More than sleep
We think a hotel should offer a guest more than just a great night’s sleep. We are here to give you a relaxing and serene home-base while visiting Berkeley.
Want to explore?
We also want to be your gateway to Berkeley and beyond. From the usual to the unexpected. Of course we have recommendations for a great local restaurant or where to find the neighborhood cobbler. But we can also recommend some unusual and uniquely Berkeley things to do. Visit some of the great independent bookstores just around the corner. The famous Moes, with 3 floors of used and new books that was famously featured in the film The Graduate. Shakespeare’s Bookstore for even more used books and even Revolutionary Books, to get your fill of fiery rhetoric and alternative thought.
Berkeley also has great used clothing stores such as Jeremy’s and….. and the iconic Berkeley Hat Shop where you can find any kind of lid for your top!
Below you’ll find our collection of attractions.
- Where is the closest … ?
- A quick walk from the hotel
- A short drive from the hotel
- Essential places to visit in Berkeley
- Essential Berkeley Shopping
- Off the beaten path
Movies and more
Hollywood doesn’t get all the fame. Some well-known and lesser known movies were filmed in Berkeley and actually, right in the hotel.
Where is the closest…?
- ATM Next door at Café Strada (eco-atm), Telegraph and Bancroft (Wells Fargo), Telegraph and Durant (Bank of America), Lower Sproul Food Court (Washington Mutual).
- Full Breakfast Henry’s (American Breakfast), on the corner of Durant and Bowditch, La Note (French style), 2377 Shattuck Ave.
- Post Office Three blocks away at 2515 1/2 Durant Ave., 510-649-6762.
- Mini Mart Fred’s Market on Telegraph at Bancroft; Johnston’s Market, on Durant between Telegraph and Bowditch.
- Newspapers Next door to the side of Café Strada, across the street where College Ave. runs into Cal campus.
- Pharmacy/Drug Store Walgreen’s on Telegraph, just to the left of the intersection with Bancroft Way.
- Grocery Store Whole Foods Market is located at 3000 Telegraph Ave. Less than 1 mile from here.
- Laundromat Bing Wong Wash Center 2602 Telegraph Ave.
- Liquor Store Fred’s Market 2521 Telegraph Ave.
For restaurants with a “*”, reservations are recommended.
Freehouse – Gastropub
2700 Bancroft Way (510) 647-2300
- We believe that Berkeley deserves a great neighborhood place
We believe that great food can be accessible and affordable for everyone.
We believe that you shouldn’t need a dictionary to understand the menu.
We believe that our beers and cocktails are worth savoring responsibly
- Some people believe that Berkeley is too forward thinking, or even un-American. We believe that Berkeley is uniquely American. Americans speak out for injustice, Americans believe in the power of the people. Many great social movements either began in Berkeley or were given strength by UC Berkeley’s unique voice. Our beautiful building has been around since 1926. It has born witness to Berkeley’s unique contribution to many historic events of the 20th century. Formerly owned by the Presbyterian Church, our dining room was a haven and protector for students self expression at times that those in charge did not always believe in this freedom. Indeed, during the Free Speech Movement of the early 1960s, Reverend John Hadsel invited the organizers of the FSM into the space that is now our dining room when they were not allowed to congregate on campus.
Ajanta – Indian
- 1888 Solano Ave, Berkeley (510) 526-4373
- Hours: Open daily 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30–9:30pm
- “Ajanta features an ever-changing menu, offering creative dishes from various regions of India (see our current monthly newsletter). The elegant dining hall features Indian artwork inspired by the caves of Ajanta. Altogether, Ajanta is one of the best places to experience sophisticated Indian dining in the East Bay.”
Angeline’s Kitchen – Cajun
- 2261 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley (510) 548-6900
- Hours: Tue-Sun 11:30am– 9:00pm; Mon 5:30–9:00pm
- “Angeline’s brings the flavor and atmosphere of a New Orleans neighborhood restaurant to downtown Berkeley, with great music, libations and the classic dishes invented in the Big Easy’s greatest kitchens.”
