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Telegraph Avenue

Berkeley, CA
+1 415-869-8661
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a simple way to travel back to the 60s ...

The street scene here goes back over 50 years, the vibe is about the same counter culture thing... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Berkeley, California
Great People Watching and unique shopping

Great People Watching and unique shopping with a nod to the ^0's and the Summer of Love. The home... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Almost as if we haven't lost a moment of time... Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley is still so reminiscent of the 60's that you will feel as if you have traveled back in time when you visit Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley. The shops and eateries are a mix of quintessential hippie-dom mixed with the current U.C. Berkeley modern day student. Both seem to blend together in a medley that makes shopping and eating here almost a cultural or historical trek as well as a great shopping one.
  • Excellent18%
  • Very good25%
  • Average28%
  • Poor17%
  • Terrible12%
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+1 415-869-8661

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The street scene here goes back over 50 years, the vibe is about the same counter culture thing that it has always been, just the charactors change as well as the shops ... This is another part of Berkeley ... .. .

1  Thank sdkimbrough
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great People Watching and unique shopping with a nod to the ^0's and the Summer of Love. The home of the Free Speech Movement and amazing new restaurants.

Thank GKohler
Reviewed 23 August 2017

Telegraph avenue illustrates what to avoid in Berkeley, dirty street, homeless people begging. Or maybe we shouldn't avoid it. It is our unpleasant reality.

Thank Peter C
Reviewed 13 August 2017

While there are some places closed down there is a vibrancy about Telegraph Avenue. Plenty to see and do. Street markets from the trendy jewelry, original paintings and other 'stuff'. There are homeless people about but generally they don not bother others. If you are...More

Thank David-Sweet
Reviewed 23 July 2017

9 years ago during our first visit to Berkeley (we visit family there on an yearly basis) Telegraph Avenue was hustling and bustling with every sight, sound and taste imaginable - giving one the sense of Berkeley's original "hippie-town" flavour. However, this seems to be...More

2  Thank PearlCanada
Reviewed 10 July 2017

There's good and bad here - lots of history, some nice new shops and restaurants (Mezzo, Sinaloa) but still very dirty, but I guess that's part of the scene.

Thank _dcnn418
Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

Every hippie cliche imaginable. There are still local businesses but it is starting to be overrun with chains.

Thank Alzor S
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Lots to do, see, and eat! Great to walk down and walk into the shops like the Chinese bakery on the corner, T-Shirt Orgy, Rasputin Music, and Cream.

Thank 517shadin
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

It is sorry to see the demise and corporate takeover of Telegraph Ave. Once cool, with great independent stores--bookstores, cafes and the like-- it is now dirty and grubby, with chain outlets and the like. Still a few old standbys, but quite sad now. 4th...More

Thank albebuc
Reviewed 26 January 2017

Great variety of shops and restaurants. You need more than one day to see it all. Some of the stuff for sale borders on the unique.

Thank Douglas D
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Sara H
20 August 2016|
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Response from kmcgardener | Reviewed this property |
It probably depends on the vendor. There's an excellent Chinese bakery across from campus that I visited about 9 am. I didn't see street vendors then. They were there in the afternoon. It probably depends on the day of the... More