Baker's Bardo Coffee House: Gets the modern shop all right

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The Bardo provides essentially what every modern independent coffee shop should provide:

  • Awesome coffee (Kaladi), Chai (Bakhti/Third street) and tea options with sandwiches, pastries and juice/sodas to supplement
  • Reliable and fast WiFi with power outlets at every table
  • The ceiling has acoustic foam sprayed to it to keep the noise down
  • They segmented the space into a front area with small tables that's a bit more social, a middle section with more private booths, and a back area with couches that is more wide open again.
  • The music is relaxed, somewhat eclectic, and not distracting.
  • They're open from 6AM to 4AM Friday and Saturday, 6AM to 12AM most other days. Those are insane hours, perhaps aimed at the late night crowd heading south on Broadway after a night at the clubs?
  • It's very conveniently located near Broadway and Alameda putting it within walking distance of lightrail and many buses and very easy to get to by car...

Speaking of cars, perhaps the only downside to the location is the limited parking. If you go off into the neighborhood to find something free that lasts longer than 2 hours you're taking space from the garage-starved residents of Baker and West Wash Park.