Sunday, July 19, 2009

The Bean Cafe

615 South Street, Philadelphia

I've met some people who really and deeply hate The Bean. I think some people just deeply hate anything that involves young people who look like (or actually are) hipsters.

If you don't have -- or have, but can get over -- a fear of kids with sloppy hair and glasses, this is actually a nice coffee shop. It's quiet, they have free wi-fi, employees who aren't sickeningly cheery, and tasty baked goods. And as this place is right on South, the people watching can be pretty good (lousy on Monday morning, better on Friday night). They used to give you a fortune cookie with every drink, but lately they've been skimping on those. This saddens me.

That said, I'm not a coffee drinker and have never had the coffee. Better than McDonald's? Probably. As good as Crescent Moon? Probably not. Also, the bathrooms? If you panic about touching doorknobs, you're going to want to take care of your bathroom needs before you come.

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