No more than a runaway shopping cart's distance from the insanity of Berkeley Bowl, Elizabeth Kloian's old-fashioned pastry shop is a prim fantasy of Central Europe. The cakes and tortes have lush, mousse-y textures within meticulously refined shapes. There's pave vergiate, a fudgy brownie gone implausibly airy; moist, espresso-black New Orleans bourbon cake; and vatroushka, Russian cheesecake with a delicate sour-milk tang. The vibe is as hushed as a library, but Kloian's pastries definitely stand up to quiet study.
Hours: Tue.-Sat. 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Payment Type: MasterCard, Visa, American Express, cash, ATM/Debit