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Address: Berkeley, CA
Phone Number: 415 869 8661
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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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dowdy but evocative

Telegraph Avenue is what many an outsider assumes is "Berkeley." It's not that -- College Avenue or Shattuck Avenue (or even the northern Solano Avenue) are probably better bets... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 2, 2016
Paul S

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Georgia
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298 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unless you want drug paraphernalia, hippie clothes from China or a lecture/invective from someone sitting on the sidewalk asking for money, there is no reason to go to Telegraph Avenue. Those who in college in the late 60's & early 70's remember it's heyday. For those who weren't, Telegraph Avenue ain't what it used to be. Now it's a dark,... More 

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28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Telegraph Avenue is what many an outsider assumes is "Berkeley." It's not that -- College Avenue or Shattuck Avenue (or even the northern Solano Avenue) are probably better bets as representative landscapes. But Telegraph is just itself: more than a bit down at the heels, with People's Park a half-block away, with head shops and small eateries catering to Cal... More 

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Thank Paul S
Midland, Texas
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

I have always loved Telegraph Hill, but it has changed a lot from my first and second visits in the 1980's. The funkiness is gone, along with the "radicalism" that accompanied Berkeley back in the day. But there are plenty of nice and cheap places to eat, and saw the Berkeley Cops hassling a street person (some things never change),... More 

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Thank Simon1108
California
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106 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

We are Cal alumni from long ago, and appreciate that things must change. But to us, Telegraph has gotten grungier and the atmosphere far less interesting. Old used bookstores like Shakespeare's and Moe's are still there, but Cody's is gone, which ripped a literary institution out of the Berkeley scene. Sure, visit if you are dropping the kids at school... More 

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Thank Liars N F
Fresno, California, United States
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

I only visited Berkeley for two days, and on one day I went to Shattuck and walked around, and the next day I went to Telegraph. I did not really enjoy Telegraph--first, it was smaller than Shattuck, but more than that, it felt kind of dark. There were a few creepy stores--more than there usually are squashed into one street--and... More 

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Oakland, CA
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

As someone who sold on telegraph ave. 40 years ago, I can personally attest to the changes. Store fronts are empty, and homeless are organized panhandlers. That being said, there is a flavor here that one must experience to appreciate. UC students, street vendors (not so many unless it's Christmas or a street fair), funky coffee shops and the UC... More 

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Thank cand0
Kissimmee, Florida
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34 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

Fun drive, very scenic, hills and green trees!!. plan on 25 mph as you go through. Fairly busy but worth a few minutes of your time

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detroit
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127 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Yes this is a typical street in Berkeley but wider. There are so many homeless people around even though they don't bother you they are everywhere. I could smell urine in a lot of the shop entrances and there was piles of trash everywhere. There are lots of tourists and students walking around and fun little shops as well as... More 

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Berzerkley! Such a fascinating history and still a few wonderful characters around town. Yet now Telegraph is full of corporate shops that seem so out of place.

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Thank GlennMiles
San Francisco, California
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 via mobile

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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