Join a hive of activity Downtown, with the Arts District at one end, famous restaurants at the other and UC Berkeley nearby
Downtown Berkeley is relatively small, so it’s perfect for exploring on foot. Step outside and discover Berkeley’s most artistic area, where there’s a theatre, cinema or music venue at every turn.
Start by strolling to the Arts District, and walk down Addison Street to take in a show at the renowned Berkeley Repertory Theatre or catch a play in the intimate surroundings of the Aurora Theatre. If films are more your thing, you’ll have five fantastic movie theatres to choose from. Grab some popcorn and spend the evening watching an independent film with your friends on the comfy chairs at Landmark Shattuck Cinemas.
Keep your eyes on your feet as you wander down Addison Street, taking in the poetry panels engrained along the sidewalk. Stop for a minute and enjoy pieces by Brecht, Allen Ginsberg, and Shakespeare, among other literary greats. Taking inspiration from these powerful words, take a detour to the Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park to admire the unique collection of 5,000 tiles painted by Berkeley residents and pressed into the The Berkeley World Wall of Peace – a tribute to the city’s storied past.
After all that walking, you’ll have worked up an appetite. Luckily, one of Berkeley’s most famous restaurants, Chez Panisse, is within walking distance. Thought to have invented Californian fusion cuisine, this restaurant is great if you love fresh, organic and local ingredients. Meet up with friends and dine on an ever-changing menu of seasonal dishes.