I love that everyone has an opinion about coffeehouses. It seems to always be a way to get people riled up. In my recent post on coffeehouses, a commenter pointed in the direction of the Novel Café, a new joint on Colorado near PCC. My boss said there’s a branch in Venice that’s delightful, so I ran over to give it a shot.
It was indeed delightful, but not at all what I was expecting. I was thinking it would be a nice little coffee nook — instead it was a full-fledged restaurant. There’s a coffee bar (where you may simply grab a latte and run if that’s what time allows), but also tables and waiters and full service, beer and wine included. It’s a handsome place; my sister found the chairs and glasses particularly wonderful. Expecting only coffee, I had already had lunch, so I sat down with a cup of tea and a piece of cake. Both were good. The mocha my sister had was excellent and enormous. The wall has power strips for computer users, of which there are many — but I must admit, it feels a little too classy for working at a computer. Apparently I’m the only one who feels this way, as there were several people typing away inside and a gaggle of teenage boys outside who seemed to be editing a film. Fun.
PCC students receive a discount, and it looks like there’s a book swap in the corner. I did not get a chance to try the food, but I look forward to going back better prepared and more hungry. Well worth a visit.
The Novel Café
1713 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily