Named after an Irish eighteenth-century bishop and philosopher, what was once the land of the Ohlone people eventually would become the home of European settlers, and later, settlers of European descent.
Among the most notable of these was Luis Peralta, whose Rancho San Antonio (a gift of land from the King of Spain for his service at the Presidio) encompassed what is most of North Berkeley today. From open lands, ranches and farms, and a small wharf by the bay, to the site of the oldest campus in the University of California system — and the subsequent housing boom that it brought — Berkeley has enjoyed a history of slow but steady growth as one of the Bay Area's most sought-after places to live.
In a Word
Often referred to as the Gourmet Ghetto, North Berkeley sits north of U.C. Berkeley’s campus and runs along Shattuck Avenue. Here, you’ll find:
- Neighborhood dining favorites, including Cheese Board Collective, Juice Bar Collective, and Cha Am.
- Savory take out from Gregoire and Poulet, and meats from Saul’s classic Jewish deli.
- Cooking classes at Kitchen on Fire, Cha-Ya's vegan sushi, and Epicurious Garden — Berkeley’s version of a food court.
- Delicious pastries at Masse's and Love at First Bite.
- And weekly farmer’s markets that are bound to keep you full.
North Berkeley is considered the birthplace of innovative California cuisine, a movement that was led by Chez Panisse head chef and owner, Alice Waters. A cornerstone of Berkeley cuisine since 1971, Chez Panisse has evolved into nothing short of a local legacy.
Why North Berkeley?
The homes in this foodie haven are quintessential Berkeley. Here, you’ll find plenty of single family residences overflowing with lavender and jasmine, detailed Victorians, and tall historic buildings. And, with all that Downtown Berkeley has to offer just minutes away, this city is not only a fantastic place to raise a family, but a great place to shop and dine, too.