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Address: Berkeley, CA
Phone Number: 415 869 8661
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Activities: City walk sightseeing, People-watching, Shopping, Dining
Description: Almost as if we haven't lost a moment of time... Telegraph Avenue in...
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.
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Telegraph Ave, just south of campus, has been changing for 20 years, but still maintains its history and some element of Berkeley hippie days. Highlights: the clothing shop on... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed June 3, 2015
desertsage55
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Berkeley, California

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Every street corner is a reminder of my childhood and teen years, then little more altered 20's experiences. After I relocated to FL I couldn't quite figure out how to show my step daughter why I am the way I am, how I got to be the person I became, and when we came to visit Berkeley, she stopped mid... More 

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Santa Rosa, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Be ready for a flashback to the 60's. Not for everybody but I love it. the restaurants, shops and buzz of people from Cal students to hippies to transients. It's all good.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

I read some reviews on here and almost skipped Telegraph because f the negative comments. I loved the diversity and freedom of the place. Yea there were some homeless but not really a big deal. This seemed like any downtown area but with a vastly more interesting vibe. You can be anything here...no one will care. No it wasn't perfectly... More 

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Berkeley, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Telegraph Ave, just south of campus, has been changing for 20 years, but still maintains its history and some element of Berkeley hippie days. Highlights: the clothing shop on the corner of Telegraph/Durant has the best prices for UC Berkeley logo products. Proceed up Durant to Gypsies for good but inexpensive Italian food. Moe's Books is the best bookstore, across... More 

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Telegraph Avenue has changed during the years. It used to have more street vendors than it does today. The cafes have changed over the years. The thing that has not changed is that it is a street that many students will visit during the time one is going to UC Berkeley. The reason is is that Telegraph avenue ends at... More 

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North Richland Hills, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Off-the-wall and eclectic line the street and sometimes it's the shops. I love the used bookstores, although, not as many as in days gone by, treasures are still hidden in back corners and behind the unusual stuff.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We've been before, and I wanted to shop a bit. I remember loving the sock store last time. We went on a late Friday afternoon almost evening. Streets were brimming with homeless which was sad enough, but most of them had animals with them. The animals even looked sad. Granted, not a single person asked for money, which was kind... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

First the good points. There are some interesting shops on the Avenue. Now to the rest. It's filthy and full of vagrants, crazies and other people you do not want to meet. The legacy of the hippie generation has come home to roost with massive social problems. I wanted to get out as quickly as I could, once I had... More 

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Berkeley, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

I first became acquainted with the "Telegraph Avenue experience" in autumn of 1969, when I was an incoming freshman at U.C. Berkeley. What I found exciting were the record stores, the book stores with their many books on photography and art, the intriguing garb of the "street people," and the "Harry Krishnas." The "Harry Krishnas" were a group of Caucasians... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Telegraph is the worst neighborhood in the Bay Area- covered in filth, grime, crime, and in a state of complete and utter ruin. It appears that the local community and University are not supporting the upkeep of this neighborhood at all and what an embarrassment for such a supposedly progressive town. Where is the community activism here- no where to... More 

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Address: Berkeley, CA
Phone Number: 415 869 8661
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley

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