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The best of Berkeley
There’s way more to Berkeley than just the university (although we love that, too). Just across the Bay Bridge from San Francisco and north of Oakland you'll find a vibrant city packed with one-of-a-kind restaurants, unconventional museums, soul-soothing natural parks and historic haunts. You just need to know where to look. Here are the best things to do in Berkeley—wheher you want to eat, drink, explore or play. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.
Don't let the college vibe fool you, Berkeley is full of amazing things to do and places to eat. In fact, Berkeley has become something of a culinary destination in its own right (hello, Chez Panisse) with some of the best chefs from the Bay Area and abroad looking to find a hungry audience near campus. Our list of the best restaurants in Berkeley spans established eateries and recent transplants and cuisines from Italian and Japanese to French and 'za. Use them as fuel as you explore the best things to do in the Bay Area. Our experts scour the city for great dishes, great value and insider info. So, the EAT List is a unique, authentic snapshot of Berkeley's ever-evolving dining experience right now: we update it regularly, whenever somewhere we think is truly spectacular opens. It could be a mega-hyped destination restaurant or a pop-up-turned-permanent joint in a shipping container: if it’s on the list we think it’s terrific, and reckon you will too. Eaten something you love on this list? Share it under the hashtag #TimeOutEatList to show your appreciation.