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Telegraph Avenue

Berkeley, CA
415 869 8661
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Ranked #30 of 42 attractions in Berkeley
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: City walk sightseeing, People-watching, Shopping, Dining
Owner description: Almost as if we haven't lost a moment of time... Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley is still so reminiscent of the 60's that you will feel as if you have... more » Owner description: Almost as if we haven't lost a moment of time... Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley is still so reminiscent of the 60's that you will feel as if you have traveled back in time when you visit Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley. The shops and eateries are a mix of quintessential hippie-dom mixed with the current U.C. Berkeley modern day student. Both seem to blend together in a medley that makes shopping and eating here almost a cultural or historical trek as well as a great shopping one. « less
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Bristol
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

LOVE this corner of the world, it's charming, took the Bart here and hung out and went to 924 gilman also :-)

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Oakland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

In the early mid sixties I was hitting my adolescent stride. I had long patronized shops on Telegraph Avenue and especially the large number of book and record stores there just south of the Cal campus. When I was a child Telegraph actually extended all the way to Sather Gate but they tore down the stores and blocked off the... More

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Frankfurt (Oder), Germany
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

when your doing some sightseeing in B you have to walk up and down the Telegraph. It might seem dertyish at first bur its totally cute . And you can have some fun shopping :)

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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512 reviews 512 reviews
264 attraction reviews
303 helpful votes 303 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Visitors to the UC campus who are looking to browse campus shops and restaurants sometimes get drawn down to Shattuck Avenue, but Telegraph Avenue is a better choice. You'll still get panhandled along this street (hey, this is the Bay area, get used to it!), but that does not seem to be as aggressive here. A trip down this street,... More

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El Cerrito
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

I grew up in Berkeley and hung out at coffee shops after folk dancing nearby during the mid 70's. Used to be vibrant with a variety of clothing stores, bookstores, music stores, along with continuous stretch of street vendors with handmade crafts and clothing all along Telegraph Ave. Now, when I drive by, all I see are transients loitering in... More

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Berkeley, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Unless you are looking for CDs simply do not bother. There is really nothing left but a few cafes and record stores. Most street vendors are not even making their own jewelry,tie dye,etc.Parking is impossible unless you use a pay lot.

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Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

So many rave at telegraph. I hate it. So grungy and full of non desirables who think they are hip. The restaurants doing challenge standards in positive ways.

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Berkeley, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

A visit to Telegraph Avenue used to be a must for the quintessential Berkeley experience. In the last few years, however, its turned into more of a gaunlet thru homelessness, street vending and yuppie Cal students waiting on line at Crème. A fire destroyed one corner of business and is now an empty lot, faced by the old façade of... More

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Berkeley, California
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65 reviews 65 reviews
8 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

The condition of Telegraph is a searing indictment of the Berkeley City Council's lack of priorities and inability to govern and develop the city. This is a prime location next to the Berkeley campus, rich in history and potential that is completely underutilized. The area has become home to a mix of mentally disturbed individuals and increasingly aggressive homeless youths... More

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Berkeley, California
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3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Don't expect to relive the 1960s on this street adjoining the UC Berkeley campus. There are far too many street people - with all the problems of homelessness, drugs, social isolation, etc. - and faint traces of what this area was in decades past. Even the bookstores are gone, except for one standout: Moe's Books, which still has an outstanding... More

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