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While it's become easier for vegetarians to accommodate their needs in recent years, travel can still be something of a hassle.  But if you rent timeshares, you provide yourself with affordable lodging that usually includes a kitchen.  So even if the local fare is light on vegetarian options, you can visit a market and cook a delicious meal at a fraction of the cost of dining out.  And timeshares are available for rent and sale across the country thanks to current owners who sell timeshares on the resale market.

San Francisco Vegetarian Guide

The Vegetarian Travel Guide includes vegetarian and vegan vacations, natural lifestyle and vegetarian festivals and expos, local vegan and vegetarian meetup groups, vegetarian spiritual centers, yoga ashrams, an annual Calendar of Events, and lots more. Have fun and enjoy your journey around San Francisco!

Updates & Additions: If a business has closed, please email us with the company name & city. If a listing is incorrect, please send us the current address, phone & website.

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Ecology Center & Bookstore (top left photo: VegetarianUSA) - 2530 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, CA 94702. 510-548-2220.Organic gardening supplies, books, tapes, gifts, t-shirts, cards.
Hida Tool & Hardware Inc. (top right photo: VegetarianUSA) - 1333 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702. 510-524-3700(PST). The store is open 9am- 5pm Monday through Saturday. Featuring exceptional tools from Japan, plus a wide variety of Garden tools and bamboo tools.
REI (top center photo: VegetarianUSA) - 1338 San Pablo Ave. (near Gilman), Berkeley, CA 94702. 510- 527-4140. Check website for other locations in the Bay area.
Timberline Geodesics (bottom left photo courtesy: Timberline Geodesics) - 2015 Blake St., Berkeley, CA 94704. 800-DOME-HOME(366-3466). For more than 35 years, TG has been dedicated to designing Geodesic Dome packages that make it easy, practical and affordable for people to construct their own homes.
Wilderness Press - 1200 5th St., Berkeley, CA 94710. 510-558-1666, 800-443-7227. Publishing accurate and reliable outdoor hiking books and maps for more than 40 years.
Shelter Systems (bottom right photo courtesy: Shelter Systems) - 100 Katherine Lane, Santa Cruz, CA 95065. Toll Free 866-777-1066 or 831- 464-2002. Shelter System's structures have been serving people around the world for over 30 years. Their Domes and Yurts have served as family living spaces, camping tents, emergency shelters, studios, playrooms, retreats, fair pavilions, expedition tents, research tents, and more. Shelter Systems also offers the gardener a wide variety of gardening greenhouses: GroDomes, GroRows, Row Covers, Bubble Domes, CrystalCaves, and Solariums!

East West Bookshop - 324 Castro St., Mountain View, CA 94041. 650-988-9800. East West Bookstore is not just a business. It is above all a resource for expansive ideas, a retreat from ordinary life, and a gathering place in support of community ideals and spiritual growth.
Crystal Way: A Path to Self-Healing
- 2335 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114. 415-861-6511. Offering an amazing line of unique jewelry from many different countries; crystals and gemstones from around the world; an array of products including metaphysical books, Cds, all-natual soaps, incense, oils, and candles; and yoga gear.
Open Secret Bookstore - 923 C St., San Rafael, CA 94901. 415-457-4191. We sell over 800,000 new and used book titles, videos, music CDs and tapes, and Sacred Art images, paintings, statues, sculptures, and items from around the world.

One World Family Commune - Box 1241, Santa Rosa(North Bay), CA 95402. The One World Family Commune is a pilot model demonstration of how to live in a new world communal consciousness of sharing on all levels: socially, economically, spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically. Began in San Francisco in 1967.

Corners of the Mouth - 45015 Ukiah St., Mendocino(North Bay), CA 95460. 707-937-5345. This natural foods store has operated as a non profit, worker collective in Mendocino since 1975. Every dollar earned goes directly to the workers, to the store or back into the community.
Other Avenues Community Food Store - 3930 Judah Street, San Francisco, California 94122. 415-661-7475. Hours: 9am-9pm daily.
Rainbow Grocery Cooperative
(photo courtesy: Rainbow Grocery) - 1745 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94103. 415-863-0620. Hours: 9-9 daily. Since 1975. Their goals include, but are not limited to: providing affordable vegetarian food products which have minimal negative impact ecologically and socially; buying goods from local organic farmers, collectives, bakers, dairies and other local businesses whenever possible; providing Rainbow Grocery Cooperative's workers with a livable wage; creating a nonhierarchical work space based upon respect, mutuality and cooperation; offering low-cost health care products and resources; supporting other collectives and worker owned businesses; encouraging bicycling, mass transit and alternative transportation; omposting all in-store green wastes; recycling, reducing and reusing resources whenever possible; and creating a diverse, non-discriminatory multi-lingual environment.
Community Market Natural Foods Store - 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95401-3628. 707-546-1806. Hours: Mon-Sat 8am-9pm, Sun 9am-8pm. Community Market is Sonoma County's worker-run, vegetarian natural food store. Since 1975 we've provided the community with wholesome, organic food products. But we're more than just a store … we are a family of workers committed to serving our community and building a more sustainable future.