Bistro Liaison* – French
- 1849 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley (510) 849-2155
- Hours: Lunch 5 days a week: 11:30am- 3:00pm; Weekend Brunch: 10:00 am- 3:00pm, Dinner 7 days a week: 5:00 – 10:00pm
- Liaison is a neighborhood French bistro in the heart of Berkeley, dubbed “French Food for the Soul.”
Cafe Colucci – Ethiopian
- 6427 Telegraph Ave, Oakland (510) 601-7999
- “The restaurant has occupied the same double storefront space on Telegraph for about 10 years, but those who don’t know about it could mistake it for a simple coffee or sandwich shop.”
The Cheeseboard Pizza Collective – Gourmet Pizza
- 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley (510) 549-3055
- Hours: Tue-Sat 11:30am-3pm, 4:30pm-8pm
- “Our pizzas are always vegetarian. We use organic and local ingredients whenever possible. Everything is made fresh daily.”
Chez Panisse* – Californian Cuisine
- 1517 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley (510) 548-5525
- Hours: Mon-Thu 11:30am-3pm, 5pm-10:30pm; Fri-Sat 11:30am-3:30pm, 5pm-11:30pm
- Iconic, Berkeley restaurant. Owner Alice Waters began the sustainable food movement, here in Berkeley in 1971. A must try, if you’ve never been there before.
Corso* – Italian
- 1788 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley (510) 704-8004
- Hours: Open Daily 11:30am-2:30pm, 5pm-10pm
- “Corso celebrates the food of Florence, with its simplicity and heartiness. The menu only changes when ingredients fall out of season.
Henry’s Gastropub – New American/Bar
- 2600 Durant Ave, Berkeley 510-809-4132
- Breakfast: Mon-Fri 7:00am-10:00am; Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:00am-2:00pm; Dinner: Sun–Sat 5:00pm-11:00pm; Brunch: Sat-Sun 8:00am-2:30pm
- “Henry’s – a Berkeley gastropub celebrating gastron-omy, mixology and “True Blue” sports! Henry’s has long been a local hot spot before and after UC Berkeley sporting events. That tradition continues.
Kirala* – Japanese/Sushi
- 2100 Ward St, Berkeley (510) 549-3486
- Hours: Mon-Sat 5:30pm-9:30pm; Tue-Fri 11:30am-2pm, 5:30pm-9:30pm; Sun 5pm-9pm
- “Kirala is not just another good Japanese restaurant and sushi bar. Kirala has one-of-a-kind sushi creations and delicious specialties from Robata grill that you will not find anywhere else. For fifteen years, it’s been consistently voted one of the Best Japanese restaurants, where loyal patrons spend a relaxed evening ordering tasty appetizers and main dishes, while enjoying Japanese beer and premium sakes from Japan.”
La Note Restaurant Provençal – French
- 2377 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley (510) 843-1535
- Hours: Mon-Wed 8am-2:30pm; Thu-Fri 8am-2:30pm, 6pm-10pm; Sat 8am-3pm, 6pm-10pm; Sun 8am-3pm
- “La Note is an authentic Provençal restaurant in the heart of downtown Berkeley. Traditional breakfast and lunch bistro fare are combined with rustic Provençal dinners in a warm and charming atmosphere.
La Mediterranee – Greek
- 2936 College Ave, Berkeley (510) 540-7773
- Hours: Mon-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri-Sat 10am-11pm; Sun 10am-9:30pm
- Wonderful Mediterranean food, friendly atmosphere.
Olivetto’s* – Italian
- 5655 College Ave, Oakland (510) 547-5356
- Hours: Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:00pm; Dinner: Mon-Thur 5:30-9:00pm; Fri 5:30-9:30pm; Sat 5:30-10:00pm; Sun 5:00-9:00pm
- Situated in the congenial East Bay neighborhood of Rockridge in the Market Hall, at the foot of the Oakland hills, Oliveto Cafe & Restaurant has a twofold identity: as a familiar Café and as a fine dining Restaurant known for its traditional Italian dishes made from local, seasonal products.
