1761 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA, US, 94703
- Phone: (510) 841-4242
- Fax: (510) 649-8100
An excellent resource for those in search of new, used, popular and/or rare Asian and Asian-American literature, Eastwind is a cozy little shop that stocks an amazing breadth of books and subjects. From cookbooks to Buddhist history, Chinese herbal medicine to university texts, Eastwind has it all and then some. You will also find shelves full of all you need for doing second language study, as well as flashcards, origami and calligraphy supplies, and other art and language learning aids.
With many locations in California, Gelateria Naia is undoubtedly the best destination to permit yourself a delicious Italian dessert. Made using the best ingredients available from all over the world the gelato are created to perfection and retain their natural flavors. Only have a bite of this Italian ice-cream here and you will know why Gelateria Naia is the best when it comes to ice creams.
Find everything from the traditional to the postmodern here. Since the 1980s, this shop has featured a variety of chess sets (including collectible ones) and checkers, and old standards like Pente, Monopoly and all manner of Milton Bradley board games as well as collectible card games like the ubiquitous Magic: The Gathering. It stocks a wide selection of role playing games like Dungeons and Dragons, Alternity, GURPS and Games Workshop accessories. Toys for toddlers and tots include Lego, Duplo and Koosh.
Although not nearly as large as the Telegraph Avenue street vendor scene, the vendors here in downtown nevertheless offer a large selection of handmade and retail items and one-of-a-kind gifts. On weekends, most tables are set up with the largest selections, but even during the week there's bound to be a handful of vendors peddling their wares. On any given day you will find a wide variety of incense, oils, beads, jewelry, pipes, more incense, books, hats and bags, and oh yes, the incense. Looking for something unique? Check them out.
An open air marketplace, Berkeley Farmers' Market offers fresh farm-processed fruits, nuts and vegetables to the people of the city. The main aim of the market is to support small scale farmers who practice sustainable agriculture. Operating since 1987, the market also offers fresh baked goods, juices, cheeses, nursery plants and flower. Many special cultural and educational events are held here regularly like the Summer Solstice Salmon Celebration. Center street, Derby Street and Shattuck Avenue are the three venues where the market takes place all year round.
This interesting shop has assembled some of the most colorful 20th-century vintage and antique furniture, lamps and home accessories in the East Bay. Find bright orange lounge chairs from the 50s and 60s, colorful glass objets d'art like Blenko pieces, minibars, Art Deco tables, lamps and accessories, even the occasional neon sign all from the mid-20th century. The stock changes weekly as new stuff moves in and the old stuff moves out. Caution to those out looking for good deals on thrift: the place is not cheap. It sells only the finest and best quality goods.
Look for the antique typewriters in the window; it displays ancient Royals, Remingtons and IBMs. Inside, find an array of office equipment and a friendly staff eager to help you out with repairs and maintenance. It offers computer software, cables and accessories, as well as printer cartridges, paper, fax machines, telephones and basic office supplies like pens and pencils. If the owners do not have it, they will happily order it for you. This is an authorized Brother service center, and it offers computer and small office equipment repair. Fax service is available. Student advantage discount accepted.
Everything you need to be a star athlete (or just look like one) can be found at this corner sporting goods store. It sells a vast array of shoes, from tennis to running to walking to basketball, including brand names like Asics, Wilson, Adidas and KSwiss. Find a fairly extensive tennis racket selection and equipment for whatever sporting event grabs your fancy, including wrestling and boxing gloves and equipment, jump ropes, basketballs, baseballs, bats, headgear, even yoga mats. It also carries clothing items like jogging shorts, jackets and leg warmers.
Arts & Crafts Cooperative Inc. resides in a former French laundry and is the oldest arts and crafts cooperative west of the Mississippi River. ACCI Gallery displays and sells many beautiful and unique items ranging from metal outdoor art to lovingly handcrafted quilts and jewelry. Hunting down a special gift for your loved one is a pleasure in this handsome, well-lit gallery, especially with the knowledge that your purchase directly supports local artists. Visit during the holiday season for one-of-a-kind ornaments and home decor.
Since the late 1980s, this establishment has been the name in Bay Area used clothing. It buys, sells and trades a wide variety of men's and women's vintage and contemporary clothing, several designer items, shoes, jewelry, bags, accessories and anything else that comes through the doors for the recycled fashion-conscious. The stock changes daily, so you are always assured of finding something "new" when you come in, and all at reasonable prices. Perhaps something funky and polyester, something with a penguin or an alligator on the pocket?
Berkeley's famous independent bookstores tend to occupy the most unlikely of places, and Pegasus, in the former home of a car dealership, is no exception. Being an expansive, former showroom, it lets you browse the selections with lots of air and light at your back. Find a broad range from bestsellers to the classics, from the obscure to the out of print. It boasts a huge selection of overstocked, discounted titles, as well as an ever-growing used section. There is a huge magazine and newspaper rack with many international journals, as well as CDs, gift cards, and bags.
Since 1974, University Press Books has offered rare, unique, and hard to find titles from university and academic presses from around the world. Whether you are looking for medieval history, linguistics, cinema or literary theory, you are bound to find it here, and probably a few more titles you did not know existed. It stocks both new and out-of-print books. You will enjoy the search as well in this two-story, floor-to-ceiling-with-tomes store, with lots of nooks and stairs to curl up on and flip through your current find. There is even an inviting table with chairs in the back.