runs March through late October/early November.

DIRECTORY ASSISTANCE For local numbers, dial 411 For long distance, dial 1 + area code + 555-1212

TOLL FREE CALLS Not all 800, 877, and 888 numbers work from outside the United States. As an alternative, try a direct toll number or a fax.

EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE Dial 911 toll-free from any public telephone to obtain police, fire, or medical assistance. For Non-Emergencies in Berkeley call: Police Dept. (510) 981-5900 Fire Dept. (510) 981-3473



Smoking Laws: You must be 18 to purchase tobacco products. Smoking is prohibited on public transportation and in public buildings, including bars and restaurants. Smoking is prohibited within 25 feet of doorways and windows of any building open to the public, park and recreation areas, service lines and waiting areas such as ATMs, bus stops and taxi stands.


For Toll-Free numbers, dial 1 + (800) + 555-1212


Liquor Laws: Legal drinking age in California is 21. Picture identification may be requested at any time. Bars are open until 2 am. Liquor stores are open seven days a week. California State Law prohibits the sale of alcohol beverages from 2 am to 6 am. Previously opened bottles of alcohol must be carried in the vehicle’s trunk.

Travel facts

Drinking and Driving: It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle in California with a blood alcohol level of .08% or higher. If you are suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol, you must submit to a chemical test to determine your blood alcohol content. Helmets: Helmets are required for bicyclists under 18 years old and all motorcyclists. Required Documents: You must carry a valid driver’s license from your home state or country. The minimum age for drivers is 16 with training, 18 without.

Seat Belts/Restraints: All passengers must wear seatbelts. Children under 8 years old or standing less than 57” must be in an appropriate safety seat. Right on Red: Drivers may turn right at a red light after making a full stop, unless signs indicate otherwise.

Bay Bridge Bicycle and Pedestrian Path

travel facts Road Conditions: Call the California Department of Transportation for 24-hour roads information at (800) 427-7623. For local and regional traffic information, dial “511” or visit Vehicular Accidents: You must report an accident to the Department of Motor Vehicles if anyone is injured or killed, or if more than $750 in damage is incurred.

Cell Phones: It is illegal in California to drive a motor vehicle while using a wireless telephone unless that telephone is specifically designed and configured to allow hands-free listening and talking, and is used in that manner while driving. It is also illegal to use write, send, or read text-based communication on an electronic wireless communication device, such as a cell phone, while driving a motor vehicle.


White Curb: Passenger loading zones. Unless signs are posted, drivers of the vehicle must remain in the car for only 3 minutes to drop off or pick up passengers. Drivers cannot leave their vehicles. Regulations are enforced 24 hours a day, seven days a week, unless posted otherwise.

Blue Curb: Designated for vehicles displaying valid Disabled placards or Disabled Person license plates from any state. Regulations are enforced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Fines for vehicles parking at a disabled parking place without a placard are set by the State of California, and begin at $275.

ROAD & TRAFFIC CONDITIONS Bay Area Travel Guide: 511 Highway Patrol: Emergency calls: 911 Non-Emergency calls: 1-707-551-4100 Road Conditions: 1-800-427-7623

Colored Curb Markings: Painted curbs mean that parking is controlled. The colors on curbs mean:

Yellow Curb: Reserved for commercial use for loading and unloading merchandise or materials. Regulations are enforced Mon-Sat from 7 am-6 pm, unless posted otherwise. Some metered parking spaces can be yellow zones during certain hours.

Red Curb: Designated “no stopping, standing or parking” under any circumstances. Regulations are enforced 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Green Curb: Short term, restricted or limited time parking. Zones are marked with signs indicating 5 minutes to two hours limited parking. Regulations are enforced Mon-Sat from 9 am to 6 pm, unless posted otherwise.

INTERNATIONAL VISITORS Customs: You must complete customs and immigration formalities at the first point of arrival in the United States, whether or not it’s your final destination.

Currency: For currency conversion, please contact: Currency Exchange International (CEI) 2301 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 704-1900 (Inside Mechanics Bank) Full service currency exchange office able to buy and sell banknotes



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and traveler’s checks from over 90 countries. Many currencies carried in stock, great rates and low fees.

Electricity: U.S. electrical current is 110 volts. Required Documents: Contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate for visa, passport, and health requirements.

Travel Insurance: There is no compulsory or government plan in the U.S. Travelers are advised to purchase travel and health insurance in case of emergency.

SISTER CITIES Sakai, Japan (est. 1966) Berkeley’s oldest sister city contact was established with Sakai, Japan on March 15, 1966. The most visible reminder of Berkeley’s sister-city relationship is the giant sundial at the foot of the Berkeley Pier, donated by Sakai in 1974. The two cities have an active student exchange program in which high school and college students spend a month visiting families in the sister city.

Gao, Mali (est. 1985) Jena, Germany (est. 1989)

BICYCLE STORAGE Berkeley Bike Station 2208 Shattuck Ave. (510) 548-7433 Free valet parking, 24 hour self-service parking, rentals, repairs and sales, classes and events. Please visit the website for rules & regulations.


