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Contraband is an appropriate name for this under the radar hipster coffee shop that someone smuggled into this not-so-hipster neighborhood. Rivaling its Mission and SoMa counterparts, Contraband serves their own delicious coffees straight from their Oakland roastery. If you're hungry, grab a Dynamo donut, peasant pie or empanada and make sure to pick up a bag of their Illicit espresso beans before you leave. Unlike, those Cuban cigars stashed in your suitcase from your last vacation, this contraband won't get you arrested.http://www.contrabandcoffeebar.com/home.html
1415 Larkin between California and Sacramento.
- For an alternative to your espresso drink, try the Ethiopian drip coffee
- Know before you go: Their small space offers limited seating. Also, expect to wait a while for your coffee at busier times.