Nomad Café 6500 Shattuck Ave. (at 65th St.)
Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 595-5344

Monday - Saturday: 7am - 10pm
Sunday: 8am - 10pm


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Nomad Café's "zero waste over the counter" efforts reflect goals that have now been officially adopted by the City of Oakland. Learn more about  Zero Waste in Oakland by 2020.

Please visit The Hunger Site, where clicking the "give free food" button donates one cup of food to those dying of hunger and malnutrition around the world. Through the efforts of MercyCorps, America's Second Harvest and the hunger site's sponsors, hurricane relief, humanitarian aid and social justice are just a mouse click away.

Nomad Café is now serving organic beer & wine (Read more ... )

An important message from the Nomad about Community and Sustainability (Read more ... )

People wander in to the Nomad Café from near and far. Only a very few run away screaming. A handful have never left at all. Most return frequently, for they have discovered an urban oasis. This gathering tribe is known as the NoCo (Nomad Community).

Nomad is the East Bay's hip, new, community-based, earth-friendly arts and internet café. Many evenings (and a few afternoons) bring live music, poetry, storytelling and open mic performances to the Nomad stage. Come see local artists' work on display, or watch them in action painting the "community canvas" that occupies the stage wall. Our "Kids' Corner" is a favorite among parents seeking a coffee break while their children build Lego towers or read picture books, lounging on colorful pillows and a soft, hand-woven rug (nomadic Gabbeh, naturally). The Nomad features indoor and outdoor seating. Premises are wheelchair-accessible.

OUR MENU (View our menu)

We serve 100% certified Fair Trade organic coffees and organic teas in a warm, friendly and comfortable environment. We also offer freshly-grilled sandwiches and other delicacies from both sides of the Mediterranean, delicious pastries baked fresh daily, and locally-produced vegan cookies. We support local shelters and food charities with our remaindered foods. We are vocal supporters of sustainable farming. Our commitment to Fair Trade provides sustainable living wages for farmers, and helps foster the creation of a healthier planet. For more information and a list of businesses that serve 100% certified Fair Trade products, please visit:

GREEN BUSINESS (View our green practices)

Nomad Café is proud to be a 2004 and 2005 winner of the State of California Integrated Waste Management Board's Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP) awards. Out of 1403 statewide award recipients for 2004, Nomad was designated as one of only ten "WRAP of the Year" designees.

At Nomad Café we feel very strongly about the environment. We believe that as residents of a global community, we have an obligation to responsible stewardship. We are an officially certified "Green" business through the County of Alameda's Green Business program. We have implemented measures to conserve energy, water, and materials and to cut pollution (view our utility usage). We use safe, biodegradable cleaning products that are mixed using an enclosed system which protects employees from spills and splashes and cuts the chances of a spill to the City's storm drain system. We engage in active recycling. 95% of the waste produced at the café is compostable, and is recycled through a local food waste recycling program, or directly to our customers. Our building is an all-new construction that makes use of the latest energy-efficient and earth-friendly technology, including low-volume, on-demand tankless hot water heaters, hydronic heating systems, and recycled hardwoods. For more info on the Alameda County Green Business Program, please visit:


We feature high-speed internet access using state-of-the-art 802.11g wireless technology. Bring your wi-fi laptop to enjoy our commercial upload and download speeds, or just plug in to one of our ports from any table. If you don't have a laptop, come enjoy our slick new bank of high-rise space age full-service workstations!


The recent emergence of this affiliation of arts venues in the South Berkeley/North Oakland neighborhoods surrounding Ashby BART station has finally given a name to an area long known for its proliferation of artists, writers, musicians, dancers, actors and other performers, as well as residents who appreciate community-based arts. The formation of the Ashby Arts District was spearheaded by Epic Arts, which serves as its fulcrum. The partnership includes La Peña Cultural Center, Epic Arts, The Shotgun Players at The Ashby Stage, The Black Repertory Group, Nomad Café, Northern California Land Trust, Unconditional Theater and the Triptych Gallery. This district is unique in that it has been organized by artists and arts organizations from the grassroots up, and is now supported by the local business community, neighborhood associations, and was officially recognized by the Berkeley Mayor's office in the summer of 2003.

