BERKELEY’s BEST ●Attractions
Fourth Street 1800 block. For a city of the size and income level of Berkeley, it is surprising that it has no department stores or traditional shopping malls. This trendy block featuring a 1920s industrial style of architecture is as close to one as the city comes. It is a shopping mall done Berkeley-style. Designed, built, and owned by a Berkeley developer/architectural firm, the street’s buildings are kept at 2 stories. The owner controls leasing of the entire block and hand picks the unusual stores. A variety of restaurants offers delicious fare and spectacular people-watching. The shops and restaurants do radiate out several blocks, though this one block started things and is still the center of this universe.
Builders Booksource #1817. Books here center on architecture and design, but “nesting” books on interior design and gardening are also on the shelves.
Castle in the Air #1805. In this one-of-a-kind shop for the creative artist-craftsperson you’ll discover rarities—everything from fine pens and lovely journals to mouse dolls and paper models. Upstairs is a studio where regularly scheduled classes are conducted--make a paper bird, carousel, or a santos folk art figure.
Earthsake #1722. The first manufacturer of organic mattresses in the U.S., this flagship shop also includes eco-friendly organic cotton bedding and bath items.
The Gardener #1836. This attractive shop specializes in elegant accessories for the garden and home and is a premier spot for finding the perfect gift.
George #1824. Set back from the street, down a driveway and through a parking lot, this little shop stocks everything tempting for cats and dogs, including fresh-baked treats.
Market Hall Foods #1786. This is a spacious branch of the mother ship in Oakland .
Miki’s Paper #1801. An impressive selection of handmade Japanese papers is purveyed here.
Outback #1799. Here you’ll find stylish designer clothing in delicious fabrics at outlet prices, plus accessories and gifts.
Sur La Table #1806. This kitchen specialty shop purveys fine equipment at fair prices.