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Telegraph Avenue

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Berkeley, CA
+1 415-869-8661
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On a downhill slide

I've lived in Berkeley for a long time and am blocks away from the Telegraph commercial area... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Judith D
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Berkeley, California
My Favorite Stores are Disappearing

Many of my favorites are gone, especially the book stores. This commercial stretch has never been... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Thomas V
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Oakland, California
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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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  • Average26%
  • Poor17%
  • Terrible11%
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"downtown oakland"
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"restaurants and shops"
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"free speech"
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"vibe"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I've lived in Berkeley for a long time and am blocks away from the Telegraph commercial area. Change is inevitable, but in this case has not been kind. Out-of-town visitors hoping to see a slice of the legendary days will be disappointed. Newer restaurants largely...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Many of my favorites are gone, especially the book stores. This commercial stretch has never been pretty, but it seems to be getting worse and less interesting. Lots of street people and junky food places.

Thank Thomas V
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Reviewed 1 week ago

a mass of not really interesting shops (a part music and some vintage t-shirts). Old stuff and a lot of dirty shops and restaurants.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I know it's been two decades since I've been back to Berkeley, but I was so sad to see so many store fronts boarded up. I'm hoping business comes back to this iconic street and it's wonderful flair and flavor returns.

Thank M W
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Reviewed June 26, 2018

Telegraph Ave starting at Bancroft Way bang opposite Sproul Plaza is the hub of students - particularly undergraduate students who generally stay in the south side of the campus...

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Reviewed May 18, 2018

A nice, slightly noisy, tapas place with a large selection and good service. Good specialty cocktails and even fine Sherry on the menu.

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Reviewed May 5, 2018

Wow! What can I say - this is Berkeley to Oakland and shops and restaurants, cafes bakeries line the street. From Asian to African foods, coffees from anywhere and any chain, this street is fun. On a nice bright day, just park and walk, window...More

1  Thank EuForia_01
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Reviewed April 29, 2018

It's an area of little shops and many homeless and students walking along side you. Go walk the U, instead, if you want a beautiful walk and just want to mosey.

Thank LeslieKchill
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Reviewed April 3, 2018

Telegraph goes from downtown Oakland where store fronts to tiny art venues. Suddenly blocks of new building under construction, homeless folks and trash, more new small eatery. Opposite direction end less build, established small business toward Berkeley. All properties is sale for sale but great...More

Thank Rosa B
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Reviewed March 15, 2018

The Telegraph Avenue I remember from 50 years ago was vibrant, with lots of interesting restaurants and shops. Some of these survive, but there are too many empty storefronts and a disconcerting number of homeless people. Other memories of Berkeley are undisturbed, but this memory...More

1  Thank operalover939
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Sam D
December 6, 2017|
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Response from David-Sweet | Reviewed this property |
Sorry this took a long time to answer, but I only just received notification of the question. I observed street stall there most days. Not every stall was operating every day. The most prolific numbers were on Saturdays... More
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Sara H
August 20, 2016|
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Response from kmcgardener | Reviewed this property |
It probably depends on the vendor. There's an excellent Chinese bakery across from campus that I visited about 9 am. I didn't see street vendors then. They were there in the afternoon. It probably depends on the day of the... More
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