bay area photoDid you know the Latte was invented just down Telegraph Avenue, at Berkeley’s Caffe Mediterraneum? Or that the city of Berkeley was the first to codify benefits for domestic partners, in 1981? Or that Berkeley was also the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement, hot tubs, and dog parks?

As a graduate student, sometimes life feels like an endless cycle of work, research, and (hopefully) sleep. But one of the perks of attending UC Berkeley is that we are located in the heart of an innovative city replete with unique arts, cultural, and culinary experiences. From vibrant street art and public galleries, to hillside parks and hiking trails, to craft coffee and sustainable dining, there is so much to explore and get to know about the city of Berkeley.

Find out more from the experts by checking out the official Visitor’s Guide from Visit Berkeley or view their Event Calendar to see what’s happening TODAY. Or you can stop by the Visitor’s Center at 2030 Addison St., just west of campus.

Here is a small sampling of places and points of interests:

Outdoor Recreation
Cesar Chavez Park
Shorebird Park Nature Center
Tilden Regional Park
Berkeley Rose Garden

Architecture & History
Berkeley Paths
Berkeley Historical Society
Julia Morgan History Room

Arts & Culture
Berkeley Repertory Theatre
California Jazz Conservatory
Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive
Berkeley Art Center