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Trying the best of Berkeley’s sweets can be an all-day affair with so many local choices. Start the day in the Gourmet Ghetto with a croissant at Masse’s Pastries, a world class European-style bakery, paired with a robust cup of coffee from the original Peet’s Coffee and Tea on Vine Street. For an immersive experience into the history and food that put the Gourmet Ghetto on the map, take a food walking tour with Edible Excursions!
If you find yourself closer to Fourth Street, look no further than Chocolatier Blue, featuring owner Chris Blue’s gourmet chocolates made with only the finest and freshest ingredients. Truffle favorites include peanut butter and jelly, and organic fruit, nut and espresso combinations. Blue also makes vegan chocolates, substituting nuts for the cream and butter. For a nearby savory interlude, try one of Berkeley's great lunch spots, such as Bette's Oceanview Diner or Tacubaya.
California produces more ice cream than any other state in the US! Berkeley has certainly done its part to raise the bar for ice cream. Humphry Slocombe on College Avenue is a truly unique ice cream shop where imagination keep the flavors unique and fresh. Secret Breakfast, Carrot Mango Sorbet, and Hibiscus Beet, stop by their shop and treat yourself to a cone.
Perhaps the perfect close to three days of sipping, savoring and "sweeting" through Berkeley is dinner at Skates on the Bay. The Berkeley Marina restaurant has the best waterfront views in Berkeley, sparkling fresh seafood and Angus steaks. Start with something from the cocktail menu, linger over dinner and enjoy the SF skyline panorama outside the window.