Start your morning exploring Berkeley's culinary tourism at the orginal Peet's Coffee and Tea in North Berekeley. Check out Peet’s Vine Street coffee museum as you sip your cappuccino or latte. You can enjoy a breakfast pastry here, or for a full breakfast.
Across the street, Saul’s Restaurant & Deli provides a very Berkeley take on a NYC deli, boasting house-smoked grass-fed pastrami on Acme rye and house-made sodas with seasonal flavors.
California micro-brewing was born in Berkeley, and in recent years this pioneering spirit paved the way for the Berkeley Beer Trail Map. It all started in 1985 at Berkeley’s Triple Rock Brewery & Alehouse, America’s oldest brewpub. The downtown brewery, pub and restaurant has a cult following for its artisan, house-brewed beer and alehouse fare. Just down the street is Jupiter, serving its own handcrafted beers and ales along with award-winning wood fired pizzas, sandwiches, salads and more.
Trumer Brauerei Berkeley is the sister brewery to the 400-year-old Trumer Brauerei Salzburg. Turns out that Berkeley’s water is nearly identical to Salzburg’s – exceptionally soft with minimal sediments and impurities. Trumer Pils is brewed in Berkeley using the finest German and Austrian ingredients added to Berkeley-sourced water. Make a reservation to tour the brewery and taste award-winning Trumer Pils.
A quick jaunt down the street is the Sierra Nevada Torpedo Room, a tasting room for craft beer discovery and education. Enjoy samples of small-batch Sierra Nevada draughts – many of which you won’t find anywhere else – paired with small plates designed to enhance your beer flight.
Do you tend to favor the tarter things in life? For a truly unforgettable craft-beer experience, look no further than The Rare Barrel in West Berkeley. This microbrewery plays the long game to create an array of all-sour beers. Sour beers take longer to make (they age for 6 months to 3 years), but their unique flavors are well worth the wait.
Fieldwork Brewing Company is another great venue for getting hoppy -- located in West Berkeley as well, and pouring a selection of a dozen or more brews in rapid rotation.