The Novel Café

Apr 2, 2009

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.


Photos by Celia Sutton

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.

Excellent cups...

Excellent cups...

The Novel Café
1713 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily

3 Responses for “The Novel Café”

  1. Cafe Pasadena says:

    I pass this joint everyday. Yet, although it looks tempting, I’ve never felt the pull to stop & see what’s cooking inside. Your post is just one more push which will eventually pull me in 2 ck it out!

    So, waiters/waitresses, et al?? So, we have to sit & wait for one before we can order? Not exactly a coffeehouse but I’ll see…

  2. Skylar says:

    The coffee bar does make drinks for take out, so you can run in and out, or you can sit down and dine. Sorry if I didn’t make that clear.

  3. Robert says:

    The Patio is dog friendly, one of my dogs tries to pull me into the patio every time we pass by. Food is fresh, healthy, and good. Service can sometimes be slow, depending on the wait-person, however the food is worth the wait. It is the kind of eatery the neighborhood needs.



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