Top things to do in Berkeley

Top Choice Californian in Berkeley

Chez Panisse

Foodies come to worship here at the church of Alice Waters, inventor of California cuisine. Panisse is located in a lovely arts-and-crafts house in Berkeley's 'Gourmet Ghetto,' and you can choose to pull out all the…
Top Choice Park in Berkeley

Tilden Regional Park

This 2079-acre park, up in the hills east of town, is Berkeley’s best. It has nearly 40 miles of hiking and multiuse trails of varying difficulty, from paved paths to hilly scrambles, including part of the magnifice…
Top Choice Burmese in Berkeley

Royal Rangoon

Excellent Burmese fare includes some of the Bay Area's more authentic takes on mohinga (fish noodle soup), ohn no kauk swe (coconut, curry chicken soup), fried tofu and pork and mango curry, among many other goodies…
Top Choice Books in Berkeley

Dark Carnival

Rumor has it this is the oldest science fiction, fantasy and horror bookstore in the country. Whether true or not, those who love this sort of genre of literature will enter this explosion of books and experience a …
Top Choice Chinese in Berkeley

Great China Restaurant

Berkeley does not lack for good Chinese food, but this enormous, upscale restaurant elevates the genre with Northern Chinese specialties like duck bone soup, cumin-braised lamb, steamed fish with ginger and scallion…
Top Choice Pizza in Berkeley

Cheese Board Collective

Worker owned since 1971, this co-op boasts (surprise) a great collection of cheese, a bakery with a changing selection of fresh bread, and a new vegetarian pizza and salad every day; options may include asparagus an…
Japanese in Berkeley

Ippuku

Japanese expats gush that Ippuku reminds them of izakaya (Japanese gastropubs) back in Tokyo. Choose from a menu of yakitori (skewered meats and vegetables) and handmade soba noodles as you settle in at one of the t…
French in Berkeley

La Note

A rustic country-French bistro downtown, La Note serves excellent breakfasts. Wake up to a big bowl of café au lait, paired with brioche pain perdu or lemon-gingerbread pancakes with poached pears. Anticipate a wait…
Californian in Berkeley

Gather

When vegan foodies and passionate farm-to-table types dine out together, they often end up here. Inside a salvaged-wood interior punctuated by green vines streaking down over an open kitchen, dishes are created from…
Brewery in Berkeley

Fieldwork Brewing Company

At this industrial brewery taproom you can sit down on the outdoor patio with a tasting flight of IPAs or a glass of rich Mexican hot chocolate stout. It's dog-friendly, and there are racks to hang your bicycle insi…