The birthplace of 1960s counterculture and California cuisine, Berkeley is just a quick BART ride or a short drive over the Bay Bridge. Wander down Telegraph Avenue to visit colorful stores or dine in world-class restaurants, such as the famous Chez Panisse.
Set between Pacific foothills and the San Francisco Bay, Berkeley is a vibrant and spirited city that will surprise those who still see it as the counter-culture center of the Sixties. Free Speech and flower power are forever in the city’s “DNA,” but Berkeley has evolved into a culinary and cultural destination with a “green” soul.
Across Berkeley's 18 square miles, a visitor can hear a symphony, rock concert or jazz quartet, take in a Broadway-bound play or first-run film, stroll through a redwood forest or a rose garden, shop for handmade jewelry or organic sportswear, play a round of golf or take a yoga class, embark on a sport fishing excursion or listen to a poetry reading. And that’s just day one!
Consummately Californian in its setting but international in cultural perspective, Berkeley is home to the University of California, Berkeley, which lends a college-town vibe to the entire city. With its wealth of cultural and social diversity, culinary and shopping opportunities and recreational pursuits, Berkeley is a small city with a world-class range of visitor options.