What Makes Berkeley Such A Cultural City?

A recent study places Berkeley as the most cultural student city in the world.

When we think about some of the most cultural cities in the US, major metros like San Francisco, New York, New Orleans and Boston are often at the top of people's list. However, did you know that Berkeley has become a top choice for those seeking a culture fix?

In fact, in a recent piece of research on the most cultural student cities in the world, Berkeley took the top spot! So why is this, and what cultural aspects does the city of Berkeley actually offer?

It's A Foodie Haven

For those looking for the ultimate foodie haven, Berkeley offers something to suit all taste buds. Whether you're looking to grab a quick bite at one of the city's many artisan food outlets, or something a little bit more structured, Berkeley is absolutely jam-packed with options.

For example, the Great China Restaurant is a top choice for those looking for traditional Northern Chinese dishes. Fancy something a bit lighter? The Cheese Board Collective offers more than 400 cheeses, salads, pizza and fresh bread.

Have a fondness for craft beer? Well, you're also in luck, as Berkeley is home to numerous craft breweries, led by Triple Rock Brewery and Gilman Brewing Company. You'll find plenty of urban wineries in Berkeley as well -- West Berkeley's Gilman District is the hub.

Diversity At Its Finest

Berkeley's population of 122,000 is extremely diverse. This comes as no surprise when one considers the ongoing efforts at the University of California - Berkeley, where the student body is global, contributing to the city’s “everyone is welcome” vibe.

In a recent poll, it was found that the university achieved a diversity score of 87 out of 100, and an impressive diversity rank of 94 out of 2,475 US academic institutions.

Staying true to its word, the university even offers a fully-fledged department devoted to Cultural Studies. Options within the department include studies pertaining to African American, Asian, Buddhism, Near Eastern, and Latin American cultures, among many others.

Celebrating Culture Through Art

The city of Berkeley is also home to a full range of live music venues. If you're looking for the ultimate night out with friends, the likes of Cornerstone, the Greek Theatre on the UC Berkeley campus, The Back Room and Freight & Salvage are all well worth a look.

If you're looking for a bit of cultural history, the UC Theatre is well worth checking out. Built back in 1976, the theatre is famous for screening the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which ran at the site for a remarkable 22 years straight. These days, the UC Theatre hosts a number of live music events, across an extensive number of genres.

Finally, the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive showcases rotating exhibitions of visual art and world cinema at its downtown Arts District location.

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