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Strolling Fourth Street in Berkeley, CA

The Facts

Fourth Street is located in west Berkeley, just off Interstate 80 (take the University Avenue exit). There is metered parking on the street and several free parking lots (make sure you're not in a reserved space). Although it's mainly an industrial neighborhood, the shopping area is safe and well lighted. Stores are generally open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

SHOPS

AERIAL
1840 Fourth St.
510/644-1566
This recent transplant from San Francisco's Cannery sells toys, books, and gift items.

BARE ESCENTUALS
1795 Fourth St.
510/528-8025
A California-based chain specializing in natural cosmetics.

EARTHSAKE
1805 Fourth St.
510/848-0484
Need some stationery made from hemp?Biodegradable golf tees made from cornstarch?

THE GARDENER
1836 Fourth St.
510/548-4545
A beautiful shop with imaginative housewares and garden items.

HEAR MUSIC
1809 Fourth St.
510/204-9595
An upscale music store with a friendly, knowledgeable staff that sells CDs, cassettes, and books.

NATURE CO.
740 Hearst St.
510/524-9052
This successful chain of science- and nature-themed emporiums is headquartered around the corner from the Berkeley outlet.

RESTORATION HARDWARE
1733 Fourth St.
510/526-6424
Hardly a hardware store, it's a boutique with astonishing pieces from around the world.

THOUSAND CRANES FUTON SHOP
1803 Fourth St.
510/849-0501
The vintage silk kimonos are so gorgeous you'll barely notice the futons.

RESTAURANTS

BETTE'S OCEAN VIEW DINER
1807 Fourth St.
510/644-3230
lunch for two $20
Fresh herb omelettes, diet-destroying buttermilk pancakes, and delightfully flaky raisin scones compensate for the wait to get a table.

GINGER ISLAND
1820 Fourth St.
510/644-0444
dinner for two $40-$50
Busy and fun, but beware: there's more ginger here than in all the "Gilligan's Island" reruns combined.

O CHAME
1830 Fourth St.
510/841-8783
dinner for two $30
An endearing and soothing place for lunch or dinner, with an emphasis on nutritious Japanese-California cuisine.

TAKARA SAKE
USA 708 Addison St.
510/540-8250
Tasting room open daily, 12-6 p.m. A sake producer in the United States is not something you see every day. The wine is made from rice grown in the Sacramento valley.

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