Shen Hua -Chinese
- 2914 College Avenue, Berkeley (510) 883-1777
- Hours: Open Daily 11:30am-2:30pm, 5pm-9:30pm
- Berkeley locals pack this large, modern restaurant for northern Chinese dishes made with the freshest ingredients.
Venus – New American
- 2327 Shattuck Avenue Berkeley (510) 540-5950
- Hours: Breakfast: Mon-Fri 8am-2:30pm; Lunch: 11:30am-2:30pm; Dinner: Tues-Sun 5-9:30pm; Brunch: Sat-Sun 8am-2:15pm
- Venus serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Sustainable, fresh, organic and unique food.
Wood Tavern* – New American
- 6317 College Avenue, Oakland (510) 654-6607
- Hours: Mon-Thu 11:30am-10pm; Fri-Sat 11:30am-10:30pm; Sun 4-9pm
- “A contemporary, rustic neighborhood restaurant serving an American brasserie experience. Our menu is inspired by California culture and focuses on local, sustainable ingredients.
Zachary’s Chicago Pizza – Chicago Style Pizza
- 5801 College Ave, Oakland (510) 655-6385
- Hours: Mon-Thu,Sun 11am-9:30pm; Fri-Sat 11am-10:30pm
- Zachary’s offers 2 styles of pizza: a Chicago-style stuffed pizza and a traditional thin crust pizza.
Zatar – Greek/Mediterranean
- 1981 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley (510) 841-1981
- Hours: Wed, Sat 5:30-9:30pm; Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30-9:30pm
- They use only naturally-raised meats, organic milk and eggs for our house-made yogurt and pastries; and hand-selected, organic fruits, herbs and vegetables – many harvested daily from our own organic garden. We compost all raw kitchen scraps for our organic garden and vegetarian leftovers are fed to our laying hens.
A quick walk from the hotel
- 101 Zellerbach Hall, 510-642-9988
- Hours: Ask for current performances
- Cal Performances is the UC Berkeley-based venue for world-class music, dance and theater events. Let us know if there is a show that interests you, and we’ll try and get you tickets.
- Hours: Ask for current performances
- UC Berkeley’s music school is a very short walk from the hotel and the concert hall offers free noontime concerts every Wednesday. Please ask us for more information.
- 103 Kroeber Hall 510-642-3682
- Hours: Closed for remodeling.
- The Hearst houses the oldest and largest anthropological collection in the Western U.S. The museum aims to promote the history and diversity of human cultures through research, education, exhibitions, and public programs. Its right across the street!
- 2626 Bancroft Way, 510-642-0808
- Hours: Wed-Sun 11am- 5pm; Open Fri until 9pm
- The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive is the visual arts center of the University of California, Berkeley. Through art and film programs, collections and research resources, we aspire to be locally connected and globally relevant, engaging audiences from the campus, community, and beyond.
- 2025 Addison Street, 510-647-2949
- Hours: Ask for current performances
- Berkeley Rep is proud to premiere exhilarating new plays. In the last five years alone, the company has helped send five shows to Broadway: American Idiot, Bridge & Tunnel, In the Next Room, Passing Strange and Wishful Drinking. Come see tomorrow’s plays today at Berkeley Rep.
- Ask us for a map of Berkeley’s campus, and take a tour around Berkeley’s beautiful sites. Visit the Campanile for a great view of Berkeley, or stop by Doe Library, Faculty Glade, the Chancellors house and the Valley Life Science Museum. Take a walk up to the fire trail to get a unique view of the stadium and breathtaking views of the bay area.
- Bancroft & Piedmont and Bancroft Way & Dana Ct.
- Visit the historic Cal football stadium, built in 1923 currently undergoing renovation at this time. Estimated completion date in 2012. The Haas Pavilion hosts the Cal basketball teams, gymnastics teams, and women’s volleyball team. Check with the front desk for schedule of events. of events.
A short drive from the hotel
- Centennial Drive 510-642-5132
- Hours: Open daily, 10:00am-5:00pm
- Lawrence Hall of Science is a renowned resource center for preschool through high school science and mathematics education, and a public science center with exciting hands-on experiences for learners of all ages.
