This fancy cafe and classical music store, located across the street from UC Berkeley's Sproul Plaza, is one of the few venues in downtown Berkeley where you can eat scones and sip lattes while listening to live chamber music or cabaret.
Long a Berkeley institution and acute 60s counterculture symbol, this oft-controversial patch of grass off Telegraph Avenue now mostly houses homeless vagrants, crusty anarchist vegans, pickup basketball players, and UCB students caught between classes. But its also the site of frequent free concerts and political rallies, usually featuring local bands ranging from activist folk to ethnic funk. The spirit of free love is alive and well here: During a recent soiree, a young punky couple quietly (and openly) engaged in coital bliss, completely oblivious to the world around them. Ah, freedom.
This trusty CD and record store also has in-store events featuring local and touring artists.
A seven mile trail through Strawberry Canyon in the Berkeley Hills starting from the trail head behind Strawberry Canyon Rec Area.
Includes sections on art history, theory, and technique, film, architecture and design, and anything you'd ever want to know about Botero, Boltanski, and the Fauves.
Offers tests by (supervised) eye-docs-in-training, plus cheap glasses and chic frames.
A 34-acre living museum featuring one of the most diverse plant collections in the U.S., arranged by region. Also includes a bookstore and a small commercial nursery, profits from which go toward the gardens' operating costs.