Berkeley Visitors Guide 2020-2021

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Graduate Berkeley Hotel Welcome to Graduate Berkeley‚ where your intellectual curiosity meets your favorite place to stay. Graduate Berkeley is a five-minute walk to campus at the corner of city stir and game day buzz. We are steps from Telegraph Avenue shops and stops, offering 144 rooms, Henry’s, and Tartine Bakery. ☎ 510.845.8981

CONTENTS 5 Welcome 7

Everyone’s a Little Berkeley

10 Accommodations 20

Arts & Culture

32 Restaurants 48

Local Libations

52 Berkeley is Wine Country 56

Things to Do

62 City of Neighborhoods 64

Shopping Districts

72 MicroGuides TM by Bravo Your City! 74

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Outdoor Adventures & Sports

84 Meetings & Celebrations 90


94 Visitor & Community Services 97

Berkeley Born

98 Maps Tilden Park Regional Botanic Garden | 2020-2021


Hotel Shattuck Plaza Our Mission-style hotel was built over 100 years ago. However, that doesn’t stop us from looking forward. With newly-renovated rooms, a Mediterranean-inspired dining menu, and environmentally mindful features throughout, we invite you to reinvent the Mission on your terms. Follow us on Instagram @hotelshattuckplaza for the inside scoop! ☎ 510-845-7300 4

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The 2020/2021 Official Berkeley Visitors Guide is published by: Visit Berkeley, 2030 Addison St., Suite #102, Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 549-7040 •



John Pimentel, Account Exec/Special Projects, Hornblower Cruises & Events A.J. Fox, Media Relations Manager, Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive La Dawn Duvall, Executive Director, Visitor & Parent Services, UC Berkeley Matt Terwilliger, Dir. Business Development, Cal Alumni Association Momi Asayag, General Manager, Berkeley City Club Theresa Ajari, Coordinator, Business Development & External Relations ASUC Student Union, UC Berkeley KP Patel, Owner, Rose Garden Inn Luis Valdivia, General Manager, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Joe Mulford, Sr. Associate Athletic Director, CAL Intercollegiate Athletics Daryl Ross, Owner, Bancroft Hotel Christine McDermott, General Manager, Graduate Berkeley EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Jack Hlavac, Chairman of the Board, Area Managing Director & General Manager, DoubleTree by Hilton Berkeley Marina Dell Dellinger, Vice Chair, General Manager, Hotel Shattuck Plaza Matthew Mooney, Secretary/Treasurer, General Manager, La Quinta by Wyndham Berkeley Barbara Hillman, President & CEO, Visit Berkeley VISIT BERKELEY STAFF

Berkeley is an iconic American city, richly diverse with a vibrant economy inspired in great measure by our progressive environmental and social policies. We are internationally recognized for our arts and culinary scenes, as well as serving as home to the top public university in the country – the University of California, Berkeley. UC Berkeley is the heart of our city, and our neighborhood districts surround the Cal campus with acclaimed restaurants, great independent shops and galleries, world-class performing arts venues, and wonderful parks. I encourage you to discover Berkeley’s signature elements, events and engaging vibe during your stay with us. And, please stop by Berkeley’s Visitor Information Center for ideas and assistance (they’re located right across the street from the Berkeley Repertory Theatre in our Downtown Arts District). Sincerely,

Jesse Arreguin, Mayor of Berkeley, CA.

Barbara Hillman – President/CEO Daniel Marengo – Director, Communications Nikole Halaka – Director of Sales Jeffrey Church – Manager, Visitor & Partner Services Reagan Parker – Visitor Center Coordinator



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Welcome to Berkeley! What comes to mind when you think of Berkeley? Ask a group of people, and responses could range from cool college town, hip arts hub and capital of California cuisine, to free speech flashpoint, craft beer pours and cultural center (with a counter-culture soul). Of course, this kind of diversity is perfectly Berkeley, as freethinking is part of the local vibe. Berkeley’s a city of engaging neighborhood districts, each with great places to explore. Start at our Visitor Information Center in downtown Berkeley for inspiration! We invite you to loosen up your itinerary and experience the unexpected. Take the alternate route, discover a scenic shortcut, try something new and get lost – in a good way. If you’re a “Berkeley person,” chances are you’re going to feel right at home. Everyone is welcome here. So come as you are, explore, and “be a little Berkeley! Very best regards,

Barbara Hillman, President & CEO, Visit Berkeley On the Cover: “Berkeley’s Golden Hour,” photography by Joe Parks | 2020-2021



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Everyone’s a little

t BERKELEYt People from around the world come to Berkeley seeking acclaimed restaurants, museums, shops, and arts. Along the way they discover fabulous diversions, and a bit of themselves.

Set between a Pacific ridge and sparkling San Francisco Bay, Berkeley is a spirited Northern California city that has grown from counterculture roots to become a hub of intellectual and cultural diversity, with a thriving arts scene and outsized culinary influence. Free speech and flower power are forever in the city’s “DNA,” but Berkeley has evolved into a celebrated place to dine, listen to live music, take in a play, and enjoy an authentic (if endearingly off-beat) college town vibe.

a brief history Long before the San Francisco Bay Area was “discovered” by the Spanish in 1769, Berkeley’s lands were home to a Native American people known as the Huichin, part of the larger Ohlone nation. The California Gold Rush of 1849 brought an unprecedented influx of people to the Bay Area, and by the mid-1850s a small community of settlers began to cluster near the shores of the Bay in an area of Berkeley known as Ocean View. The charter that established the University of California was set in 1868, and its first

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campus was Berkeley. Berkeley is named after the Irish eighteenth-century bishop and philosopher, George Berkeley. UC Berkeley’s founders cited a line from one of Berkeley’s poems, “westward the course of empire takes its way,” in a dedication ceremony. Fun fact: although Bishop Berkeley’s name is pronounced “bark-lee,” the city is pronounced “burk-lee.” Commericial development of downtown Berkeley began in 1876 when Francis Kittredge Shattuck, one of the founding landowners in Berkeley, persuaded Central Pacific Railroad to run a spur line through his property that served as the impetus for new growth. Berkeley was incorporated in 1878 and began a population boomlet that saw its residential rolls rise from 2,000 people in 1880 to 13,000 at the turn of the century. But the true boom was to come, as population climbed to 50,000 by 1912 from improved transportation systems and an influx of 1906 earthquake-displaced San Franciscans. Prominent among these refugees were significant numbers of artists who brought a bias for original thinking that continues to exemplify Berkeley today.

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Berkeley continued to grow and evolve throughout the 20th century. The 1960s marked a significant turning point in the city’s history, when U.C. Berkeley catapulted into the national consciousness as a lightning rod for the political awareness and activism of the day. The “Free Speech Movement” of 1964 and Summer of Love in 1967 left a legacy that is still very much a part of contemporary Berkeley. Berkeley is truly powered by its people.

ENRAPTURED AND DIVERSE Berkeley spans 10.5 square miles of terrain with a population of around 125,000. Martin Luther King Jr. called Berkeley “our nation’s conscience” during a 1967 speech here at UC Berkeley, and the city continues to embrace its role as the heart and soul of the Free Speech Movement and a progressive future. Berkeley is home to many firsts: city-run recycling started here in 1970; it hosts the country’s oldest still-running medical cannabis dispensary; and food firebrand Alice Waters and friends revolutionized American dining when she opened Chez Panisse in 1971. The interplay of food, social justice, community, sustainability and deliciousness is a city signature. In The “Mysteries of Berkeley,” local author Michael Chabon writes, “I’d be willing to bet that, pound for pound, Berkeley is the most enraptured city in America on a daily basis.” Berkeley is passionate, intelligent, diverse and hip. Here, people tend to walk (or dance) to the beat of a different drummer.

COME FOR THE CULTURE Berkeley’s thriving cultural scene is home to hundreds of arts organizations, independent artists and performers. In Berkeley, the arts hold equal pride of place with the city’s international reputation as a center for culinary and educational excellence. Creative spirit infuses Berkeley with everyday discoveries ranging from vibrant street art and public galleries, to major performing arts venues. BAMPFA (Berkeley Art


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Museum & Pacific Film Archive), Aurora Theatre Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and more cluster in the Downtown Arts District. Berkeley is a live music hub, with halls like the UC Theatre, Cornerstone, and Freight & Salvage setting the tempo nearly nightly. Cal Performances brings international stars to the UC Berkeley campus year-round.

STAY FOR the food A culinary wonderland, the food scene in Berkeley is contemporary and legendary. 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 the menus of the city’s innovative, influential restaurants. Chez Panisse restaurant started a culinary revolution when it opened in 1971, setting the table for seasonal, sustainable, organic dining. Locally sourced foodie joy extends to farmers’ markets, culinary walking tours, and artisan food outlets.

PRISMATIC PLAY OPTIONS With all the cultural and culinary experiences to savor, Berkeley offers at least as many ways to enjoy the great outdoors. Walking is woven into the soul of Berkeley; city planners included a network of

here, from artisan chocolate to urban wine, craft beer and world-class sound systems. Dreams become things here. What better example than the Berkeley City Club (est. 1929) Dubbed the Little Castle, designed by Julia Morgan, dreamer as well as California’s first female architect/UC Berkeley Civil Engineering graduate, class of 1894/ first woman admitted to Paris’ Ecole des Beaux-Arts (Masters, Architecture, 1901). The architectural details of this National Register of Historic Places property reflect a powerful imagination!

some 140 public paths throughout the city’s hillside neighborhoods. Hiking and biking trails race along the bay and through the city’s landmark regional parks. Visitors can golf, sail, and walk through epic botanic gardens. Adventure-seekers will discover opportunities for rock climbing, kayaking, skateboarding and more. Independent merchants thrive in Berkeley’s tree-lined, fragrant and walkable districts. The city’s twists and turns of terrain give these neighborhoods room to establish signature personas, moods and mantras. North Shattuck, Fourth Street, Telegraph Avenue, Solano Avenue, Gilman, Lorin, Elmwood and Downtown – each of Berkeley’s “boroughs” has its own allure.

CITY OF IDEAS, CITY OF DREAMS A culture of innovation is bound to happen when a city welcomes 10,000+ of the best and brightest students in the world every autumn. And that’s just the freshman class at UC Berkeley. Multiply that by four, add a handful of top graduate schools, and you begin to appreciate why Berkeley’s college town vibe is a little different, and a lot more interesting than the standard. Berkeley’s innovation culture nurtures the tech and business start-ups that spring from UC Berkeley on a regular basis. Then there’s the do-it-yourself, independent sector of local companies. Things are made

BE A LITTLE BERKELEY Travel is about the details and detours that make a place memorable. People from around the world come to Berkeley seeking acclaimed restaurants, museums, shopping and arts. Along the way, they discover fabulous diversions, and a bit of themselves. Diverse districts invite visitors to mix flavors, change tempo, explore, reflect, and get lost – in the best way. Yes, today Berkeley still wears tie-dye on its sleeve, but a closer look reveals a small yet dynamic city that is quintessentially Californian in setting, yet international in perspective. Most of all, this is a place where everyone is welcome. So come, explore, and be a little Berkeley. | 2020-2021


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Find your Perfect Stay in the

East bay Berkeley lodging properties offer amazing value, selection and style. Hip downtown boutiques, updone historic gems, newly renovated conference-ready hotels, green hotels and well-known chains – Berkeley has a compelling portfolio of properties, many conveniently clustered around the University of California campus and just beyond. With more than 1,400 hotel, motel and bed & breakfast accommodations, Berkeley’s selection is comprehensive, offering a room to suit nearly every taste and budget. Just minutes away from San Francisco, hotels in Berkeley generally offer rates 20% - 40% lower than S.F., making the city a great base from which to explore the Bay Area. After a day spent walking Berkeley’s historic neighborhoods, dining at a farm-to-table cafe, or taking in live music at a local club, retreat to your perfect hotel room for upscale amenities and grand views.

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SENS HOTEL BERKELEY The SenS Hotel, centrally located in one of the best food destinations, North Berkeley, renowned for it epicurean delights. We are convenient to UC Berkeley, many Berkeley corporate offices, San Francisco, as well as SFO and OAK Airports. Our friendly staff will happily assist with any special arrangements that you might need. ☎ 510-548-9930

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A reverence for history (modern Berkeley dates back to the late 19th century) means hotels here are revamped, not replaced. Updone historic hotels are some of Berkeley’s finest. Gothic arches over indoor swimming pools, lobby chandeliers dripping with garnet colored glass, walls the vibrant gold of Nat Geo magazine spines, and marble-inlay Peace sign entryways are some of the design details that set Berkeley apart.

Travel has great potential to impact the environment, both positively and negatively. When there’s a choice, hotels that operate according to “green” principles are the sustainable way to go. Visitors seeking an eco-friendly place to stay in Berkeley enjoy more options than ever, with the majority of local properties certified “Green” by the Bay Area Green Business Program (BAGBP). And with more than 50 green-certified restaurants in Berkeley, travelers will discover a sustainable selection of green dining as well as lodging options in town. Berkeley is all-in when it comes to environmental values.

Berkeley is served by Oakland and San Francisco International Airports, with many hotels close to Berkeley BART stations that connect directly with the airports. Search for your hotel online at, contact individual lodging establishments for current rates and availability, and get ready to check in for a perfect stay by the Bay. 12

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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Welcome to the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Berkeley, an IHG Renovation Award Recipient and consistently rated as one of Berkeley’s top hotels on TripAdvisor. ☎ 510-548-1700

Howard Johnson by Wyndham Berkeley

Newly remodeled 26 unit property, located on University Ave., blocks away from Downtown Berkeley, BART station and Cal Campus. Guest rooms are equipped with a microwave, refrigerator, coffee makers, hair dryers, 40” flat screen TVs, Wi-Fi and free guest parking with 24 hour service. ☎ 510-548-1700



Located in the heart of Berkeley. Walking distance to the U.C. campus, free WiFi/Internet, flat-screen TV, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, and complimentary coffee and tea.

The Marina Inn Berkeley provides guests with all the basic conveniences including microwaves, refrigerators, LCD TVs, and activity desks. All rooms have a bathtub or shower and free toiletries. Unlimited Wi-Fi is available in all rooms. All these features make this hotel a suitable choice among other Berkeley hotels.

The Golden Bear Inn is a boutique motel located in Berkeley. Catch a game, visit the sites or drive the scenic bridges over the Bay. The Golden Bear Inn provides comfortable accommodations for the business traveler, parents and students at UC Berkeley or a vacationing family.

Located within walking distance of North Berkeley BART and close to UC Berkeley, the Berkeley Inn offers the best amenities for the most value conscious traveler. Renovated Euro-style rooms include air conditioning, satellite TV with free premium channels & free Wi-Fi. All rooms have microwave, refrigerator & private bathrooms.

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Rodeway Inn Berkeley Berkeley Rodeway Inn is a charming hotel conveniently located in the heart of Berkeley less than 1 mile from the University of California, Berkeley campus. Newly remodeled, offering all of the modern features and amenities that business and leisure travelers expect. ☎ 510-848-3840


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Quality Inn University

Quality Inn’s 29 remodeled guest rooms include all new room decor, 50” flat screen LCD TV, free hi-speed Internet, free parking, just four blocks from UC Berkeley. All rooms include microwave, refrigerator, cable, coffeemaker, and full hot complimentary continental breakfast. Special U.C. Berkeley visitor rates. ☎ 510-841-4242


One block from the UC Berkeley north gate, you can walk to nearby arts district, shopping, restaurants, and cafes and BART.

The La Quinta Inn is Berkeley’s “best priced, limited service” hotel. Free breakfast and Wi-Fi, heated pool, fitness center, business center and complimentary parking – all inclusive in room rate. On-site guest laundry and same-day dry cleaning available.

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DOWNTOWN BERKELEY YMCA HOTEL An affordable Bay Area secret, the Downtown Berkeley YMCA Hotel is a unique mix of Hotel and Hostel, a Host-Tel you might say. All 78 rooms are located on the secure 3rd and 4th floors of the YMCA. The Host-Tel has Single Rooms (1 Twin Bed) and Double Rooms (2 Twin Beds). Each room is private and each floor is equipped with 4 bathrooms/showers. ☎ 510-848-6800 | 2020-2021



BERKELEY CITY CLUB The Berkeley City Club, also known as Julia Morgan’s “Little Castle” is an historic hotel, restaurant & bar, event space, and social club. Located in Downtown Berkeley just steps from the UC Berkeley Campus, the Club offers a multitude of experiences in a time-honored setting.

Located across the street from the UC Berkeley campus, our recently remodeled Bed and Breakfast is the closest hotel to UC Berkeley. Located in a National Historic Landmark building, the Bancroft offers a large events space and 22 newly remodeled green guest rooms, most with views of the San Francisco Bay, the campus or the Berkeley Hills.

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Rose Garden Inn

Discover an exceptional lodging experience. Set in an historic mansion, our hotel offers the perfect combination of charming ambience and contemporary amenities such as complimentary hot buffet breakfast and free Wi-Fi. Family vacationers and business travelers alike will be drawn to the many charms of our boutique hotel and gardens. ☎ 510-549-2145 16

Aiden by Best Western Berkeley Located just 1 mile from the UC Berkeley campus, guests will enjoy amenities such as pillow-top mattresses, in-room safes, refrigerators, and free high-speed Internet access. Enjoy views of San Francisco and the Berkeley Hills from our rooftop terrace, or borrow a yoga mat and stretch while enjoying the sunshine. With our central location, dining options and shopping are only minutes away. To get around without a vehicle is as easy as a two-block walk to the North Berkeley BART Station, or borrow one of our bicycles and explore the city. If you are in town for business or leisure, our friendly service, amazing facilities, and convenient location makes us the perfect choice for lodging. ☎ 510-898-2650 17

Downtown Berkeley Inn The Downtown Berkeley Inn is a GREEN Certified boutique hotel located in the heart of Berkeley, just steps away from the campus of the University of California, Berkeley. Perfect for business travelers, vacationing couples, families, students and professors. ☎ 510-843-4043



Energize your next trip to the beautiful San Francisco Bay area and book a room at our Travelodge Berkeley hotel. Centrally located in the heart of East Bay, our hotel is near UC Berkeley and places you within minutes of great restaurants, shopping, and top attractions.

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

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DoubleTree by Hilton Berkeley Marina The newly renovated iconic DoubleTree by Hilton Berkeley Marina is a peaceful retreat steps away from the San Francisco Bay. Guests will enjoy stunning views of the San Francisco skyline while dining al fresco at The Berkeley Boathouse Restaurant. Close to Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), Highway 80, UC Berkeley, Emery Bay, and San Francisco make the destination perfect for business or pleasure. ☎ 510-548-7920 | 2020-2021


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“TOUR DE FORCE” There are several supporting factors. The city is home to UC Berkeley, one of the leading educational institutions in the world; it is infused with the dynamic creative vibe of the San Francisco Bay Area; and there’s a local reverence for poets, painters, and every free-spirited iconoclast in between. As powerful as these factors are, they only begin to explain why arts take pride of place in Berkeley. What it really comes down to are the people who live and create here, the work they share with the world, and the state-of-the-art venues where visual and performing arts are staged by progressive production companies. From the marquees that line the Downtown Arts District to the independent artists of the Berkeley Cultural Trust, arts run the gamut in Berkeley. Broadway-bound, Tony Award-winning theatre, world-class museum collections, and rock ‘n’ roll halls, all the way to upcycling jewelers and ukulele makers set a rich and diverse cultural scene.

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The Downtown Arts District is a highlight-reel hub with the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Aurora Theater Company, California Jazz Conservatory, Freight & Salvage and the UC Theatre. And just a few blocks away stands Zellerbach Hall, the home venue for Cal Performances, on the University of California campus. The organization presents nearly 100 fine arts shows annually.

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Berkeley wears arts on its civic sleeve. Time-travelers will revel in Berkeley’s architectural heritage. The University of California’s early-20th century buildings make a wonderful walking tour, and lovers of historic hotels can tour (and book rooms) at the Julia Morgan-designed Berkeley City Club, dubbed the “Little Castle” for Hearst Castle (its flashy and famed sister property on the Central Coast). Culture grows here, too. Berkeley has lyrical public gardens. The University of California Botanical Garden, Berkeley showcases plants of the world including a Chinese Medicinal Herb Garden and Rainforest House. The Botanic Garden at Tilden Regional Park grows the largest collection of California native plants in the world and features a grove of Earth’s largest tree, Sequoia sempervirens – California Redwoods. Their majesty makes a nice metaphor for Berkeley’s towering cultural legacy.

ACCI Gallery (Arts & Crafts Cooperative, Inc). Arts & Crafts Cooperative, Inc. (ACCI), located in the heart of North Shattuck, is a member-based community of artisans, artists, and art patrons. Approximately 100 artists exhibit their various media, including ceramics, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, textiles, and sculpture. ☎ 510-843-2527 | 2020-2021


glassybaby glassybaby are one-of-a-kind hand-blown glass votives and drinkers made by artisans in Berkeley, CA and Seattle, WA. glassybaby come in 250+ rich colors, each with a unique name and story, such as ‘joy’, ‘hope’, ‘gratitude’, ‘roots’, and ‘home’. ☎ 510-725-4853 24

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BERKELEY CULTURAL TRUST Berkeley Ballet Theater, Luna Dance Institute, Kala Institute, Those Women Productions, Crowden Music Center, and Shawl-Anderson Dance Center are members of the Berkeley Cultural Trust (BCT) which serves a consortium of cultural arts organizations within Berkeley. BCT advocates for policies and actions that contribute to the sustainability and well-being of the arts and artists throughout the city.


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Join us for dazzling chamber music concerts on five Tuesday evenings each year in the beautiful Berkeley City Club. Our series showcases some of Bay Area’s best ensembles, both emerging and well loved. You might also explore the amenities of the City Club prior to the performance, and be sure to stay for the reception to mingle with patrons and musicians afterward. The City Club is BART accessible.

Guild members open their doors every Saturday from 11 to 5, welcoming visitors to the beautiful Guild Gallery filled with sparkling vases, bowls, jewelry and sculpture. Located in Berkeley’s West Artisan District for over 40 years, the Guild has been an anchor and shining star, pioneering in the West Coast craft revival of the ‘60’s and 70’s. We can’t wait for you to come see us!

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Berkeley Repertory Theatre The Tony Award-winning theatre thrills 200,000 guests each year with a diverse mix of ambitious, entertaining, and adventurous plays and musicals. Boasting two unique theatre spaces, shows from Berkeley Rep have gone on to win six Tony Awards, seven Obie Awards, nine Drama Desk Awards, one Grammy Award, one Pulitzer Prize, and many other honors. ☎ 510-647-2949



4th Street Fine Art is a gallery and studio space featuring 18 local artists, all living and making art in the Bay Area. We feature original works in oil, acrylic, watercolor, porcelain, glass, felt and photography, as well as hand-made jewelry of the finest quality. Day and evening classes available as well. Come on down!

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The Visit Berkeley event calendar offers a window into the unique culture, style and Berkeley vibe. In addition to local coming events, Berkeley is host to several annual events you won’t want to miss. Check the Berkeley Event Calendar for more information.

SHOH Gallery

Located in Berkeley’s Gilman District, SHOH Gallery celebrates the contemporary fine art of the San Francisco Bay Area. The gallery features original pieces by talented artists ranging from notables with works in museums and private collections internationally to some of the freshest new voices in the art world. At SHOH Gallery, we provide a welcoming, curated space for art lovers to view art and it is our joy to assist collectors in finding artwork that enhances their homes, businesses and lives. ☎ 510-504-9988

Freight & Salvage

Freight & Salvage, the West Coast Home of Traditional Music Since 1968, is a year-round, all-ages live music venue presenting shows every night of the week. A nonprofit community arts organization, The Freight focuses on music rooted in and expressive of the great variety of regional, ethnic, and social cultures of peoples throughout the world. ☎ 510-644-2020

THE MARSH The Marsh began with a creative vision. The name, The Marsh, a breeding ground for new performance, came out of several months Stephanie Weisman spent living on the edge of a marsh, writing and watching the rich interplay between the different elements that created the landscape.


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TDPS at UC Berkeley offers the Bay Area’s best value for performing arts. Join us for our affordable theater and dance productions, as well as our free speaker series and workshop performances.

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HOLTON STUDIO FRAME-MAKERS & HOLTON STUDIO GALLERY Handcrafted custom framing from a studio dedicated since 1993 to reviving the art and craft of framing pictures. Our showroom is also an art gallery of northern California landscape paintings by outstanding contemporary regional artists. All works are beautifully framed by us. ☎ 510-450-0350

Berkeley cultural trust Berkeley’s arts & culture scene bursts with the brilliance and surprise of a vibrant street mural. Turn the corner and there might be a potters’ studio, jewelry maker, dance studio, worldacclaimed theater, or live music venue setting the scene. From the marquees that line the Downtown Arts District to the independent artists of the Berkeley Cultural Trust (BCT), the creative arts run the gamut in Berkeley. The Berkeley Cultural Trust serves as a consortium of individuals representing cultural organizations within the City of Berkeley. In cooperation with the Berkeley Arts Commission, BCT advocates for policies and actions that contribute to the well-being of artists and cultural organizations. With organizations as diverse as Luna Dance Institute and the enduring mission since 1992 to bring creativity, equity and community to every child’s life through the art of dance; to the Berkeley Ballet Theater’s rigorous training in an inclusive environment, Kala Institute’s Artist-in-Residence and Fellowship programs, Those Women Productions’ mission to bring marginalized voices to the center of the stage, to Crowden Music Center’s combination of music and education for all ages, and Shawl-Anderson Dance Center’s commitment to nurturing and mentoring the growth of dancers and choreographers, members of the Berkeley Cultural Trust keep the arts alive. Another hub/hive for independent artistic expression is the Sawtooth Building in West Berkeley. Spanning the block of 8th Street between Dwight Way and Parker Street, the Sawtooth Building, first built in 1913 as the Kawneer Building, is a Berkeley Historic Landmark. Its distinctive roofline of 20 sawtoothed banks of skylights gives the space its name. The block house studios are home to a variety of schools, performance groups, theaters, designers, and artists of all kinds. Most of the artisans participate in two annual open studio events. The first, Pro Arts East Bay Open Studios, takes place two weekends in June, while the second, the Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios, happens with festive clockwork every weekend between Thanksgiving and Christmas.


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Cal Performances

With one of the most innovative exhibition programs for art, film, and cultural happenings in the country, BAMPFA is the cultural centerpiece of downtown Berkeley. Open Wed–Sun with more than 20 exhibitions, 450 film screenings, and dozens of public programs each year, just a block from BART.

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

CENTRAL WORKS Berkeley’s oldest small professional theater. Now entering its 30th anniversary season, Central Works plays a vital role in the arts community, supporting local artists while bringing affordable, provocative world premiere plays to Bay Area audiences. ☎ 510-558-1381



Berkeley Art Center showcases contemporary work by Bay Area artists in a beautiful park setting. Wed–Sun 11am–5pm.

Hailed by the Wall Street Journal as “the most adventurous high-quality performing arts organization in the country,” Cal Performances is the performing arts presenting, commissioning, and producing organization at the University of California, Berkeley. The organization presents nearly 100 performances annually in music, dance, and theater.

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Restaurants &


“FOOD SCENE” Berkeley’s simmering food scene springs from several natural sources (and forces). Independent, family-run ranches and farms produce most everything a chef could desire within double-digit miles from the center of the city. In the 1970s, a young dreamer attending UC Berkeley named Alice Waters opened Chez Panisse Restaurant in North Berkeley. The confluence of Ms. Waters’ revolutionary, European-influenced culinary vision, coupled with the fresh, crisp ingredient list a short drive away, changed the way we eat. California cuisine was born. Berkeley’s dining scene continues to crackle with innovative restaurants and artisan foodie enterprises. Place your finger on the Berkeley map, chances are there is something tasty, local and organic on the block.

Innovative restaurants for foodies...



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Cuisines from across the planet are served with authentic style in Berkeley. With more than 350

restaurants citywide,

there’s an amazing array of dining options ranging from casual to candlelit.

Fancy and farm-to-fork are divine, but sometimes wee ones just want to nosh on something simple, hearty and satisfying. Families can keep the focus on healthy dining at Berkeley’s numerous kid-friendly restaurants and cafes (many of which are local, sustainable and organic to boot). One of the city’s most credentialed locavore hot spots, in fact, is an incredible pizzeria with outdoor seating and live music. After all, is there anything quite like the sight of a kid tearing into a crescent of cheesy pizza goodness?


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Gather Restaurant Since 2009, Gather in Berkeley has showcased truly organic, local, head to tail‚ root to shoot‚ food and craft cocktails that reflect the bounty of Northern California. ☎ 510-809-0400


A classic Sicilian gem in the North Shattuck district.

If a Tuscan trattoria suddenly found itself in Berkeley, what would it be like? Come to Corso to find out. Hand made salumi and pasta, guided by local tastes. Transportation to Florence comes with. Dinner nightly.

☎ 510-848-8748

☎ 510-704-8004





Scratch kitchen & all-American craft bar specializing in gourmet burgers where guests discover a local blend of America’s best.

ZINO is a restaurant destination in Downtown Berkeley that showcases Mediterranean cuisines and entices you with its exotic promise. The artistically-designed interiors are refreshing, drawing on inspiration from the land and sea, creating a colorful social gathering place.

☎ 510-809-8282

☎ 510-225-6466

Gaumenkitzel Enjoy the most diverse German beer and wine selection in the Bay Area, and tickle your taste buds at Gaumenkitzel, the Bay Area’s go-to place for fresh organic German Slow Food. Gaumenkitzel is a 100% renewable energy operated, green business certified, and award-winning restaurant. Guten Appetit und Prost! ☎ 510-647-5016 36

The Berkeley Boathouse Gather with good friends at the Berkeley Boathouse, and enjoy the unparalleled waterfront, skyline views and savor California cuisine delivered with exceptional service. Our locally sourced California style menu blends local ingredients from fishermen and farmers from around the Bay Area. Join us for local brews, wine and craft cocktails. ☎ 510-665-7171


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.

Bobby G’s is a Berkeley institution for fresh handmade pizza, local craft beer, and a community environment. Our flour is from a San Francisco mill, our marinara is organic, our predominately locally sourced and organic ingredients are prepared in-house daily, and our 13 draft beer lines represent Northern California independent breweries.

☎ 510-548-6900

☎ 510-665-8866


TRIPLE ROCK BREWERY & ALEHOUSE Triple Rock opened its doors in March 1986, the creation of brothers John and Reid Martin. For the past 30+ years, they’ve served Berkeley the freshest beer it has ever tasted. Proudly using the finest ingredients to create unique brews every day of the week. ☎ 510-843-2739 | 2020-2021


Every January, the local dining scene kicks it up another notch with Berkeley Restaurant Week. Keep an eye on Visit for dates, participating restaurants, menus and more. WHATEVER THE OCCASION AND CULINARY STYLE, BERKELEY DELIVERS

the GOODS!


