I stopped in the other morning at Caffe La Scala, across North Main Street from City Hall, to pick up some coffee and noticed they had a library filled with lots of current magazines, including New Yorkers.
I was awfully tempted to sit down with my coffee, be late for work, and read the December 14 issue with an article by their legal writer, Jeffrey Toobin, about Roman Polanski and The Celebrity Defense. Or, I could have been a bit more serious and picked up the December 21 issue, with an article by the esteemed and always controversial Seymour M. Hersch: In an unstable Pakistan, can nuclear warheads be kept safe?
I was just dazzled and delighted by such available reading material.
Usually, if I get the chance to go sit in a cafe, I’ll bring my laptop and do you know what, get Crazy. Or, I’ll bring my own book or magazine. I’ve done this at Saxbys Coffee, across the street from Caffe La Scala. They have a little sofa you can sit on, and cozy area in back.
Pacific Bay Coffee Company, across from Kaiser hospital, is also a bustling hang-out with good coffee. It’s also supposed to be a second office for some self-employed acquaintances of mine.
I also stop in at the different Starbucks and Peet’s around town. Those chain coffee houses have more familiar selections of drinks and snacks, and Peetsheads swear by Peet’s coffee. But these places are not necessarily the most relaxing spots. They tend to be crowded. However, they can be the place to see and be scene. One morning, in Peet’s on Locust, I saw several neighbors, a couple people who go to my gym, a City Council member, and someone I had recently had some pleasant work dealings…
Where do you like to go? For coffee? Or to hang out, on your own or with friends? Where is a good place for a work-related meeting? And which place has the best selection of free reading material?