East Oakland's Kefa Coffee sits proudly in the Jingletown district and welcomes cafe-goers with fair-trade, organic coffee, local art exhibits, and lunch specials. Free wi-fi, free parking, outdoor seating, and a dog-friendly environment will encourage you to stick around and enjoy the view.
You can't really go wrong with a 24-hour cafe, can you? The East Oakland joint is just the sort of greasy spoon destination you crave when a long night turns to an early morning and your alcohol-lined stomach is crying out for a hot cup of coffee and a huge plate of breakfast food.
A beignet is a French doughnut — a deep-fried pillowy square subjected to a dusting of powdered sugar. If that's enough for you to ask yourself why we don't see those in these parts, thankfully someone else asked the same question and opened up Powderface to fill in the gap. Located right off Fruitvale BART Station in the Fruitvale Plaza, Powderface serves up not only fresh beignets from early in the morning, but coffee drinks and smoothies to enjoy in the cafe or on the outdoor patio. Free wi-fi.
Since 1962, Woody's Cafe has been serving the neighborhood of East Oakland. This joint uses beans from Mr. Espresso for all of its coffee beverages. Customers can enjoy outside patio seating and free wi-fi. Even though the cafe closes at 7 p.m. daily, music, art, and comedy events are held until 9:30 p.m. throughout the week. Check their web site for event details.
At World Ground, in the Laurel district of Oakland, everything is just right. They have good coffee, beer on tap, peanuts in the shell, sandwiches, soups, salads, and delicious smoothies. It's a great place for studying, reading, meeting friends, or just people-watching. There's an outside area along with the indoor tables, and all those coffeehouse-related things such as poetry readings and live music. World Ground has the whole place-you-want-to-hang-out-in down so well that another one recently opened in Jack London Square.