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Things to do in Berkeley

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Berkeley. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Berkeley attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Berkeley to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Berkeley.

  • Amoeba Music, Berkeley

    Housed in Berkeley’s historic Amoeba building—the center of the city’s Free Speech Movement during the 1960’s—this iconic shop is billed as the wor... More
  • Berkeley Farmers' Market

    Started in 1987, the Berkeley farmers' market has since grown into three year-round markets in three neighborhoods. Live musicians, food stands, an... More
  • César

    Sherry stronghold. This café and bar offers more than 500 spirits and fortified wines. More
  • Explorers’ Corner

    Founder Olaf Malver’s specialty is trailblazing kayak journeys in remote polar settings, but he also runs mellow, warm-water trips. T+L Trip pick A... More
  • Ici Ice Cream

    Ici is run by a former pastry chef from Chez Panisse, Mary Canales, and is balanced between the past—hearty root-beer floats and all that—and the g... More
  • Monterey Fish Market

    Opened in 1979 by a former chef, this sustainability-focused fish market on Pier 33 buys its catches from local boats, small suppliers, and nationa... More
  • Pyramid Brewery & Alehouse

    An offshoot of the Seattle-based original, this lively brewery is housed in a converted warehouse with high ceilings, stained concrete floors, and ... More
  • Saturate

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