There are few places in the East Bay as iconic as Telegraph Avenue. In a city known for its openness, political activism, and unparalleled academia, the avenue serves as both conductor and conduit for Berkeley’s unceasing energy.
At 4.5 miles long, Telegraph Avenue begins in downtown Oakland and stretches into Berkeley, where it ends at the foot of the University of California, Berkeley campus. But for all its length, just five blocks of Telegraph — from Bancroft Way to Parker Street — are the key to the street’s legacy. Most days, this five-block stretch of brick storefronts is abuzz with college students, street vendors, locals, and tourists.
Its wooded sidewalks are lined with a mix of specialty stores, vintage boutiques, international cuisine cafes, and national retailers such as Peet’s Coffee and American Apparel. When it comes to people-watching from your favorite spot, there’s no better place than “the Ave,” where the world and the East Bay meet Berkeley.