I stopped in here on my way to a potluck brunch one morning. I was feeling desperate because I had just moved to the area and didn't know where anything was, and had not yet passed anything that looked like it might have something good. Then I saw It's All Good, and decided to stop in. I was a little nervous because everyone in the store was black and I thought maybe they wouldn't like a white girl coming in there, but that preconception turned out to be totally wrong. In fact they were exceptionally nice, and recommended a cake that turned out to be delicious and the hit of the party! And it was reasonably cheap, too.
Toot Sweets is a cute little bakery that's definitely worth a try if you're in the North Berkeley area. It's a little hard to find, so I'd use Mapquest before going. It's located in a little shopping area that has some other surprising little gems that I didn't discover until I had lived in the area for a year or so. The sticky buns are the best thing I tried there, but I never had anything I didn't enjoy (including cookies -- maybe the other reviewer somehow got a stale one or something).
This is a great bakery with lots of interesting items to offer. I never had anything here I didn't like. I used to have a running route that went by this bakery, and the smell wafting out onto the sidewalk was divine. Often it compelled me to stop running and stop in for a treat, which I would wolf down, then resume my run, feeling fortified. The location isn't all that out of the way despite other comments posted here -- it's very close to the North Berkeley BART station.
The Kensington library is very small, so don't expect to find much here. They do have a decent children's section as well as some newly-released popular books, but otherwise you're better off finding another library, such as the wonderful main library in Berkeley. Find someone who lives in Berkeley and borrow their card. Even though it's not of much use, I'm still glad Kensington has a library at all when many other small communities are shutting down their libraries or drastically scaling back their hours.
Codornices is a great park for many different activities, including playing team sports, entertaining children or simply strolling. The park has a large, open grassy space that is perfect for playing soccer or ultimate frisbee, which I have done there many times on a Saturday afternoon. It also has a ballfield and a nice playground for kids. It makes for a good walking park as well since there is much open space. The hills behind it provide a nice backdrop. It's right across from the Berkeley Rose Garden, so go see the roses then hop across Euclid to Codornices park for a stroll afterwards. There's plenty of parking nearby and I've never known the park to be too crowded.
This is a neat little place in a cool location. You can get baked goods, coffee, smoothies, and sandwiches and sit at a little picnic table to enjoy it. Even better, buy something and take it down the street to the Berkeley Marina where you can enjoy a little better view. Baked goods here are great (most come individually wrapped in plastic so it's easy to take them somewhere), and sandwiches are even better! Try a shrimp or crab salad sandwich on fresh baked sourdough with fries.
The display case at Crixa is filled with beautiful pastries that taste as good as they look. When I go in, I end up standing there for at least five minutes trying to decide what I want. I have never been disappointed. The coffee cake and flourless chocolate cake are especially good, as are the espresso drinks. The decor is nifty and comfortable, and the employees are really friendly. This place is rarely crowded, but it should be. Next time you go grocery shopping, try stopping in at Crixa for a relaxed, leisurely cake and coffee before venturing across the street to the hectic chaos that is Berkeley Bowl.
Easy Going is not a bad little store, but it's not all that exciting either. Even though it's nominally a book store, the selection of books isn't all that large. They've got the usual complement of travel series--like the Lonely Planet and Fodor's guide books--but not much else. They do have a fair amount of travel accessories, though, like travel alarm clocks and electric plug converters--nifty gadgets that you might not find else where. The staff is pretty helpful and knowledgeable, but it would be nice if the store had more books.
I had a CT scan performed at this Alta Bates location and was very satisfied with the practitioners and the equipment they used. All of the medical professionals who helped perform the procedure were able, thorough and interested in my well-being. All the equipment seemed like it was as up-to-date as possible. The facility itself is well-designed and pleasant, so it doesn't have that usual dour hospital feel to it. I recommend Alta Bates for any medical procedures you may need to have performed.
This place is a big disappointment. It looks really cool from the outside and is located in an area of Berkeley that is finally getting some good stuff (but still doesn't have much else in the way of vintage clothing/accessory stores). When you get into the store, the stuff isn't all that great, and the prices are at least twice what they should be. Everybody knows that vintage stuff is expensive, but this place is outrageous. I love vintage shopping, but I wasn't even tempted to buy a single thing in this store. It seems like Berkeley is still lacking in good, reasonably priced vintage stores (maybe because everyone hangs onto their cool old stuff)!