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Shopping & Dining


Perusing through Berkeley reveals myriad opportunities for both shopping and dining. The city’s shopping districts are lined with a unique mix of retailers and service providers, and its culinary selection is listed among the finest in the East Bay and beyond.

Shoppers enjoy browsing the storefronts and aisles of Berkeley shops, which are packed with a variety of products. View and purchase unique artwork in one of the area’s many galleries, read through pages of various works at a local bookstore or check out the latest tunes at various music shops. There are also retailers offering racks of vintage and designer clothing, outfitters with plenty of gear and supplies for outdoor enthusiasts, along with those featuring organic gifts, chocolates, beauty products and more.

Whether it’s during one’s shopping spree or immediately following, hunger is sure to strike. Fortunately, Berkeley is spotted with an eclectic blend of eateries catering to all kinds of diners. Patrons take pleasure in innovative California cuisine, vegan fare, upscale delicacies, authentic ethnic fusions and plenty of other menus featuring fresh local ingredients.

farmers market

Speaking of locally produced items, make sure to stop at Berkeley Farmers’ Markets, where one will find the freshest agricultural products around. The markets offer vegetables, fruits, baked goods, olive oils, dairy items, jams and preserves and many other delicious foods and condiments prepared for on-site eating or at-home preparation. The Saturday market is located downtown; the Thursday market is held in the Gourmet Ghetto neighborhood; and the Tuesday market is found in south Berkeley.

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