New Living Expo - Mail: New Living Expo, 422 Corte Escuela, Novato, CA 94949. 415-382-8300. The New Living Expo, formerly known as the Whole Life Expo, is a signature event in the Bay Area. It brings together pioneering speakers, lecturers, and exhibitors specializing in health, healing, relationships, higher consciousness, and sustainable living. Our yearly San Francisco event focuses on the changes necessary to enjoy healthy, spiritually fulfilling, environmentally sustainable and socially just lives. Workshop speakers have includes: John & Ocean Robbins, John Gray PhD., Kevin Ryerson, Matthew Fox, Dannion Brinkley, Margot Anand, Dick Sutphen, Master Zhi Gang Sha & Jai Uttal.
San Francisco Vegetarian Society - P.O. Box 2510, San Francisco, CA 94126-2510. 415-273-LIV1. The Society hosts events throughout the year such as vegetarian potlucks, picnics, dining out and lectures.
Harmony Festival
(photo: courtesy of Harmony Festival) - Location: Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, CA. 707-861-2035. The Harmony Festival is a music festival, a participatory educational forum, and a dynamic marketplace for ideas, services and products that promote a natural lifestyle in balance with the planet. Exhibitors cover a wide variety of categories including: Quality arts & crafts, Fine imports, Health and ecological products and services, Natural foods and food tasting, Non-profit, community, and ecology organizations. The Harmony Festival is well-known for its continuous live music and entertainment for the whole family. Dancers, magicians, clowns, stilt walkers and jugglers continuously delight audiences around the five acre venue. Past performers and speakers have included: Dave Mason, Los Lobos, Richie Havens, Taj Mahal, Kenny Loggins, Jefferson Starship, Jai Uttal, Daryl Hannah, Ram Dass, Dennis Kucinich, John Robbins, Julia Butterfly Hill, and Wallace Black Elk.

