Best Idea Ever: A playground with coffee in Berkeley - 510 Families

Best Idea Ever: A playground with coffee in Berkeley

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.

Cafe in Strawberry Creek Park
The Hidden Cafe is in ground floor of building. Playground is to the left.

With ample parking, a huge field in which to scamper, a creek to explore, a playground, and, 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.

We are all about keeping a waterproof blanket in the car for exactly this situation.

Bring a picnic blanket
Picnic Blanket by JJ Cole

Strawberry Creek Park Playground - West Berkeley

Strawberry Creek Park - Berkeley by 510families

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Strawberry Creek Playground has a cafe inside Berkeley

Sure, Frog Park has College Avenue and Live Oak Park has North Shattuck, but this location offers access to coffee inside the park perimeter.

Hidden Cafe will hook you up with coffee, seasonal salads, and tacos. They sell snacks such as banana chips and other dry goods items. Let’s stay tuned to see what they come up with for the playground guests!

There is a terrace with bistro tables, indoor seating, and of course, a huge square of grass on which you can spread a blanket.

View of the grassy field from inside Hidden Cafe
Strawberry Creek Park in Berkeley is perfect with a preschooler
Strawberry Creek offers easy access for stream-stomping.

If you frequently head out on playground-seeking adventures with a preschooler, treat yourself to lunch at Hidden Cafe.

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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. Keep exploring to find basketball courts and a public bathroom.

Cyclist and strollers can use the West Street path to navigate into the park.

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