Explore Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto

Can you smell the freshly baked breads on Berkeley’s Shattuck Avenue yet? When you’re approaching the Gourmet Ghetto, between Rose and Hearst Streets, a cluster of foodie destinations famously draws devout crowds. There may be long lines, but the folks in ‘em are usually happy to wait for the latest culinary fix.

Clocking in at just over  a 10-minute walk from Downtown Berkeley BART Station, the Gourmet Ghetto’s California cuisine hallmark may be Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse (for its early farm-to-table mastery), but so much more has since been spawned in the area. Neighborhood highlights in addition to all the carefully prepared recipes include the Thursday afternoon North Berkeley All Organic Farmers’ Market, eco-friendly attire at Earthly Goods, and local visual delights at Arts and Crafts Collective, Inc.

OK, but really, let’s get back to the food. Hit up these Gourmet Ghetto must-eats and enjoy what makes the scene so, yep, gourmet.

Chez Panisse

Multi-course organic, farm-to-table, seasonal meals continue to make Chez Panisse one of the most famous Bay Area restaurants around

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Chez Panisse

Downtown Berkeley
Cheese Board Pizza

There’s pizza, and then there’s a slice of Cheese Board pizza with that tiny tub of ridiculously addictive cilantro-jalapeno green sauce

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Cheese Board Pizza

Downtown Berkeley
Epicurious Garden

Often described as Berkeley’s little sibling to San Francisco’s Ferry Plaza, Epicurious Garden is the Gourmet Ghetto’s version of a quick ‘n’ casual food court

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Epicurious Garden

Downtown Berkeley
Saul’s

When people in Berkeley want lotsa matzo, latkes or pastrami sandwiches, this restaurant and deli in the Gourmet Ghetto meets demand

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Saul’s

Downtown Berkeley

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