PIQ Berkeley is a cafe on the corner of Addison and Shattuck in downtown Berkeley.
It took me a decent amount of research to figure out what this place is actually called- the owner obviously doesn't understand the concept of marketing and instead, put up signs throughout the restaurant of random words pertaining to Italy. The cafe is big and open with a study area upstairs, free wifi, lots of outlets, pretty good food, really good looking pastries (and a great selection, I might add. This is coming from someone who- probably spending way too much time in cafes- is bored to tears by the predictable spread of doughy-looking croissants and banana breads.) AND a coffee bar.
Good for a quick bite to eat if you want better food than the subway next door, and great for meeting a bunch of people to study.
I give PIQ Berkeley 3 stars for being a good fall-back, but nothing special. BUT! what do you think...? Rate PIQ here!