Happy Mondays in Berkeley

BY Jeffrey Church July 07, 2017

Ease your way into the week, explore Berkeley on a Monday. It's a great day to wander this culturally cool city by the Bay.

Mondays can be a drag, especially after a busy weekend filled with SF Bay Area activities. Ease your way into the week, and explore Berkeley on a Monday! It's a great time to wander the city.

Start off your morning with breakfast at one of Berkeley’s gems, La Note. Sip some coffee and nibble on their lemon gingerbread pancakes and egg dishes in their intimate dining area, all while having avoided the weekend brunch rush.

After breakfast, take a stroll through Downtown Berkeley's Arts Passageway, located between Center Street and Addison Street, where Expressions Art Gallery displays seasonal artwork. Many of the pieces that are shown are also available for purchase. Stop in at the Berkeley Visitor Information Center while you're here. The ACCI gallery, a short 10-minute walk to North Shattuck, is where local Berkeley artists showcase their works, ranging from paintings to sculptures and photographs.

With classes in session almost every weekday of the year, the UC Berkeley campus is abuzz with students and faculty. Walk through the university, admire the architecture, and even go into the buildings to see what makes "Cal" the #1 public university in the world per many surveys. The Valley Life Sciences Building is the largest building on campus, and needs to be in order to fit a fully formed, Tyrannosaurus Rex! The Doe Memorial Library offers exhibits open to the public, and access to the Morrison Reading room. Located on the right when you enter the library, the reading room has stunning designs from floor to ceiling. Pick up a book, sit in a comfortable lounge chair and unwind.

The Campanile, also know as Sather Tower, is the third largest bell and clock tower in the world. For $3, visitors take a short elevator ride up to the top and take in stunning views of Berkeley and the Bay Area.

While on campus, catch the Hill Line Shuttle ($1) located in front of Evans Hall to go up to the UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens. A quick 5-minute ride and you are at the entrance of North America’s largest collection of wild plants and flowers. Berkeley flower power is in full swing at the garden, with collections dedicated to various continents, and a section devoted to California native plants.

After a day of food, art and flowers, it’s high time for a beverage! From artisanal cocktails at Tupper & Reed, to craft beer at Jupiter, Downtown Berkeley has several spots to quench your thirst. For something more herbal, Asha Teahouse offers buzzworthy teas.

Hey, with so many things to do in Berkeley, there’s no longer any need to fear Mondays!