Bay Area Farmers' Markets

Berkeley Bowl Market
- 2020 Oregon St., Berkeley (East Bay), CA 94703. 510-843-6929. Hours: Mon-Sat. 9-8; Sunday 10-6.
The Natural Grocery Company
(left photo: VegetarianUSA) - 1336 Gilman St., Berkeley (East Bay), CA 94706. 510-526-1155. Hours: 9am-8pm daily.
Whole Foods Market (right photo: VegetarianUSA) - 3000 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley (East Bay), CA 94705-2014. 510-649-1333. Hours: 8am-10pm daily.
Earthbeam Natural Foods
- 1399 Broadway St., Burlingame, CA 94010. 650-347-2058. Hours: Mon-Sat 8am-7pm, Sunday 9am-6pm.
Whole Foods Market
- 1690 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell (South Bay), CA 95008. 408-371-5000. Hours: 8am-10pm, daily.
Castro Valley
Health Unlimited Health Food
- 3446 Village Dr., Castro Valley (East Bay), CA 94546. 510-581-0220. Hours: Mon-Fri. 9:30-9, Sat 9:30-6, Sun 12-5.
Harvest House
- 2395 Monument Blvd., Concord, CA 94520. 925-676-2305.Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-8pm, Sat 9am-7pm, Sunday 10am-7pm.
Whole Foods Market
- 20955 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, CA 95014. 408-257-7000. Hours: 8am-10pm daily.
El Cerrito
The Natural Grocery Company
- 10367 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito, CA 94530. 510-526-1155. Hours: 9-8, daily.
Good Earth Natural Foods
- 1966 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax (North Bay), CA 94930. 415-454-0123. Since 1969 "has been continually offering our local community the finest organic foods we can procure."
Mill Valley
Whole Foods Market
- 414 Miller Ave., Mill Valley (North Bay), CA 94941. 415-381-1200. Hours: 8am-8pm daily.
Whole Foods Market - 731 East Blithedale, Mill Valley (North Bay), CA 94941. 415-381-3900. Hours: 8am-9pm daily.
Whole Foods Market
- 230 Bay Place, Oakland (east Bay), CA 94612. 510-834-9800. Hours: 8am-10pm daily.
Redwood City
Whole Foods Market
- 1250 Jefferson Ave., Redwood City (South Bay), CA 94062. 650-367-1400. Hours: 8am-10pm, daily.
San Francisco
The Real Food Company
- 2140 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109. 415-673-7420. Hours: 8am-9pm, daily.
The Real Food Company - 3060 Fillmore, San Francisco, CA 94123. 415-567-6900. Hours: 8am-9pm, daily.
Whole Foods Market - 1765 California St. (corner of Franklin), San Francisco, CA 94109. 415-674-0500. Hours: 8am-10pm daily.
Whole Foods Market - 690 Stanyan Street, San Francisco, CA 94117. 415-876-6740. Hours: 8am-10pm daily.
Whole Foods Market - 3950 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94114. 415-282-4700. Hours: 8am-10pm, daily.
Whole Foods Market - 450 Rhode Island St, San Francisco, CA 94107. 415-552-1155. Hours: 8am-10pm daily.
Whole Foods Market - 399 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107, 415-618-0066. Hours: 8am-10pm, daily.
San Mateo
Whole Foods Market
- 1010 Park Place, San Mateo(South Bay), CA 94403. 650-358-6900. Hours: Hours: 8am-10pm daily.
San Rafael
Whole Foods Market
- 340 Third St., San Rafael (North Bay), CA 94901. 415-451-6333. Hours: 8am-9pm daily.
Santa Rosa
Whole Foods Market
- 1181 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa (North Bay), CA 95405. 707-575-7915. Hours: 8am-9pm daily.
Whole Foods Market - 390 Coddingtown Mall, Santa Rosa (North Bay), CA 95401. 707-542-7411. Hours: 8am-9pm daily.
Whole Foods Market
- 6910 McKinley Ave., Sebastopol (North Bay), CA 95472-3420. 707-829-9801. Hours: 8am-9pm daily.


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Sacred Space Retreat Center - Anderson Springs, Lake County, CA. Toll Free: 800-914-6360. Local: 707-987-0673Residential Healing Retreats in Historic Anderson Springs! (only 2 hours north of San Francisco and only thirty minutes north of Calistoga and Napa Valley).
Cafe Gratitude - Berkeley, CA. See listing in 'Restaurants'.
Living Tree Community Foods (right photo courtesy: Living Tree Community Foods) - Berkeley (East Bay), CA. 510-526-7106. To arrange to pick up at our production plant in Berkeley, please phone us at 1-800-260-5534 or 510-526-7106 X10 during the times of 8am-2pm Monday through Friday. Products include organic almond butter, organic almonds, macadamias, cashews, pecans, walnuts, hazlenuts and pinenuts, Living olive oil, and Vermont raw honey. Most of their commoditites are certified organic and are grown by family farmers."
Raw Energy Organic Juice Cafe - Berkeley, CA. See listing in 'Restaurants'.
Que seRaw seRaw
- Burlingame, CA. See listing in 'Restaurants'.
Living Light Cafe - Fort Bragg, CA. See listing in 'Restaurants'.
Mendocino Sea Vegetable Company - P.O. Box 455, Philo, CA 95466. 707-895-2996. Since 1980 we've been providing quality wildcrafted sea vegetables and information.
Alive Vegetarian Cuisine - San Francisco, CA. See listing in 'Restaurants'.
Judahlicious - San Francisco, CA. See listing in 'Restaurants'.
San Francisco Live Foods Enthusiasts (left photo courtesy: SFLFE) - 662 29th Ave., San Francisco, CA 94121. S.F. LiFE (San Francisco Living Foods Enthusiasts) is a non-profit group that began in 1987 as the San Francisco Living Foods Support Group. Our goals are to provide public education and member support for individuals and families who are pursuing the healthful benefits of the living foods, raw foods and fruitarian diets and lifestyles.
Cafe Gratitude - San Rafael, CA. See listing in 'Restaurants'.
Raw Health Expo - Santa Rosa, CA. The Raw Health Expo is dedicated to educating the public about all aspects of the Living and Raw Foods Plant-Based Lifestyle. Over three dozen of today's most talented raw food teachers. Which not only includes dietary choices, but extends further to living a sustainable lifestyle, such as growing your own food and reducing toxins in your life. Discover cutting edge secrets that can change your life. Make connections and friendships that can last forever.

Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center & Cafe (photo: VegetarianUSA) - 1317 San Pablo Ave.(at Gillman St.), Berkeley (East Bay), CA 94702. 510-525-5054. Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center is a nationally recognized nonprofit music and culture venue that specializes in presenting live world and roots music. Ashkenaz brings people of all ages, cultures and lifestyles together with music and dance programs that include African, Balkan, Brazilian, Cajun/Zydeco, Carribbean, Middle Eastern, Reggae, American roots from Bluegrass to Swing, and more. Call for hours, showtimes vary. Ashkenaz's Cafe is open during shows and serves mostly organic vegetarian fare. Ashkenaz is 100% smoke-free.

Acupressure Institute (photo: VegetarianUSA) - 1533 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley(East Bay), CA 94709. 510-845-1059. Since 1976, the Acupressure Institute has offered comprehensive Acupressure trainings in traditional Asian Bodywork Therapy (ABT) such as Chinese Meridian Massage (Tui Na) and Shiatsu massage.
Bodywork Central Massage Supply - Piedmont, CA. 510-772-9706. Bodywork Central rents massage tables, massage chairs, and Body Support Cushions for individuals or large events.
Living Earth Crafts - 800-358-8292. Massage Tables.

Note: See City Guides for San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, & Santa Cruz
Vibrance Magazine - Phone: check website. Vibrance is the offspring of Living Nutrition magazine, which we published from 1996-2007 (all 20 back issues are available). Vibrance teaches and inspires health enthusiasts in how to succeed at eating our natural diet of vibrantly alive raw foods, how to self-heal using our God-given powers within, and how to build everlasting vibrant health the natural way via the principles of the world's most successful health system: Natural Hygiene.

Common Ground Magazine (photo courtesy: Common Ground) - We're pleased to introduce a new feature to the Common Ground website, the webzine. Now you can flip through the pages the same you pick up at select San Francisco Bay Area locations.
VegNews - Mailing Address: 3505 20th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110. Subscription Customer Service: 760-291-1546. VegNews offers its over 100,000 readers up-to-date information on living a compassionate and healthy lifestyle with such features as: interesting articles; intriguing interviews; travel tales; the latest in news and current events; classifieds & personals; recipes from award-winning chefs and cookbooks authors; vegetarian city guides...from Los Angeles to Paris; reviews of veg products and services, restaurants, vacation spots; books, and videos; international and regional vegetarian event calendars; and much, much more!

Find over 1,000 vegan & vegetarian restaurants around the world on Happy Cow.

HappyCow's Compassionate Healthy Eating Guide

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Berkeley Zen Center - 1931 Russell St., Berkeley (East Bay), CA 94703. 510-845-2403.Welcoming diversity, here at Berkeley Zen Center the practice of zazen
is available to people of every race, nationality, class, gender, sexual orientation, age, and physical ability. May all beings realize their true nature.
Empty Gate Zen Center - 2200 Parker Street, Berkeley, CA 94704. 510-845-8565. Empty Gate Zen Center provides training in Zen meditation in the East Bay within a kind and supportive environment. We offer a daily practice schedule and regular monthly retreats, as well as Dharma talks, private interviews and kong-an practice with our guiding teacher, Zen Master Bon Soeng (Jeff Kitzes). All of our programs are open to everyone, regardless of previous experience or background.
Meher Baba Information - Box 1101, Berkeley, CA 94701. Meher Baba Information is a non-profit corporation devoted to spreading Avatar Meher Baba's Message of Love and Truth. We are an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff and have been since our inception in 1967.
Osho Viha IC & Book Distributor- P.O. Box 352, Mill Valley, CA 94942. Call us toll-free at (866) 856-7019. Viha has the largest selection of Osho books worldwide, with about 375 titles in English. We also carry Osho's discourses on DVD, video, audio tape, and (limited) CD and MP3, all of His meditations on CD and/or tape, and a wide selection of music from the world of Osho on CD and tape. We encourage and support friends who offer meditations in their homes or in rented spaces and list events like these in the Bulletin Board in the Viha Connection, the magazine we put out every second month.
Green Gulch Farm Zen Center - 1601 Shoreline Highway, Muir Beach, CA 94965. 415-383-3134. Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, also known as Green Dragon Temple (Soryu-ji), is a Buddhist practice center in the Japanese Soto Zen tradition offering training in Zen meditation and ordinary work.
Siddha Yoga Ashram in Oakland (left photo: VegetarianUSA) - 1107 Stanford Ave. (near San Pablo Ave.), Oakland, CA 94608. 510-898-2700. Siddha Yoga is a spiritual path of discipline, of mastering the mind and senses with teachings and practices. The Siddha Yoga path is imbued with grace and guided by meditation master and teacher Gurumayi Chidvilasananda. The Siddha Yoga Ashram in Oakland welcomes all sincere seekers.
San Francisco Zen Center | Beginner's Mind Temple - 300 Page St., San Francisco, CA 94102. 415-863-3136. Beginner's Mind Temple (Hosshin-ji), also known as City Center, was established in 1969 by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi as a training center in the Soto Zen tradition open to the general public. Offerings include daily meditation and service, semi-weekly dharma talks, classes, workshops, retreats, residential student programs, and the opportunity to discuss one's spiritual practice with an experienced Zen practice leader.
Sonoma Mountain Zen Center (photo: right, courtesy of Sonoma Mtn. Zen Center) - 6367 Sonoma Mountain Rd., Santa Rosa, CA 95404. 707-545-8105. Sonoma Mountain Zen Center was formed in 1973 to continue the Soto Zen lineage of Shunryu Suzuki-roshi and to make everyday Zen available to people in Sonoma County. We are situated on 80 acres of rolling hills and mountainous land, located 11 miles from the town of Santa Rosa.

