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Address: Berkeley, CA
Phone Number: 415 869 8661
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Activities: Shopping, Dining, City walk sightseeing, People-watching
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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This time it was creepy

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 17, 2015
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Phoenix, Arizona
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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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Sydney
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121 attraction reviews
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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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The town is filthy and I have traveled to 3rd world countries on several occasions and recognize filth. The residents are rude and full of themselves. They dress like they are still living in the 60's. Bad grey hair and bad clothes. They look like the unbathed and unkept. I know that not all of them graduated from CAL but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 via mobile

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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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, Germany
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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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