Sundae from Fenton's Creamery. Photo: Derek/Flickr
Sundae from Fenton’s Creamery. Photo: Derek

In today’s installment of the Nosh Guide, we take a look at our favorite spots for dessert and for coffee and tea.

Compared to full-service restaurants, there aren’t that many dessert-centric spots in the East Bay. Sure, we’ve got a plethora of decadent ice cream shops (and we definitely recommend some of those in the guide), but there aren’t quite as many cookie or cake emporiums as we’d like. After all, you can never have too many chocolate chip cookies. A bakery or coffee shop is a good place to look, or you can simply skip all this nonsense and dig into a delicious “Naughty Cream” from Doughnut Dolly.

And while there may be a few of you who can get through the day without a caffeinated beverage, most of us (especially at team Nosh) rely on a cup or two of coffee to get going.

Luckily, it seems like there’s a new coffee shop or two each passing week at which to get our fix. Most of the new coffee shops, especially in Oakland, are single origin bean-focused joints — good for coffee nerds — but we’ve still got a stalwart group of comfy couch cafés with cheap drip coffee for those of us who may need a break from pour-overs. Whatever your preference, there’s at least a café (or three) for you.

Read our Nosh Guide to Dessert.
Read our Nosh Guide to Coffee and Tea.

The Nosh Guide is Berkeleyside’s authoritative, dynamic listing of our favorite spots for eating and drinking in the East Bay. We’ve included picks from Nosh editors, writers and, importantly, readers. We will add new favorites as they appear and may (sadly) have to take some away as they close. At its core, we hope that the Nosh Guide will be a helpful way to navigate our dining scene, no rankings necessary.

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Kate Williams has been writing about food since 2009. After spending two years developing recipes for cookbooks at America’s Test Kitchen, she moved to Berkeley and began work as a freelance writer and...