Things to do in Berkeley
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 gourmet future, with such flavors as brandied cherry and burnt caramel.
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 world’s largest independent music store.
An offshoot of the Seattle-based original, this lively brewery is housed in a converted warehouse with high ceilings, stained concrete floors, and exposed ductwork. The indoor seating area has several TV’s tuned into sporting events, as well as large windows overlooking the palm-shaded patio.
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 Antarctica: The Ultimate Polar Wildlife Adventure.
Started in 1987, the Berkeley farmers' market has since grown into three year-round markets in three neighborhoods.
Opened in 1979 by a former chef, this sustainability-focused fish market on Pier 33 buys its catches from local boats, small suppliers, and national producers. The seafood selection, displayed in coolers and on beds of ice, comprises mostly wild species from the West Coast.
Sherry stronghold. This café and bar offers more than 500 spirits and fortified wines.