West Berkeley, also known as the Waterfront, has such diverse offerings so much to offer that it's hard to know where to begin. This area, in between 6th Street, Sacramento and San Pablo Avenue, is chock full of wonderful restaurants, stores, parks, and more.
Local businesses like Metro Lighting
, Mi Tierra Market
, and Bar-B-Que
give the neighborhood a one-of-a-kind feel, while Caffe Trieste Berkele
y keeps things hot with coffee, panini, pastries, and live music. Come out on any fourth Sunday to catch Papa Gianni, the owner of Cafe Trieste, singing
classical Italian Ariettas.
In West Berkeley's treasure chest of other yummy restaurants are Everett & Jones BBQ
and Bangkok Thai Cuisine
, to name a few. Acme Bar
offers free tamales and $3 beers every Sunday. For family eats, Lanesplitter
has great pizzas and salads. And if you are into a competitive game night, the Albatross Pub
with its variety of board games, pool tables and dart boards, not to mention a fine selection of tap beer and 25-cent popcorn, should not be missed.
may be known around the world for its University, but the schools for the younger set are equally amazing. The Walden School
, Black Pine Circle
, Nia House Learning Center
, The Berkeley School
, Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley
(for those who are or want to be Franco-phones), and Rosa Parks Science and Environmental Science
public school (known for being one of the first Berkeley public schools to run it energy from its solar panels) all live up to the area's high academic standards.
For lovers of trees and water, Aquatic Park
is a gem. Popular with dogs and people alike, this park has an ultimate Frisbee course, Dreamland Park playground
, and an overpass that lets you walk over to the Berkeley Marina, where locals enjoy windsurfing, kayaking, fishing and pausing for a moment to take in the beautiful scenery along the water's edge.
Down Fourth Street you will find a skate park for kids and a vast amount of retail stores and restaurants including Peet's Coffee
, Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto
, Bette's Oceanview Diner
, Z Gallerie
handbag factory, Brennan's
, The East Bay Vivarium
, and more. The renowned Zaentz Media Center
, as well as other world famous artists and crafts persons, can be found working in small studios sprinkled throughout the district.
The real estate within West Berkeley's neighborhoods
is dotted with modest single-family homes and even a few Victorian farmhouses, which were the area's original dwellings.
Whether you want to tackle a fixer-upper, or purchase a smaller home that's already been expertly remodeled, West Berkeley is a great place to start.