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Drive-through Starbucks = rookie parent’s BFF

At first I thought it was only a myth. There are so few drive-through conveniences in the East Bay, that I couldn’t imagine a drive-through Starbucks could sneak into our fair area code. Then, I hunted for it only to come up short. Twice. (First I didn’t drive far enough, then too far.)

Drive thru Starbucks in the East Bay

But it exists. And it is worth finding, my friend. Just as you have seen on road trips, there is a drive-through Starbucks in El Cerrito, San Leandro, and a handful of other places and it can be just the pick-me-up a new parent needs when you find yourself trapped in the car with a sleeping/screaming/drowsy baby.

There is a gap in Berkeley and Oakland where there are literally zero Drive-Through Starbucks stores, but head North to Richmond, and they begin to populate on the map, or south of San Leandro.

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From Berkeley, head north on San Pablo until you get to the plaza with the Home Depot and McDonald’s. It’s on your left.

Here are the Drive-Through Starbucks locations in the 510 that are north of Berkeley:

Marina Bay & 580
Open until 9:00 PM


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2187 Meeker Ave
Richmond, CA 94804

San Pablo & Wall El Cerrito
Open until 8:00 PM

11861 San Pablo Avenue
El Cerrito, CA 94530

San Pablo Dam & Morrow
Open until 9:00 PM

3300 San Pablo Dam Road
San Pablo, CA 94803


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San Pablo & El Portal
Open until 9:00 PM

14330 San Pablo Ave
San Pablo, CA 94806

Fitzgerald & Appian, Pinole
Open until 9:30 PM

1540 Fitzgerald Drive
Pinole, CA 94564

Here are the Drive-Through Starbucks locations in the 510 that are south of Oakland:

Bayfair Center – San Leandro
Open until 11:00 PM

15555 E. 14th St
Suite 365
San Leandro, CA 94578

Industrial & Hwy 92
Open until 7:30 PM

25945 Industrial Blvd
Hayward, CA 94545

Eden Shores
Open until 8:00 PM

28517 Hesperian Blvd.
Hayward, CA 94545

Alvarado & Dyer
Open until 9:00 PM

32340 Alvarado Blvd
Union City, CA 94587

Mowry & I880
Open until 7:30 PM

5387 Mowry Avenue
Fremont, CA 94538

Mowry and Cedar
Open until 8:00 PM

39201 Cedar Blvd.
Newark, CA 94560

Boscell & Auto Mall Pkwy
Open until 7:30 PM

5605 Automall Parkway
Fremont, CA 94538

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4 thoughts on “Drive-through Starbucks = rookie parent’s BFF”

  1. The drive-thru Starbucks in El Cerrito is just a few minutes from my house. I visited it often during my maternity leave. Such a life/nap saver!

  2. There was some talk on the neighborhood list about putting in a drive thru Starbucks (and a McDonald’s) at High Street and 580 in Oakland. People were trying to shut it down. Hello! Don’t they know how much I need that? The drive through options are seriously lacking in the east bay.

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