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.
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.
But for the regular singer-songwriter performances (scheduled Friday and Saturday from 7:30 to 9:30, with an additional Sunday brunch session), the predominant musical backdrop at this South Berkeley/North Oakland cafe is a cool mix of J Dilla, Wu-Tang, and old-school R&B — along with the whir of an espresso machine and the sound of a well-to-do collegiate clientele pecking on their new Apples. Located a couple blocks from Ashby BART, Nomad provides the soy-latte crowd a place to discuss their recent trips to Guatemala or whatever was featured in the most recent issue of Harpers, and take advantage of the joint's free wi-fi. In addition to the espresso menu, Nomad serves sandwiches, vegan beer, and smoothies.
SubRosa Coffee is a small coffeehouse in the Temescal neighborhood of Oakland. It has an outdoor seating area for those wishing to enjoy intermittent sunshine. SubRosa serves San Francisco-roasted Four Barrel coffee at their coffee joint. There is also plenty of pastries and custards at SubRosa to accompany coffee.