- Train Hours: 11:00am-6:00pm or dusk, weather permitting
- Merry-go-round hours: Weekends (closed Jan-Feb. 5);
- Hours: 11:00am-5:00pm
- The Steam Train offers rides along the scenic ridge on a scaled-down steam train, 510-548-6100.
- Tilden’s Herschell-Spillman merry-go-round is a splendid antique carousel with hand-carved and beautifully painted wooden carousel animals to ride, 510-524-6773.
- 5655 College Avenue, Oakland
- One of the only European style market places in the Bay area, recognizable for its unique architectural design as well as the eight individual food and flower shops open to the sidewalk, Market Hall is a bustling cornerstone to the very unique, active, and alluring Rockridge district. Great places to eat and shop at local boutique shops.
- 950 Indian Rock Avenue at Shattuck Ave.
- Indian Rock Park is one of Berkeley’s rock parks in the Northbrae area, providing great views and challenges for easy-level rock climbing. Great place for a picnic!
- Hours: Wed-Sat 12-7pm, Sun 12-5pm
- Hand crafted vodka and brandies made in a converted air craft hangar. Distillery tours are given on Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm.
- 2900 Main Street, Alameda 510-865-7007
- Hours: Open daily 11am-6pm
- This tasting room is in a unique urban setting, showcasing a variety of our award-winning wines in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.
- 707 W Hornet Ave. Alameda (510) 521-8448
- Hours: Open daily 10am-4 pm
- The Aircraft Carrier USS HORNET Museum is a national treasure. Now peacefully moored at historic Alameda Point on San Francisco Bay, the USS HORNET is a timeless memorial to those who defended our American values and to those who have pursued America’s technological advancements.
- (510) 642-4000
- Cal Adventures offers instructional sailing, windsurfing, and sea kayaking classes and various custom designed trips and day programs
Essential places to visit in Berkeley
- 1200 Euclid Ave. Berkeley
- Berkeley’s historic Rose Garden is a regional destination with its 3,000 rose bushes and 250 varieties of roses, along with breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.
- 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley
- Hours: Open daily 8:30am–5:00pm
- The UC Botanical Garden is a non-profit research garden and museum for the University of California, Berkeley, having a notably diverse plant collection including many rare and endangered plants. Established in 1890, the Garden, which is open to the public year round, has over 13,000 different kinds of plants from around the world, cultivated by region in naturalistic landscapes over its 34 acres. The Garden is easily accessible through the UC campus bus system
- 201 University Ave, Berkeley
- Outdoor recreation opportunities include the Adventure Playground, the Shorebird Nature Center, an off-leash dog area, kite flying, and a 3,000 foot long pier for fishing or just walking out onto the Bay. Two fine restaurants provide breathtaking views of the bay (Hs Lordships and Skates), while Hana Japan Steakhouse provides great views of the working marina. Businesses supporting fishing, diving, sailing, and boarding are available.
- 600 Canon Dr, Kensington
- Hours: Open daily 5am-10pm unless otherwise posted.
- Tilden Regional Park is probably the Bay Area’s most well-rounded recreation area. In addition to a network of hiking, cycling, and horseback riding trails, the East Bay Regional Park District had the foresight in 1936 to create a preserve for the whole family. Seasoned hikers might be disappointed by the timidity of the place, but consider Tilden’s assets: a public golf course, botanic garden, extensive picnic and group camping, environmental education center, swimming lake, pony ride, little farm, and everyone’s favorite, the steam trains.
- Stadium Rim Way & Centennial Dr
- Visit the best place to watch a Cal football game for free! A steep hillside view of Memorial Stadium, and Berkeley. Get up close and personal with the cannon announcing Cal scores.
- Also nearby is the Greek Theater version of Tightwad Hill. No views of the stage, but close enough to hear the show.
- Shattuck Ave. Between Hearst and Rose
- The North Shattuck area has been popularly known as the “Gourmet Ghetto” since the 1970’s when San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen coined the phrase to describe the small grouping of like-minded food purveyors located in the area.
