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Awaken Café is a green, award-winning espresso bar, tea house, boutique ice-creamery (coming this summer), beer & wine bar, performance & event space, and art gallery in the heart of the new downtown Oakland, with the mission to bring people together and launch movements. 

Mission Statement

Our mission is a simple, but ambitious one: Bring People Together. Launch Movements. 

Our Promises


  • We provide each and every person who walks through our doors with exemplary service, respect, and honor. 
  • We serve the highest quality and most sustainable products possible; and excel at the preparation of the products we serve. 
  • We make a tangible, positive difference in the lives of our customers, our staff, and the greater community.
  • We generate, nurture and support important dialogues, a thriving arts & cultural scene, and groundbreaking events.
  • Our business is successful, sustainable, and expanding.