Bay Area Transit Hub Berkeley’s central location in the San Francisco Bay Area makes it a convenient regional transportation hub. The city is served by three international airports – Oakland, San Francisco and San Jose. With three BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) stations and a multitude of ground transportation options, Berkeley will get you there, on time and in style. LOCAL TRANSPORTATION

A.C. Transit (Alameda County Transit) (510) 891-4706 (Oakland Ticket Office Services)

BART operates three underground train stations in Berkeley: Downtown Berkeley, North Berkeley, and Ashby stations, providing transportation to/from San Francisco, Oakland, Walnut Creek and more. Check website for current hours of operation.

Terminal – G at SFO. The Oakland Airport Connector (OAC) provides a seamless link between Oakland Int’l Airport and BART (Fall 2014).

UC Berkeley Bear Transit

AVIS Rent A Car Bear Transit is UC Berkeley’s shuttle system, servicing the campus and vicinity. Anyone can ride the shuttles, which provide convenient transportation between campus, Downtown Berkeley BART, parking lots, and more. Check website for current route and fare information.

Budget Rent A Car 600 Gilman Street, Berkeley, 94710 (510) 524-7237,

Enterprise Rent A Car 1990 Oxford Street, Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 705-8989,

Oakland International Airport


(510) 563-3300,

San Francisco International Airport (800) 435-9736, (650) 821-8211,

East Bay Paratransit


(510) 287-5000, Reservations.: 7 Days 8:00 am-5:00 pm Tickets: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 am-5:00 pm

BART Airport Connections

(408) 501-0979,

BART offers fast & convenient connections from San Francisco International Airport and Oakland International Airport for Berkeley-bound travelers. The BART station is location at International



San Francisco Bay Ferry

San Jose International Airport

(510) 465-2278,

2000 Kittredge Street, Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 705-8991,


AC Transit is an innovative, modern bus system, owned by the public of the East Bay. All buses are wheelchair-accessible and can transport bicycles.

BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit)



The San Francisco Bay Ferry provides weekday, weekend, holiday, and seasonal services to nine terminal locations around the bay: Alameda Main Street; Angel Island; AT&T Park; Harbor Bay; Oakland Jack London Square; San Francisco Ferry Building; San Francisco Pier 41; South San Francisco; and Vallejo. Check website for current schedule, fare and ticket information.

TAXI CAB SERVICE A taxicab line is located near the downtown Berkeley BART plaza on Center Street between Shattuck Ave. and Milvia Street.

Berkeley Visitors Center



2030 Addison Street, Ste 102, Berkeley, CA 94704 (800) 847-4823, (510) 549-7040,

Berkeley Chamber of Commerce

City Hall, Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center

Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00 am-5:00 pm, excluding Holidays.

San Francisco Visitor Center Powell & Market Streets, Hallidie Plaza, Lower Level Powell Street BART Station, San Francisco, CA 94103 (415) 974-6900,

California Welcome Center PIER 39, Bldg “B”, Level 2, San Francisco, CA 94133 (415) 981-1280,

Visit California 800-862-2543,

Currency Exchange International 2301 Shattuck Avenue (inside Mechanics Bank) Berkeley, CA 94704, (510) 704-1900 Full service currency exchange office able to buy and sell banknotes and traveler’s checks from over 90 countries. Many currencies carried in stock, great rates and low fees.


1834 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94703 (510) 549-7000,

Berkeley Central Library 2090 Kittredge Street, Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 981-6100,

Finance & Customer Service

Berkeley Public Library supports independent learning, personal growth, and the individual’s need for information. To all users, including out-of-town visitors, the Library offers free access to the Internet and to email in all locations.


Ed Roberts Campus 3075 Adeline Way, Berkeley, CA 94703 (510) 225-6300, The Ed Roberts Campus commemorates the life and work of Edward V. Roberts, an early leader in the independent living movement of persons with disabilities. It is a universally designed, transit-oriented campus located at the Ashby BART Station in South Berkeley.

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center 2450 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705 Main: (510) 204-4444 Emergency: (510) 204-1303

Passport Office

U.S. Post Office (Main)

City of Berkeley, City Hall, City Clerk’s office 2180 Milvia Street, Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 981-6911

2000 Allston Way at Milvia St., Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 649-3114,

Berkeley Post Office

2045 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704 1 (800) 772-1213,

2000 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 649-3114, Hours: by appointment only

2180 Milvia Street, Berkeley, CA 94704

Social Security Office



1947 Center Street, Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 981-2 489

LoveBerkeley 1535 Sacramento Street, Berkeley, CA 94702 (510) 734-5212, LoveBerkeley helps newcomers learn about the community through friendly welcome visits that provide useful information and personal referrals along with discounts and gifts from local businesses.

Pacific Union/Christie’s International Real Estate Ira & Carol Serkes, Realtors, 1625 Shattuck Avenue, #101, Berkeley, CA 94709 (510) 526-6668, Relocating to Berkeley? You’ll benefit from our hyper-local expertise. Our web site is filled with neighborhood photos, videos, maps, information, market research and homes for sale. We’ll find you a wonderful home in a neighborhood you’ll love!




View of Bay from University Avenue, Berkeley







Visit Berkeley Official Visitors Guide 2014/15  

Set on sparkling SF Bay, Berkeley is a destination where visitors come for the culture and stay for the food.

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