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Awaken Cafe & Roasting

Awaken Cafe & Roasting

Coffee Shop and Café$$$$
Oaksterdam, Oakland
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    Andrew B.
    "I go for the espresso drinks."(10 Tips)
    heathr g.
    "Nice place to work."(13 Tips)
    Andrew M.
    "Great coffee, much better avocado toast at Julie’s Cafe."(2 Tips)
    Omar Y.
    "Deliciously toasty and chewy gluten-free bagels 🥯"(3 Tips)
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  • healthy food
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  • Alex M.
    Alex MartinSeptember 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Good location, colorful crowd, tasty sandwiches and open late. What's not to like? Big tables are good for sharing so don't bother stuffing yourself into one of those little penalty desks by the door.
  • John W.heart icon on user image
    John WAugust 15, 2018
    Been here 100+ times
    Solid coffee, local Beauty’s Montreal-style bagels, nice salads and sandwiches. Caprese sandwich is a personal fav. Occasional AC plugs. BUT NO WIFI (so being your own)! Happy hour begins at 4 pm.
  • Alex K.heart icon on user image
    Alex KimAugust 10, 2014
    Great spot to study. Got a lot of worker bees here so there's a good balance of ambient cafe chatter and noise that's not too loud.
  • Joe W.
    Joe WeredeNovember 16, 2019
    I come here for their Lattes and their chill vibes and good music. A lot of young professionals come here and it’s really chill
  • heathr g.
    heathr goldJune 7, 2013
    Nice place to work. I don't recommend the food or service though. But if you just want a place to work w wifi that hosts good community events, check it out
  • J J.heart icon on user image
    J JohnAugust 21, 2023
    Top tier coffee spot( one of the best in Oakland and the Bay Area. Lavender latte and Ube latte are incredible. Top class service
  • Emily W.heart icon on user image
    Emily WheelerNovember 3, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    The vegetarian options—especially the empanada and the sesame tofu sandwich—are worth a try.
  • Arthur M.
    Arthur MitchellJanuary 15, 2012
    Real hole in the wall place but the coffee is well prepared from the very best organic ingredients. Strauss Family Organic Milk! YUMMY
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableNovember 15, 2014
    Kyle Itani, owner of Hopscotch and Oakland enthusiast, recommends Awaken Cafe this weekend. He says, "It's a great neighborhood spot--they make a killer iced coffee." Read more
  • X
    XMarch 19, 2012
    Lots of power outlets and plenty of table space make this a great work spot. There's free Wi-Fi too. The wifi password is: doubleespresso
  • Nick Q.heart icon on user image
    Nick QuinlanNovember 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    They have board games you can play! Settlers of Catan, Apples to Apples, Trivial Pursuit, Scrabble, Scategories, Cranium, and Pictionary.
  • Brooks J.
    Brooks JordanJune 7, 2016
    I like this place. Down to earth feel. It's going to take off as Broadway gets more and more popular.
  • Daniel S.heart icon on user image
    Daniel StintzingOctober 30, 2018
    This is a nice place for coffee open on Saturday and Sunday. It would have been better if they had WiFi
  • Robheart icon on user image
    RobNovember 10, 2018
    Lovely relaxed vibe and great tunes, the coffee is pretty solid too.
  • Andrew M.heart icon on user image
    Andrew MilmoeJanuary 4, 2020
    Great coffee, much better avocado toast at Julie’s Cafe.
  • Emily W.heart icon on user image
    Emily WarrenSeptember 7, 2014
    I almost jumped for joy when I found out they had gluten free raspberry scones. With Four Barrel coffee = bliss.
  • Andrew B.heart icon on user image
    Andrew B.March 29, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    I go for the espresso drinks. A reliable cappuccino spot.
  • Jeanine S.
    Jeanine ShimatsuJanuary 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    They have some cool events, but some of the staff is kinda snobby, it's uncomfortably jam packed with tables, and food and drink are too expensive considering those things.
  • Erik M.heart icon on user image
    Erik MoeFebruary 6, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Awaken is going wifi-free part of the week. I'm in favor of unplugging, but you might want to call ahead if you're counting on wifi.
