36 Hours in Berkeley, Calif.

36 Hours in Berkeley, Calif.

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The vibrant college community of Berkeley is as rich as ever with food, music and cafe culture — and rest assured that the crusty hippie spirit is also alive and well.

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    The Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theater was founded at the height of the '60s counterculture.
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    After a full renovation in 2009, the Hotel Shattuck Plaza has all the modern perks to go with its vintage, turn-of-the-century style.
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    The Freight is a terrific venue to listen to a full range of live traditional music, both well-known and not (all are welcome at open-mike night).
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    A rustic, intimate 33-seat wine bar and bottle shop with a focus on Northern California wines and beers.
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    At the wood-clad bar, cocktails are expertly prepared with a bit of theater, and they are fierce. The music is always good.
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    Try the refreshing shochu cocktails made with grapefruit and umeboshi plum.
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    Head to the cheerful, sunlit Mrs. Dalloway’s bookshop for a morning browsing its well-curated stacks.
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    The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa is a sprawling, 22-acre Mediterranean resort confection nestled in the Berkeley foothills, complete with three outdoor pools, tennis courts, and a kids’ club.
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    After a morning visit to Mrs. Dalloway's, stop here for breakfast sandwiches and elegant pastries.
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    The park's 2,000-plus acres are crisscrossed with hiking trails and include a botanical garden and showcase farm.
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    Do your college student thing and hit up Alchemy Collective Cafe for powerful espresso drinks and a caffeinated crowd strongly represented by the punky, inked and pierced.
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    If you haven’t made a reservation, late night at Chez Panisse Cafe is a good time for walk-ins.
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