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First Bite: An Im-press-ive Cafe

Livermore’s The Press an Artisan Cafe brings casual sophistication and delicious eats.


The Press an Artisan Cafe

The Press—a super-successful daytime cafe in Pleasanton—took over a brilliant, brand-new space previously occupied by a short-lived bakery near Livermore 13 Cinema. The breakfast and lunchtime toastinis and sandwiches are fresh, creative, and affordable.

Hip and clean, the venue is anchored by a walk-up counter that flows into a bright white, minimalist yet spacious dining area, creating a casual vibe with understated sophistication. Dishes arrive tableside on beautiful wood boards.

For super-sinful fare, get one of the Press’ed paninis (the Avocado Tripled Cheese was ultra-lush) or the Elvis Presley toastini, loaded with peanut butter, bacon, banana, and honey. A seasonal fig and chèvre toastini was our favorite, while the BLET on Acme Bread Company ciabatta with egg (and Hobbs’ Applewood Smoked Meats bacon) was a steal at $10.

Like pizzas, The Press’ toastinis can be made with two separate toppings—have prosciutto and melon on one half, and tomato and basil on the other. The cafe serves great coffee, too.

2470 First St., Suite 110, Livermore, (925) 292-1916, thepressartisancafe.com. Breakfast and lunch Mon.–Sat.

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Happy Hour Bar & Bites at
The Cooperage

Monday through Friday
3pm – 5:30pm


This isn’t your typical happy hour. This quintessential neighborhood spot offers high-quality craft cocktails on tap and tasty bites. Menu features: $10 cocktails on tap, $5 select beer & wine, $1 oysters, $7 bacon cheeseburger sliders, $7 crispy beer battered shrimp sliders, $9 sashimi-grade ahi tuna tartare. 

32 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette
​Reservations: www.thecooperagelafayette.com or 925.298.5915

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