North of Berkeley in El Cerrito, this world-class store for roots, blues, folk, Latin and world music is affiliated with the Arhoolie record label, which has been issuing landmark recordings since the early 1960s.
If you’re a music junkie, you might plan on spending a few hours at the original Berkeley branch of Amoeba Music, packed with massive quantities of new and used CDs, DVDs, tapes and records (yes, lots of vinyl).
Across the street from campus, this academic and scholarly bookstore stocks works by UC Berkeley professors and other academic and museum publishers.
This large and busy co-op lures in active folks for camping and mountaineering rentals, sports clothing and all kinds of nifty outdoor gear.
Discount store for the well-respected Bay Area-based brand of outdoor gear. It’s a few blocks west of San Pablo Ave.
A longstanding local favorite, Moe’s offers four floors of new, used and remaindered books for hours of browsing.
A large music store full of new and used releases.