  • Nikhil C.heart icon on user image
    Nikhil CMarch 19, 2017
    Coffee is def great, sandwiches are good too
  • Julia Q.
    Julia QiuFebruary 27, 2014
    Good cafe with hipster ambiance and music. Not too crowded!
  • Ashley M.heart icon on user image
    Ashley MowreyJanuary 17, 2013
    Avocado toast, the shit. Try it with the olive tapenade, the perfect pairing
  • Tim H.heart icon on user image
    Tim HarrisonMarch 29, 2015
    Tried to get some reading done but was distracted by the great Riot Grrl playlist. A+.
  • Carrie S.
    Carrie SmithAugust 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    They give out doggy treats whenever I am walking my dog. I love it. Best coffee shop around.
  • Frankie W.
    Frankie WarrenSeptember 7, 2014
    Order sandwiches & salads online weekdays from 11AM to 2PM.
  • Omar Y.
    Omar YacoubiDecember 5, 2018
    Been here 10+ times
    Deliciously toasty and chewy gluten-free bagels 🥯
  • Chris G.
    Chris GoldenFebruary 3, 2015
    Beginning 2/1/15 now wifi free from Wed-Sat. From Sun-Tues the password is now americano
  • Sabina T.
    Sabina TajDecember 20, 2012
    Best Mocha I've ever had and the kale quiche was yummy.
  • Cap G.
    Cap GravellyAugust 9, 2013
    They've been known to go pretty heavy on the Hall & Oates and the Michael McDonald.
  • JD L.heart icon on user image
    JD LewinDecember 1, 2014
    Great space for shoving a toastie in your face.
  • Libby L.heart icon on user image
    Libby Lee-EganSeptember 4, 2018
    They get their bagels from Beauty's but not cream cheese 🤢
  • Valerie A.heart icon on user image
    Valerie AldobrandischiApril 26, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    Love this place and they make a good chai lattes
  • Steve D.
    Steve DeanApril 18, 2014
    Wifi network: Coffee House --- Wifi password: oaktowncoffee
  • Brian F.
    Brian FitzgeraldJune 10, 2014
    If all of us stare really hard at the lone guy monopolizing the one big square table he'll eventually feel uncomfortable and move. Right?
  • David P.
    David PriceApril 1, 2012
    If there is anything that even remotely resembles a line, don't bother you'll be in it for 20 mins before you can get a cup of coffee.
  • Natasha P.
    Natasha PratsSeptember 24, 2014
    Okay spot to work. Free Wi-Fi but limited outlets. Not a great food selection, but good drinks
  • Fawziah Q.
    Fawziah QadirSeptember 16, 2013
    Came in 10 minutes before close. The staff was so rude and rushed us even though were taking it to go. Then ordered a hot chocolate and its just steamed milk with no flavor. This place sucks!
  • Rodrigo V.heart icon on user image
    Rodrigo VillegasAugust 20, 2017
    Just this 😍😋
  • Johnny V.
    Johnny VolkDecember 14, 2013
    Granola for breakfast, highly recommended.
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WeathersSeptember 3, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Good spot and decent coffee, but the music is always so bad that I have to leave.
  • Rodrigo V.heart icon on user image
    Rodrigo VillegasAugust 20, 2017
    This! ✌🏼😃
  • Alex A.
    Alex AnokhinFebruary 27, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great latte every time!
  • Nick B.heart icon on user image
    Nick ByersJune 7, 2017
    Gibraltar is on point.
  • Jesse B.heart icon on user image
    Jesse BudlongJuly 18, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    New wifi code: oaklandmusic
  • Van L.heart icon on user image
    Van LyNovember 19, 2014
    Great coffee and scones!
  • EatMeDrinkMeNYC
    EatMeDrinkMeNYCMay 29, 2012
    Jeremy can make you a great cortado!
  • Nailphoria Day S.
    Nailphoria Day SpaJanuary 27, 2012
    Another AWESOME coffee spot in dt Oakland!
  • Anna H.
    Anna HenningsMarch 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Happy hour Mon-Thurs 5pm to close!
  • Cameron W.
    Cameron WilsonFebruary 1, 2015
    Essentially everything
  • Neil B.heart icon on user image
    Neil BuckmanOctober 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Coffee black, enough said.
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