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Longbranch Longbranch serves contemporary American Cuisine using seasonal, organic, sustainable, farm fresh ingredients and artisan products. Our Bar features artisan, small batch and local distillers. We also offer 24 beers on tap from Bay Area brewers. Enjoy the huge bar with communal seating, the quieter dining room or the beautiful enclosed garden patio. ☎ 510-984-0518



A farm-to-table French restaurant led by Executive Chef Fabrice Marcon and influenced by California cuisine. Inspiration at Julia’s begins with the bounty of local, sustainable, and organic products available in the Bay Area and highlighted with French culinary techniques.

Paisan is a California-Italian restaurant featuring great salads, antipasti, pasta, artisan pizza, roast chicken, and a wood burning oven. We offer a full bar with a contemporary cocktail program featuring artisan producers, small batch distillers and local brewers. Enjoy our beautiful enclosed patio 365 days a year.

☎ 510-280-1547

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ALMARE GELATO ITALIANO Almare Gelato Italiano specializes in high quality artisan gelato. We have been making all our flavors by hand, fresh, every day in our store. We follow a traditional Italian process that allows ingredients time to blend together, enhancing the flavor of each scoop. We use our own heritage family recipes dating back more that 60 years! At Almare we do not cut corners with artificial flavors or powdered flavors and use only the best imported ingredients from Italy as well as local produce. Almare offers a selection of chocolates and cookies as well as real Italian Espresso! A authentic scoop of Italy in Downtown Berkeley since 2008. ☎ 510-649-1888

JUPITER Jupiter is located on Shattuck Ave (right across from BART) at the center of Downtown Berkeley and is renowned for amazing wood-fired pizzas, two-story restaurant, and expansive outdoor beer garden. And, when you add 30 craft beers on tap, great wine selections, and live jazz, Jupiter is definitely a top hangout spot in Berkeley and the East Bay. ☎ 510-843-8277

THE LOCAL BUTCHER SHOP For a generation, Rivoli’s ever-changing menu is composed with a basic love of dining. Native Wendy Brucker’s food, our service and mid-century decor restores your faith in good works and life. Dinner nightly.

The Local Butcher Shop is dedicated to seasonal, locally-sourced, sustainably-raised fresh meat. We practice whole animal butchery, buying animals directly from local farmers & ranchers located within 150 miles of our shop. All our products are pasture raised,antibiotic and hormone-free, & cut to order by skilled butchers.

☎ 510-526-2542

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Saul’s Restaurant & Deli

Berkeley’s “Counter” Culture Berkeley is a culinary wonderland where the roots of local/sustainable/organic dining took hold in the 1970s at Chez Panisse Restaurant, the vision of the city’s original foodie, Alice Waters. Today, “Alice’s restaurant” remains the jewel in Berkeley’s culinary crown, a wonderful choice both for fine dining downstairs and slightly more casual fare at its upstairs café. It shares its North Shattuck location with a variety of specialty shops, cafés and merchants offering fresh baked goods, cheeses, handmade chocolates and fine wines.

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Extending in every direction, restaurants featuring the cuisines of Thailand,

India, Mexico, Japan, China, Vietnam, Burma, the Mediterranean, Nepal North Africa, and more bring tables of the world to Berkeley. The common thread of these diverse culinary story lines may be how the ingredients, and the farms and ranches that raised them, become the Eureka

Skates on the Bay

Special occasion dining is a local tradition, as well. The Berkeley Marina is the place for a picture window with a bay view; don’t miss the opportunity to catch a sunset over San Francisco and the Golden Gate from the floor-to-ceiling window tables of waterfront restaurants.

Starring local ingredients and a lofty standard for dining at every price point, Berkeley is a foodie-first place to visit! Angeline’s

Skates on the Bay Skates on the Bay is Berkeley’s premier destination restaurant specializing in fresh seafood, oysters and sushi accompanied by a resplendent bay view. ☎ 510-549-1900

CHEESEQUAKES! CheeseQuakes! are handmade from scratch using locally produced specialty ingredients and rBST free dairy to create memorably delicious flavors. Sweet CheeseQuakes! have our own graham cracker and chocolate cookie crumb crusts. Savory CheeseQuakes! have fresh vegetables and herbs in our cream cheese base over a puff pastry crust. ☎ 510-930-8030

DONATO & CO Cucina Italiana with contemporary Italian home made pasta, house cured meats, creative desserts, spacious airy dining room, open kitchen, full bar, organic and biodynamic wines. A true Italian experience. ☎ 510-838-1131

THIRD CULTURE BAKERY Home of the Original Mochi Muffin®, butter mochi donuts, and other foods and drinks inspired by our upbringing as Third Culture Kids—kids who grew up in a culture different than that of their parent’s. Chef Sam Butarbutar and Wenter Shyu started their bakery journey together in 2016, offering pastries reflective of their childhood in Indonesia and Taiwan. Building a bakery to become a symbol of diversity, inclusiveness, and acceptance. | 2020-2021




Welcome to Hana Japan, one of California’s finest teppanyaki style steak and seafood Japanese restaurants. Visit one of our locations and experience the amazing food and exciting atmosphere that is perfect for any evening. Bring your entire family and be entertained.

A 40-year-old Berkeley institution, Nabolom Bakery, recently reborn as Nabolom Bakery & Pizzeria, offers a taste of vintage Berkeley food culture. Come in the morning for pastries and strong coffee; return in the afternoon or evening for uniquely East Bay style pizza. Everything made on site and served to you by humans.

☎ 510-848-8515

☎ 510-845-2253

Riva Cucina

Riva Cucina: the Italian kitchen where land and water meet! Our Northern Italian cuisine, sustainably sourced from nearby farms and waters, is inspired by our chef’s region, Emilia-Romagna. We look forward to the opportunity to warmly provide you and your family and friends an exceptional culinary experience. ☎ 510-841-7482 44

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Revival serves a menu of truly local, seasonal delights, well-sourced and minimally processed, designed to satisfy, replenish, and inspire. We feature excellent original house cocktails, fine spirits, and a lively wine list with local and old world specialties. We host events in our private dining room, and offer the best Happy Hour in Berkeley.

Revival Bar & Kitchen

☎ 510-549-9950


Roman-style pizza. The dough is cold fermented 72 hours and has 80/85% hydration. We offer artisan pizzas, antipasti, salads, dessert, beer & wine! Everyday 11am-8pm! Come Join us!!

Enjoy Tartine’s acclaimed pastries and breads at this sunny café right off our lobby. The menu includes Tartine’s iconic croissants and morning buns as well as heartier sandwiches and toasts for lunch. Coffee comes from local roastery Coffee Manufactory.

☎ 510-529-4548

☎ 510-809-4133


LAVENDER BAKERY & CAFE The Lavender Bakery offers the finest authentic European inspired baked goods, including cakes, cupcakes, pies, desserts, cookies, pastries and many seasonal and occasional items. Custom cakes and mini desserts can be made for Weddings and Events. ☎ 510-529-4433 | 2020-2021



BERKELEY FREEHOUSE Freehouse is an accessible gastro pub, featuring local craft beers and classic cocktails in a fun, sharing and festive atmosphere steeped in Berkeley history and flavor. Come join us around the fire pits, under the heat lamps and stars enjoying good food, good drink and good friends.

Le Bateau Ivre is a charming California-European cuisine restaurant & espresso cafe located in Berkeley since 1972. Full bar, private dining rooms, patio seating, and a fireplace, all housed in a century-old building reminiscent of a French country inn. Just 7 blocks from the UC Berkeley campus, with easy parking on Telegraph Ave.

☎ 510-647-2300

☎ 510-849-1100


HENRY’S AT GRADUATE BERKELEY Henry’s at the Graduate Berkeley is a restaurant and bar that serves locally sourced food and carefully curated cocktails located only steps away from campus. ☎ 510-809-4132 berkeley 46

Ben & Jerry’s Berkeley ice cream shop sits in the heart of the East Bay and is just a few steps away from the UC Berkeley campus. Enjoy several of their world famous ice cream flavors in a sundae, milkshake, cup, or freshly baked waffle cone. They also offer a variety of ice cream catering services and custom made ice cream cakes. ☎ 510-900-2460

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LEMAT ETHIOPIAN RESTAURANT, CAFE AND BAR The best authentic Ethiopian cuisine in the U.S. Come and indulge in the selection of mouth-watering vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and meat dishes, with a full bar. The displays in the restaurant are additional attractions on their own, telling the story of Ethiopia, to many historians the cradle of man kind. ☎ 510-430-2717

Passione (Emporio, Caffé, Pizza & Italian Gelato) Today in small villages in Italy, the Emporio is the center of life. Villagers visit the Emporio daily to socialize, share local happenings, and get their local fresh goods, cheese, pasta, sandwiches, bread and Italian gelato. Passione is bringing a little piece of Italian small village life to you, here in Berkeley. We use the highest quality United States grown artisan flours and grains with the culinary traditions of Italy. Passione is where flour becomes art. ☎ 510-206-8822 Emporio / Pizza ☎ 510-540-7700 Caffé / Gelato | 2020-2021





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libation : an act or instance of drinking often ceremoniously a libation to celebrate b : beverage especially: a drink containing alcohol

Cocktails, craft beer and wine are great ways to unwind in Berkeley. The city is also brimming with plenty of cute cafes to sip on a cup of coffee or tea. Hop between tasting rooms, tea houses, tap rooms, cafes and bars, and you’ve got a Local Libations destination that’s definitely worth the trip! Add a few tastes of Berkeley’s artisan food products along the way for a spirited, only-in-Berkeley culinary adventure. Yes, in Berkeley, we take a broad view of “libations”! Just as it has with food, Berkeley is gaining a reputation for craft beers and critically acclaimed wineries. California leads the nation’s craft brewing industry, producing more craft beer per year than any other state, and Berkeley has tapped into the trend with a notable increase in the number of small, independent, handcrafted breweries opening in the city.


