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This massive cafe features Bicycle Coffee (no espresso drinks), a small food menu, beer and wine, and plenty of tables and chairs, which has made it popular among the laptop crowd.

The cozy Temescal cafe is more than just a place to get coffee, though caffeine fiends can look forward to featured local blends that change each month. Good Bellies serves waffles with fanciful flavors like Belgian country bacon and strawberry ginger, along with a rotating menu of frozen yogurt, gelato, and smoothies. If you're looking for something less sweet, there's a sizable sandwich and salad menu.

The Mixing Bowl

This hip, airy Temescal hangout serves fresh, often tasty and imaginative soups, salads, sandwiches and breakfast items. Rich, buttery chowder, spiky tamarind chicken salad, a meltingly tender pulled-pork sandwich, and exemplary triple chocolate-chip cookies are among the menu's highlights.

Located a couple blocks from Ashby BART, Nomad provides the soy-latte crowd a place to discuss their recent trips to Guatemala and work on their laptops, thanks to free wi-fi. In addition to the espresso menu, Nomad serves sandwiches, beer, and smoothies.

SubRosa Coffee is a shoebox-size coffeehouse in the Temescal neighborhood of Oakland. It serves San Francisco-roasted Four Barrel coffee, as well as pastries and custards, and features a parklet for those wishing to enjoy the sunshine.

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