Berkley is fun. There is a great blend of people who call Berkley home. During our time in Berkley, we walked and walked.. aaaand walked.  I loved exploring the farmer's market, the funky little shops, and most of all the food!

One of my best friends, Nic, lives in Berkley and knows my love of coffee and pointed out a place that he hadn't tried yet but hoped I would enjoy. Sure enough, Townie was one of my FAVORITE Berkley hot spots, not for the bar but for the coffee.

What actually drew me in was the idea of wood fire roasted coffee beans. Townie, at 1799 University Ave., has a cool urban feel with reclaimed wood tabletops, funky chandeliers. Which really accents the hip modern menu.

The drink menu is very basic. It seems that coffee isn't really the main attraction, however when you are a coffee lover like myself, you don't need a lot of fancy flavors to make your mouth happy. Townie1.png

The food menu isn't large, but apparently the weekend brunch is pretty good. There is a small bakery selection and the pastries were delightful and fresh.

We however were there for the coffee.

Seated at of the built-in bench seating tables, it was nice to take in the lovely natural light coming through the large windows. The noise level was light, comfortable, and the soothing music all brought the relaxed feel together.

At first sip, the smokey taste of the espresso blends so well with the subtle sweetness of the cream.  Not overpowering, the wood fire taste does come through the beans but it is welcomed.  The coffee is divine and really one of my favorite moments of my time in Berkley.

I did manage to sneak in some work time the next day at Townie, the free wifi and a chance to savor another cup of coffee was worth taking a writing break for.

For reservations or more information, call 510-356-4903. You can find the full menu on their website, or find them on Twitter and Facebook.

Tip: We did dash in for a late afternoon snack and drink. The afternoon wait staff isn't the best. The waitress seemed almost annoyed at having us take up her table. However, the French fries were pretty good and worth being ignored over. So my tip for Townie is to come in the mornings for the coffee and pastries.

 More Information about Townie


(510) 356-4903


1799 University Ave @ Grant
Berkeley, CA 94703


Sun, Mon, Tues | 7am-10pm
Wed-Sat | 7am–12am  (kitchen closes at 10pm, bar till midnight)

Also note that I was not paid or compensated in any way for my review. My reviews are of my own free will.

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