Welcome to Berkeley

Berkeley will surprise those who recall it as the counter-culture center of the Sixties. Free Speech and flower power are forever in the city “DNA,” but Berkeley has evolved into a culinary and cultural travel destination with a “green” soul. You’ll still see more tie-dye per capita in Berkeley, but a deeper look reveals a small yet dynamic city filled with superb theaters, restaurants, shops and cafes.  

Visit Berkeley is the official travel & tourism organization for the city and operates a visitor information center in downtown Berkeley at 2030 Addison Street, one block northwest of the Downtown Berkeley BART station, that is stocked with complimentary literature on the city’s attractions, restaurants and hotels.  It's staffed by people who really know the ins and outs of the place. You can contact the center by phone at (510) 549-7040 or toll-free at (800) 847-4823, or pop in weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m (closed for lunch from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.) to speak to someone in person or browse through the center’s resources.

In addition, Visit Berkeley also maintains an excellent travel website with information on where to stay and what to see and do. You can find much of the information online that is offered in the center, including the official visitors' guide and an updated calendar of events.