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Berkeley is where I call home these days. It's a town that is constantly surprising you - hippie haven, university-town, foodie central, there is something for everyone in Berkeley.
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1782 Fourth St, Berkeley, CA 94710, USA
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Cafe Rouge is a great neighborhood bistro in the 4th Street shop area that serves French classics such as steak-frites and rotisserie chicken as well as fresh seafood including a nightly oyster happy hour. They have a great meat counter also where...
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2130 Center St, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA
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Amazing Izakaya (japanese bar food) in downtown berkeley. Yakitori, Soba, great sake....Totally authentic and cool staff.
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1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709, USA
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When my friends came to visit from abroad this was the first place I had to take them. Bay Area locals can't get enough of this co-op run, cheap, gourmet pizza! This particular pizza was a delicious combo of gruyere cheese, cilantro, garlic, corn...
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200 Centennial Dr, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
The Botanical Garden in Berkeley is small enough that it's kid-friendly. Packing a lunch and having a picnic is a must.
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1836 Fourth St, Berkeley, CA 94710, USA
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Berkeley's 4th Street shopping area offers 3 blocks of unique shops and restaurants. Some of my favorite spots are The Gardener for gardening accesories and housewares, Nest for beautiful gift items and linens, and Bette's Oceanview Diner for...
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2900 College Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705, USA
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This café was originally Ozzie's Fountain, a Berkeley landmark since 1921. The café still retains its retro feeling with the original Ozzie counter. Additional seating at tables are available indoors and outside. The Elmwood is open for breakfast,...
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1603 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702, USA
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Using Sightglass coffee, Bartavelle serves the BEST latté in Berkeley! Opened in late 2012 this unassuming café already has a local following. Small place with stand-up only zinc counters inside plus outdoor seating. The small plate menu uses...
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900 Murray St, Berkeley, CA 94710, USA
Walking into Urban Ore for the first time is an assault on the senses. To each their own on any treasure hunt here, in the space that just keeps on going. Row after row, drawer after shelf, the amount of discarded items (spared from landfills)...
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1200 Euclid Ave, Berkeley, CA 94708, USA
This city-owned park in Berkeley will steal your heart, even before you find the stone slide! While I was exploring the park for the first time, I'd already been wowed by the little league park of my dreams, the magical Redwood trail running...
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2944 College Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705, USA
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Studying, visiting, day-tripping in Berkeley? All reasons to refuel the body with much needed carbs and sugar, or unconventional salads. At Summer Kitchen everything is made on site - my personal faves are the chocolate chip cookies and upside...
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1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709, USA
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This is a very special place in Berkeley for several reasons. First the cheese and the pizza - which draws huge lines - are amazing! But its location in Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto directly across the street from Chez Panisse is cemented in history...
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Berkeley Marina, Berkeley, CA, USA
One of the best sunset views in the Bay Area can be found in the Berkeley Marina. Once you've parked your car, head out to the southwestern most edge and walk up the hill. You'll be rewarded with a colorful view, come sunset. It's the perfect...
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Centennial Dr, Berkeley, CA, USA
The view of San Francisco from high above the Berkeley hills on Centennial drive at the Lawrence Hall of Science is work the drive or bike, UP. This is a public science center that offers many cool, hands-on learning opportunities for kids and...
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2049 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702, USA
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Welcome to my new favorite, neighborhood cafe near the intersection of University and San Pablo Ave. in Berkeley. The space is inviting (both inside and out), the communal tables and cozy chairs plentiful and the Four Barrel coffee delicious with...
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200 Centennial Dr, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
I had heard that the botanical garden at UC Berkeley in Berkeley, California, was worth visiting, but I didn't expect it to be so beautiful. Set among the hills that rise above the city, the botanical garden seems to go on and on, one beautiful...
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1807 Fourth St, Berkeley, CA 94710, USA
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Don't let the name of the diner fool you- there's no ocean view on Fourth Street in Berkeley, but after one glimpse at the menu, you won't mind. Bette's in an institution and many of my colleagues over on Cedar St will admit to being a patron even...
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Berkeley, CA, USA
This has become my go-to plan for friends visiting the area. It includes fine French takeout dining from Gregoire's on Cedar and Shattuck, and a one mile walk up to the best local sunset view you'll ever find (smack dab in the middle of a Berkeley...
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1410, 1475 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709, USA
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Saul's Restaurant & Deli serves many New York deli delights but nothing beats their pastrami! When you sit down you get a plate of pickles as you peruse the massive menu - if it is supposed to be in a deli it is on that menu. Have a diner...
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1820 Fourth St, Berkeley, CA 94710, USA
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Zut! in Berkeley has a great bar where Berkeley locals like to gather. The menu is seasonal - there is always a fresh vegetable, like these fava beans - that are available tempura style. They have great pizzas, local wines and a dessert menu that...
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2865 Seventh Street, Berkeley, CA 94710, USA
Mint Leaf Vietnamese restaurant in Berkeley is situated where the old Scharffen Berger Chocolate factory used to be. The building with its beautiful brick and large glass windows is perfect for a cold rice noodle salad with Vietnamese iced coffee...
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2390 Fourth St, Berkeley, CA 94710, USA
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The original street food, chaat means to lick and is common all over India. Vik's on 4th Street in Berkeley probably serves the best chaat in the Unites States. It is a no muss no fuss restaurant, a warehouse actually. Served in paper airline...
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Jewel Lake, California 94708, USA
There are miles upon miles of trails and hikes to choose from in Tilden Park, high up in the Berkeley Hills and I always love to start and finish many of the classic afternoons here by swinging through the Redwood groves that are on the western...
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Lake Anza, California 94708, USA
If you live in the East Bay and you have a dog that loves a good dip in a body of water, it's hard to beat this spot next to Lake Anza in Tilden Regional Park. There is a great hike around the lake that has a trail that keeps bringing you right...
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Meadows Canyon Trail, Berkeley, CA 94708, USA
This isn't the first time I've seen this, but it was the first time I had my phone on me while I was hiking up Meadows Canyon Trail. Not only is this spot one of my favorite places for a sunset in the East Bay, it's apparently also a great spot to...
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2001 Gayley Rd, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
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The Greek Theatre is one of the coolest venues in the bay area. On the campus of UC Berkeley, you feel nestled in the woods inside an ancient greek theater.
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1711, 1788 Fourth St, Berkeley, CA 94710, USA
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Most restaurants have a standout item, and Tacubaya is no exception. Their chicken tacos are the stuff of dreams; bright and juicy with a hard shell that doesn't crumble (thanks to a splash of broth) but still yields a satisfying crunch. There's...
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2070 Fourth St, Berkeley, CA 94710, USA
There are plenty of great clothing stores on Berkeley's Fourth Street shopping area and the newest addition, Thea fits right in. A lovely curated collection of unique clothing and accessory items, the shop has something for everyone. The stylish...
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5004 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609, USA
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Dona Tomas, located in Oakland's trendy Temescal district, is the place to go when you're craving delicious Mexican food and a killer margarita. A wide menu of Cocteles Especiales (special cocktails), cervezas and tequilas. On a warm evening I...
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2086 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA
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Since taking the helm in the kitchen of FIVE restaurant in the Hotel Shattuck, chef Stephane Tonnelier has elevated the fare, reflecting his French heritage, his nine years at Boulevard in San Francisco, and what's seasonal and fresh in the local...