(Now closed) This is one of the original café concepts that took off in 1997 and now has multiple branches all over town. It transformed the identikit café scene by adding a certain cool ambiance to the art of coffee making and even took its name from a book by Russian author and filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky.
Inside, sheets of white muslin float like sails across the room while good cups of joe and chilled teas by the jug are pretty hardcore. Cookie jars tempt, as do the cakes behind the counter.
But you’ve got to question the odd selection of wares for sale, including tins of Illy coffee, Moleskine ledgers and strange mugs that no one ever seems to buy.
Question marks hang over the food, but everyone is here for the coffee. And, of course, the Wi-Fi and big tables are great for spreading out study books and the like.