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HOPS STOPS Berkeley has a storied history of beer. America’s craft-brewing renaissance began in Berkeley in the early 1980’s with the establishment of Triple Rock Brewery, one of the country’s original brewpubs. Triple Rock’s IPAX is the award-winning standard for the West Coast IPA style. Housed in an old livery stable from the 1890’s, with interior inspired by the oldest bar in Berlin, Jupiter exudes charm & rare atmosphere. Steps from BART, in the heart of Downtown Berkeley, the tap house restaurant features two levels of seating, a heated beer garden, live music, delicious food & incredible local beer. Some say its fire pit fountain is a 21st century “fountain of youth.” Pacific Standard Taproom is Half Moon Bay Brewing Company’s first outpost for craft beer in the heart of Berkeley. The taproom offers a wide variety of local & regional beers on tap, with up to half of those beers coming from the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company. Also available are ciders, Northern California wines, and a selection of small bites.

Gilman Brewing Company, Fieldwork Brewing, Takara Sake, The Rare Barrel, Hoi Polloi and Trumer Pils also contribute to Berkeley’s true-brew reputation.

URBAN WINE, NATURALLY Natural wines are increasingly popular, vinted with zero or minimum sulphur, then often bottled without stabilization, fining or filtration, to retain the wines’ most vibrant flavors and aromas. In Berkeley, natural winemaking is more than a trend; it’s a sustainable practice that sets a new flavor bar. Nothing is added – no outside nutrients, powdered enzymes, tannins or other popular fermentation agents. The ultimate goal is to bring out the natural expression of the grape. Berkeley wine makers source their fruit from California’s iconic appellations, typically from vineyards with organic and biodynamic farming philosophies. Packed with warehouses, West Berkeley doesn’t exactly fit the wine country tasting room profile. But a closer look reveals more than 10 wineries clustered within a mile, delivering wine-country quality without the pretense or traffic.

Westbrae Biergarten

SAKE, FOR GOODNESS SAKE Takara Sake USA Inc. was established in 1983 as member of Takara Group, Japan’s leading corporation of alcohol-related business and biotechnology. Producing shochu, mirin and sake for more than 150 years, the group has tapped Berkeley for production of its Sho Chiku Bai brand of multiple style sakes, plus flavored sakes, plum sake, and the sweet, golden mirin that’s made with pure snow melt from the Sierra Nevada Mountains and premium rice from the fertile Sacramento Valley. The 2,260-square-foot tasting room is stunning, a Japanese shrine of reclaimed Douglas Fir and blue, granite-finished tile dotted with glass recycled from sake, beer and whiskey bottles.

Try the flight of seven sakes, including the Sho Chiku Bai Kinpaku glittering with gold flakes, then check out the museum next door, to admire sake making tools from the early 20th century.


In 1966, right on the heels of the Free Speech Movement, Alfred Peet began to brew another born-in-Berkeley revolution, this one called craft coffee. Visit the original Peet’s Coffee retail space in North Berkeley, where there’s even a small museum paying homage to Mr. Peet. Sip, inhale, slurp and experience where America’s love affair for coffee culture caught on.

New coffee shops in town include Cafenated, in North Shattuck’s foodie realm, and 1951 Coffee Company on Telegraph Ave. 1951 Coffee Company is a non-profit specialty coffee organization seeking to promote the wellbeing of the refugee community in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is a well-known fact that next to plain water, the most popular drink on earth is tea, and Imperial Tea Court is honored to make many of the world’s finest, rarest, and most highly acclaimed teas available at their teahouse. They invite you to experience the tradition and artistry of one of life’s oldest and most rewarding pleasures - known simply as the way of tea. In the Lorin, Rasa Caffé has a homemade chai that invokes the deities. | 2020-2021


berkeley libations map

1. Gather Bar 2. Jupiter 3. Pacific Standard 4. Triple rock brewery 5. revival bar and kitchen 6. East bay spice company 50

7. zino 8. Freehouse 9. morgan’s bar & lounge 10. henry’s bar and restaurant 11. riva cucina

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12. gaumenkitzel 13. longbranch saloon 14. rasa caffe 15. alchemy collective cafe 16. peet’s coffee 17. cafenated coffee

18. timeless coffee 19. donato & co. 20. berkeley wine block 21. gilman brewing company 22. wine so cru 23. takara sake USA

24. berkeley boathouse 25. Skates on the bay 26. hana japan steak and seafood 27. hoi polloi microbrewery & beat lounge

Pacific Standard Tap Room Pacific Standard Taproom is Half Moon Bay Brewing Company’s first outpost for craft beer in the heart of Berkeley. The taproom offers a wide variety of local & regional beers on tap, with up to half of those beers coming from the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company. Also available are ciders, Northern California wines, and a selection of small bites. ☎ 510-705-1248

Cafenated Coffee Co.

Timeless Coffee serves fresh roasted coffee, fresh in-house made baked goods, both savory and sweet pastries, and chocolates.

Cafenated Coffee Co. is a farm-to-cup coffee roasting company that sources green coffee beans directly from well-established womenrun coffee farm cooperatives in Central America, South America, and Africa. Roasted in Berkeley, our high quality coffees are ethically sourced and support women coffee farmers.

☎ 510-990-6592

☎ 510-989-9662

Timeless Coffee

Takara Sake USA Inc. Takara Sake brewery was established in 1983, 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. Tasting room and Museum open daily except holidays. Mon, Wed-Sun: 12-6pm (last tasting at 5pm) Tue: 12-5pm (last tasting at 4pm). ☎ 510-540-8250 | 2020-2021


berkeley is wine country? naturally! HERE’S HOW: the heart of Napa Valley is 50 miles from downtown Berkeley, with Sonoma wine country just a few vineyards west. This proximity translates to a ready supply of California’s finest fruit for Berkeley’s burgeoning collection of urban wineries. There’s a shared perspective among Berkeley vintners that “vines” back to the food movement championed here by Alice Waters at Chez Panisse, the Berkeley Co-Op, Cheese Board Collective, et al. The extension of natural farming philosophies drives the art of

sustainable, organic & biodynamic farming into the cellar. Most of the wineries here are tightly clustered within a few Gilman District blocks, too, making for an easy winery-hopping tour. Donkey & Goat and Broc Cellars started the trend, and today most of Berkeley’s wineries invite visitors in to tour their spaces, learn about natural winemaking techniques, and taste what all the buzz is about! Farm to Berkeley to bottle. Naturally urban winemaking; it’s happening here. Taste the difference, in Berkeley restaurants, cafes, bars and tasting rooms.

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Broc Cellars

Tracey & Jared Brandt are two of the natural wine pioneers in America! The vineyards are organic and biodynamically farmed and they follow the same principles in the cellar where they craft stunning natural wines in small lots. The Tasting Room is open Fri-Sun, 1-6pm for drop in tastings. Or just stop by to enjoy a glass, flight or bottle. Picnic tables, yard and board games and snacks available for purchase. Plus they host a First Friday Celebration each month from 6-9p with live music, featuring a local artist and food & wine available for purchase (but no charge admission).

Donkey & Goat Winery & Tasting Room

☎ 510-868-9174

Broc Cellars At Broc Cellars we make natural wine — this means we only use spontaneous fermentation, our grapes are grown using organic practices, and no junk is added. Our wines are alive and the experience you get drinking and tasting them will be like no other. We look forward to having you visit our tasting room so we can introduce you to real wine! OPEN Fridays 3-7pm and Saturday + Sundays 1-5pm. Visit our website for more information on wines + events. Contact info@broccellars to inquire about group reservations. ☎ 510-542-9463 53

Blue Ox Wine Co. Blue Ox is focused on crafting traditional-method sparkling wines and Rhone-inspired reds from organic and dry-farmed vineyards along the Mendocino coast as well as Monterey. The old-vine vineyards we work with impart a mineral tension and intensity to our wines. The primary goal is to produce fresh, elegant wines for the table.

Vinca Minor Wine Vinca Minor makes natural wines in Berkeley, with a tasting room open on Fourth Street. ☎ 510-280-1547


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Wine So Cru Wine So Cru is a wine merchant and lounge, offering a curated selection of wines from around the world. Enjoy wine by the glass in our relaxing lounge, or purchase a bottle to take home. Wine So Cru is owned and operated by Nu-Beer Putthongvilai, a Certified Sommelier. Nu-Beer loves sharing her passion for wine and looks forward to meeting you! ☎ 510-280-5583

RASA CAFFE Rasa Caffe offers California’s first and unique, award-winning East Meets West coffee and tea menu. Handmade drinks blending elegant organic spices of India & the Asian diaspora together with classic western standards. Rasa means: essence, flavor, taste, enjoyment, happiness (Sanskrit translation).

WINDCHASER WINE CO. A family-owned urban winery creating unique, hand crafted wines, proudly made in California. Tasting room hours are 1-6, Saturday and Sunday. ☎ 510-990-6173 | 2020-2021


Indian Rock

TOURS, TASTES, Great Times Berkeley is a place with a prismatic range of things to do, reflecting a grand spectrum of available experiences.

Berkeley’s welcoming neighborhood districts create engaging opportunities for travelers of all ages, many within walking distance of the park-like UC Berkeley campus. Outside, Berkeley has miles of open space trails, and at least as many beautiful city parks. Play golf in a sanctuarylike regional park on a heritage championship course, lined with redwoods with “birdies” flying all around. If retail is more your recreational speed, Berkeley brims with one-of-a-kind shops that reflect its creative spirit. Local, independent merchants and artisans offer a bounty of finds, all worthy of a retail renegade’s treasure hunt. Family travelers will discover that the city has much to offer. Tilden Park has several hubs of family attractions, including an antique merry-go-round in the woods, a slice of rural life at Little Farm, and a scale steam train that chugs through stands of towering redwood trees. UC Berkeley endows curious minds of all ages with The Lawrence Hall of Science, an incredible interactive STEM museum. Just kicking it with the kids at a craft beer garden or urban winery with lots of game options works, too.

The Lawrence Hall of Science


Little Farm

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Berkeley is one great place to be a dog. Ample open space, petfriendly hotels, and the world’s original dog park are here. The City of Berkeley established the Experimental Dog Park in Ohlone Park at Hearst/ Grant Streets in 1979. It is widely considered the world’s first. Also known as the Martha Scott Benedict Memorial Park, Ohlone provides a place where dogs can race around off-leash safely, right in the heart of the city. Ohlone is a multi-faceted park with additional play features for humans, too.

California Memorial Stadium

Ohlone Dog Park

At UC Berkeley,

Cal Golden Bear sportING events all happen right on campus in the heart of Berkeley. Historic California Memorial Stadium, Evans Diamond, Haas Pavillion, and Edwards Stadium host competitions August through May.


