SF Girl by Bay Blog - 04/26/13:
In the Grand Lake neighborhood of Oakland you’ll find Monkey Forest Road – a Coffeebar and Indonesian Art Gallery in a gorgeous renovated bank building. As soon as you walk in, you have a sense of being transported to an exotic hideaway, far from the urban Oakland cityscape. The entire space is illuminated by the large skylight in the center of the cafe, giving a fresh, airy and vibrant feeling to this beautiful coffee and wine bar.
Monkey Forest Road is named after the main street in Ubud – were the owners fell in love with the arts of Bali and the kindness of the Balinese people. The Coffeebar is great for groups, meeting up to chat with friends or finding a corner to tuck away for studying…read more
From Berkeleyside’s Dining Blog NOSH 03/01/13: Last week we told you about The Red Whale, a new wine bar/wine shop on Grand Ave. And then we find out there’s another wine bar on the same block. Named after a main street in Indonesia, Monkey Forest Road opened a while ago with furniture, artwork and accessories from Bali for sale. It also happens to be a coffee shop with a pastry chef on staff baking fresh scones, cakes and other goodies in house. Starting a couple weeks ago, they extended hours to add a wine bar on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. They serve a combination of common and not-so-common varietals. 3265 Grand Ave., Oakland, 510-327-2400. Friday to Sunday, 5-10 p.m.