Exploring the thriving North Berkeley neighborhood of Westbrae is a treat. The Westbrae Biergarten and Westbrae Nursery are popular neighborhood staples, as are many shops, restaurants, grocers, the famous Acme Bakery with neighboring Barteville Café, and nationally renowned wine importer Kermit Lynch.
Along with Westbrae's shopping, amenities, relaxation and recreation, numerous transportation options include BART, Amtrak, ferry service to San Francisco, numerous public bus lines, and excellent freeway access. The area also has outstanding bike-ability.
Take a ride through the Westbrae neighborhood:
When the weather is perfect for hanging out and enjoying good food and drink, Westbrae Biergarten is a craft beer oasis in the heart of a wine-oriented Berkeley neighborhood. So, when the fog stays away, the beer fans and their families, come here to play.
This reviewer said it best: "Great breakfast spot for bagel sandwiches and fresh squeezed OJ! Awesome lattes as well! They also had some Cambodian chicken skewers–like cali-mex-cambodian fusion. Very tasty and possibly one of the best bagles in Berkeley."
The North Branch of the Berkeley Public Library is a stellar example California Spanish style architecture—the central beamed ceiling a spectacular feature. Built in 1936, a new addition for this historic branch was added in 2012. A designated City of Berkeley Landmark since 2001.
N. BERKELEY FARMERS MKT.
The perfect way to spend a Thursday afternoon: Groping vegetables, sniffing fruit, sampling citrus and strawberries, and convincing yourself that because it's a Farmer's Market, the taquito and pastry you just ate didn't break your diet. A farm-to-table destination for locals.
With a small loan and a glass half-full of gumption, a writer/musician opened Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant in 1972 with 3-dozen cases of wine stacked on the floor. Since then, he's won two James Beard awards and been knighted with a “Legion d’Honneur.” by the French government.
When famed Café Fanny closed in 2012 after 28 years of serving their signature cafe au lait, crepes, poached eggs, and Acme toast, Bartavelle Coffee & Wine opened with a modern vibe and a European feel, in the slip of a space that's wildly popular from morning 'til dusk.