Looking to save on your water bill? Cactus Jungle sells a variety of low-water plants: cacti, summer-drought bamboo, low-water grasses, as well as California natives. Looking for a gift? Cactus Jungle also has terrariums, carnivorous plants, and birdhouses. All of its plants are grown using 100-percent natural and certified-organic fertilizers, ingredients, and soil mixes. It also offers installation services, garden design, consultation, and cactus pruning.
The mantra is simple food done very well. Nearly everything — from the dressings to the desserts and the soups to the sauces — is made in-house. Café Aquarius serves locally roasted shade-grown coffee as well as beer and wine. Come for breakfast, lunch, weekend brunch, or just for a cup of joe. If you fancy a cup of tea, the selection is top-notch.
Serves breakfast and lunch made from organic, locally grown ingredients, including house-cured cold cuts, daily roasted meats, and poached eggs.
Berkeley's Cafe Rouge is a classic Californian restaurant, complete with organic vegetables and sustainably raised meats, a wood-fired oven, and smooth and efficient service. Chef-owner Marsha McBride and executive chef Rick DeBeaord create deceptively simple food, but imbue even their hamburgers with juicy, meaty love.
Housed in a mellow, spic-and-span space, Cafe Yesterday is Berkeley's most comprehensive cereal bar, though its well-rounded menu also includes salads, sandwiches, house-baked pastries, and fair-trade coffee.
A convenient spot to stock up on a semester's worth of school supplies, and maybe a few extra books just for pleasure. Usually housed in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union Building on the UC Berkeley campus, the store has been moved to Bancroft Way temporarily due to construction, and is expected to return to its home in fall 2015.