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Kitchen on Fire Kitchen on Fire offers hands-on cooking experiences in North Berkeley. Chef Olive and professional chef instructors share their knowledge and love for cooking through public classes, team-building and corporate wellness activities in a fun and friendly learning environment. ☎ 510-548-2665

UC BOTANICAL GARDEN AT BERKELEY The East Bay’s one-stop shop for games, toys, activities, and other geeky fun — from the traditional to the obscure, the ancient to the new, with regular and special gaming events year-round!

The UC Botanical Garden is a living museum of plants with one of the most diverse collections in the world, including many rare and endangered plants. Open to the public yearround, the Garden has over 11,000 different kinds of plants from around the world, cultivated by region in naturalistic landscapes over its 34 acres.

☎ 510-540-7822

☎ 510-643-2755



The Lawrence Hall of Science For over 50 years serving as UC Berkeley’s public science center, the Lawrence Hall of Science has inspired visitors to explore the world of science through innovative and engaging learning experiences, exhibits, planetarium shows, films and much more. Visit the Lawrence and explore new frontiers in science with a good dose of fun. ☎ 510-642-5132


LAIR OF THE GOLDEN BEAR The Lair of the Golden Bear was founded in 1948 after the war years to rekindle spirits and brings in almost 9,000 campers annually. Located in Pinecrest—about three hours from Berkeley—the Lair has welcomed generations of families to its summer camp sessions. ☎ 510-900-8255 60

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Come enjoy local and international vendors selling artwork, handmade crafts, antiques, and collectibles along with food trucks serving ethnic cuisine and beverages. Every weekend, the market celebrates nearly 50 years of diverse cultural history with music, art, and community. Conveniently located at the Ashby Bart Station, all are welcome.

San Francisco’s local experts to sightseeing! Join Tower Tours on a variety of excursions aboard our newest fleet of comfortable and luxurious motor coaches. Trips to California’s redwoods, the Napa and Sonoma, drive down California scenic coastline to Monterey & Carmel, plus much more! Use Code: “VISITBERKELEY” and receive 15% OFF Bus Tours!

☎ 510-644-0744

☎ 415-345-TOUR (8687)

Edible Excursions Edible Excursions is an award-winning walking food tour company offering culinary experiences in San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland. Led by founder LIsa Rogovin and her team of knowledgeable food industry professional guides, taking guests behind the scenes into the best of the Bay Area’s acclaimed food communities. ☎ 415-806-5970

Cal Discoveries Travel Expand your horizons. A time-honored tradition since 1969, Cal Discoveries Travel creates learning opportunities for thoughtful travelers. Join great minds on our world-class journeys. ☎ 510-900-8222 caldiscoveries | 2020-2021


Each of the ten Berkeley districts offers opportunity to discover the fun and funky sides of things to do in Berkeley.

Maps & Neighborhoods Berkeley is composed of ten unique districts within the city limits. Each district offers opportunity to discover the fun and funky sides of things to do in Berkeley. From the vibrant arts & cult ure hub that is Downtown Berkeley, to the foodie adventures of North Shattuck, to the historic Free Speech & Flower Power swagger of Telegraph Avenue. Spend time exploring each district and discover the bones of Berkeley. VISITBERKELEY.COM/MAPS-NEIGHBORHOODS


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CITY OF NEIGHBORHOODS Berkeley’s retail districts elevate the city through their Independent mantras and moods. Welcome to our neighborhoods!




Berkeley’s vibrant city center, famous for its thriving performing and visual arts scene, is bursting with hip spots to eat and drink, and serves as a regional transportation hub. Here, you will also find the Berkeley Visitor Information Center for free maps, brochures, discount coupons and certified Berkeley experts.

The Gilman District is a thriving medley of the creativity, craftsmanship and eclectic community that makes Berkeley such a diverse, unique and vibrant city. A hub of craft brewing, urban wineries, dining, live music, arts and more in northwest Berkeley.

Solano Avenue has an enchanting array of restaurants, indie shops, personal service providers and professionals. The Avenue runs a full mile, encompassing two cities and a laid-back, sun-drenched local vibe. The Solano Stroll happens the second Sunday every September, a National Local Legacy.

ELMWOOD DISTRICT The Elmwood district is a local treasure and Berkeley’s oldest commercial district. Its proximity to UC Berkeley and the historic Claremont Hotel make it the perfect destination to window-shop, discover unique gifts and enjoy award-winning cuisine and entertainment. The Elmwood’s walkable, treelined avenues create a hip, Main Street feel.

FOURTH STREET Fourth Street is Berkeley’s chic shopping destination featuring fine dining and unique retailers that offer creative merchandise and contemporary design, special street events and live music on the weekends. The tree-lined sidewalks, sophisticated boutiques, on-trend retail and festive atmosphere are charm exemplified.

THE LORIN Berkeley’s Lorin District is one of the oldest, most diverse, artistic and transit accessible commercial districts in the city. Eclectic mingling of independent merchants, showcasing artistry, innovation, and community, The Lorin has carved itself out as Berkeley’s buzzy arts district, easily accessible via the Ashby BART Station.

NORTH SHATTUCK The heart of Berkeley’s world-renowned culinary scene, and the home of famous chef Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse and the original Peet’s Coffee. Cradle of Cali cuisine, food and art cooperatives, and homegrown enterprises, the North Shattuck district is above all, a foodie wonderland.

TELEGRAPH AVENUE Berkeley’s iconic street at the intersection of the city’s past, present and future, with an eclectic retail scene and historic landmarks, set against a backdrop of college life and tie-dye. With 85 eateries and book, music and game emporiums – the “Republic of Telegraph” has an app-based historical walking tour that shares stories from people who were on the flower power frontline.

WEST BERKELEY DESIGN LOOP West Berkeley has the highest concentration of design and building professionals and home improvement merchants in the Bay Area. Design and construct a home or building from the ground up with the resources here, and furnish it too. From concept to completion, the West Berkeley Design Loop delivers the goods! | 2020-2021


Downtown Berkeley Downtown Berkeley is a bustling vibrant city center for foodies, art lovers and theatre goers from all over the world. Right next to the Cal campus and a major BART station, Downtown Berkeley is a rich and unique place to visit, play and live! ☎ 510-549-2230 64

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The Elmwood District The Elmwood district is a local treasure. This two-block shopping and dining-centric area is Berkeley’s oldest commercial district, and its proximity to UC Berkeley and the historic Claremont Hotel make it the perfect destination to discover unique gifts and enjoy award winning cuisine and entertainment. 65


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Fourth Street Berkeley’s Fourth Street is a world-class shopping destination featuring fine dining and upscale retailers that offer unique merchandise and contemporary design, special street events and live music on the weekends. ☎ 510-644-3002 67


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Gilman District The Gilman District is a thriving medley of the creativity, craftsmanship and eclectic community that makes Berkeley such a unique and vibrant city. Whether shopping, sampling artisan beers and organic wines, attending an open studio, taking classes or simply enjoying a delicious dinner before some live music, Gilman has got it all! 69


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Telegraph Ave. Telegraph Berkeley is a community of 10,000 and the gateway to the UC Berkeley campus. We are merchants, street vendors, residents, students, visitors, pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists. We are people who eat, talk, pray, read, sleep, and make music. We offer a diverse array of eateries, murals public art installations, unique shops, late-night entertainment, and free, open-air street festivals. Join us in celebrating what makes Telegraph Berkeley a vibrant, beautiful, place to spend some time. ☎ 510-486-2366 71

MICROGUIDES Visit Berkeley has created a collection of more than 20 digital travel “Microguides” to the city for suggestions on where to go and what to do. Check them out and find your Berkeley on the “Things to Do” page at The Microguides (created by local travel experts Bravo Your City!) are free to download via Apple iBooks and Amazon Kindle, too.


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If you’re already in Berkeley (well done!), make your way to the Berkeley Visitor Information Center, convenientally located at 2030 Addison Street in downtown Berkeley. Here you’ll find free maps, visitor guides, coupons for local businesses, and friendly staff ready to share their knowledge on what’s currently happening all around the city.

Really, there’s no such thing as a “typical” Berkeley vacation. For every individual traveler, there are spectral options. It really just depends on how you like to spin your prism!

North Shattuck The restaurants, boutiques, and galleries along Shattuck Ave. and Vine St. in North Berkeley emphasize sustainability and artisan production. Home of Chez Panisse, who sparked the farm-to-table movement, the original Peet’s Coffee and The Cheese Board, the area’s sidewalk cafes, bakeries, and fine food purveyors lend the area a European ambiance. ☎ 510-540-6444

Solano Avenue The Avenue runs a full mile, encompassing two cities, Berkeley and Albany, and incorporating an abundance of local, independently owned shops, restaurants and interesting enterprises. Solano Avenue is one of Berkeley’s most walkable districts, where window shopping, meeting up with friends, enjoying a new culinary experience, or stopping for a drink are all in play. ☎ 510-527-5358 73


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city’s eastern boundary. To the west are the San Francisco Bay, wetland habitat, wildlife sanctuary and the Berkeley Marina. César Chávez 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 & 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. The Marina’s 52 acres of water and 1,100 berths can safely accommodate crafts from 16’ to 84,’ protected by an entrance breakwater. A fleet of sport fishing charter boats are berthed here, as is Tideline, the Berkeley-based S.F. Bay commute and charter


ferry service. Additional aquatic enterprises stationed here include the 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-inBerkeley 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, a 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 ecology-themed festival includes environmental education as well as handson activities like sailboat rides and dragon boat tours of the Bay.

The Marina bLooms every late July when Berkeley’s Kite Festival takes to the sky with spectacular 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 Berkeley’s western edge via AC Transit’s bus service. | 2020-2021


UC BERKELEY: Let There Be Light UC Berkeley is the original campus of the University of California system. Founded in 1868 and firmly established as one of the world’s most prestigious public universities, the UC Berkeley campus is an urban oasis that preserves much of the tranquil beauty of California’s early years.

