Fourth Street is located in West Berkeley and is super easy to get to. You just have to hop on the 51B and get off on University Ave & 4th St. It’s about a 30 minute bus ride from the Southside of campus but it’s well worth it! There’s lots of clothing stores, makeup stores, boutiques, coffee shops and restaurants to explore.
Where to get coffee
My two favorite places to grab a coffee are Artís Coffee and Réveille Coffee. Réveille Coffee is known for their matcha, and it has a cute and modern outdoor seating area perfect for doing some schoolwork on a sunny day. Artís is known for their honey lavender house made syrup. They also have a London Fog that is heavenly. Artís also gets fresh pastries daily such as mochi donuts, mochi muffins, croissants, piroshkis and lots of other delicious treats!
Where to shop
Fourth Street has some big name stores as well as some smaller local businesses. The big name stores include: Anthropologie, Lululemon, Paper Source, Benefit, Sur La Table, Vans and Nike (coming soon). There’s also a cute bookstore called Builders Booksource that I absolutely adore. They have all kinds of books, cards, tote bags, puzzles, etc. Another store I would recommend going to is The Gardener. They have plants, kitchenware, cookbooks, soaps, jewelry and more!
Where to eat
When I last visited Fourth Street, I ate at Oceanview Diner, which is a classic old fashioned looking diner. I came on a Saturday morning/afternoon and had to wait a little bit to get seated but it was worth it! Plus, you can shop around in the nearby stores while you wait. The restaurant has a great atmosphere and lots of things to choose from on the menu. The food came really quick too! I highly recommend you come here! If you aren’t feeling up for American food, there’s a variety of other choices nearby. If you still have room after lunch, there’s an ice cream shop called Noble Cow Creamery right next door to the diner that is delicious!
If you have more time, the Berkeley Marina is only two more stops away and has a beautiful view of San Francisco, Marin County and the Golden Gate Bridge. There’s lots of paths you can walk on and benches to sit so you can observe the view! Fourth Street can be such a fun activity to go to with friends or on your own, and it is just a bus ride away.