Things I Like 002: Cafes


If you follow me on foursquare, you know that I love cafes—a lot. And I love visiting them for chatting & studying. For chatting, it’s all about ambiance and what’s open late. Unfortunately, some of the cafes with great ambiance are rather expensive. They even mark up their prices because of the fancy or unique atmosphere inside—their drinks are cheaper if ordered as take out. Some of these places are really pretty: elegant designs in dainty cups served with dainty saucers, settees instead of wooden chairs, and flowers everywhere. Other places are unique. They have menus centered around one item like green tea or a jazz theme or pink hello kitty everything everywhere.

Sadly, most of the cafes with delightful ambiance close at a decent hour. This means that I haven’t been to one in a while. My friends and I are night owls with busy work lives. If a cafe closes before 12AM, it closes a bit too early for us. We can’t get there before 10:30PM (perhaps 11PM) and that just doesn’t give us enough time to get into an amusing and slightly crazy conversation.

When I go somewhere to study, I don’t care so much about ambiance. I just go to what is new, is close, and has the Internet. I like to keep things fresh, though, so I probably won’t go to the same place twice in a row. So much for brand loyalty…

As for what I drink at the cafes—well, it’s ironically not coffee. I don’t like coffee. I like tea ♥. I also like sugar, so on special occasions, I get a sugary tea, something that resembles a frappuccino, or something mildly strange like a sweet potato latte.

This entry was constructed partly at Starbucks as pictured above (iPhone 4s Camera+ app with Diana filter).

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  • Reply Manda September 30, 2012 at 4:30 am

    The year I was abroad in Beijing, I practically lived in cafes. My favorite one was around the corner from my apartment. I frequented that one so much I got discounts and sometimes free food to go along with my drink! The best thing they had there was a green tea latte… mmmmm.

    • Reply chantelle October 2, 2012 at 5:28 am

      That’s awesome. I go to quite a few regularly, but not enough to warrant many free things.

  • Reply Sabrina October 1, 2012 at 9:23 am

    I literally have no idea where you might be in the world..

    • Reply chantelle October 1, 2012 at 11:26 pm

      Korea. I’ll be here for a few more years if things go according to plans (grad school).

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