Hours: Mon.-Thu. 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sun. 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Check website for special event calendar.
At World Ground, in the Laurel district of Oakland, everything is just right. They have good coffee, beer on tap, peanuts in the shell, sandwiches, soups, salads, and delicious smoothies. It's a great place for studying, reading, meeting friends, or just people-watching. There's an outside area along with the indoor tables, and all those coffeehouse-related things such as poetry readings and live music. World Ground has the whole place-you-want-to-hang-out-in down so well that another one recently opened in Jack London Square.