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  • 1. Acci Gallery

    North Berkeley | Art Galleries

    The Arts and Crafts Cooperative, Inc., a collective of Berkeley artists and artisans, has been a stalwart gallery and retail store showcasing...Read More

  • 2. Amoeba Music

    Music Stores

    Heaven for audiophiles and movie collectors, this legendary Berkeley favorite is the place to head for new and used CDs, vinyl, cassettes...Read More

  • 3. Cowgirl Creamery

    Local Specialties

    In this former hay barn, a couple of Berkeley foodies (from Chez Panisse and Bette's Oceanview Diner) started their original creamery for artisanal...Read More

  • 4. Oaklandish

    Uptown | Clothing

    This is the place for Oaktown swag. What started in 2000 as a public art project of local pride has become a celebrated brand around the bay...Read More

  • 5. Rasputin Music

    Music Stores

    A huge selection of new music for every taste has been drawing crowds to this independent brand since 1971. Only in a town that also contained...Read More

  • 6. Toby's Feed Barn

    Local Specialties

    The heart of the community since 1942, this barn has a bounty of local gifts and produce, plus an art gallery, yoga studio, and Toby's Coffee...Read More

  • 7. Body Time

    Perfume/Cosmetics

    Founded in Berkeley in 1970, this local chain uses premium-quality ingredients to create face, body, hair-care, and aromatherapy products. Essential...Read More

  • 8. Diesel

    Rockridge | Books/Stationery

    Wandering bibliophiles collect armfuls of the latest fiction and nonfiction at this revered shop. The loftlike space, with its high ceilings...Read More

  • 9. Gospel Flat Farm Stand

    Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

    This combination art gallery, farm stand, and flower shop captures the true essence of the area, with its dedication to community and bounty...Read More

  • 10. Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

    Wine/Spirits

    Credited with taking American appreciation of old-world wines to a higher level, this small shop is a great place to peruse as you educate your...Read More

  • 11. Local Spicery

    Specialty Stores

    This is the place for spices of all varieties from around the world, from adobo to za'atar. Where historic Ark Row curves uphill, the apothecary...Read More

  • 12. Love at First Bite

    Food/Candy

    Take the stairs up from the Vine Street entrance to Walnut Square's top floor to find this cupcakery showcasing scrumptious made-from-scratch...Read More

  • 13. Maison d'Etre

    Rockridge | Gifts/Souvenirs

    Close to the Rockridge BART station, this store epitomizes the Rockridge neighborhood's funky-chic shopping scene. Look for high-end housewares...Read More

  • 14. Mill Valley Market

    Food/Candy

    This family-owned market has been the go-to stop for specialty foods, grocery, deli, and hot food since 1929. Known for their notable beer and...Read More

  • 15. Moe's Books

    Books/Stationery

    The spirit of Moe—the creative, cantankerous, cigar-smoking late proprietor—lives on in this world-famous four-story house of new and used books...Read More

  • 16. Sausalito Ferry Co.

    Gifts/Souvenirs

    Eccentric and fun, this shop is a great place to buy trendy T-shirts, Disney-themed glassware, and vintage clocks, not to mention solar-powered...Read More

  • 17. Schoenberg Guitars

    Music Stores

    Small, narrow, and chockablock with handmade guitars alongside fine vintage classics, this shop is a treat even for those who don't play music...Read More

  • 18. Something/Anything Gallery

    Gifts/Souvenirs

    Where Bridgeway intersects Princess Street and curves toward the dock, this contemporary jewelry and craft gallery carries trinkets and gifts...Read More

  • 19. Studio 333 Downtown

    Art Galleries

    There's always something new, interesting, and eye-catching on display at this storefront, including curated collections of handcrafted gifts...Read More

  • 20. The Candy Store on Main Street

    Food/Candy

    This store is every child's (and many adults') dream come true, with rows of fresh homemade fudge, barrels of rainbow-colored jelly beans, and...Read More

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