Maddie’s Guide to Northwest Berkeley

Maddie

Maddie’s Guide to Northwest Berkeley

Northwest Berkeley: Cafes & Restaurants
Our favorite places to eat and drink in the neighborhood.
Hip, sunny coffee shop that serves salads, sandwiches, grain bowls and other healthy fare for breakfast and lunch.
Cafe Réveille
760 Hearst Ave
Hip, sunny coffee shop that serves salads, sandwiches, grain bowls and other healthy fare for breakfast and lunch.
Great coffee -- they roast their own beans on-site! They often host live music over the weekends.
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Artís Coffee
1717 Fourth Street
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Great coffee -- they roast their own beans on-site! They often host live music over the weekends.
Delicious, inventive Japanese fare. Michael Pollan's favorite restaurant in Berkeley (after Chez Panisse).
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Iyasare
1830 Fourth Street
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Delicious, inventive Japanese fare. Michael Pollan's favorite restaurant in Berkeley (after Chez Panisse).
Excellent breakfast in a laidback atmosphere.
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Cafe M
1799 Fourth Street
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Excellent breakfast in a laidback atmosphere.
Fantastic Mexican food, to eat-in or take-out. We love the chicken tacos, the tortilla soup, and the ceviche.
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Tacubaya
1782 Fourth Street
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Fantastic Mexican food, to eat-in or take-out. We love the chicken tacos, the tortilla soup, and the ceviche.
Our favorite coffee shop! They've got fantastic food (try the egg sandwich or the avocado toast) and on Friday evenings, they morph into a wine bar with small bites. A wonderful way to end your week, or kick off your weekend!
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Bartavelle Coffee & Wine Bar
1603 San Pablo Avenue
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Our favorite coffee shop! They've got fantastic food (try the egg sandwich or the avocado toast) and on Friday evenings, they morph into a wine bar with small bites. A wonderful way to end your week, or kick off your weekend!
Fantastic Thai comfort food. You can eat in, take out, or order for delivery/pick up on Caviar.
Funky Elephant
1313 Ninth Street
Fantastic Thai comfort food. You can eat in, take out, or order for delivery/pick up on Caviar.
Delicious Korean food -- their house specialty is the tofu soup, of which there are about a dozen varieties. Eat in or call ahead for pick-up.
Pyeong Chang Tofu House
1269 University Ave
Delicious Korean food -- their house specialty is the tofu soup, of which there are about a dozen varieties. Eat in or call ahead for pick-up.
A bit of a walk, but this is a lovely cafe that serves breakfast and lunch, with outdoor seating.
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Standard Fare
2701 8th St
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A bit of a walk, but this is a lovely cafe that serves breakfast and lunch, with outdoor seating.
A delicious, authentic German restaurant with a real farm-to-table, home-cooked ethos.
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Gaumenkitzel
2121 San Pablo Avenue
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A delicious, authentic German restaurant with a real farm-to-table, home-cooked ethos.
A popular, perennially packed tapas restaurant right on San Pablo.
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La Marcha Tapas Bar
2026 San Pablo Avenue
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A popular, perennially packed tapas restaurant right on San Pablo.
CoRo Coffee Room
2324 Fifth Street
Northwest Berkeley: Food Shopping
Where to pick up groceries (and wine) during your stay.
The one and only! Actually, this is the second Berkeley Bowl location, but it's bigger (and better, IMO) than the original. You'll find a huge array of fresh produce, including lots of esoteric varieties that are rare to find elsewhere.
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Berkeley Bowl Marketplace -West
920 Heinz Avenue
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The one and only! Actually, this is the second Berkeley Bowl location, but it's bigger (and better, IMO) than the original. You'll find a huge array of fresh produce, including lots of esoteric varieties that are rare to find elsewhere.
Sometimes Berkeley Bowl West can get a bit crowded, so if you're looking for a quick/easy grocery run, Whole Foods is the place to go.
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Whole Foods Market
1025 Gilman Street
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Sometimes Berkeley Bowl West can get a bit crowded, so if you're looking for a quick/easy grocery run, Whole Foods is the place to go.
A small independently-owned market that carries most of the essentials, and some produce!
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Franklin Bros. Market
901 Bancroft Way
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A small independently-owned market that carries most of the essentials, and some produce!
A specialty food store that carries pastas, canned items, cheese and cured meats but no produce or fresh dairy.
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Market Hall Foods Berkeley
1786 Fourth Street
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A specialty food store that carries pastas, canned items, cheese and cured meats but no produce or fresh dairy.
Incredible Berkeley-based bakery for fresh breads and pastries. There's always a small line up outside, but it moves fast (and you can grab a coffee at Bartavelle next door while you wait).
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Acme Bread
1601 San Pablo Avenue
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Incredible Berkeley-based bakery for fresh breads and pastries. There's always a small line up outside, but it moves fast (and you can grab a coffee at Bartavelle next door while you wait).
Great spot to pick up Spanish beers, wines, or jamon!
The Spanish Table
1814 San Pablo Avenue
Great spot to pick up Spanish beers, wines, or jamon!
A small but wonderful wine shop down on Fourth Street. The staff is incredibly knowledgable and always has great recommendations.
