A cozy, worker-owned cafe, offering Verve coffee, various pastries and teas, and community events.
Ahh... Au Coquelet, the welcoming Berkeley cafe where you can get a cup of coffee at the crack of dawn and come back after midnight for another cup with an Irish kick, indulge in a fresh fruit torte or any of the spot's homemade desserts. No matter what time of day you opt to sit for a spell in the brick-walled Berkeley institution, there tables are sure to be dotted with people typing at laptops, thumbing through books, or just shooting the breeze.
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.
This cafe, located in the heart of the UC Berkeley campus, gives students a place to study and interact with their peers. The space hosts various exhibits that fit in with the cafe's emphasis on political activism, sure to stimulate and study break conversation.
What doesn't this place do? Located beneath the venerable Jazzschool in downtown Berkeley's theater district, the Jazzcaffè, run by German-born proprietor Kristine Seinsch, is part cafe and part bar, and also offers catering and event production services. Each succeeds on its own merits. Originally intended to serve a quick bite to Jazzschool students and teachers, the cafe has grown into a gathering place for the local jazz scene, offering a simple yet sophisticated (and evolving) menu of breakfast, brunch, and lunch fare. The bar offers a range of specially chosen wines, beers, and apertifs.
Nobody would ever describe Muckrakers as “bustling,” though it’s located a few blocks above the bustling Whole Foods store on Telegraph at Ashby. A low-key, unassuming place, Muckrakers nurtures community in its style. Hospital workers, students, and yoga practitioners come here for the substantial salads and Middle Eastern lunch menu items. The many tables in the front and back room allow for long stretches of quiet work time with free WiFi. You can also relax into a substantial leather chair, rest your coffee drink on the side table, and watch people test drive used bicycles at Karem Cycle, across the street. Kudos to the owners of the café for inviting the PTA and other neighborhood groups to meet in the back room free of charge
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.
Located a few blocks away from Berkeley City College, the coffee shop emits a European vibe with large, open windows in the front and a large mural inside with a bicycle serving as its focal point. The shop serves fair trade organic coffee, hot sandwiches, salads, and hosts an ever-changing selection of art on its pale green walls.