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Aug 13, 2009 04:50 PM

Trying to find SF or East Bay coffee shop or cafe with comfortable seating

I've been trying to hunt down a good place to sit, relax, and enjoy several cups of espresso while reading. The key is somewhere that has cushioned comfortable chairs. I'd prefer somewhere fairly quiet, decent coffee, maybe something to nibble. The place I go to that most fits this is Cole Coffee on College Avenue in Berkeley, but they really only have a couple arm chairs (like you'd have in your living room) so they are usually occupied. Some of the Peet's in the Bay Area have some cushioned bench seating, but I'd love to find seating I can really sink in to.

I would appreciate any suggestions anyone has of a place that would fit this description, preferably in SF or the east bay...but I'd venture out farther for a great spot. Thanks.

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  1. While I still love Cole dearly, I've followed the herd to Local 123 on San Pablo just
    south of University. They've got three nice couch-like things toward the back and since
    they've only been open a short while, the couches are not yet a health hazard.

    Loads of review activity:

    1. Walk up the street from cole to the corner of alcatraz and college. I'm blanking on the name of the cafe, but they have several nice armchairs and couches - far more than cole. The coffee's not as good, but the panini is pretty nice.

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        1. re: Chuckles the Clone

          Yeah! That's it.

          No places entry - 3200 College Ave at Alcatraz.

      1. I like a place in San Leandro called Zocalo
        They're located at:
        645 Bancroft Ave San Leandro, CA 94577
        They're a local independent coffee shop. They have quit a bit of well used, comfy living room furniture (couches, armchairs, etc..), free wifi, etc....
        You can check them out here: