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Telegraph Avenue Review

Berkeley's student-oriented thoroughfare, Telegraph Avenue is the best place to get a dose of the city's famed counterculture. On any given day, you might encounter a troop of chanting Hare Krishnas or a drumming band of Rastafarians. First and foremost, however, Telegraph is a place for socializing and shopping, the only uniquely Berkeley shopping experience in town and a definite don't-miss (though locals complain that Telegraph is heading downhill fast, with too many panhandlers, and businesses closing up shop). Take care at night, when things get edgier. The nearby People's Park, mostly harmless by day, is best avoided after sunset. Cafés, bookstores, poster shops, and street vendors line the avenue. T-shirt vendors and tarot-card readers come and go on a whim, but a few establishments—Rasputin Music (No. 2401), Amoeba Music (No. 2455), and Moe's Books (No. 2476)—are neighborhood landmarks. Allen Ginsberg wrote his acclaimed poem "Howl" at Caffe Mediterraneum (No. 2475), a relic of 1960s-era café culture that also lays claim to inventing the café latte.

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Updated: 05-06-2013

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