Best Game and Hobby Shop: A host of creative challenges
Games of Berkeley
This game and hobby smorgasbord dabbles in an array of diversions that truly offer something for everyone. It's refreshing to find a shop that foregoes the insular pretension of specialty stores in favor of universal appeal. Sure, many of the young employees are well versed in the role-playing genre, and the store's three aisles of strategy guides and back wall lined with game pieces may be where Games of Berkeley hangs its hat, but that doesn't mean you won't feel equally at home if you have no clue what Warhammer 40,000 is. There are also outdoor games (Frisbees, kites, bows and arrows), cards (including Weed! The Card Game hey, man, it's Berkeley), and more board games than you ever knew existed (strategy, drinking, kids', trivia, and much more). The sizable downtown shop also has novelty gifts, toys, and fine chess and poker sets. As welcoming as it is eclectic, this is the place for players of every variety.