For boutique shopping, head to College Avenue from Dwight Way to the Oakland border. Eclectic boutiques, antiques shops, book stores, and restaurants line this street, making it a favorite among students and locals. The other, more upscale option is Fourth Street, in west Berkeley, 2 blocks north of the University Avenue exit. This shopping strip is the perfect place to go on a sunny morning. Grab a cup of java and outstanding pancakes and scones at Bette’s Ocean View Diner, 1807 Fourth St. (tel. 510/644-3932). Read the paper at a patio table, and then hit the Crate & Barrel Outlet, 1785 Fourth St., between Hearst and Virginia streets (tel. 510/528-5500). Prices are 30 percent to 70 percent off retail. It’s open daily from 10am to 7pm. This area also boasts small, wonderful stores crammed with imported and locally made housewares.
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