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Zatar’s mishmash Mediterranean–Middle Eastern cooking spans Morocco to Iran...
A rustic country-French bistro downtown, La Note serves excellent breakfasts. Wake up to a big bowl of café au lait, paired with oatmeal raspberry pancakes or lemon gingerbread pancakes with poached pears...
Open till late, Au Coquelet is a popular stop for postmovie meals or late-night studying...
The concrete-box acoustics inside this vintage-1970s hall are terrible for non-amplified classical, but Zellerbach is the premier East Bay stage, and it showcases top-flight dance and music performances by internatio...
This legendary club has almost 50 years of history and is conveniently located in the downtown arts district...
A world-renowned film center with an ever-changing schedule of international and classic films, cineastes should seek this place out. The spacious theater has seats that are comfy enough for hours-long movie marathons.
South along College Ave is the Elmwood District, a charming nook of shops and restaurants that offers a calming alternative to the frenetic buzz around Telegraph Ave. Continue further south and you’ll be in Rockridge.
North of Berkeley in El Cerrito, this world-class store for roots, blues, folk, Latin and world music is affiliated with the Arhoolie record label, which has been issuing landmark recordings since the early 1960s.
A few blocks east of the Ashby BART station, this cultural center and Chilean cafe presents dynamic musical and visual arts programming with a peace and justice bent. Look for the vibrant mural on its facade.
If you’re a music junkie, you might plan on spending a few hours at the original Berkeley branch of Amoeba Music, packed with massive quantities of new and used CDs, DVDs, tapes and records (yes, lots of vinyl).
Housed in the ornate Valley Life Sciences Building (and primarily a research facility that’s closed to the public), you can see a number of fossil exhibits in the atrium, including a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton.
Opened in 1986, Triple Rock was one of the country’s first brewpubs. The house beers and pub grub are quite good, and the antique wooden bar and rooftop sun deck are delightful.
Pick up some organic produce or tasty prepared food at the downtown farmers market, operating year-round, and sit down to munch at MLK Park across from city hall.
This downtown pub has loads of regional microbrews, a beer garden, good pizza and live bands most nights. Sit upstairs for a bird’s-eye view of bustling Shattuck Ave.
Ashkenaz is a ‘music and dance community center’ attracting activists, hippies and fans of folk, swing and world music who love to dance (lessons offered).
This highly respected company has produced bold versions of classical and modern plays since 1968. Most shows have half-price tickets for patrons under 30.
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