As such, the Cal campus also serves as Berkeley’s unofficial “central park,” with historic architecture and wide, landscape-lined walking paths that cross campus to connect downtown Berkeley with the neighboring Telegraph Avenue, North Shattuck and Downtown districts. Visitors are welcome! Start your campus visit at the Koret Visitor Center, located at 2227 Piedmont Avenue in Berkeley, on Goldman Plaza of the historic California Memorial Stadium. Interactive maps, historic timelines and video profiles show why Cal’s motto is “Let there be light.” SATHER TOWER (1915) 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 61bell 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 an 8,500seat amphitheater set into the Berkeley 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 amphitheater at Epidaurus, Greece, as a model, but also includes Roman elements. 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 that 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, 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. SATHER GATE (1910) is a famous Berkeley 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. BANCROFT LIBRARY (1905) The Bancroft Library is the primary special collections library at the University of California, Berkeley. It is one of the largest and most heavily used libraries of manuscripts, rare books, and unique materials in the United States. The library holds the Mark Twain Papers, the single largest collection of original documents by and about the author: notebooks, correspondence, autobiographical and other manuscripts, lifetime editions, and related materials. General editor, Robert Hirst, points out that Twain was a “lifelong, inveterate and ambitious traveler.” It was Twain, after all, who famously said “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” MORRISON LIBRARY (1928) The Morrison Library, located inside the larger Doe Library, is a traditional library reading room, providing an ambient atmosphere to take a break from the rigors of academic life. Its vaulted ceilings

and long wooden reading tables serve as a quiet refuge for students and visitors alike. With Turkish rugs and tufted couches, this technology-free space remains a place where visitors can read current periodicals and listen to record players via headphones. 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 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. HAAS PAVILION (1999) is named for 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. THE KORET VISITOR CENTER California Memorial Stadium, 510-642-5215, The Koret Visitor Center is open weekdays 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, and Saturday / Sunday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, excluding holidays and special events. UC Berkeley Visitor Services offers free walking tours of the campus almost every day of the year. Led by Cal student guides, 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; group tours are available by special arrangement.




Berkeley’s architectural wonders build the city’s status as one of the West’s best-designed small cities. Starting with the University of California campus at its heart and radiating outward with architectural aplomb, Berkeley’s buildings stand not only as masterworks of design but portals into the city’s surprisingly rich historic legacy. Lovers of “good bones” will revel in Berkeley’s architectural heritage. The University of California’s early-20th century buildings make a wonderful walking tour. Four of Berkeley’s leading hotels have significant architectural merit: the Julia Morgan-designed Berkeley City Club (1930), dubbed the “Little Castle” to Hearst Castle (its flashy and famed sister property on the Central Coast); the Hotel Shattuck Plaza (1910), a stylish boutique property in the heart of downtown Berkeley; the Bancroft Hotel (1928), a wonderful Craftsman style property; and the Graduate Berkeley (1928), formerly the Hotel Durant, where the college-town spirit is strong. California’s first woman licensed to practice architecture, American Institute of Architects Gold Medalist Morgan designed the Berkeley City Club. Ms. Morgan was also one of the first women to study civil engineering at UC Berkeley, and the first woman to attend and complete the program at the prestigious Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. A tireless worker, Ms. Morgan designed more than 700 buildings. Fun fact: two of Julia’s favorite food groups were coffee and chocolate! Additional highlight buildings include the First Church of Christ, Scientist (Bernard Maybeck, 1910), Thorsen House (Greene & Greene, 1908), Sather Tower (or the Campanile, UC Berkeley, John Galen Howard, 1915), St. John’s Presbyterian Church (now Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, Julia Morgan, 1908/10), and the Berkeley Public Library (James Plachek, 1930). Resources for visitors to engage with Berkeley’s architectural heritage include self-guided walks that bring more than 150 years of city history to life. Stop by the Berkeley Visitor Information Center at 2030 Addison Street downtown for Berkeley Walks, 41 Berkeley Walking Tours, and Berkeley and its Pathways Map and “time-travel” through Berkeley!

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Church of the Good Shepherd, 1878

The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Berkeley, 1910

South Hall, UC Berkeley, 1873

Thorsen House, 1909

Berkeley City Club

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wonder Berkeley street art comes in many mediums. Maybe the most vibrant are the outsized vertical canvasses of local muralists, who paint a pretty picture as they comment on politics, community and local culture. Check out just a few examples of this vibrant, ever-evolving art form on the streets of Berkeley.


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Picture yourself in Berkeley


OUT, ABOUT, OVER & AROUND Fine weather in every season, forested foothills, and a sparkling San Francisco Bay setting make Berkeley a fantastic place for outdoor recreation. With terrain that stretches from the western edge of San Francisco Bay to the crest of the East Bay hills, Berkeley offers a rich realm of outdoor possibilities.

City and regional parks and greenbelt open space add to the year-round, open-air festival of fun. The City of Berkeley has more than 50 parks under its charge, enough to visit a different park every week of the year. Some of these parks are huge; others are considered “pocket parks,” no more than 300 square feet. Part of the charm of Berkeley lies in its natural setting: shimmering hills studded with eucalyptus trees; foothill blocks where giant granite outcroppings provide places for climbing and watching the sun set over the Golden Gate Bridge; and blankets of thick, marine layer fog flowing seasonally from the Pacific Ocean. Berkeley has lyrical public gardens. The University of California, Berkeley Botanical Garden showcases plants of the world including a Chinese Medicinal Herb Garden


and Rainforest House. The Botanic Garden at Tilden Regional Park grows the largest collection of California native plants in the world including California Redwoods. The Berkeley Rose Garden is a serene place with an ever-blooming collection of its thorny, fragrant namesake. It also offers four excellent public tennis courts with Golden Gate Bridge views that might prove too distracting to keep an eye on the ball.

Women’s and men’s soccer matches are goalworthy at Edwards Stadium, right next door to Evans Diamond. This is the hallowed pitch where US Olympian Alex Morgan played with passion for the Cal Bears!

At UC Berkeley, Cal events all happen right on campus in the heart of Berkeley. Historic California Memorial Stadium is an unforgettable NCAA football venue, tucked into scenic Strawberry Canyon and the Berkeley Hills. Cal’s Evans Diamond is a jewel box of a baseball stadium, located immediately adjacent to downtown Berkeley, as is Haas Pavilion where women’s and men’s basketball tips off.

Ready to play? Berkeley offers a bounty of options for hiking, biking, golf, and more. Tilden Regional Park is widely considered the crown jewel of the East Bay Regional Park District, comprising more than 2,000 acres. Fly a kite at the Berkeley Marina, walk around redwoods at a botanic garden, fling a Frisbee or climb massive rocks –


The Tilden Park Golf Course, an 18-hole championship affair built in 1937, wends its way through the park’s redwoods and pines, and features a multi-tier driving range.

Berkeley’s got game.

UC Botanical Garden

Berkeley Rose Garden

Berkeley Marina

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the berkeley Agenda Berkeley is an inspiring destination for meetings, events, and celebrations. A culinary and cultural hub, socially and politically progressive, Berkeley sets the stage with 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 university-town climate of thought leadership. After all, this is the home of the University of California and the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement. Powered by its people, Berkeley is a tasty hub for foodies. Once here, groups will find a compact, walkable city of welcoming neighborhoods to explore. With exceptional service, a multitude of accommodation options and exciting after-agenda group activities, Berkeley has true event-appeal. Berkeley meeting and celebration hotels include the Bancroft Hotel, the Berkeley City Club, DoubleTree by Hilton Berkeley Marina, Graduate Berkeley, Hotel Shattuck Plaza, La Quinta Inn & Suites, and Rose Garden Inn. In addition, Berkeley offers meeting planners dramatic non-hotel venues. Local meeting and event locations include the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, David Brower Center, Ed Roberts Campus, Clark Kerr Conference Center, California Memorial Stadium, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, The Lawrence Hall of Science, and the UC Botanical Garden. And Berkeley’s famed restaurants offer a number of great options for private dining and events. Berkeley’s location on the edge of the East Bay makes it a great transportation hub as well. Groups can fly into the region’s convenient gateway of Oakland International Airport (OAK), just 14 miles out and offering one-ticket transfers via BART, the Bay Area’s commuter rail service. San Jose and San Francisco airports work well, too.

Visit Berkeley’s group sales team can amplify the destination with expert assistance and support including site selection, tour recommendations, transportation options, convention services and more.



David Brower Center

DoubleTree by Hilton Berkeley Marina

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Hotel Meeting & Banquet Facilities Total Square Ft./Capacity

Meetings, Banquets & Special Events

Bancroft Hotel 4,000 2680 Bancroft Way, 94704, 510.549-1000,

Alumni House 5,200 1 Alumni House, 94720, 510-900-8225,

Total Square Ft.

Berkeley City Club 8,500 2315 Duranve Ave, 94704, 510-848-7800,

Berkeley Repertory Theatre Varies 2025 Addison St., 94704, 510-647-2957,

DoubleTree by Hilton Berkeley Marina 24,000 200 Marina Blvd., 94710, 510-548-7920,

CoWorking With Wisdom 2222 Harold Way, 94704, 510-809-4657,


Easton Hall Guest House & Conference Center 1,500 2401 Ridge Road, 94709, 510-204-0732,

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


Ed Roberts Campus 8,500 Graduate Berkeley 2,000 3075 Adeline Way, 94703, 510-225-6300, 2600 Durant Ave., 94704, 510-845-8981, Hearst Memorial Gymnasium 80,000 Hotel Shattuck Plaza 7,500 200 Hearst Gym, 94720, 510-642-3288, Allston Way, 94704, 510-845-7300, al-gymnasium-rentals

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


Restaurants w/Private Banquet Facilities


Agrodolce 1730 Shattuck Ave., 94709, 510-848-8748,


Freehouse 12 2700 Bancroft Way, 94704, 510-647-2300,

Hana Japan Steak & Seafood 235 University Ave., 94710, 510-848-8515,



UC Berkeley Event Services, ASUC Student Union 14,459 2495 Bancroft Way, 94720, 510-642-1141,

Longbranch 2512 San Pablo Ave., 94702, 510-984-0518,


Revival Bar + Kitchen 40 2102 Shattuck Ave., 94704, 510-549-9950,


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The UC Theatre 17,500 2036 University Ave., 94704, 510-356-4000,

La Bateau Ivre 2629 Telegraph Ave., 94704, 510-849-1100,


The Faculty Club 6,200 1 Minor Lane, 94720, 510-540-5678,

UC Berkeley Events and Conferences 30,000 2601 Warring St., 94720, 510-42-4444,

Skates on the bay 100 Seawall Dr., 94710, 510-549-1900,

The Lawrence Hall of Science 56,000 1 Centennial Dr., 94720, 510-642-2275,

Riva Cucina 800 Heinz Ave., 94710, 510-841-7482,

International House 6,000 2299 Piedmont Ave., 94720, 510-642-0589,


UC Botanical Garden 3,700 200 Centennial Dr., 94720, 510-643-2755,

David Brower Center The David Brower Center provides a home for the environmental movement by advocating for the beauty, diversity and ecological integrity of Earth. We offer free annual environmental art exhibitions, related public programming, and host hundreds of sustainable meetings and events per year in a stunning LEED Platinum building. ☎ 510-809-0900

Goldman Theater, David Brower Center


UC Berkeley Events and Conferences Full-service support in a uniquely beautiful setting.We provide event coordination, catering, and overnight accommodations in the summer. ☎ 510-643-4314 eventsandconferences.

