Telegraph Avenue: Berkeley's Most Unique Stores

Telegraph Avenue is home to one of the most unique Berkeley shopping scenes. Interesting stores fill the street and an even more entertaining group of people mingle about. College students and free-spirits are known to frequent this section of the town.

Lhasa Karnak
2482 Telegraph Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 548-0380

Lhasa Karnak has been a Telegraph Avenue staple since 1970. The store has a large selection of herbal products, which range from oils to spices to teas. Culinary spices and Western medicinal herbs are Lhasa Karnak's specialty. You won't be able to find many of the store's products in your average supermarket and that's part of the attraction. In addition to natural items, there is a notable selection of books on the topic of herbs. Lhasa Karnak is an interesting store to just explore, and avid tea drinkers should purchase a new type of tea to try back at their Berkeley Inn. Monday through Friday the store is open from 10:00 am until 7:00 pm. Operating hours on Saturday are 10:00 am to 6:30 pm, and 11:00 am to 6:00 pm on Sunday.

Shakespeare & Co.
2499 Telegraph Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 841-8916

Shakespeare & Company will delight book lovers. New and used copies of books line the walls and almost every other open space in the store. It appears to be something out of a movie. Shakespeare & Company may seem overwhelming at first glimpse, but don't let the seemingly unorganized rows of literature scare you away. New books are slightly more pricey than the average book retailer, but customers can find used books for great prices. It just takes a little bit of hunting and you can really find some fascinating pieces of work. BBonline recommends this shop to stock up on your vacation reads and find your newest paperback to relax with at your Berkeley Bed and Breakfast. Shakespeare & Company is open Monday through Thursday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am until 9:00 pm, and Sunday from 11:00 am through 8:00 pm.

Bill's Men's Shop
2386 Telegraph Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 848-5436

For clothing, BBonline recommends Bill's Men's Shop, which has made Telegraph Avenue its home for over forty years. It's one of the few shops that can truthfully hold claim to this, and the fact that they are still an independently run retailer. The store began selling only men's clothing, but has now evolved into a shoe store for both sexes. An assortment of styles are available and the store prides itself on finding uncommon sizes and colors. Although the main focus of the store has switched gears, there is still a large selection of men's clothing, sportswear, and accessories. The employees at Bill's Men's Store are more than willing to help and will aid you in the correct fit of your footwear. Monday through Wednesday and Saturday the store is open from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm. Operating hours on Thursday are 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, and noon until 5:00 pm on Sunday.

Amoeba Music
2455 Telegraph Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 549-1125

BBonline warns music lovers that their entire day on Telegraph Avenue could easily be spent at Amoeba Music. There are two other locations in California, but the store in Berkeley seems to be a bit more charming. CD's, cassettes and records of all kinds of genres are sold at Amoeba. Jazz, folk, international and classical are just a few of the different music varieties that are in supply. Music from popular artists are sold, but Amoeba chooses to put the majority of their focus on more obscure artists. The staff is knowledgeable and customers can tell that music is truly a passion of everyone who works there. Whether you're addicted to music or just searching for a missing piece for your vinyl collection, Amoeba Music is an energetic spot to visit on Telegraph Avenue. The store is open Monday through Saturday from 10:30 am to 10:00 pm, and 11:00 am to 9:00 pm on Sunday.