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What you should know about Berkeley

Known for its quaint, small-town feel and friendly residents, the liberal city of Berkeley has long been a haven for students, artists, musicians, and writers looking to escape the bustle of neighboring San Francisco. Located on San Francisco’s East Bay, the city boasts stunning scenery and is also a foodie Mecca, offering a wide range of cafés, restaurants, and bars, where shoppers can spend hours browsing the hippy memorabilia, music, and other gems that fill the local stores and thrift shops.

Hotels in Berkeley

Like the city itself, accommodation in Berkeley is varied and charming. You’ll find everything from Berkeley boutique hotels to cheap motels. For an authentic experience, Hotel Shattuck Plaza is an historic 4-star Berkeley hotel with jaw-dropping views of San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Berkeley Hills. Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Berkeley is a 3.5-star Berkeley hotel with great reviews located right in the heart of the city. Travelers on a budget will appreciate places like the Rose Garden Inn, a fine example of discount accommodation in downtown Berkeley offering great facilities at a bargain price.

Things to see in Berkeley

With open green spaces, buildings dating from the 19th century, and innovative modern architecture, University of California, Berkeley, is one of America’s most distinguished universities and a must-see for visitors to the city. Also situated on the sprawling university grounds is the University of California Botanical Garden, a 34-acre garden in the Berkeley Hills with views over the Bay and home to a large number of rare and endangered plants. Just uphill from the garden, you can visit the Lawrence Hall of Science, which offers hands-on science exhibits and is also known for its stunning vistas of the Bay. The nearby People’s Park was created during Berkeley’s famous civil rights protests of the 1960s and is now a hive of activity where the city’s free-thinking population often meet and mingle. It’s also worth keeping an ear out for the free concerts held here frequently.

Good for travelers on a budget

Hidden away from central San Francisco, a budget vacation to Berkeley has great appeal. The relaxed setting allows you to unwind in this charming city, while still providing easy access to all that San Francisco has to offer. You may even find yourself spending more time east of the Bay than you expected, thanks to the great cheap food options and discount bars all within walking distance. Being a student city, rates in the local stores and cafés are affordable, and most of the attractions in Berkeley, including the University sights, are free or have nominal entrance charges. Public transport is also cheap, and Berkeley is small enough to be negotiated on foot.

How to get to Berkeley

From Oakland International Airport, you can use the BART train system to reach Berkeley in no time. San Francisco International Airport is also served by the BART and there are plenty of taxis at both airports, as well as shuttle buses that drop you right to your destination. Most people get around Berkeley itself on foot and renting a bike is also a fun way to enjoy the city’s famed West Coast climate. Those looking to travel to San Francisco or around the Bay can hop on the BART. Berkeley is also served by intercity Amtrak trains and the East Bay’s bus service, the AC Transit.