April 16, 2019

Berkeley: Caffe Chiave


80 North

Caffe Chiave  2500 San Pablo Ave./Dwight Way, Poet’s Corner.

Located on a retail strip known as the Left Bank in a neighborhood known as the Poet’s Corner (because the streets named for poets include Bonar, Browning, Byron, Chaucer, Cowper, Edwards, and Poe), this coffeehouse was once a branch of San Francisco’s famous North Beach Caffe Trieste.  A family feud brought on the name change.

interior of Caffe Chiave in Berkeley, California
interior of Caffe Chiave in Berkeley, California


cafe au lait and cherry pastry at Caffe Chiave in Berkeley, California
cafe au lait and cherry pastry at Caffe Chiave in Berkeley, California

Frou frou coffees are the drink of choice, and the cappuccino is top rated, but beer and wine are also available.  Though it doesn’t have a restaurant kitchen, a microwave can heat up the delicious pastries (the cherry one is sooo good), pizzettas, and panini.  Breakfast is available all day and  includes an assortment of bagel sandwiches and avocado toast.  Lunch brings on sandwiches and pastas.  Live music is sometimes scheduled.

Caffe Trieste Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato



After, stroll the block of shops that include Good Vibrations (sex paraphernalia) and Lhasa Karnak Herb Company (an atmospheric old-style spice and herb shop).
exterior of Lhasa Karnak Herb Company in Berkeley, California
exterior of Lhasa Karnak Herb Company in Berkeley, California


interior of Lhasa Karnak Herb Company in Berkeley, California
interior of Lhasa Karnak Herb Company in Berkeley, California


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images ©2019 Carole Terwilliger Meyers


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