Need a cuppa to jump-start the brain before an early exam? Or a bite to eat to replenish your energy as that big project nears completion? Check out these independently operated cafés in the northeast quadrant of the UC Berkeley campus, conveniently located near classrooms, offices and labs to keep engineers (and others) refueled.
V&A Café: Etcheverry Hall, 3nd floor south. This latest addition to Northside dining, run by the folks behind Nefeli Caffe on Euclid, serves Italy's Portioli coffee in all its forms, plus sandwiches, salads and several breakfast choices. Hours: M-F 7 a.m.–6 p.m.
Yali's Café: 178 Stanley Hall; yaliscafe.com. Bioengineers queue up for caffeine, smoothies, and a wide assortment of breakfast and lunch items, from bagels and fruit to sandwiches and quiche; the comfy outdoor terrace is also popular. Hours: M-Th 7 a.m.–6 p.m., F 7 a.m.–5 p.m.
Qualcomm Cybercafe: Sutardja Dai Hall, 2nd floor west; yaliscoffee.com. Reopened under the management of Yali's, with a full menu of breakfast, lunch and beverage items featuring Equator Coffees & Teas and Firebrand Artisan Breads. Hours: M-Th 7 a.m.–6 p.m., F 7 a.m.–5 p.m.
Teaone Tea & Coffee: 200 Cory Hall; tea1usa.com. This courtyard tea shop slakes the EECS thirst with milk, fruit and classic teas and lattes, plus a full range of coffees and smoothies. Hours: M-F 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Terrace Cafe: Trefethen Terrace, Bechtel Engineering Center; caldining.berkeley.edu. This outdoor dining spot on the roof of Bechtel, run by Cal Dining, offers grab-and-go salads, sushi, sandwiches, snacks and coffee. Hours: M-F 8 a.m.–3 p.m.
Hours are generally accurate during the academic year, but may vary widely during breaks.