Essential Berkeley Shopping
- Saturdays: 10am-3pm, Center St. @ M. L. King, Jr. Way
- Tuesdays: 2pm-6:30pm, Adeline Street @ 63rd Street
- Thursdays: 3pm-7pm, Shattuck Ave. @ Rose Street
- Berkeley Farmers’ Markets are committed to supporting small-scale farmers who practice sustainable agriculture. At the markets, you’ll find fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh baked goods, and much more.
Rasputin Music & Amoeba Music
- 2401 & 2455 Telegraph Ave
- Buy and sell new and used Records, DVDs, and CDs. These famous local music stores have everything and anything you’d ever want to listen to.
- Berkeley Bowl South 2020 Oregon St.
- Berkeley Bowl West & 9th and Heinz
- As seen on Top Chef, one of the most amazing selections of produce available around. Even if you don’t need groceries, this is a must see for the sheer amount of choices available.
- 2476 Telegraph Ave.
- Hours: Open daily noon-6pm
- Since its inception back in the heyday of the Beatnik era, Moe’s Books has managed to become more than just a great bookstore—it has achieved the rarified status of a beloved landmark institution as well.
- 2499 Telegraph Ave.
- This tiny, slightly dusty, but dignified store is a treasure trove of priceless print ranging from the pedestrian to the esoteric. This is a place where you can walk in as a local Bay Area high-schooler, a college freshman, a college senior, a visitor, an alum, a professor, or an elderly eccentric and find something dear to your heart every time for prices cheaper than what you see at some yard sales nowadays.
Cal Student Store
- Bancroft Way and Telegraph Ave
- See what all the students are reading these days, and pick up books written by Cal professors.
- 2510 Telegraph Ave.
- A Berkeley original. With over thirty years of retail hat experience, Berkeley Hat Company is your source for a wide variety of hats and caps for men and women.
- 2530 Bancroft Way
- Get all your cal swag here! Largest selection of Cal merchandise in the world, plus much more.
- 2585 Telegraph Ave.
- When you have no budget for new clothes and want wearable, yet stylish, clothing on the fly, Buffalo Exchange is a one-stop-shop… The inventory, constantly changing, is carefully curated by Buffalo Exchange’s skilled buyers
Off the beaten path
- 1827 5th St. Berkeley
- Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-7pm; Sat-Sun 11am-6pm
- The East Bay Vivarium is one of the largest reptile specialty stores in the nation. They offer the most diverse selection of reptiles in the U.S. with quality service and experience.
- Ashby Bart Station
- Hours: Sat-Sun 7am-7pm
- The Berkeley Flea Market features international collectables and art, antiques, books, music, handmade crafts and jewelry, new and used clothing, incense, body oils, household goods, tools and international food.
- 924 Gilman St.
- Hours: Call for performances
- The 924 Gilman Street Project a.k.a the ‘Alternative Music Foundation’, is an all-ages, volunteer run, collectively organized music and performance venue.
- 1317 San Pablo Ave. Berkeley
- Hours: Call for shows
- Berkeley’s home of World Music and Dance.
- 2284 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley
- Live music and DJs including Funk, Soul, Hip Hop, Reggae, Salsa, International, Rock and Dance
- 2020 Addison St., Berkeley
- Hours: Call for performances
- A nonprofit community arts organization dedicated to promoting public awareness and understanding of traditional music—music that is rooted in and expressive of the great variety of regional, ethnic, and social cultures of peoples throughout the world.
- 708 Addison Street
- Hours: Open daily noon-6pm
- Takara Sake tasting room offers a selection of sake and plum wine products. Not only can you taste and experience the quality of Sho Chiku Bai Sake, but you can learn about sake production as well. A video describing the complete story of sake brewing can be viewed on request.
- 1404 Fourth Street
- American and European brewmasters have come together to create the Trumer Brauerei Berkeley. With a passionate commitment to the Pilsner style, this international team has worked tirelessly to preserve every detail of the original Trumer Pils process of its centuries old brewery in Salzburg, Austria.