What are the best cafes in Palo Alto/Menlo Park/Redwood City?

What are the best cafes in Palo Alto/Menlo Park/Redwood City?

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  1. Philz on Middlefield has great coffee. The food selection isn’t great but on a nice day it is pleasant to sit on the patio and sip your coffee and work or read.

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  2. I also really like Caffe del Doge on University Ave, mainly because (1) they also have genuinely good tea and (2) it’s a bit brighter and easier to find a table in than Coupa. They don’t, however, have that great of a food selection, though their pastries are quite tasty. For getting work done, sitting upstairs in the loft is probably your best bet.

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  3. Coupa Cafe and Cafe Borrone are the two most charming and natively-local cafes in Palo Alto / Menlo Park. Both have strong and loyal local followings. Both serve very good food and coffee. Both are good for working and reading.
    I might add the Coffee House at Tressider Union at Stanford. Been around forever (in various creations). It’s loud, but I did all of my homework there when I was at Stanford; if you don’t mind volume, it’s great. Very charming.

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  4. You might want to check out Cafe Zoe – a hidden neighborhood gem. Paninis are good and there is a coffee bar, though I am more of a tea person. There is a cute back patio for sunny days. Used to love Cafe Barrone (frosted mocha – yum!) when it was smaller, but since they expanded it is often too crowded.

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  5. The Starbucks on California Ave is pretty solid. There is usually a place to sit and there are about 3-4 outlets. This Starbucks has some decent space so it works pretty well. I’ve spent 4-5 hours there without any issues.

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  6. I would add Cafe Sophia on Middlefield Road in Midtown Palo Alto, across the street from the Starbucks and Longs Drugs. They have very good, house-roasted coffee, very tasty Afghan food (mantu, kebabs…), paninis and burgers, and a spacious and well-decorated interior with Wi-Fi to top it off.

    Eight O’Clock

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  7. I think Satura Cakes is a nice little place with free wi-fi and outlets. Also delicious cakes. The Starbucks on University Ave. has a Clover machine, and it makes awesome coffee.

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  8. Very close to downtown Palo Alto but usually much less crowded is Printer’s Inc Cafe on California Ave. Coffee is locally roasted (Connoisseur Coffee), food is good for a coffee shop, but most importantly the WiFi is solid and you will almost always be able to get a table inside or out and spread out. Plus when you’re done working the Nut House is right across the street and there’s always the chance Dimitry Medvedev might stop by! http://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/show_story.php?id=17315
    Edit: don’t laugh, but I should mention that if you need to pull an all nighter (and I pulled plenty in my day), the IHOP in Redwood City is open 24 hours on Friday and Saturday, and the Santa Clara and South San Francisco IHOPs are open 24 hours all week. WiFi is spotty, and it’s a little plebe for the valley tech crowd, but has several key advantages over other late night locales like Happy Donuts and Meyer Library:

    You can get a whole booth to yourself pretty much any time outside of the breakfast rush; there will be very few people working there.
    You can get a hot meal any time of night and it’s not from Jack in the Box.
    Staff is very friendly; just order a cup of coffee and they will refill it all night for free.

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  9. Mademoiselle Colette on Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park is far and away my favorite cafe in the area.
    The lush garden in the back is the perfect place to have some tea and read a book. If you want to get some work done, I like to sprawl my computer/notes out on one of the big wooden tables inside.
    Also, the selection of Mariage Frères teas and pastries – croissants, eclairs, macarons, tartlettes, madeleines – can’t be beat.

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  10. Konditorei Cafe in Ladera/Menlo Park (off of Alpine Rd, Near Sand Hill Rd) has the best pastries and mochas. Also if you come after the morning rush, they have a great place to sit for doing work and free WiFi.
    The Woodside Bakery and Cafe in Woodside/(btw Redwood City & Menlo Park on Woodside Rd at Canada Rd) has great casual dinning for breakfast and lunch, as long as its not the weekend due to the heavy traffic of bike riders.
    Clocktower Coffee Roasting Company in Mountain View roasts their own coffee daily. They have really good lattes and another good seating area, also they have 2 locations a few blocks apart.

    Victor Allen’s

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