The shopping district of Solano Avenue spans twenty-six blocks and nearly two miles from East to West, beginning near the I-80/I-580 interchange and sloping up Albany Hill. The street is a part of the areas early history, developing just after the San Francisco quake and fire of 1906. It is a local treasure with plenty of small-town charm, and provides a bridge between the beautiful cities of Berkeley and Albany. Many locally owned mom-and-pop businesses are located on this stretch of street, ranging from artsy boutiques to fresh cafés and restaurants. You can also find an assortment of professional and health-related service organizations on Solano.
The lovely street boasts a unique collection of shopping choices, making it a “one-stop-shop” street for many locals, who boast that living near the street makes having a car unnecessary. There are over two hundred businesses in the district, including sixty-five restaurants, thirty retail shops, one Movie Theater, and two grocery stores including the beloved bay-area icon, Andronico’s, which specializes in gourmet natural foods. There is also a small “pocket-park,” great for relaxing with a Peet’s Coffee in hand, and notably, two public Elementary schools on Solano Avenue.
Bay Area Yelpers rave about the legendary Little Star Pizza, and Bowl’d Korean Rice Bar, which is a favorite for vegetarians and those craving authentic Korean cuisine. For window shopping, Antiques on Solano specializes in art, books, and vintage jewelry for those who love to peruse and find a one-of-a-kind gift or decorative trinket.
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