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Kickin_Donkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-31-09 06:03 AM
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29. If you don't know Berkeley well ...
all you have to do is hang out on Telegraph Avenue and side streets. That's entertainment in itself.

Then hang out at Sproul Plaza on campus. Sproul Plaza is essentially the base of Telegraph Avenue in front of the UC administration building (Sproul Hall). There's stairs that lead up to the building and benches all around. Hopefully, school will be in session and there'll be tons of students out and about. Again, that's entertainment in itself. Sproul Plaza is where all the demonstrations and rallies take place: Free Speech Movement, anti-war, anti-apartheid (in my day), the celebration after Obama won.

As for S.F., if you don't know it well, just do the easy, obvious things first:
Walk from Union Square to Chinatown.
-- Check out all the cafes in North Beach (old Italian neighborhood centered on Columbus Avenue and Broadway) in the evening -- it's rocking with young people hanging out.
-- The Haight-Ashbury at the intersection of Haight and Ashbury streets. It's gentrified now, but still fun to poke around.
-- Go to the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. The Japanese Tea Garden is adjacent. Then just hang in the park if it's a sunny day.
-- The S.F. Museum of Modern Art is cool (SFMOMA).

That's a good start. As you get to know the City better, you can check out places like the Mission, the Marina, the waterfront, Telegraph Hill and the little hidden gems all round.

Same with Berkeley. Once you get a fix on Telegraph and campus, you can venture to other neighborhoods: downtown, College Avenue (Elmwood), North Shattuck, Fourth Street, Solano Avenue. Take a ride in the hills up Spruce Street to Grizzly Peak.
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  -Any suggestions on what to do in Berkeley/San Francisco? Mollis  Mar-30-09 08:46 PM   #0 
  - there's a great restaurant right there  WannaJumpMyScooter   Mar-30-09 08:48 PM   #1 
  - yes, at Stonestown Galleria  CreekDog   Mar-30-09 09:19 PM   #6 
  - The Chevys is next to it as well. Authentic stuff guise  Dramarama   Mar-30-09 09:23 PM   #7 
  - The ORIGINAL Chevy's is in Emeryville  XemaSab   Mar-30-09 10:28 PM   #20 
  - Dude, tourists can't find Stonestown with a map.  Gormy Cuss   Mar-30-09 10:02 PM   #15 
     - Cha-am - that's the name I was trying to remember (I second that rec)  petronius   Mar-30-09 10:17 PM   #18 
  - There's an Olive Garden in Redding  XemaSab   Mar-30-09 10:02 PM   #16 
  - I hear the Olive Garden is great!  KitchenWitch   Mar-30-09 08:52 PM   #2 
  - Or even Vegas!  petronius   Mar-30-09 09:19 PM   #5 
  - See punk bands and get wasted.  Jamastiene   Mar-30-09 08:55 PM   #3 
  - If the weather is decent (i.e. not pouring down rain) rent bikes  SeattleGirl   Mar-30-09 08:59 PM   #4 
  - We are going to get night tour tickets  Mollis   Mar-30-09 11:15 PM   #25 
     - Cool!  SeattleGirl   Mar-31-09 01:31 AM   #27 
     - Get tickets to Alcatraz as soon as you can.  siligut   Mar-31-09 04:32 PM   #40 
  - Beware  Dramarama   Mar-30-09 09:24 PM   #8 
  - Ride a cable car, they are fun, but do it in the evening around 7-9  CreekDog   Mar-30-09 09:30 PM   #9 
  - Also the California Street car is WAY less crowded than the ones going to the Wharf  KamaAina   Mar-30-09 09:50 PM   #12 
  - If you can, go to the park across the Golden Gate Bridge.  davsand   Mar-30-09 09:30 PM   #10 
  - That vista is up on Conzelman Road.  Gormy Cuss   Mar-30-09 10:05 PM   #17 
  - We will definently be going to the park.  Mollis   Mar-30-09 11:06 PM   #22 
     - I was just in the Academy of Sciences museum last week.  Arugula Latte   Mar-31-09 11:34 AM   #33 
     - I think we are going on a Wednesday  Mollis   Mar-31-09 11:41 AM   #34 
        - Yep -- Went out on the roof.  Arugula Latte   Mar-31-09 03:04 PM   #37 
     - Don't miss the new DeYoung Museum  FloridaJudy   Mar-31-09 05:04 PM   #45 
  - go knock on the door of 710 Asbury Street  WannaJumpMyScooter   Mar-30-09 09:35 PM   #11 
  - Sign says  Dramarama   Mar-30-09 09:54 PM   #13 
     - does it now?  WannaJumpMyScooter   Mar-30-09 09:56 PM   #14 
  - Two things you CANNOT do in Redding:  XemaSab   Mar-30-09 10:25 PM   #19 
  - His family lives very close to Telegraph  Mollis   Mar-30-09 11:03 PM   #21 
     - You will be happy there  XemaSab   Mar-30-09 11:10 PM   #23 
  - Chez Panisse  mix   Mar-30-09 11:10 PM   #24 
  - hit the Olive Garden  Lethe   Mar-30-09 11:17 PM   #26 
  - I lived in Berkeley in the mid '70's. Best thing I ever did  old mark   Mar-31-09 01:40 AM   #28 
  - If you don't know Berkeley well ...  Kickin_Donkey   Mar-31-09 06:03 AM   #29 
  - We will be staying right by Telegraph  Mollis   Mar-31-09 10:59 AM   #30 
     - The Pork Store for breakfast  Tangerine LaBamba   Mar-31-09 04:47 PM   #41 
  - On the Cal campus, definitely go up to the top of the Campanile (bell tower)  Arugula Latte   Mar-31-09 11:32 AM   #31 
  - The hat Store on Telegraph Ave is awesome!  Bennyboy   Mar-31-09 11:34 AM   #32 
  - OK  Steerpike   Mar-31-09 11:44 AM   #35 
  - best thing we did last time we went was to ride the catamaran in the bay!  tigereye   Mar-31-09 11:57 AM   #36 
  - Wear flowers in your hair?  Deep13   Mar-31-09 04:09 PM   #38 
  - Great minds think alike. nt  Critters2   Mar-31-09 04:51 PM   #44 
  - Go to Amoeba Records on Haight St.  Dr Fate   Mar-31-09 04:23 PM   #39 
  - When's spring break?  Oeditpus Rex   Mar-31-09 04:50 PM   #42 
  - Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair.  Critters2   Mar-31-09 04:51 PM   #43 
  - You Could Go To Intersection of Haight/Ashbury  Yavin4   Mar-31-09 05:14 PM   #46 

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