A family-oriented coffee shop that serves up plenty of food in addition to beverages, and even has a little children's nook set aside to entertain youngsters.
A cafe specializing in good food made with good ingredients, locally sourced and organic whenever possible. All baked goods are made fresh daily by Pastry Chef Tom Purtill.
This Hayward coffeehouse is a health-conscious caffeine junkie's paradise. All drinks are made with "pi water," which has undergone a special filtration process to enhance its antioxidant power, according to Eon's website. Vitamin-enriched smoothies, Omega-3-boosted fresh sandwiches, European-style desserts, and Eon's signature mulberry tea complement the standard coffee fare. Occasional live music and free wi-fi make Eon the place to be for the Hayward-bound health nut.
The independently owned cafe serves up java from Bay Area-based Barefoot Coffee Roasters, along with a variety of breakfast and lunch items and more.
Espresso Roma is a tree-shaded paradise just perfect for studying, reading or catching up with friends. The airy cafe's brew is as thick and strong as any self respecting Berkeley coffee shop should be, and the food is substantial, but the real star here is the expansive sunlight patio.
Thanks to its location, this incarnation of the Espresso Roma chain transcends its chainness. Occupying the entire corner of Ashby and College avenues, the site is like a cafe village. In the main serving area, there are a plethora of copper-topped tables. A well-situated bar serves beers on tap and Salmon Creek wine. A separate room with free wi-fi provides a quiet workspace. The extensive menu includes many pizza and salad choices, hot and cold sandwiches, baked potatoes, pastries, desserts, and a wide a selection of Fair Trade coffee drinks. On the other hand, it must be said that sometimes the brusque service here falls just short of surly, and the coffee doesn’t garner rave reviews from customers. Still, this is an excellent place to meet a friend for lunch or to enjoy the prime view of passersby while lingering over The New York Times crossword puzzle.