The next time someone asks me — as they often do — what's a hidden gem you want to tell every new-to-town parent about, I'm pretty clear on my answer: Strawberry Creek Park: A playground with coffee in Berkeley.
UPDATE: July 2019: The last cafe to inhabit this space has left, but it appears a new one is building out. Stay tuned for an update when coffee service has resumed.
With ample parking, a huge field in which to scamper, a creek to explore, a playground, and now, a cafe onsite, Strawberry Creek Park is a perfect destination for a lazy Saturday. Especially if your Saturday is so lazy that you cannot pack a picnic.
Cafe Rene will hook you up with coffee, granola, and fancy toasts and fresh sandwiches served on Acme bread.
There is a terrace with bistro tables, indoor seating, and of course, a huge square of grass on which you can spread a blanket.
If you frequently head out on playground-seeking adventures with a preschooler, treat yourself to lunch at Cafe Rene.
Strawberry Creek Park is one block south of University Ave on Addison. Also accessed where Allston dead ends right after Bonar. Strawberry Creek Park has no relation to Strawberry Canyon Pool.
Cyclist and strollers can use the West Street path to navigate into the park.