Berkeley Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Berkeley; our list of the best things to see, including Golden Gate Fields Racetrack, Lawrence Hall of Science and California Golden Bears Football.
  • The best place in Berkeley: Golden Gate Fields Racetrack

    Golden Gate Fields Racetrack

    1100 Eastshore Hwy
    first race 12:45 P.M.. Horse racing by the Bay.
    food nearby
  • Lawrence Hall of Science

    Lawrence Hall of Science

    1 Centennial DrSte 5200
    Every day, 10AM-5PM. Adults $17. Offers many hands-on science exhibits, especially good for children. This is one of the best places to get a panoramic view of the Bay Area: San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, Oakland and the Bay Bridge. Nearby is the UC botanical garden.
    Panoramic Hill eat nearby
  • California Golden Bears Football

    California Golden Bears Football

    Above the Berkeley campus, Memorial Stadium plays host in the fall season to UC Berkeley football games. But if you want to watch a game for free, head above the canyon to Tightwad Hill, a hill where students and the public gather to watch games. It's also an ideal location for spectacular views of the Bay Area when there's not a game going on. Anyone is free to come as long as they pick up their own trash and don't wear the colors of Stanford University (red).
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  • Fentons


    4226 Piedmont Ave
    M-Th 11AM-11PM, F Sa 11AM-midnight. $5-15 large sundae or entree. This hundred-year-old ice cream parlor is a cornerstone of Oakland culture -- one of those places that East Bay folks point to as making the region special. The parlor is mentioned in the 2009 Pixar film Up. Huge bowls of ice cream and sundaes of various sorts are served in this always-crowded eatery. Sugar-amped kids roam the aisles all day and into the evening, and although the place attracts a cannabis-enhanced college crowd towards the end of the night, it always has a sweet and wholesome atmosphere.
    Piedmont Avenue
  • Rasputin Music

    Rasputin Music

    Well known independent music store with a large selection of used music and LPs.
  • Berkeley Hat

    Berkeley Hat

    a wide variety of normal and eclectic hats
    Welcome to the Berkeley Hat Company Facebook Page! With over twenty-nine years of retail hat experience, Berkeley Hat Company is your source for a wide variety of hats and caps for men and women. Check us out at:
  • Philz Coffee

    Philz Coffee

    1600 Shattuck Ave
    Customized blends of different beans from around the world in light, dark or medium roast.
  • The Cerrito Theater

    The Cerrito Theater

    10070 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito, 94530 ("Four blocks west from El Cerrito Plaza BART Station and one block north from El Cerrito Plaza.") +1 510 814-2400 Catch a movie and dine in style at this lovingly restored Art Deco theater, currently operated by the Rialto Cinemas Cerrito [2]. The Cerrito Theater features pub grub and beer, which you can polish off while you watch your movie, and has couches and tables, as well as traditional theater seating. In addition to the latest blockbusters, The Cerrito features classic films, and hosts special events. There are also special baby and toddler friendly screening times.
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  • Greek Theatre

    Greek Theatre

    U C Berkeley Campus2001 Gayley Rd
    Check the Cal Performances website for upcoming shows or concerts.
    restaurants nearby
  • Indian Rock Park

    Indian Rock Park

    950 Indian Rock Ave
    Indian Rock Park is a 1.18-acre public park located in the northeast part of the city, about one block north of the Arlington/Marin Circle, and straddles Indian Rock Avenue. The central feature of the park is a large rock outcropping on the west side of Indian Rock Ave. You can climb up the rocks on the carved out stairs and gaze at the great vista from the top. Highly recommended for sunsets.
    food nearby
  • Berkeley Repertory Theatre

    Berkeley Repertory Theatre

    2025 Addison St
    Hours vary, normally Tu-Su 8PM-11PM, Sa-Su 2PM-4PM (matinee). $35-$55 (varies by night; half-price students and seniors, $20 under 30). With its consistently high-quality productions of contemporary and historical plays, the Berkeley Rep is one of the primary centers of theater on the West Coast. The theater is also very pleasant, in a modern way.
    eat nearby
  • Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe

    Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe

    4081 Hollis St.
    (between 40th St & Park Ave.), ☎ (510) 594-1221. 7 A.M. to 1 A.M.. A hip rock and roll joint serving good quality brunch dishes (the Southwestern omelette with grits is highly recommended), burgers, sandwiches, salads and daily specials.
  • Gather


    2200 Oxford St
    (at Allston Way), ☎ (510) 809-0400. Delicious seasonal, organic meat and vegetarian dishes, as well as organic cocktails and biodynamic wines served in a dining room made from reclaimed wood and natural materials.
  • Mua


    2442 Webster StSte A
    ((on 8th, just prior to intersecting Webster)), ☎ (510) 238-1100. A hip, new restaurant and bar in a large space just north of downtown.
  • Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen

    Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen

    1475 Shattuck Ave
    Su-Th 8AM-9PM, F-Sa 8AM-9:30PM. In the Gourmet Ghetto. A Jewish deli with outstanding brunch dishes and dinner entrees (try the Beef Stroganoff). Saul's brews its own sodas, with a rotating cast of new flavors.
  • Lanesplitter Pizza & Pub

    Lanesplitter Pizza & Pub

    2033 San Pablo Ave
    Lots of great beers, a large backyard patio, and superb pizza. And rock music - this place is more of a bar that happens to serve pizza than a restaurant.
  • Vik's Chaat

    Vik's Chaat

    2390 4th St
    (between Bancroft Way & Channing Way). Inexpensive and authentic Indian food. Some of the best in the bay. Warehouse environment.
  • Hs Lordships

    Hs Lordships

    199 Seawall Dr
    Waterfront dining in the Berkeley Marina. Engorge yourself at the extensive buffet including roast beef, omelettes and pasta dishes made to order, multiple entrees, chilled crab legs and shrimp cocktail, a salad bar, and all too many desserts.
  • Revival Bar & Kitchen

    Revival Bar & Kitchen

    2102 Shattuck Ave
    New "farm-to-table, organic" restaurant with good wine list. Have the fantastic cornmeal crusted onion rings on the side.
  • Public Market Emeryville

    Public Market Emeryville

    5959 Shellmound St
    Open M-Th 9AM-9PM, F-Sat 9AM-11PM, Sun 9AM - 8PM. Twenty-five small ethnic restaurants under one roof. It's a great place to go if you can't agree on whether you want crêpes or curry. Prices are generally under $7 for dinners, so it's a good place to go on the cheap.
  • FIVE


    Hotel Shattuck2086 Allston Way
    Modern American Bistro serving classic American fare reinvented with a seasonal California flair, with local, organic and sustainable farms and produce.
  • Taste of the Himalayas

    Taste of the Himalayas

    1700 Shattuck Ave.
    (at Virginia St.), ☎ (510) 849-4983. Nepalese and North Indian food.
  • Cactus Taqueria

    Cactus Taqueria

    5642 College Ave
    (Between Ocean View Dr. & Shafter Ave.), ☎ (510) 658-6180. A family-friendly Mexican restaurant dedicated to freshness and sustainability while maintaining traditional flavors. Everything at Cactus Taqueria is made from scratch with no artificial ingredients or fillers. Top your taco, burrito, quesadilla, or enchilada with one of the multiple house-made salsas, and cool your mouth with a delicious glass of horchata.
  • 900 Grayson

    900 Grayson

    900 Grayson St
    For a sinfully pleasurable brunch try the Demon Lover - fried chicken served atop a buttermilk waffle with your choice of gravy or Vermont syrup.
  • Bette's Oceanview Diner

    Bette's Oceanview Diner

    1807 4th St
    (between Hearst Ave. & Virginia St.), ☎ (510) 644-3230. Kitschy '50s era diner with deeply satisfying brunch food and coffee.
  • Ajanta Restaurant

    Ajanta Restaurant

    1888 Solano Ave
    (at the Alameda), ☎ (510) 526-4373. The best Indian food this writer has ever had. Many dishes are organic and sustainable. Rachel Ray listed Ajanta as one of only two "world class" restaurants on Solano Ave.
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