UC Berkeley may be known for political protests, but North Berkeley started the slow food revolution. Chez Panisse restaurant was founded in 1973 by food activist Alice Waters to offer local, sustainable California cuisine—her radical experiment established America's organic food culture. The area of Shattuck where the restaurant still serves guests is known as the Gourmet Ghetto. The collectively owned and operated Cheeseboard creates a daily seasonal and vegetarian pizza. Nearby Fourth Street is a wide avenue lined with shops, galleries, bookstores and cafés.
Getting Around Oakland
The best way to get around downtown Oakland and Berkeley is by walking and using the BART (subway/metro). Fares are calculated based on distance and generally range from $3-$6. Driving will allow better access to some residential areas.
Nearby Airports
  • San Francisco International Airport-SFO
  • Oakland International Airport-OAK
Airport Taxis
  • $68 from SFO to Downtown Oakland
  • $30 from OAK to Downtown Oakland
  • $85 from SFO to Downtown Berkeley
  • $45 from OAK to Downtown Berkeley
Things to Do and See Near North Berkeley