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.
1840 Fourth St.
This recent transplant from San Francisco's Cannery sells toys, books, and gift items.
1795 Fourth St.
A California-based chain specializing in natural cosmetics.
1805 Fourth St.
Need some stationery made from hemp?Biodegradable golf tees made from cornstarch?
1836 Fourth St.
A beautiful shop with imaginative housewares and garden items.
1809 Fourth St.
An upscale music store with a friendly, knowledgeable staff that sells CDs, cassettes, and books.
740 Hearst St.
This successful chain of science- and nature-themed emporiums is headquartered around the corner from the Berkeley outlet.
1733 Fourth St.
Hardly a hardware store, it's a boutique with astonishing pieces from around the world.
THOUSAND CRANES FUTON SHOP
1803 Fourth St.
The vintage silk kimonos are so gorgeous you'll barely notice the futons.
BETTE'S OCEAN VIEW DINER
1807 Fourth St.
lunch for two $20
Fresh herb omelettes, diet-destroying buttermilk pancakes, and delightfully flaky raisin scones compensate for the wait to get a table.
1820 Fourth St.
dinner for two $40-$50
Busy and fun, but beware: there's more ginger here than in all the "Gilligan's Island" reruns combined.
1830 Fourth St.
dinner for two $30
An endearing and soothing place for lunch or dinner, with an emphasis on nutritious Japanese-California cuisine.
USA 708 Addison St.
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.