Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D.

I study people, technology, and the worlds they make

My new favorite cafe

I spent the morning working on various writing things– all of which feel like they’re terribly behind, in part because some of them are– at a cafe that a fellow Peninsula parent recommended, Caffe 1929. It’s in what charitably might be called an unassuming little commercial block– more accurately, it would be called an ugly little strip mall– in a residential area of Palo Alto called the Willows (at least I think this is the Willows; I frankly can never really keep track).

Not a place you’d expect to find a little jewel of a cafe, but here it is. It’s a long, narrow place, a few tables in front, a few overstuffed chair in back; some terrific decor; and great coffee. And it’s conveniently located midway between Peninsula and work. So it’s now my new secret hideaway, my own caffeinated fortress of solitude.

Of course, nothing can ever match Cafe Milano, in Berkeley.

1 Comment

  1. It helps more than I can think to have an out of the way place to do things that is neither home nor work. I just discovered that a Korean diner I have walked by 1000s of times has a good bi bim bop and reasonable wifi, adding to my stockpile of places to be to get away.

    (And there is something magical about using Plazes to discover information about the world, part of turning this world into a worldwide annotated neighborhood).

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