I had a couple hours to chill between interview in downtown Oakland today and so I discovered Awaken Café, on 14th at Broadway. It’s a four-month-old, pleasant spot with free WiFi (you gotta ask for the password), great lattes ($2.50 for a small!), sweet bumper stickers, and friendly staff. Only recently, with the opening of The Trappist, have I started to explore downtown Oakland a bit, and this is definitely a welcome addition to The Town. Become a fan on Facebook!
Also, last week, I popped into a new SoMa café, Epicenter, to get a couple hours of work done. That’s a bigger café, with more expensive lattes ($3.75!), but the rent is almost certainly higher there (heck, it’s adjacent to a Whole Foods). That said, there’s plenty of power outlets and couches. They said that they’re working on getting their liquor license, so it could be a good spot for an after work quiet drink.