COWORKING WITH WISDOM A new way of working has come to Berkeley. What if you could have the best productivity, mindfulness, and wellness classes right at your fingertips? CoWorking with Wisdom decided the world needed a new kind of coworking space where work is balanced with ancient wisdom, mindful practice, and whole-person embodiment. ☎ 510-809-1532 88

INTERNATIONAL HOUSE A world-class venue offering full service catering on the UC Berkeley campus for conferences, banquets, performances and more. International House’s mission is to foster intercultural respect and leadership for a more tolerant and peaceful world. ☎ 510-642-0589

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CAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION The Cal Alumni Association (CAA) was founded in 1872 by the original graduates of the University of California, Berkeley. Based at Alumni House in the heart of the UC Berkeley campus, CAA serves the university and a community of more than half a million alumni. ☎ 510-900-8225

THE FACULTY CLUB In a quiet, wooded glade on the Berkeley campus close to everything but removed from the crowds and chatter - is a treasure most people know little about. The Faculty Club is an ideal setting for both private & professional events. We host and cater a wide array of events, ranging from small luncheons to elaborate weddings and receptions. ☎ 510-280-1547

UC BERKELEY EVENT SERVICES Hold your event at one of our stunning venues on the UC Berkeley campus. We serve the Bay Area community by providing high quality event planning and support services in an attractive environment that emanates exceptionally positive experiences. ☎ 510-642-1141

PATRICK CIVELLO PHOTOGRAPHY Patrick Civello Photography provides fine art and stock photography services, which include landscapes, cityscapes, food, travel, and promotional photography for local businesses.


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Hearst Memorial Gymnasium on the UC Berkeley campus offers small and large venue spaces including gyms, dance studios, yoga studios, poolside events and conference rooms. | 2020-2021


Getting around Berkeley,

The Bay and beyond A regional transportation hub, Berkeley is a 15- to 30-minute drive (depending on time of day) from downtown San Francisco via freeway; Berkeley borders the city of Oakland and is about 1.5 hours north of San Jose by car. Oakland International Airport is the closest airport to Berkeley, approximately 14 miles away. San Francisco International and San Jose International airports also serve Berkeley. Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) trains serve three stations within Berkeley; BART trains run from Berkeley to Oakland International and San Francisco International airports with seamless, one-ticket connections. AC Transit is the region’s modern bus transportation system. In addition, 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 stops and fare information. Scheduled Amtrak and bus services are also available for travel to, from and within Berkeley, the greater San Francisco Bay Area, and points beyond. Berkeley also offers the traveler a wide selection of rental car centers, most located within walking distance of downtown Berkeley and the University of California. Rideshare app services are prevalent in Berkeley and a taxicab line is located near Downtown Berkeley BART Station, on Center St and Shattuck Ave. Bay transportation options continue to rise with the tide, increasing ferry service between San Francisco and the East Bay. Tideline is an official small scale ferry and on-demand service operating from the Berkeley Marina to multiple locations in San Francisco. Tideline is dedicated to providing an easier way to get around the San Francisco Bay, linking cities and towns that do not have large scale ferry terminals with a dynamic fleet. The San Francisco Bay Ferry provides weekday, weekend holiday and seasonal services from San Francisco to two East Bay terminals: Oakland and Richmond.

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GIG CAR SHARE GIG Car Share is car sharing made easy, with fuel, insurance, and parking included. ☎ 1-800-464-0889

AMTRAK SAN JOAQUINS Amtrak San Joaquins takes you up and down the Valley between Bakersfield and the East Bay. Plus, Amtrak Thruway Bus services connects you to 135 destinations in California and Nevada. ☎ 1-800-USA-RAIL 92

Tideline Marine Group Tideline is the official small scale ferry for the Port of San Francisco since 2012. Tideline offers commute, event and charter services, with over 20 landing locations around the bay, including the Berkeley Marina. ☎ 415-339-0196

Zipcar Zipcar is the world’s leading car-sharing network. We provide on-demand access to cars by the hour or the day in the Bay Area and around the globe. ☎ 866-4ZIPCAR


VISITOR & COMMUNITY SERVICES Visit Berkeley operates a full-service Visitor Information Center, one block northwest of the Downtown Berkeley BART station. Brochures, literature, maps, visitor guides and information are here:


Berkeley Post Office

Berkeley Visitor Information Center 2030 Addison Street, Ste 102, Berkeley, CA 94704 Toll free: 800-847-4823 Office: 510-549-7040 Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00am-5:00pm, excluding Holidays.

koret visitor center California Memorial Stadium Berkeley, CA 94704 510-642-5215 UC Berkeley’s Koret Visitor Center is located at California Memorial Stadium and open daily (excluding holidays and special events).


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


dividual’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.

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center 2450 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705 510-204-4444

Berkeley Chamber of Commerce

U.S. Post Office (Main)

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

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

Berkeley Central Library 2090 Kittredge Street, Berkeley, CA 94704 510-981-6100 Berkeley Public Library supports independent learning, personal growth, and the in-

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City Hall Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center. 2180 Milvia Street, Berkeley, CA 94704 510-981-2489

CURRENCY EXCHANGE INTERNATIONAL CXI specializes in foreign currency exchange. We buy and sell more than 90 foreign currencies, buy US and foreign travelers cheques, and can hold currency in stock for you daily (a plus for late planners). CXI also sells multi-currency cash passport travel cards, and gold bullion coins and bars. CXI offers a convenient service with great exchange rates. ☎ 510-704-1900 berkeleycurrency

Fern’s Garden More than a gift store, Fern’s Garden is an affordable place to find the work of American and fair trade artisans. Fern’s mission is to ensure that all artisans receive fair wages for their work. You’ll find wind chimes, jewelry, wall and garden art, incense, mugs, stickers, signs, tiles, bird feeders, greeting cards, crystals, toys and much more. ☎ 510-529-4848



Bring some Berkeley home with you. Metro Lighting offers locally designed and handcrafted lighting and glass. Many items are made-to-order and can ship anywhere. Locally owned and 100% solar-powered, the showroom is as much a gallery as a store. Fixtures are fabricated on-site, and glass is crafted in small studios across Northern California.

Anton Salon provides highly skilled professional services and a quality experience in a clean, elegant environment. We offer the convenience of one place for hair, nails, makeup and waxing, and use only top quality, environmentally friendly products in all of our services. Hotel guests and locals accommodated with little advance notice.

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MARU HAIR SALON We build and expand on the inner beauty of our guests by celebrating the individual self. Communication is essential to understanding your lifestyle, hair needs and personal style to create the perfect look for you. We create with integrity and professionalism and know there is power in looking and feeling your best. ☎ 510-549-3610



M. Lowe & Co. is fine jewelry store in the heart of North Berkeley since 1987 specializing in engagement, contemporary, and antique styles. The treasure chest-like curation showcases the brilliance and dynamism fine jewelry has to offer. Come explore our ever-evolving collection and ask our gemology team all of your fine jewelry questions.

Well crafted, sustainable teak furniture and artisan goods for the modern home. Serving the San Francisco Bay Area. Uchi means home in Japanese. At Uchi we strive to create a space where we can share our love of color, texture and design. We hope to inspire fun and creative ways to adorn your home and your life.

☎ 510-486-0613

☎ 510-775-7580


Book publishing company that creates travel books with a twist, intriguing books on current affairs, and lovely coffee-table and cafe-table books.

Relocating? Want to buy or sell a home for the best possible price? Our analytical, marketing and negotiation expertise makes it happen! Visit and Yelp reviews, read glowing testimonials by delighted clients, then contact us for a private consultation. We specialize in representing engineers, scientists, attorneys and physicians.

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TALAVERA CERAMICS AND TILE Beautiful, unique, handcrafted Talavera table and garden ware, tiles, folk arts and crafts, imported from Mexico. ”Everyone is talking about Talavera” — SF Chronicle ☎ 510-665-6038 96

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BERKELEY BORN In Berkeley, there’s a spirit of innovation that comes with the college town setting. It’s a dynamic place where things are discovered, invented and reinvented. This climate of thought leadership fosters amazing discoveries and “Berkeley Firsts.”

Here’s a (very!) partial list of things born in Berkeley: • Gourmet coffee (Peet’s Coffee & Tea, est. 1966) • California Cuisine (Alice Waters / Chez Panisse Restaurant, 1971) • Dog parks (Ohlone Dog Park, est. 1979) • Computer mouse (UC Berkeley, 1963) • The Sierra Club (co-founded by John Muir; UC Berkeley professor Joseph LeConte, et al, 1892) • Vitamin E (co-discovery by UC Berkeley anatomy profes sor Herbert M. Evans and Dr. Katharine S. Bishop, 1922) •

Cyclotron (Ernest O. Lawrence designs the first cyclotron, launching the scientific use of particle physics to discover the fundamental structure of matter; major impact on the treatment of diseases, 1931)

• Flu vaccine (influenza-virus vaccine developed during WWII by Berkeley biochemist Wendell M. Stanley and colleagues, 1940s) • Hot tubs (The Jacuzzi Co., West Berkeley, 1915) • Disability rights (first curb-cut, downtown Berkeley, 1972) • Beta-Endorphins (that feelin’ groovy substance produced in the brain that acts as a pain killer, UC Berkeley/Choh Hao Li, 1978). • Birth of biotech (first biotechnology company, Cetus, founded by Donald Glaser, winner of the 1960 Nobel Prize in Physics, 1971) • Wet suits (Hugh Bradner, UC Berkeley, 1952) • Listener-supported radio (KPFA, 1949) • Free Speech Movement (Sproul Plaza, UC Berkeley, 1964) • Berkelium (Bk on periodic table, UC Berkeley, 1949). In fact, Berkeley is a real periodic chart topper with credit for discovery of 16 elements (about 14% of the known periodic table). In addition to Berkelium, there’s californium, seaborgium, lawrenceium, and more! || 2020-2021 2020-2021

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