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Fun things to do in a cafe

There are many Fun things to do in a cafe

When it comes to doing stuff outside of the house, some like to play sports. Others wait until dark and hit the local pub or nightclub.

Others, like yourself, search for the nearest purveyor of caffeinated beverages and revel in an atmosphere that can’t be found elsewhere in the community.

If you identify with the latter scenario, but haven’t actually gone out to a coffee shop before, you might be wondering what they have to offer.

In this post, we’ll share just a few of the fun things to do in a cafe that will have you coming back to them time after time.

1) Muck about on the web

Its the 21st century – we get it. Whether it’s the latest article from a favourite blogger of yours, an episode of a podcast you dig, or daily tips that are going to help you pick all the winners going into this weekend’s football matches, there’s nothing more satisfying than curling up with your laptop in a cosy corner.

There are plenty of web workers as well, but you needn’t have to do anything productive to fit in – if you just want to get out of the house and enjoy some amazing coffee while being entertained by the best of the internet, that’s fine too.

2) Reading novels, magazines, newspapers, etc

For some cafe aficionados, computers are a modern abomination that detracts from one of the longest coffee house traditions – reading an interesting book while getting good and caffeinated.

Some establishments carry the latest daily papers, making it easy to look intelligent and worldly to others in the cafe, but it’s always best to check before turning up to a new spot, lest you be left with no reading material to while away the hours.

3) People watching

If a cafe has an outdoor patio, you’ll be able to participate in one of the most beloved of cafe pastimes – sitting outside with an espresso and watching ordinary people pass by.

No activity is as mentally stimulating as checking out folks and ruminating about what they are all about, based on how they dress and present themselves.

Even if your favorite establishment doesn’t have outdoor seating, or if the weather is too miserable, stealing glances of your fellow patrons can be a fun activity.

Usually, those who frequent cafes are interesting, creative types, making for more interesting subjects than the ‘normies‘ who try to look like each other.

4) Take in live performances

Some cafes aren’t just about the coffee – some give local artists a space to showcase their brilliance.

Whether it is a master of acoustic guitar, a local poet that specializes in the spectacular power of spoken word, or a talented painter that is looking for a gallery show space for their first presentation to the public, many coffee houses are wellsprings of the local arts scene.

If you are into this, look up a list of events at cafes near you and make a point to attend one of them sometime soon.

Going on a culture crawl in San Francisco

photo by CC user Frank Schulenburg on wikimedia

San Francisco has long been a tourist draw for people heading to the United States on holiday, as it combines outstanding natural scenery with a number of interesting attractions. Of particular interest heading to San Fran is the number of cultural sights that this metropolis has to offer. Going on a culture crawl in San Francisco this year? Don’t miss out on these highlights…

1) San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Being a city renowned for its dynamic and progressive image, it makes sense to begin your cultural explorations at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Being the first museum on the West Coast to hold a collection exclusively consisting of pieces from artists that created their pieces in the 20th century, it is the perfect place to observe the bleeding edge of art today, as well as the pieces that inspired them in the recent past.

2) Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

Occupying a central position on America’s position on the Pacific Rim, the presence of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco should hardly come as a surprise. Presently, it holds one of the largest collection of Asian art in the entire world, with drawings, sculptures and even a set of samurai armor on display. 18,000 pieces are present here, which should keep Asiaphiles busy for a while!

3) Davies Symphony Hall

As evening falls on the first night of your visit to San Francisco, take in a show at the Davies Symphony Hall. Serving as the permanent home of the San Francisco Symphony, it is a great spot to take in some rousing instrumental music in a live setting.

Making it all the more poignant is that the fact that this facility is equipped with a Fratelli Ruffatti concert organ, giving its player the ability play pieces dating back as far as the pre-Baroque era, while still having the flexibility to play more modern pieces using the same unit … cool.

4) GLBT Historical Society

San Francisco is one of the best havens for the LGBT community in the world, with the Castro being its standout centre. In this neighbourhood is the GLBT Historical Society, which chronicles not only the history of the gay community in San Fran, but in other places around the United States, as well as the past and present actions in the fight for civil rights for people that identify as LGBT.