Quality Inn University
1761 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94703
Phone: (510) 841-4242
Fax: (510) 649-8100
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
This storefront ranks among the great cheeseries in the United States. It is a fairly large space, but not a square inch of it is wasted in piling up the copious selection of sage derbys, gruyeres, gjetosts, cambozolas and manchegos. The latest arrivals are noted up on a big blackboard, and the staff is knowledgeable to the point of didacticism. It offers many other specialty foods, too, and has its own bakery. The Cheese Board Pizzeria is a Bay Area favorite for its daily changing artisan pizza specials.
Located in North Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto, Masse's has provided Berkeley residents and visitors with the most tasty and beautiful tartes, cakes, macarons, and more. Their delicate morsels are crafted lovingly and stylishly, and often look far too pretty to eat. Luckily, their traditional and seasonal offerings taste just as good as they look. Pair your dessert with a fresh cup of coffee, and take a seat inside the tiny bakery, or at one of the sidewalk tables.
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.
Bring a portable CD player and a hankering for a cup a joe. One of the few music stores devoted to classical recordings, the Music Offering stocks everything from Mozart, Bach and Beethoven, to rare medieval chant and contemporary composers in the classical vein. And after you've bought your CD, sit down at the cafe up front and enjoy a latte and croissant. Find all the typical espresso drinks, coffee, pastries, and sandwiches made fresh daily. The space is large, airy, and accoustically perfect for the classical music over the loudspeakers.
Mars is repeatedly voted the best vintage clothing store in the East Bay by local newspapers and it is one of the best sources for fun and unusual retro garb. It has two stories filled with hip basics, shoes, glamorous accessories and clothing from a variety of time periods ranging from the Renaissance to the awesome 80s. Stock up on zoot suits, bell-bottoms, worn Levi's, leather coats and poodle skirts. It also specializes in a lot of theme attire for the seasons. Find costumes around Halloween, luau-worthy Hawaiian shirts for summer and fabulous faux and vintage fur coats for winter.