Vino!
1786 Fourth Street
A small but wonderful wine shop down on Fourth Street. The staff is incredibly knowledgable and always has great recommendations.
If you're a wine geek, this is a must-visit. This is the only retail outpost of famed French/Italian wine importer Kermit Lynch.
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Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
1605 San Pablo Avenue
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If you're a wine geek, this is a must-visit. This is the only retail outpost of famed French/Italian wine importer Kermit Lynch.
Berkeley: Outdoor Exploring
Some of our favorite hikes and walks in Berkeley.
A large park up in the hills. Many of the hikes have beautiful views across the Bay.
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Tilden Regional Park
2501 Grizzly Peak Boulevard
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A large park up in the hills. Many of the hikes have beautiful views across the Bay.
A nice, easy but gently hilly walk along the water. Enjoy views of San Francisco and all sorts of native wildlife.
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César E. Chávez Park
11 Spinnaker Way
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A nice, easy but gently hilly walk along the water. Enjoy views of San Francisco and all sorts of native wildlife.
Inside, you'll find a science museum & planetarium...but outside, you'll get gorgeous views of Berkeley, the San Francisco Bay, and Marin.
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Lawrence Hall of Science
1 Centennial Drive
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Inside, you'll find a science museum & planetarium...but outside, you'll get gorgeous views of Berkeley, the San Francisco Bay, and Marin.
30+ acres of botanical specimens from around the globe! Also includes admission to an adjacent redwood grove.
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Centennial Drive:UC Botanical Garden
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30+ acres of botanical specimens from around the globe! Also includes admission to an adjacent redwood grove.
A gorgeous terraced rose garden...worth a visit, when it's in bloom.
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Berkeley Rose Garden
1200 Euclid Avenue
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A gorgeous terraced rose garden...worth a visit, when it's in bloom.
Northwest Berkeley: Self-Care & Exercise
Where to get in a quick workout or pamper yourself.
Popular yoga studio with dozens of classes each day and an emphasis on fitness-oriented/heated classes. Just a short walk from our home.
CorePower Yoga
811 University Avenue
Popular yoga studio with dozens of classes each day and an emphasis on fitness-oriented/heated classes. Just a short walk from our home.
A very reasonably priced massage parlor in the same building as CorePower Yoga. It's not fancy, but the technicians are incredibly thorough!
Zen Day Spa
811 University Avenue
A very reasonably priced massage parlor in the same building as CorePower Yoga. It's not fancy, but the technicians are incredibly thorough!
A solid nail salon that also offers nail art and gel manicures/pedicures. Appointments recommended.
Lacquerbar
2040 Fourth St
A solid nail salon that also offers nail art and gel manicures/pedicures. Appointments recommended.
An upscale nail salon that uses all non-toxic products. Appointments recommended.
Marlowe
1901 Fourth St
An upscale nail salon that uses all non-toxic products. Appointments recommended.
Benefit offers brow, facial & body waxing services. Appointments recommended.
Benefit Cosmetics Boutique & BrowBar
1831 Fourth Street
Benefit offers brow, facial & body waxing services. Appointments recommended.
The one and only. Indoor cycling with a dose of spiritual motivation.
SoulCycle
760 Hearst Ave
The one and only. Indoor cycling with a dose of spiritual motivation.
Right next door, you'll find an amazing apothecary run by expert staff. They carry delicious tea blends, spices, and honey from their rooftop beehives, but also specialize in custom-made tinctures and body treatments -- face oils, salves, etc.
Alembique Apothecary
901 Hearst Ave
Right next door, you'll find an amazing apothecary run by expert staff. They carry delicious tea blends, spices, and honey from their rooftop beehives, but also specialize in custom-made tinctures and body treatments -- face oils, salves, etc.
Independently-owned yoga studio right on Fourth Street with a variety of gentle & restorative classes. Drop ins welcome!
4th Street Yoga
1809 Fourth Street
Independently-owned yoga studio right on Fourth Street with a variety of gentle & restorative classes. Drop ins welcome!
Northwest Berkeley: Wineries & Breweries
Northwest Berkeley is home to an "urban wine trail" and several great breweries. Here are our favorites.
Our favorite. Broc makes natural wines with grapes from all over California. They showcase unique varietals have a gorgeous, modern tasting room with a small outdoor seating area.
Broc Cellars
1300 Fifth Street
Our favorite. Broc makes natural wines with grapes from all over California. They showcase unique varietals have a gorgeous, modern tasting room with a small outdoor seating area.
Another fantastic winery. This one has a large back patio with picnic tables and lawn games.
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Donkey & Goat Winery & Tasting Room
1340 Fifth Street
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Another fantastic winery. This one has a large back patio with picnic tables and lawn games.
Another nice brewery, with a wide selection and ample seating.
Gilman Brewing Company, Brewery, Berkeley, East Bay, CA
912 Gilman St
Another nice brewery, with a wide selection and ample seating.
A laidback spot where you'll often get to taste with the winemaker himself.
Windchaser Wine Co
1375 Fourth St
A laidback spot where you'll often get to taste with the winemaker himself.
An awesome brewery featuring tons of award-winning beers. This place is always lively (and crowded) over the weekends, but it's worth a visit.
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Fieldwork Brewing Company
1160 Sixth Street
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An awesome brewery featuring tons of award-winning beers. This place is always lively (and crowded) over the weekends, but it's worth a visit.