The international house at UC Berkeley has a decent sized coffee shop attached that is open to the public. The outside area has splendid views over Berkeley (and over the bay when it is not foggy) and inside there is plenty of space for studying and wireless access (given you have airbears). Besides coffee they also serve decent tab beer (sierra nevada) for $3.75/pint and $11/pitcher and a variety of wines.
This is a popular hang-out for many international students of UC Berkeley. Another cool thing ... they are at least open until midnight.
PROS: they also serve beer and wine
CONS: expensive refills (original coffee price minus 50 cents)
just across from the more corporate REI store you find this little jewel. unlike REI that only sells gas containers (bad), this place also take the empty containers back and recycles them. they also have a great "parking lot sale" once in a while where the staff will sell your used/new gear for you for a percentage of the cut. overall ... great gear, some used and some new, for good prices.
Mon-Sat: 10:00 am- 8:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am- 7:00 pm
the guys at the berkeley animal shelter are awesome. they are all volunteers and work really hard to help all the unwanted pets and trapped wildlife they have to deal with.
if you are interested ... please swing by and the staff will help you in finding the right pet for you. the animals are taken great care of but they desperately need a new home.
Office Hours: Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri., and Sat. 10 am - 4 pm
Wed. 10 am - 7pm, Sun 11am - 3pm
We've bought all our 6 tomatoe plants here (different varieties) and each plant has greatly surpassed our expectations. We have been harvesting tomatoes from July to October and there is no end in sight. Also most other plants (expect the eggplant) have had great returns. Our olive trees are packed with olives. buy your plants here!!!
this is the kind of bookstore store you can spend an entire day perusing their exellent collection. and please ... once you do found your favorite ... buy it here! there have been reports of people using the amazing service that Cody provides and then go online to purchuase the book for $2 cheaper at some online store. please do not do this. unless you want to directly contribute to the destuction of a charming locally-owned business ... the kind that has become so rare in our country .
Fresh locally-grown fruits, nuts, vegetables and farm-produced goods are sold directly by California farmers. It's a family-friendly open-air market that supports small-scale farmers who practice sustainable agriculture. More than half of the produce available at the markets is registered or certified organically grown.
It's a bit pricy. In my homeland Germany farmers markets are usually cheaper than supermarkets. Not here. Expect to spend a biut more ... but the cause and also the fun you'll be having are well worth it.
Tuesdays: 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Derby between ML King & Milvia
Thursdays: 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Shattuck Ave & Rose St
Saturdays: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Center between ML King & Milvia
The main drawback of this family-run coffee shop is the early (7pm) closing hour which prevents it from becoming the main study & hang-out place for late-birds in north berkeley. But if you get your act together earlier ... this is a place to put in a 4 hour study shift fueles by a coffee, a cookie, and a refill. Yes ... there is free wireless.
The Jack Sprat Cafe is now where Strongs used to be. But it does not life up to it's great precessor. The atmosphere is too steril. The comfy sofa's are gone. The staff is now located much farther away from the customers, limiting all interaction to the time the purchuase is made.
It's an okay place to do your homework (although the refills are ovcerpriced event though the cups are smaller) ... but nothing to write home about..
PROS: many study places
CONS: steril cafeteria feel
if caffee driade is too far or if you simply do not allow yourself to leave carrboro's "i am so sustainable" ghetto ... open-eye serves carrboro's hipster their daily caffeine fill. you'll see many faces that frequent driade as well. the owners know the taste of the local hipster crowd and they deliver.
driade stands out as a very special pearl among the coffee houses that pop up everywhere.
hang-out with a good book. read a newspaper. enjoy the lush green surroundings. come for one of the summer evenings with local live artists. or most importantly ... become part of the local hipster gang that tends to sip their cappuchino's here.
do not bring your laptop here. this is not really a place to work.
PROS: the hippest baristas you will find.
CONS: sometimes long lines ... but who knows ... you may hook-up with someone..