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Top Choice Californian in Berkeley

Chez Panisse

Foodies come to worship here at the church of Alice Waters, the inventor of California cuisine. It’s in a lovely Arts and Crafts house in the Gourmet Ghetto, and you can choose to pull out all the stops with a prix-…
Top Choice Landmark in Berkeley


Officially called Sather Tower, the Campanile was modeled on St Mark’s Basilica in Venice. The 328ft spire offers fine views of the Bay Area, and at the top you can stare up into the carillon of 61 bells, ranging fr…
Top Choice Japanese in Berkeley


Specializing in shōchū, a distilled alcohol often made from rice or barley, Japanese expats gush that Ippuku reminds them of izakaya (Japanese pubs serving food) back in Tokyo. Choose from a menu of skewered meats a…
Diner in Berkeley

Bette's Oceanview Diner

A buzzing breakfast spot, especially on the weekends, serving yummy baked soufflé pancakes and German-style potato pancakes with applesauce, plus eggs and sandwiches. Superfresh food and a nifty diner interior make …
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 oatmeal raspberry pancakes or lemon gingerbread pancakes with poached pears. Anticipat…
Pub in Berkeley


A block north of University Ave, Berkeley’s oldest pub is one of the most inviting and friendly in the entire Bay Area. Some serious darts are played here, and boardgames will be going on around many of the worn-out…
Theater in Berkeley

Berkeley Repertory Theatre

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.
Cafe in Berkeley

Caffe Strada

A popular, student-saturated hangout with an inviting shaded patio and strong espressos. Try the signature white-chocolate mocha.
Pub in Berkeley


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.
Brewery in Berkeley

Triple Rock Brewery & Ale House

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.