Located in Oakland’s Temescal neighborhood, North Light is a cozy all-day spot—a café by day and a bar by night. Whether you want a place to work, get your morning coffee, meet a friend for an afternoon drink, write the next great American novel, have a date night, sit alone in a corner with a book, meet a stranger, or eat a meal at any time of day, North Light is your joint. We have a sunny back patio, free wifi, as well as an intimate book and record shop curated by some of the best living writers, musicians, and artists. Our food is light, fresh, and Mediterranean-inspired; our drinks are ambitious but approachable; and our staff is the sweetest in the business. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Open 7am to midnight, every day but Monday
4915 Telegraph, Oakland 94609
BOOKS & RECORDS
For North Light’s bookshop, we asked some of our favorite writers, musicians, and artists to select the inventory. Special shelves have been curated by Patti Smith, Michael Chabon, George Saunders, Samin Nosrat, Rebecca Solnit, Juan Felipe Herrera, Tommy Orange, Kay Ryan, Tobias Wolff, Maureen Corrigan, Robert Pinsky, Ayelet Waldman, Daniel Handler, Lisa Brown, Michael Pollan, Pico Iyer, Wendy MacNaughton, Greil Marcus, Dana Gioia, Michael Ondaatje, Jim White, and we’re adding new curators regularly.
Our record store is organized into 9 drawers, each focused on a different artist and 3 degrees of their connections, collaborations, and influences. For example, 3 degrees of The Beatles, which includes 50 or so records of pop and rock by various artists, as seen through the lens of The Beatles. Other drawers are focused on the worlds of Aretha Franklin, Grandmaster Flash, Robert Johnson, Iggy Pop, Dolly Parton, Duke Ellington, and Rogue Wave.
Many talented and lovely people helped us create North Light. Here are some of them:
Jessica Hische, identity and design
Brandon Herring, logo concept
The Savage Bureau, website
Stephen Swinstrom & Lugstar Industries, casework & built-ins
Said-Jon Eghbal, architect
Jill Rosenthal, designer
Pat Spurgeon, record shop guru
Alexandra Posey, bookshop commandant
Carolyn Tawasha, attorney
Laurie Aaronson, consultant
Carrie Peters, ABC License Company