Royal Coffee (6255 College Ave., Oakland). "I also like Peet's, but they're everywhere."
Aquatic Park ( at the foot of Bancroft Ave., Berkeley). "Good for taking the dog for a walk, even though people probably get mad."
Tanjia Moroccan Restaurant (4905 Telegraph Ave., Oakland). "Belly dancing nightly!"
Second Edition Bookstore (6120 LaSalle Ave., Oakland). "They do something unique: book rentals, like movies."
The Orinda Theater (2 Orinda Theatre Sq., Orinda). "Not a lot of crowds, which is unfortunate."