Gourmet Ghetto / Northside

Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto / Northside Neighborhood

Northside Gourmet Ghetto

Located just a few blocks north of the UC Berkeley campus, Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto is a foodie’s Mecca.  Home to the socially conscious farm-to-table movement, many treats for your taste buds can be found here. The original Peet’s Coffee, The Cheese Board Collective and Chez Panisse are this neighborhood’s stars and helped revolutionize the way we think about food.

The Northside neighborhood is home to the seminaries of “Holy Hill” and its eateries along Euclid Street cater to hungry UC students and professors. The Northside is Berkeley’s oldest residential neighborhood.  Suffering from a huge fire in 1923 many homes designed by famed architect Bernard Maybeck were destroyed.  Replaced by stucco apartment buildings, the southern part of this neighborhood now houses many UC students and staff.

Family and Entertainment

This area is not fully consumed with its culinary feats, those who are more culturally inclined can take in art exhibits at the Berkeley Art Center, a spooky Dia de los Muertos Celebration and many festivals throughout the year.  And the Live Oak Community Center has classes, events and theater productions for the whole family to enjoy.

Nearby Schools

Berkeley Arts Magnet at Whittier Elementary K-5th

Montessori Family School Scenic K-8th

School of the Madeleine K-8th

Oxford Elementary School K-5th

Martin Luther King Middle School 6th-8th

Berkeley High School 9th-12th

Global Montessori International School K-6th

Washington Elementary School K-5th

Berkwood Hedge School K-5th


The Gourmet Ghetto / North Campus neighborhood is conveniently located to both the Downtown and North Berkeley BART stations.