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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Farm
“Cute little animal farm in one of the Bay Area's best hiking parks. 12 min taxi/rideshare away”
  • 16 locals recommend
Playground
“What on earth is this fancy Merry-Go-Round doing in a park in the Berkeley Hills? Well, they had to put it somewhere. There are also snacks and coffee inside, but don't expect the cafe quality you would find in town.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Park
“Hiking, lake for swimming, steam trains for kids, merry go round, little farm for seeing animals... ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Located in a small strip of shops on Arlington Avenue. It's a great place to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner. There's a wonderful local grocery store called Youngs Market in the same set of shops and if you are looking for that special bottle of wine then don't go past Arlington Wine and Spirits. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Park
“Park-ish/architecture-ish-- the UC Berkeley Landscape Design Gardens-- only open during the week (check the website) and very worth a visit. Many people don't even know this is here. Shhhh.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Pub
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“Good burgers, brew choices. Live music on certain nights. Neighborhood scene. Kid friendly.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Bakery
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“This was the first location of the famous East Bay bakery: try their morning buns”
  • 13 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“One of our favorite markets of the many in our area. Small in square footage but filled with the highest quality vendors around, live music, prepared foods, meat, fish, organic produce, flowers and more. Sundays.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“a rustic pizza place, lots of farm to table ingredients. And they serve Cava- my favorite bubbly.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Wine Shop
“This is our local wine shop where you can always find a good bottle of wine or champagne to go with the oysters that you picked up at Hog Island.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bus Station
“H bus is an express bus to San Francisco bus terminal in the heart of the financial district. It operates during commuter hours only. 7 bus operates regularly - 15 minutes to downtown Berkeley, UC Berkeley, BAMFA + Pacific Film Archives and Downtown Berkeley BART station, plenty of restaurants, book stores, movie theaters and Berkeley Repertory Theater.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Route
“Casual, quaint local restaurants, cafe, nail salon, church, library, bus stop.”
  • 1 local recommends
Point of Interest
“A real little farm. You can get face to snout with cows, sheep, and goats. Also turkeys, chickens, ducks. Bring lettuce or celery (only) to share; you can usually get some free at Monterey Market if you ask. A favorite!”
  • 1 local recommends
Route
“Tennis Courts, Basketball Courts, Walking and Jogging Trails adjacent to house and wonderful San Francisco Views”
  • 1 local recommends
Route
“Best trail to get a look over the whole bay, park at the visitor's center near the Little Farm, hike towards Jewel Lake and go up Wildcat Peak Trail, it takes about 2 -3 hours up and down medium pace.”
  • 1 local recommends
Natural Feature
“great place to hang out: watch free roaming turtles, squirrels etc....you'll love it, just a 20 minutes walk!”
  • 1 local recommends