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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Cheese Shop
“Cheeseboard Pizza is worth a visit, it's the highest (or most) rated pizza place in the US on Yelp. They make one pizza a day, vegetarian only, and the long line goes quickly. Check to make sure they are open first, they aren't open all day or every day.”
  • 207 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“This place is where California cuisine all started. Eat downstairs or upstairs, and you won't be disappointed. ”
  • 200 locals recommend
“A great spot to watch the sunset - free and fun to walk into to look at the flowers as well ”
  • 60 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“Friendly Barista helps you choose a blend they think you'll like. You can add anything you want. They can change whatever you want for you untill you are 100% satisfied. My favorite coffees: Tesora, and Ecstatic Iced Coffee. ”
  • 51 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
“Jewish style deli. Their pastrami sandwiches with homemade pastrami are awesome. Also, try the sabich sandwich or shakshuka. ”
  • 42 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“This is the original Peet's coffee from the 60s (?), about a 15-minute walk. ”
  • 48 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
“Small place and not many seats but super well known place right down the hill. The super market is right across too”
  • 45 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“Great atmosphere for wine and cocktails. Small menu of food and tapas to pair with drinks.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Colloquial Area
“The Gourmet Ghetto is a colloquial name for the business district of the North Berkeley neighborhood on Shattuck Avenue in the city of Berkeley, California, known as the birthplace of California cuisine, anchored by Alice Waters' Chez Panisse, became the center of farm-to-table food sourcing, using selected locally grown produce, especially naturally and sustainably grown—preferably organic ingredients. Other restaurants include Cheese Board Collective, Da Lian Chinese Cuisine, Gregoire French Cuisine, and Crepevine etc.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“The Cheeseboard bakery has excellent bread (and of course cheese) and is a great place for a morning roll or baguette. Check their hours, they are open until about 11am or 1pm most days but not every day. ”
  • 38 locals recommend
“Another good spot for beer and bar food. Catch a game on one of their many TVs. A local favorite for many Cal students.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“This cafe has the Berkeley vibe, with stories and portraits of famous resistance and civil rights leaders throughout the cafe. The coffee and food is pretty good, but won't blow your mind. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
“Great for kids, having a picnic, taking a walk, or just people watching on a nice day. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Perfect for date night, perfect for a group of friends. Make sure you get a reservation.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
“This hopping joint boasts great burgers, salads, chicken sandwiches, and gigantic orders of fries. Lunch and dinner daily. Personal Favorite: BBQ Grilled Chicken Salad, Santa Fe Burger, Curly Fries”
  • 15 locals recommend
Dessert Shop
“European-style bakery with excellent gourmet cakes, tarts, macaroons and delicious coffee. In the center of the gourmet ghetto $$”
  • 17 locals recommend