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All of these pedestrian-friendly districts offer an intriguing, cosmopolitan variety of shops and boutiques, cafés and restaurants, gourmet take-out, book and CD/record stores, and people-watching. All are served by AC Transit buses. We list a few favorite places, but you will find many more.

College Avenue/Elmwood District (see map/driving directions)

All the amenities of a comfortable neighborhood, just seven blocks south of campus, with a wide variety of restaurants, coffeehouses, shops, and services.

Rockridge (see map/driving directions)

Farther south along College Avenue, just across the border into Oakland, action centers on the Rockridge BART station. Rockridge is a lively, trendy neighborhood—shopping is mostly upscale and restaurants range from casual to expensive.

Downtown Berkeley (see map/driving directions)

Downtown is the mass-transit hub (BART station, AC Transit buses), center of civic life (main post office, city hall, convention and visitors bureau, main public library), locale of basic necessities (banks, drug stores), entertainment (Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Aurora Theater, The Jazzschool, movie houses), and restaurants.

North Berkeley (see map/driving directions)

Downtown Berkeley becomes the North Berkeley shopping area once you cross University Avenue. Amid an assortment of shops, bookstores, supermarkets, and pharmacies, visitors will find an abundance of dining opportunities in this famous "Gourmet Ghetto," including the world-renowned restaurant, Chez Panisse. Founded by Alice Waters, this is the storied birthplace of California Cuisine; reservations are essential.

Fourth Street (see map/driving directions)

People come from miles around to browse this concentrated area of mostly upscale specialty shops in west Berkeley. The festive district includes several eateries.

Solano Avenue (see map/driving directions)

Shops, restaurants, and cafés line this pleasant, one-mile stretch into Albany, with movie houses at each end.

Telegraph Avenue (see map/driving directions)

This world-famous south campus shopping area centers on about five blocks of Telegraph Avenue. Street vendors add to the eclectic, urban mix. People's Park is on Haste Street, just east of Telegraph. You'll be hard-pressed to find a better selection of CDs, records and tapes, and don't miss the area's renowned independent bookstores. There also are good, reasonably priced places to eat.

Emerybay/Emeryville (see map/driving directions)

The place to go for music, books, electronics, movies—you name it, the Emerybay center has it. Visitors will find two large shopping complexes, separated by Powell Street. It's easy walking distance between the two areas.

Berkeley Marina (see map/driving directions)

This area has great views of San Francisco, the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. Visitors can stroll out to the end of the Berkeley Pier or along the bay waterfront and enjoy fine dining with a spectacular view.

Tilden Regional Park (see map/driving directions)

In the midst of residential neighborhoods and canyonlands is this popular park, about 5,000 acres in the Berkeley/El Cerrito hills. Tilden is an outdoor wonderland, with hiking trails, swimming lake, golf course, botanical garden, miniature steam train, carousel, and pony rides for kids—part of the magnificent East Bay Regional Park District.


Hospitals

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center
2450 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley
General information and emergencies: 510/204-4444
Customer service: 510/204-1515

Kaiser Permanente Medical Center
280 W. MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland
General information: 510/596-1000
Emergencies: 510/596-7600

On-Campus Dining

The Bear's Lair
Features pub-style fare and open daily in Lower Sproul Plaza. It's one of several eateries serving an array of cuisines in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union.

The Faculty Club
Open to the public, the Faculty Club serves three meals a day on weekdays. The salad bar is especially popular, and there's a pleasant pub.

Café Muse
The Art Museum's café, open daily for lunch. Some patio seating.

Crossroads
The first certified organic residential dining faciity in the country. Located in the Residential and Student Services Building, open daily.

Jimmy Bean's Fifo Café
Tasty meals weekdays at the Haas School of Business.

International House Café
Enjoy bay views from the glassed-in patio or eat in the I-House cafeteria. Open every day until midnight.

The Golden Bear
On Sproul Plaza at the César Chavez Center, open weekdays.

Pat Brown's Grill
In the Genetics and Plant Biology Building, enjoy light fare from early morning to late afternoon on weekdays.

Ramona's
Eat weekdays in Wurster Hall.

The Terrace
Enjoy outdoor meals on the rooftop terrace of the Bechtel Engineering Center from early morning to late afternoon on weekdays.

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