Are there any cafes out there in the wild that have survived (or better, thrived) with a strictly enforced no-laptop, no-iPad (essentially, "no portable electronic offices") policy? I'm looking for reasonably well-documented examples of coffee houses that have bucked the student/mobile-office market and done well. The more it's presented as a business case, the better.
posted by Shepherd
on Sep 12, 2014 -
In the movies Americans often just leave money on the bar, or on the table at a cafe or a restaurant, and walk out. Does this happen in real life? [more inside]
posted by UltraFleece
on Sep 4, 2014 -
I'm not sure how to say this without sounding like a 13 year old but I'm in love with a guy who frequents the same cafe as I do but haven't met. I dont know how to deal with it. [more inside]
posted by bubbletea54
on Jul 1, 2014 -
I have an opportunity to rent a large-ish cafe/coffee shop/restaurant a few moments walk from the local small town railway station, out the front of the tourist bus stop. What would you do to make it wonderful? [more inside]
posted by bystander
on Mar 7, 2014 -
I'm looking for bars/cafes in Hong Kong with a quiet, cozy vibe where I could feel comfortable taking a book and spending a few hours in a relaxing environment. Central/Sheung Wan would be ideal, but I'm open to suggestions anywhere.
posted by modernnomad
on Feb 15, 2014 -
I'll be visiting friends in Porto (Portugal) this Friday, but my flight lands early in the morning and I won't be meeting them until lunchtime. What would be a good place downtown to get some work done on my laptop and possibly drink a coffee or two? Internet access is a must. I'd love something with a bit more local flavor than a Starbucks, but I'm open to all suggestions.
Thanks in advance, Hive Mind!
posted by doctorpiorno
on Nov 21, 2013 -
I like to have a glass of whisky and read and write on weekday evenings. I'm looking for quiet bars (or licensed cafes) where I can hole up with a laptop and/or book. Does such a thing exist? [more inside]
posted by Beardman
on Oct 2, 2013 -
Spending a week in accommodation in Brockley, London, in early October. To be specific, Manor Avenue Brockley London, SE4 1TE. As London seems to be the place where you literally breathe out money in order to survive, keen to do this on as low a budget as possible. Will not have a car and prefer walking where possible. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore
on Sep 27, 2013 -
My family (myself, my sister and our parents) are heading off shortly for a vacation in Rome, Italy. My family likes to write a lot; my parents are actually taking on online writing course at the moment, and I have a fair bit of writing to do for work. In the States we'd go hang out at a coffeehouse to get our daily wordcount in. What's the best place to get writing done in Rome? [more inside]
posted by fermion
on Sep 7, 2013 -
I'm a writer and I like to write in coffee shops. I'm looking for a coffee shop in DC. I live in Logan Circle and work downtown, but don't mind taking the Metro or a bus anywhere. I'm looking for something a little more low-key than Tryst. Any suggestions? I'd like free wi-fi and a graduate student vibe. No need for anything fancy. This
is where I used to go when I lived in Philadelphia and I'd like to find something similar. Thank you!
posted by melodykramer
on Jun 20, 2013 -
I'm meeting a friend in Minneapolis to help celebrate his birthday. Neither of us are familiar with the area. Help me find some places that he would he like. [more inside]
posted by Ookseer
on May 23, 2013 -
I've been in Sydney for a while now but still dont have a favorite cafe-hang. Looking for recommendations, preferably but not necessarily in the Surry Hills/Newtown/Inner Westish area, where I could inconspicuously spend the better part of day ploughing through a massive book, with excellent coffee, comfortable seating and minimal distracting muzak.
posted by moorooka
on Mar 15, 2013 -
I asked out a cute person, and he said yes, but... where do I want to go tomorrow night?
Looking for someplace quietish (not too crowded, quiet enough so we don't have to yell at each other, and could maybe play a game of Scrabble), pretty casual (not overly-romantic), and pretty cheap. Could just be a drink or coffee, doesn't have to be a restaurant.
posted by emumimic
on Feb 26, 2013 -
How do I order a Spanish-style cafe con leche at a US espresso bar? I can't seem to get the proportions right. What I'm looking for is a high ratio of espresso to milk, but not too high. The milk should be hot, not frothy at all. Cappucicinos, cafe au laits, and lattes all have too much milk. Today I tried to describe what I wanted and they gave me a "short cappuccino," which was not enough milk, and the milk was foamed instead of flat. A specific name for this drink would be great, if it exists, but what I really want is the exact ordering instructions -- because I find that in most cafes, ordering anything slightly unusual (like an Americano) usually gets very inconsistent results.
