After my Cafe Milano post yesterday, I got some great comments that took me north of the Berkeley campus. (First, I stopped at Peet’s on Telegraph so I had the requisite amount of caffeine to be able to walk from the south of campus to the north.)
One comment suggested Nefeli Caffe. Comment 7/33 on yelp offered up the blandishment of seeing sexy Europeans sipping coffee after a hard night of posing. I was not sure I would fit in but thought I would enjoy it anyway. In typical European fashion, Nefeli was closed. Europeans don’t like getting up too early on a Saturday, or speaking for myself as a pseudo-European, any other day. Brewed Awakenings, on the other hand, seems to be run by hard-working Middle Eastern immigrants and is open. It has free wifi. Quiet classical music in the background. Very few people. Good coffee and good almond croissant. And a great place to hang out and BS. Ideal for research I would say. This is my first stop on future visits to Berkeley. Ariel Rubinstein and Shachar Kariv have great taste.