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Serves light meals to accompany its vino, with a tasting bar in the back.

A favorite among students, The Beanery serves up coffee drinks, pastries, bagels, ice cream, and whatever else you need to power through a long study session. During finals, it's as quiet as a library. Ample tables and power outlets, and free wifi.

A cafe specializing in good food made with good ingredients, locally sourced and organic whenever possible. All baked goods are made fresh daily by Pastry Chef Tom Purtill.

Thanks to its location, this incarnation of the Espresso Roma chain transcends its chainness. Occupying the entire corner of Ashby and College avenues, the site is like a cafe village. In the main serving area, there are a plethora of copper-topped tables. A well-situated bar serves beers on tap and Salmon Creek wine. A separate room with free wi-fi provides a quiet workspace. The extensive menu includes many pizza and salad choices, hot and cold sandwiches, baked potatoes, pastries, desserts, and a wide a selection of Fair Trade coffee drinks. On the other hand, it must be said that sometimes the brusque service here falls just short of surly, and the coffee doesn’t garner rave reviews from customers. Still, this is an excellent place to meet a friend for lunch or to enjoy the prime view of passersby while lingering over The New York Times crossword puzzle.

This tea shop offers a wide variety of tea and related accessories. It stocks single estate, loose-leaf teas from around the world. The service is friendly and focuses on the rituals and traditions associated with tea. Far Leaves is a great place to sit, sip, and talk. No wi-fi.

Located in a roomy corner location between Elmwood and campus, Sack's has become a veritable study hall for caffeine- and wi-fi-reliant college students. They come for the good coffee and tea, menu of bagel sandwiches, free wi-fi, and, most especially, a seat and table to sit. And sit. If it's midterm season, you may need luck grabbing one of your own.

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