Through collaborative events and programs, the District's members are working to bridge gaps between neighboring organizations, increase public awareness of the arts, and unify the communities we serve. Our undertakings include: publishing a monthly arts calendar that reflects events and performances throughout the Ashby Arts District; compiling and sharing a database of nearly one thousand local artists, musicians and other performers in order to allow broad saturation of favorite acts within the district; and working with city officials to move new arts organizations into the area. In addition, a street festival is in the offing for the summer of 2005, during which a section of the north Shattuck corridor will be shut down to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of La Peña and the Northern California Land Trust, the development of the Ashby Arts District, and the creation of a better world through art, one thriving community at a time.


We are in North Oakland, right at the Berkeley border, only a short 3-block walk from the Ashby BART station. Bus line number 43 stops one block South from the café, in both northbound and southbound directions.

Nomad Café in the Media

Reclaim The Future Magazine Spring/Summer 2006 (Page 3)
Dwell Magazine September 2005
San Francisco Chronicle 1/15/05 (Ashby Arts District)
East Bay Express 4/6/05 (Best of the East Bay - 2005)
San Francisco Chronicle 1/12/05
Oakland Tribune 1/12/05
Rockridge News 1/08/05
Berkeley Daily Planet (Best of Berkeley) 12/31/04
Terrain Magazine Summer 04
East Bay Express 5/5/04 (Best of the East Bay - 2004)
MobilePC Magazine 5/04
Oakland Tribune 4/4/04
East Bay Express 3/31/04
East Bay Express 3/10/04
San Francisco Chronicle 2/12/04

Nomad Café Events

Wednesday 10/25
Bay Area Writing Project's
"Writing Teachers Write"

Monthly Student/Teacher Reading Series
Featured Artists: Marty Williams and Chuck Forester
5:00pm - 6:30pm

Friday 10/27
Singer/Songwriter Night

w/The Ravines
7:30pm - 9:30pm

Saturday 10/28
Singer/Songwriter Night

w/Jared Karol and Danielle Rosa

Sunday 10/29
Nomad Café Sunday Brunch

w/Evelie Posch
11:00am - 1:00pm

Friday 11/3
Special Moms' Music Night

w/Shelley Doty, Green & Root, and Carrie Katz
7:30pm - 9:30pm

Saturday 11/4
Singer/Songwriter Night

w/Stuart Rosh and Charlie Marvin
7:30pm - 9:30pm

Sunday 11/5
Nomad Café Sunday Brunch

w/Jason Armstrong & Joe Kenny
11:00am - 1:00pm

Wednesday 11/8
Nomadic Rambles
Featured and Open Storytelling

Featured Storytellers: Jean Ellisen and Liz Nichols
Hosted by Ed Silberman

Thursday 11/9
Spoken Word Swap Meet
Cross-pollination session for wordsmiths

Hosted by Andrej
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Friday 11/10
Nomad Live Jazz

w/The Nomadics
7:30pm - 9:30pm

Saturday 11/11
Singer/Songwriter Night

w/Joshua Eden and Mike Gibbons
7:30pm - 9:30pm

Sunday 11/12
Nomad Café Sunday Brunch

w/Gift Horse
11:00am - 1:00pm

Sunday 11/12
Nomad Café Gallery
Art Opening Reception

w/April Hankins
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Friday 11/17
Singer/Songwriter Night

w/The Freys
7:30pm - 9:30pm

Saturday 11/18
Singer/Songwriter Night

w/Crooked Roads Band and Zac Cahn
7:30pm - 9:30pm

Sunday 11/19
Nomad Café Sunday Brunch

w/Paul H. Taylor & The Montara Mountain Boys
11:00am - 1:00pm

Wednesday 11/22
Book Release Party: Common Objects
Texts by April Durham & Photographs by Olive Martin
5:00pm - 6:30pm
Reading will begin at 5:30pm

Friday 11/24
Singer/Songwriter Night

w/Masha Delphenden
7:30pm - 9:30pm

Nomad Live Jazz Night

w/Rebecca Griffin

Sunday 11/26
Nomad Café Sunday Brunch

w/Philips Marine Duo
11:00am - 1:00pm

Thursday 11/30
Spoken Word Swap Meet
Cross-pollination session for wordsmiths

Hosted by Andrej
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Future acts

The Nomad has individual or monthly bookings available for local musicians. If you are interested in booking to play at the Nomad, please contact us at

Henry Kaiser at the Nomad

Nomad Café Gallery features Political Posters by artist and educator Paul Veres. His posters offer clear, simple and succinct responses to the events and people who brought us the Iraq war. Works on display from October 1 through October 31.

Future art installations

If you're an artist interested in showing your work, please contact us at