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“Shock to see it today”
Review of Telegraph Avenue

Telegraph Avenue
Ranked #17 of 84 things to do in Berkeley
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Owner description: Almost as if we haven't lost a moment of time... Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley is still so reminiscent of the 60's that you will feel as if you have traveled back in time when you visit Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley. The shops and eateries are a mix of quintessential hippie-dom mixed with the current U.C. Berkeley modern day student. Both seem to blend together in a medley that makes shopping and eating here almost a cultural or historical trek as well as a great shopping one.
Fair Oaks, California
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131 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Shock to see it today”
Reviewed 13 April 2012

We walked from our hotel to visit Telegraph Ave and were shocked to find so many stores boarded up and empty blocks where book stores such as Cody's once stood. It looked like a ghost town slum.

Visited April 2012
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San Francisco, California
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36 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Fun if you're in Berkeley and want a bite to eat, tie die or records”
Reviewed 10 April 2012

Telegraph avenue is student and aging hippie central. There are stands with tie die, jewelry and all manner of street vendor kitsch. There are some inexpensive places to eat on Telegraph and slightly off it, for example "The Asian Ghetto" which is an outdoor food court with mostly cheap Asian food just north of Telegraph on Durant. There are also a few record stores and lots of students.

Visited October 2011
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Oakland, California
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15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“Overwhelming, not that interesting.”
Reviewed 5 April 2012

Really the only thing on telegraph worth heading up there are the bookstores, and Ameoba if you are interested in music. Otherwise, it's too busy, too crowded, and too much crappy stuff sold for too much money.

Visited June 2011
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Thank Caroline T
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Sudbury, Massachusetts
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226 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Funky Berkeley Street”
Reviewed 31 March 2012

It was fun to look at all the stalls and talk to the people who show their goods. It is so Berkeley. We loved it.

Visited March 2012
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Moss Beach, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“"Every town must have a place where Phoney Hippies Meet"”
Reviewed 20 March 2012

No, actually, that Mothers of Invention line was Frank Zappa's way of making fun of Upper Grant Avenue in San Francisco... Head shops and incense. But seriously, from Bancroft to Dwight near the UC Beserkely Campus is busy with homeless, students, artisans, and counterculture icons. In the Sixites it was more Protestor & Hippie-prone. Now, the City Council is trying to clean it up.

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