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Best outdoor cafe?

Dave Baselt | Mar 21, 2004 11:31 AM

Does anyone have recommendations for outdoor cafes in the Bay Area? I'm always on the lookout for places to meet a friend for coffee, read the Sunday paper, or just sit and enjoy the weather. The most important criteria are 1) must have good pastries and 2) a pleasant location.

I haven't been very successful at finding such places in the Bay Area, but so far my favorite is Royal Coffee on College Avenue in Oakland. They have several tables on a nice tree-lined side street, pastries from La Farine, and a generally pleasant atmosphere. The only drawback is that the location is usually cold, even on warm summer days.

Any recommendations would be appreciated!

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