Last weekend, my husband and I went to Berkeley for the first time. We spent the day exploring, shopping, and driving through Berkeley Hills. I was not sure what to expect, but I was surprised myself at the beauty of the town and all the unique little neighborhoods.
We started the morning at a quaint French bistro. La Note was worth the 30 minute wait! The restaurant has a great menu serving everything from croissants to oatmeal raspberry pancakes and Emmenthal cheese omelettes. Naturally, we started with a giant bread basket, the Corbeille du pain. It was filled with a croissant, brioche, and a baguette. I ordered the Cote Est which include delicious scrambled eggs, a pancake of your choice, and home fries or bacon. My husband ordered an omelette with ham and cheese. I also ordered a fresh grapefruit juice and latte. The eggs were soft and perfectly cooked, something I would order there again. We plan to return to La Note again to sit on their patio on a warmer morning. They also serve lunch and dinner! This spot would be perfect for a girls brunch or late afternoon tea. Santé!
We used this map to help us navigate the neighborhoods and must-sees. We explored downtown, the UC Berkeley campus, the Gourmet Ghetto, Elmwood, Berkeley Hills, and 4th Street. The UC Berkeley campus was stunning. It was a large campus, filled with old trees and interesting architecture. I was too full from breakfast, but as we drove through the Gourmet Ghetto, there was a line out the door of Cheese Board Pizza. I already added this restaurant to my list for our next trip there. We then drove through Elmwood, which has independently-owned boutiques and restaurants. This would be another great spot for brunch. Our favorite part of the day was driving up the Berkeley Hills. These homes have the most amazing views of the Bay, the bridges, and the skyline of San Francisco. This area is also so green; wide, treelined streets reminding me of life on the east coast. Fourth Street had more of the well-known stores like Anthropologie, Z Gallerie, and an Apple store to name a few. Bette’s Diner is also located here and I read that this is another local favorite.
We can’t wait to return to Berkeley for more food finds and antique shopping.