Top stops near new Downtown Berkeley plaza

The new Downtown Berkeley BART Station plaza is now open to the public and includes shops, seating, sights and sounds.
 
Downtown Berkeley is famous for its high concentration of eclectic small businesses, and the new Downtown Berkeley BART station portal offers easy access to it all.
 
The old circular brick funnel has been replaced with an airy glass canopy that allows more light onto BART riders emerging from the underground. On the plaza, pedestrians are greeted by a sonic array of sounds from locations across the globe, including conga drums, birds chirping in India and frogs croaking in Bali. There are 143 sound snippets in all, created by Oakland composer and retired Mills College music Professor Chris Brown. The sounds broadcast from hidden speakers across the plaza.
 
The other piece to the plaza is "Home," a 14-foot sculpture by Berkeley artist Mark Christian in the shape of a desk globe. The globe is a visual representation of Brown's audio snippets, which he has traveled the world to collect.
 
Other new features on the plaza are improved wayfinding signage, including digital screens with real-time bus and rail arrival information.
 
Improved wayfinding on the plaza helps riders get to their destinations more easily.
 
Feeling hungry? Check out local favorites, Ike’s Love & Sandwiches and Almare Gelato Italiano directly adjacent to the glass canopy.
 
Looking for more options? Head across the street to pizza and beer at Jupiter or a quick Mexican bite at Fresco Mexican Grill.
 
Jupiter and Fresco Mexican Grill are across Shattuck Ave. from the plaza.
 
Pop down Addison St. for long-standing theatres, Aurora Theatre Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse.
 
 
Add in Angeline’s Louisiana Kitchen and Lucia’s Pizzeria and you’ve got yourself a full itinerary of food and culture.
 
Click below to learn more about these and other BARTable locations near Downtown Berkeley Station.
 
Ike’s Love & Sandwiches

At this local favorite sandwich shop, the signature fresh baked bread stuffed with massive fixings and layered with that iconic secret “Dirty Sauce” will keep your napkin busy.

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Ike’s Love & Sandwiches

Downtown Berkeley
Almare Gelato Italiano

This gelato shop crafts it fresh every morning with flavors such as toasted almond with caramelized figs or stracciatella.

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Almare Gelato Italiano

Downtown Berkeley
Jupiter

In addition to wood-fired pizzas, you’ll find microbrews for the beer lover, vegan cheese for the animal lover, and a pergola encased in vining greenery for the garden lover.

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Jupiter

Downtown Berkeley
Fresco Mexican Grill

Fresco is a family-owned Mexican grill restaurant that serves authentic dishes made from recipes that were handed down through generations.

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Fresco Mexican Grill

Downtown Berkeley
Aurora Theatre Company

Through their productions of both classic and new works, Aurora Theatre Company supports the Bay Area community by hiring local artists and artisans and likewise support all forms of diversity both onstage and off.

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Aurora Theatre Company

Downtown Berkeley
Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Berkeley Rep seeks to "set a national standard for ambitious programming, engagement with its audiences, and leadership within the community in which it resides." 

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Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Downtown Berkeley
Freight & Salvage

Since its founding in 1968, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse has been deeply rooted in Berkeley’s culture that embraces freedom, justice, acceptance, collaboration, and innovation.

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Freight & Salvage

Downtown Berkeley
Berkeley Art Museum, Pacific Film Archive

BAMPFA is the visual arts center of UC Berkeley that showcases various exhibitions, films, performances, lectures, and more.

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Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

This collection showcases art, objects, texts, musics and historical documents about the Jews in the Global Diaspora and the American West.

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Angeline's Louisiana Kitchen

Whether you’re enjoying jambalaya, drinking an ice cold Abita beer or finishing your meal with a delicious order of beignets, you’re sure to leave happy.

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Angeline's Louisiana Kitchen

Downtown Berkeley
Lucia's Pizzeria

Lucia's serves inventive pies such as an option with soppressata and fiery ghost pepper-infused maple syrup or a pizza topped with brussel sprouts and smoked mozzarella.

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Lucia's Pizzeria

Downtown Berkeley

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