Telegraph Avenue Shopping in Berkeley, Berkeley

As Berkeley is a colorful and joyful city, it offers a great variety of places to shop. Telegraph Avenue is the best shopping area in the city, featuring Rasputin and Amoeba Music, the originality of Berkeley Hat, Bear Basics and Bancroft Clothing. Great gift shops featuring unique items can also be found in this wonderful city.
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Telegraph Avenue Shopping in Berkeley Map

Guide Name: Telegraph Avenue Shopping in Berkeley
Guide Location: USA » Berkeley (See other walking tours in Berkeley)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.6 km
Author: AudreyB
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Berkeley Hat

1) Berkeley Hat

Berkeley Hat offers a wide variety of high quality men’s and women’s hats for any occasion. From classic fedoras to pirate hats, any color wool beret, Kentucky Derby hats, and even peculiar monkey and Medusa hats, Berkeley Hat offers it all.

Operation Hours: Monday - Thursday: 10.30 am - 6 pm; Friday - Saturday: 10.30 am - 6.30 pm; Sunday: 12 pm - 5.30 pm
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Moe's Books

2) Moe's Books

Moe's Books, founded in 1959 by Moe Moskowitz and his wife as a record store, is popular as one of the first stores to go online in 1993. It is also known for promoting its own workers, Joseph Fischer and Owen Hill. Moe's Books occupies four floors, featuring about one hundred thousand books of any kind imaginable.

Operation Hours: Monday - Sunday: 10 am - 10 pm
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Amoeba Music

3) Amoeba Music

Amoeba Music, established in 1990, is one of the best music stores in Berkeley. It features a very large selection of CDs, DVDs, VHS and laser discs from any era. Located in a large building known as the Forum Coffee House in the 1960s, Amoeba Music is one of the best and largest independent music dealers in the Bay Area.

Operation Hours: Monday - Thursday: 10.30 am - 8 pm; Friday - Saturday: 10.30 am - 10 pm; Sunday: 11 am - 8 pm
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Annapurna

4) Annapurna

Opened in 1969 on Telegraph Avenue, Annapurna is a gift shop where anything from cards, incense, hookahs and an assortment of pipes can be found. It is also known as one of the best dealers in funny greeting cards. Annapurna has won many awards and is considered one of the best gift and smoke shops in Berkeley.
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Rasputin Music

5) Rasputin Music

Rasputin Music is one of the largest independent music chain stores in the Bay Area. Known for its low prices on new and used DVDs, CDs and vinyl, Rasputin Music is also famous for its live in-store performances. It is the best place to find great music at great prices.
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Big Al's

6) Big Al's

Big Al's sells pipes, bongs and other smoking accessories. It supports local artists by selling their glassware, as well as glass products from popular brands such as ROOR, Toro and Sheldon Black. Locals and tourists have been visiting Big Al's for years, as it is considered one of the best smoke and gift shops in the area.

Operation Hours: Monday - Sunday: 9.30 am - 10 pm
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Bear Basics

7) Bear Basics

Bear Basics sells University of California apparel, including sweatshirts, socks, toys and other items devoted to the beloved sports team, the Berkeley Bears. Offering high quality merchandise at reasonable prices, Bear Basics also features the T-shirt Orgy, where all kinds of printed T-shirts can be found.

Operation Hours: Monday - Sunday: 11 am - 6.30 pm
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Bancroft Clothing

8) Bancroft Clothing

Bancroft Clothing offers the largest selection of licensed Cal items anywhere, from clothes and shoes to glasses and mugs, all at great prices. It also carries clothing and accessories for kids, including infant booties, small cups and earrings, all with the famous Cal logo.

Operation Hours: Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm; Sunday: 11.30 am - 5.30 pm

Walking Tours in Berkeley, California

Create Your Own Walk in Berkeley

Create Your Own Walk in Berkeley

Creating your own self-guided walk in Berkeley is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
University of California Tour in Berkeley, Part 2

University of California Tour in Berkeley, Part 2

As the University of California is considered an architectural beauty, the north side of the campus features some of the university's most historically significant buildings. Founders' Rock, the University House and Wellman Hall, along with the campus’ green spaces, such as Memorial Glade and Eucalyptus Grove, are wonderful city landmarks worth seeing.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Berkeley is renowned for a number of listed historic sights; among them churches, private homes, public buildings and other historically important edifices reflecting the town's architectural beauty. Primarily, though, the town is famous for being home to the University of California, Berkeley Campus. As a student place, it also abounds in restaurants, bookstores and clothing shops, not to mention numerous street vendors occupying the sidewalks of Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley's major thoroughfare.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
University of California Tour in Berkeley, Part 1

University of California Tour in Berkeley, Part 1

The campus of the University of California is the core of Berkeley's treasures. Its design is the result of a 1898 architectural competition. Every part of its architecture has its own story. Take a look at the southern part of the university in the following tour.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Downtown Tour in Berkeley

Downtown Tour in Berkeley

Berkeley's downtown is home to several historic buildings and structures, each of them with their own history. The area is famous for the Old City Hall, Civic Center Park and the Veteran's Memorial Building. Visitors can also learn about the city’s history in the Berkeley Public Library's History Room.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Berkeley Landmarks Tour

Berkeley Landmarks Tour

Berkeley is famous for the amount of wonderful structures it has listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Churches, old private houses, buildings of historical importance and other impressive edifices are all representative of Berkley’s architectural beauty.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.2 km
Famous Museums and Galleries in Berkeley

Famous Museums and Galleries in Berkeley

Berkeley is home to several significant museums, including the University of California Museum of Paleontology, the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, and the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. The city is also home to art galleries, allowing emerging artists to continue the city’s cultural life.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Berkeley for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Berkeley has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Berkeley, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.