This airy, high-ceilinged campus hangout offers coffees, teas, Italian sodas, pastries and sandwiches — and, perhaps more important, plenty of outlets.
The birthplace of the caffe latte and a meeting place for everyone from academics to artist types, Caffe Med serves up a satiating mix of coffee drinks, teas, breakfast fare, sandwiches, and more.
Whether you're looking to socialize, study, or people-watch, Caffe Strada provides the venue (including a large outdoor patio) and the location (directly across the street from campus) to do it. Its cafe mochas aren't bad, either.
French for “The Drunken Boat,” Le Bateau Ivre is a restaurant and coffeehouse located just a few blocks from the UC Berkeley campus. With its brick interior and garden patio, Le Bateau Ivre takes you back to 19th-century France. Live music happens every Wednesday night.
This fancy cafe and classical music store, located across the street from UC Berkeley's Sproul Plaza, is one of the few venues in downtown Berkeley where you can eat scones and sip lattes while listening to live chamber music or cabaret.
Aside from a wide selection of coffee and tea (and Mexican hot chocolate!), the cafe has vast breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. The bagels are a must-try, and the open-faced options are mostly named for local cities. What's on the Berkeley bagel, you might ask? You'll have to see for yourself.
This boba tea house is located just south of the UC Berkeley campus. It offers many different kinds of teas and boba milk, along with various flavored iced drinks. It is also open late-night.