The Gourmet Ghetto is the colloquial name for the business district of the North Berkeley neighborhood in the city of Berkeley, California. The business district is sometimes more formally referred to as "North Shattuck." It received its nickname due to the high concentration of fine eating establishments in the area, such as Chez Panisse and the Cheese Board Collective, as well as the first Peet's Coffee location. Alice Medrich began her chain of Cocolat stores there.
According to the North Shattuck Association, the Gourmet Ghetto business district runs primarily along Shattuck Avenue, with some shops on Walnut and Vine streets, and is roughly bordered by Rose Street to the north and Delaware Street to the south.
A grassy, park-like median divides the two lanes of traffic between Vine and Cedar that, despite city ordinance to the contrary, doubles as an over-flow area for when restaurant sidewalk seating has no vacancy.
See also 
- North Shattuck Association
- Google Maps screenshot of street sign detailing ordinance
- Reviews of median as an eating location on Yelp