When we officially moved here in Bay Area, I am always eager to find and discover local shops and try what’s best selling on their menu. I’ve always been on the lookout for new chill spots and at the same time, to add more ideas for my blog content. So I am sharing with you these cafés that are worth the miles outside the Peninsula.
1.) Boba Guys (San Ramon)
This boba/milk tea café originated from the Bay Area but now has extended their shops to Los Angeles and New York. They are all over San Francisco since 2013 that’s why there’s no reason for you to try their drinks! I’ve been a fan since then, when milk tea is not that ‘hype’ yet in SF. I personally love their matcha drinks and how you can customize according to your taste.
This particular branch that I visited was in San Ramon, which is part of the East Bay. It is less crowded and in favor for people who live across the bridge. It’s inside City Center Bishop Ranch.
2.) States Coffee and Mercantile (Martinez)
I found this local gem in Martinez, which is just a few miles away from where we live. I was after their gluten-free donuts (although I’m not on a gluten-free diet) and from then on, I totally loved them! The aura and atmosphere here is so relaxing. Those brick walls and wooden tables are very Instagram worthy and almost feels like just at home. States Coffee is also kid-friendly as they have vintage toy trucks on display where the little ones could play with. Momma’s like me could happily enjoy our drinks and donuts freely! They also offer merchandise of different kinds such as shirts, mugs, coffee bottles and even hand soaps, too!
Top notch taste vegan donuts. Perfect combination with iced/hot coffee..
This view from the outside reminds me so much of Portland and its hippie-communal vibe.
When you get inside, the counter will be on the left and the minimalism made it very spacious. The floor this big is ideal for mom’s who have kids who wanted to play around.
3.) Farm & Flour (Benicia)
This local breakfast café is located in the historical town of Benicia. It’s already part of North Bay (Solano County) since you have to cross another bridge from Martinez to get there. We spontaneously went here on a Sunday brunch and got to try one of their toast. The coffee they offer is from States Coffee and as well as the doughnuts. You’ll surely love the white and clean interior space and its intimate feel. As for me, this place is perfect for a breakfast or brunch date any day of the week.
4.) Fox and Fawn (Benicia)
This cupcake café recently opened their store last June but they have been in the business for years. Their bakery is just as simple and nice as the cupcakes looks like. I already imagine myself coming back here with my husband and kids, satisfying our sweet tooth cravings on a weekend. Did I mention that they are also vegan? What makes them special is the simplicity and how each cupcakes are specially made with love. The consistency and sweetness of each bite was perfect, moist and flavorful. You can also bring those treats while walking along the public pier and beach just a few steps from this shop.
Benicia’s neighborhood is very laidback and relaxing. It’s really close to the beach and perfect for relaxing walks.
5.) Starbucks Reserve (Danville)
Starbucks Reserve are also Starbucks stores, but the fancy version. It is described as an ‘open and marketplace style’ with a complete coffee bar. Amazing how you could personally see the cold brew from the tap. They offer special drinks such as Melrose, Espresso Affogato and the Cold Brew versions. We were also able to drink and feel at the ‘bar’ and take lots of pictures! I liked the Cold Brew Malt but I can’t drink halfway through since it’s a bit strong for me (sorry, not a coffee-fan!) The experience was nice and you get a reusable cup with the Reserve logo for your iced drink.