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This award-winning cafe, tea house, bar, restaurant, venue, and gallery is one of Uptown's most happening spots.

For those willing to wait for drip coffee, Blue Bottle is heavenly, and it’s roasted right here in Oakland. Besides the roastery, the Webster Street location also houses a coffee bar and cupping room. The latter hosts coffee tastings at 2 p.m. every Tuesday and Saturday. Drop by the coffee bar any day of the week for Blue Bottle’s signature roasts as well as cookies, cakes, and sandwiches.

This friendly downtown stopover features an array of local delights: Blue Bottle coffee, pastries from SF/Oakland/Emeryville bakery Arizmendi, vegan doughnuts from West Oakland's People's Bakery, and dairy products from Sonoma-based Clover Stornetta. Gabriela's lunch options vary, but a beloved menu item is the popular pulled-pork adobo sandwich, which puts a tasty spin on a traditional Filipino dish. Space is limited, but the counter seats face the window and are great for people-watching.

Located along a quiet stretch of Washington Street in downtown Oakland, Caffe 817 — under the ownership of Scott and Emily Goldenberg — offers a European cafe experience with meals worth the relatively high prices. Loyal customers come back for the delicious Italian flourishes in breakfast and lunch offerings, with daily specials that appeal to the palette, the eye, and, when read aloud, to the ear — “Roasted pork shoulder sandwich with arugula and aioli.” The service, though sometimes slow, is solicitous, and the baristas make impressive coffee art, as worthy of display as the latest art show on the walls. On a sunny day, sidewalk seating under umbrellas perfects the experience. Bottled beer and wine selections vary with the season.

The cafe of the Oakland-based roasting company serves up its own blends, as well as gelato and sorbetto and other desserts.

This artisan bakery from Mani Niall, the man best known for being a former personal chef to Michael Jackson, specializes in gluten-free and vegan-friendly baked goods. It also offers a full selection of specialty coffee drinks.

The cafe, which replaced the beloved Mama Buzz in February 2012, serves up homemade sausages, pastries, beer, and coffee, all for under $10. Like its predecessor, the space hosts a gallery that features works by local artists.

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