Arbor Cafe, Oakland

Arbor Cafe, 4120 Telegraph Ave., is a 6-minute walk from MacArthur BART Station.

Hipster shabby chic is the call at this Temescal hive for busy workers. A large sign of lights spelling Oakland on the wall overlooks a slew of long wooden tables bearing mismatched chairs, and a massive chalkboard backdrop detailing the menu enhances the classroom aesthetics. Don’t expect to indulge in ergonomic pampering inside this brick building, but do expect to get your research done surrounded by plenty of open space and lookout windows from 8am to 7pm.

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