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Telegraph Avenue

Berkeley, CA
415 869 8661
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Ranked #31 of 40 Attractions in Berkeley
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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...
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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 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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Sydney
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116 reviews 116 reviews
99 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
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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37 attraction reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
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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Bristol
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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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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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, Germany
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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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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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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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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6 helpful votes 6 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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9 helpful votes 9 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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