- Telgraph Ave Shopping District
Lonely Planet review for Telegraph Ave
Telegraph Ave is undeniably the throbbing heart of studentville in Berkeley, pumping out a sidewalk-flow of students and shoppers, vagrants and vendors, brisk walkers and sluggish strollers, those trying to squeeze their way out and those who never seem to leave. The frenetic energy buzzing from the university's Sather Gate on any given day is a mix of youthful post-hippies reminiscing about days before their time and young hipsters who sneer at tie-dyed nostalgia.
Ponytailed panhandlers press you for change, and street stalls hawk everything from crystals to bumper stickers to self-published books. It's all very interesting, but the street is also immensely useful to anyone who loves browsing for books, and music. Cody's is arguably the best bookstore in the Bay Area, and Moe's is a three-level emporium of new and used titles. Across the street from both, Amoeba and Rasputin can help relieve music lovers of any excess savings they might have.