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Stanford Inn by the Sea * - Bed & Breakfast Inn and Spa - Mendocino(North Bay), CA, 800-331-8884, 707-937-5615. Nestled on a Mendocino Coast hillside, Stanford Inn, a Mendocino Resort, sits atop a meadow overlooking Mendocino Bay. Embodying the best of the rugged Mendocino Coast, this Mendocino Resort is a haven ... an exquisite opportunity to reconnect with nature. The rambling lobby, guest rooms and suites of this boutique hotel in Mendocino are paneled in pine and redwood. Every detail is attended to, from wood-burning fireplaces set and ready to light to the sumptuous chef-prepared organic breakfasts. Inspired by the Stanford's Certified Organic gardens, The Ravens' Restaurant, featured in Oprah Magazine, is outstanding and nationally acclaimed for vegetarian cuisine.
Sweetwater Spa & Inn
(photo: courtesy of Sweetwater Spa) - 44840 Main Street, Mendocino (North Bay), CA 95460. 800-300-4140. Sweetwater Spa and Inn, located in the heart of beautiful Mendocino offers a complete array of quality lodging for you to choose from. Fully equiped private cottages, unique and historical water tower suites, and ocean view luxury suites are among the possibilities.

Bay Area Vegetarians - P.O. Box 700, Vallejo CA 94590-0069. Bay Area Vegetarians (BAVeg) is a San Francisco Bay Area wide group for vegan, vegetarian and animal rights folks to connect and find support with like-minded folks. We are a 100% volunteer, no fees, plant-powered organization with over 4,000 members throughout the Bay Area and beyond.
South Bay Vegetarian Society - Come join the South Bay's newest and fastest-growing vegetarian group, the South Bay Vegetarian Society (SBVS), for socializing, community building, new friends, and yummy meals. Our activities include social events, raising public awareness about the health, environmental, and moral benefits of a vegetarian diet, and enjoying the enormous array of delicious vegetarian foods our planet has to offer.
The Ultimate Guide to Vegetarian Living in the SF Bay Area (UG) - With almost 90 strictly vegetarian, over 30 vegan restaurants and an incredible array of choices regarding vegetarian products and locally grown produce, we believe that the San Francisco Bay Area is the most veg friendly region in all of North America.
San Francisco Vegetarian Society - P.O. Box 2510, San Francisco, CA 94126-2510. 415-273-5481. The San Francisco Vegetarian Society (SFVS) is a non-profit organization that has been working in the Bay Area for over 25 years promoting a vegetarian diet as a healthful and humane way of life. The Society is run entirely by volunteers. We always appreciate help, whether it is available once in a while or on an ongoing basis. You can volunteer to help with a variety of activities, from coordinating our programs to helping at our events. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact us. The Society hosts events throughout the year such as vegetarian potlucks, picnics, dining out and lectures. Monthly meetings held most months. Please check our hotline, 415-273-5481 for details.
VegNews - Mailing Address: 3505 20th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110. See listing in 'Publications' above.

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