10 Coolest Coffee Shops
The "Cafe des Chats" in the heart of the capital's chic Marais district is home to a dozen felines who weave in between the tables or curl up on armchairs as diners tuck in.
The establishment is targeting Parisians who are unable to keep pets in cramped center city apartments. Although the idea may seem eccentric, cafe manager Margaux Gandelon says that the potential health benefits of "purr therapy" are real.
All twelve of the cafe's cats are strays who have been adopted from rescue centers. Gandelon claims that her top priorities are overall hygiene and the welfare of the cats — all of whom underwent a vetting process to determine their social skills.
Located in the Kichijoji district of Tokyo, a place renowned for its chill atmosphere, Mahika Mano fits in just perfectly with its hammocks hanging from the ceiling, inviting passers-by to just sit back and enjoy a tasty drink. As soon as you walk in, the first thing that hits you is the absence of chairs, but as soon as you lay down in one of the hanging nets you start to wonder who ever got the crazy idea of using chairs when hammocks are so much more comfortable. Just don't get too comfy, as the place has implemented a time limit of 90 to 120 minutes so that everyone can have a chance to literally hang out. Whether this policy is enforced or not depends on the occupancy of the cafe.
Sakuragaoka Café in Tokyo's bustling Shibuya district allows customers to spend quality time with two very special goats. According to Reuters, Rena Kawaguchi bought the animals three years ago. “Back then animal cafes were booming, places where you could play with cats or dogs,” she told the newswire. “But we reckoned a normal animal like that wouldn't have the wow factor of a goat.” However, it was only after owner Kawaguchi began taking the goats, Sakura and Chocolat, on daily walks throughout the city that Tokyo inhabitants began flocking to the café.
Goats are not as easy to take care of as some of Tokyo's more beloved feline creatures. The pens get mucked up between customers and the goats are fed special protein-filled pills to prevent foul-smelling droppings. That, however, hasn't stopped a barrage of customers from entering. “When you live in the city like I do, places where you can meet animals are so far away and you rarely get the time to go there,” Kotaro Nakazato, a 21-year-old university student, explained. “Having them nearby like this makes it easy to commune with nature.”
Based on the café's success, Kawaguchi is thinking of expanding.
Normally, people are terrified of earthquakes, but at the Disaster Café people actually pay to experience a simulated 7.8 quake while they enjoy a tasty meal.
From the outside, the Disaster Café looks very ordinary and certainly doesn't show any real warnings about what goes on inside. The fun stuff happens below ground. An elevator takes thrill-seeking customers to “the depths of the Earth,” where they're seated in a cave-like restaurant. The first odd thing you'll notice is that the staff are wearing construction helmets and other safety equipment. Then when the food comes, you'll realize that, for some reason, the dishes are a lot heavier than normal. Something is definitely going on, but you're not going to waste time thinking about it with all that delicious food waiting to be devoured.
You always have to be on your toes at Disaster Café, though, because you never know when disaster strikes. It's always in the form of a simulated 7.8 earthquake that shakes the place up pretty well. Lights start to go out, women begin screaming, chairs, tables, and pretty much everything in the room starts moving, and there's nothing you can do but wait it out and hope for the best. Unlike natural quakes of this magnitude, there are never any serious injuries at Disaster Café. In fact, all you have to remember is not to wear you're finest outfit, because spilled drinks and food are very common here. The heavy dishes will stop your meal from flying off the table, but accidents do happen quite often.
5Café con Piernas ("Coffee with Legs")
Three well known café con piernas chains in Chile are Cafe do Brasil, Cafe Caribe, and Cafe Haiti.
Organized by Rikkert Paauw and Jet van Zwieten, two designers hailing from the Netherlands, the FOUNDation Project was specifically created for a small festival in Utrecht. Nevertheless, the idea could easily be applied in other scenarios and cities. As far as casual meeting spots for community members go, the FOUNDation Project's bars and cafes offer something out of the ordinary and memorable.
Maid cafés were originally designed primarily to cater to the fantasies of male otaku, fans of anime, manga, and video games. The image of the maid is one that has been popularized and fetishized in many manga and anime series.
There are many rituals and additional services offered at maid cafés. For example, maids will kneel by the table to stir cream and sugar into a customer's coffee, and some cafés even offer spoon-feeding services to customers. Increasingly, maid cafés offer grooming services, such as ear cleanings and leg, arm, and back massages (provided the customer remains fully clothed) for an additional fee. Customers can also pay to play card or video games with maids.
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9Back to the Future Coffee Shop
Featuring the memorabilia from a variety of classic and epic movies, the Wormhole Coffee Shop will ensure that you'll relive those awesome moments you've had with friends in theaters. From Back to the Future to Star Wars, the Wormhole Coffee Shop has all the movie favorites covered.
The centerpiece of the shop is a DeLorean that the owner modified to look like the time traveling car in the Back to the Future movie franchise.
10Pay it Forward Coffee Shop
It all started in 2010 at Corner Perk, a small coffee shop owned by thirty-year-old Josh Cooke, when a customer paid her bill and left $100 extra, saying that she wanted to pay for everyone who ordered after her until the money ran out. The staff fulfilled her request, and the woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, has returned to leave other large donations every two to three months.
It took a while, but word has started to spread around the tiny coastal town, which is home to about 12,000 people. Now, more and more customers have been leaving money to pay for others' food and drinks. Cooke says that some people don't even buy anything when they come in; they just stop to donate and head right back out.
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