Berkeley is famous for coffee spots like Caffe Strada (voted eight-best college town coffee shop by Complex Magazine) and Café Mediterraneum (self-proclaimed creator of the cafe latte), but sometimes finding a free seat – let alone a power outlet for your laptop – in any of the old favorites can prove a challenge. If you’re looking for a change of scene, here are a few new coffee shops we’ve spotted in the past few months: read more »


Party at Caffe Mediterraneum! (Let’s hope.) This cafe, located on Telegraph Avenue, is in the process applying for a permit to stay open all night. The Telegraph Business Improvement District likes the prospect of businesses staying open until late, making Telegraph a more lively street in the deep dark of night.

We agree. Think about it; we all get midnight cravings. Cooking is out of the question when we’re halfway through studying a fat textbook. What better way to take a break (or not, for the overachievers among us,) than to grab some food with your friends in between library hopping? How about an excuse to quit bumming around the house at 4 a.m. (because we all know, Berkeley students do not sleep)? Keep your hopes high; it sounds promising!

Image Source: Carli Baker, The Daily Californian
Cafe Owner Aims to Extend Hours [Daily Cal]

After discovering the latest omen of the world’s coming demise, the Clog encourages Berkeley students to put down their books and enjoy their short-lived time on earth.

Zut alors! Even the French are feeling the sting of the declining economy and slim trans-Atlantic wallets. With an average of two cafes closing everyday, France shows that the U.S. isn’t the only one sweating finances.

Want more numbers? In 1960, France teemed with 200,000 cafes. Compare that to today’s less-than 41,500–and diminishing. Merde, indeed.

Small businesses are suffering, but the shrinking numbers also show a culture at risk. What is the Frenchman without his beret, baguette, cafe and cigarette? (Oh, and wine and cheese and an official Federation of Cafes, Brasseries and Discotheques.) Not much, apparently:
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