posted by yarly
on Feb 23, 2013 -
This should be fairly short, so here goes:
While suffering through the Influenza of 2013, I ended up watching a ton of episodes of Danger Man
on DVD, only to become entranced with this particular object
, which I've made a screenshot of. [more inside]
posted by Minus215Cee
on Feb 20, 2013 -
Sometimes I just want to get out of the house and read/write by myself with a cup of tea for an hour or three. Where are some cafés in or near Alexandria, Virginia where I can do that without getting nudged to leave? [more inside]
posted by capricorn
on Jan 26, 2013 -
I live in a quiet and basically ok city neighborhood that's thinking about gentrifying a little. A few months ago we got a new local cafe/bar that's become a community center for parents. But now they don't want us. Can you give me some insight into why that might be or help me plan how to find us all a new hangout? [more inside]
posted by crabintheocean
on Dec 23, 2012 -
Is it ethical for employers and managers to tier the tips of servers and bar staff as a means of creating an "incentive" programme? [more inside]
posted by _superconductor
on Nov 9, 2012 -
What is an awesome thing/idea/gimmick your local cafe/diner/coffee shop does for regulars/locals? [more inside]
posted by bystander
on Oct 25, 2012 -
I want to find a coffee shop in the Boston area where I could stage a particular photograph. [more inside]
posted by cribcage
on Mar 6, 2012 -
What's a good, chill cafe for writing in Berlin? Preferably with Wifi. Any around Kreuzberg/Mitte/Neukölln?
posted by dontjumplarry
on Nov 15, 2011 -
Looking for recommendations of bakeries, cafes, konditorei, restaurants, etc with AMAZING sweets and pastries in Vienna. Am looking to avoid touristy places like Demel
. Bonus points for places (regardless of sweet offerings) with views, like Cafe Urania
. [more inside]
posted by cranberryskies
on Oct 12, 2011 -
I love coffee. I may apply for a part-time job at a cafe. Have you ever been a barista? Did you enjoy it? [more inside]
posted by ddaavviidd
on Sep 30, 2011 -
What is wrong with coffee these days and why can't I get a freakin' french roast in a DC cafe? [more inside]
posted by yarly
on Jul 8, 2011 -
Where can I get the best "cafe gourmand" in Paris? I'm willing to test as many options as necessary to confirm your recommendation.
posted by jph
on Jun 9, 2011 -
In December 2002 I went to Paris and found a really strange, ramshackle little bar. Does it sound familiar to anyone? [more inside]
posted by mippy
on Feb 2, 2011 -
Are there any cafes or common spaces in the DC area that are open tonight (new years eve)? [more inside]
posted by wooh
on Dec 31, 2010 -
How can I learn to be a barista? Preferably for free? Or better yet, get paid to do so? [more inside]
posted by Sara C.
on Jul 10, 2010 -
I'm going to a gig tonight at the Roundhouse in London with some friends. We'd like to go somewhere to get some food beforehand and I'm wondering if any users here have any suggestions. Most of us are vegetarian and none of us have much money so ideally we'd want a cheap and cheerful little café or something. Anywhere within walking distance of the venue would be great. Thanks!
posted by sandig
on May 29, 2010 -
I would like your recommendations please for restaurants/cafés in South Kensington/Knightsbridge. [more inside]
posted by sid.tv
on May 20, 2010 -
My dad plans to open up a small coffee shop -- how can I become more knowledgeable about such an endeavor so that I can be a better resource and support for him? [more inside]
posted by ohruaidhri
on May 14, 2010 -
I'm going to Denver for a conference, Ap 30-May 4. I'm looking for an affordable hotel (less than $150/night), and it would be great if it were near cafes and public transportation. Know of any? And, if you have a favorite cafe, I'd love to know. All suggestions are appreciated.
posted by Pineapplicious
on Mar 26, 2010 -
MeFites who know Tokyo well, help! Where can I find a good tabehodai
(all-you-can-eat) restaurant in Ikebukuro this Sunday for White Day? [more inside]
posted by zardoz
on Mar 9, 2010 -
Best cafes for reading / internet stuff w/ wifi in the outer boroughs of NYC, and activities that can put people in touch with unique cultural experiences (both foreign and NYC-native) in each outer borough. [more inside]
posted by lorrer
on Jan 27, 2010 -
Where in Washington DC will I be able to watch el clasico
(Barcelona v Real Madrid) this Sunday afternoon at 1pm? [more inside]
posted by uk_giffo
on Nov 24, 2009 -