5427 College Avenue, Oakland
UPDATE October 2016: Bittersweet Café is now The Chocolate Dragon Bittersweet Café & Bakery.
Their do-it-yourself philosophy extends to the café space itself. The interior uses reclaimed wood for the counter and old mismatched tables and chairs for seating. Chocolate and coffee displays are on old buffet tables.
We recommend going to The Chocolate Dragon for their hot chocolate drinks, especially the Spicy Hot Chocolate, which has a nice warmth from cayenne and white pepper. But they also carry a nice selection of artisan chocolate from around the world and some local chocolate.
Local chocolate at The Dragon:
- Coracao & Cacoco
- Dandelion Chocolate
- Deux Cranes
- Sjaak’s Organic Chocolates
Ask the baristas for hot chocolate and chocolate bar recommendations. They have tried a lot of chocolate.