Favorite cafés for a rainy day

A few days ago brought a period of heavy rains to the Seattle area. So I tried to think, what would be my favorite café to go to on a rainy day? Interestingly, it wasn’t one in Seattle or Seoul. I thought back to my days about a decade ago in Washington DC, when I lived in Arlington, just across the river from the capitol city. Not too far inland, er, into Virginia, two metro stops over the Potomac River on the Orange line, was a neighborhood called Courthouse. Yeah, not the most inspiring name, but it had its charms. Including an awesome independent café right at the border between the commercial and the residential areas of the Courthouse neighborhood. This café was The Java Shack.

The Java Shack; courtesy its website
The Java Shack; courtesy its website

Separator - Light green waveUnfortunately, I never took a picture there, as that was before CaféSeaSeo was even remotely an idea in my head. So I hope the good folks there don’t mind that I’m using a picture from their website.

Something about sitting in that little patio during a rainy day, under the awning, was very comfortable and cozy. It was a great place to read a book. I particularly remember reading The Caliph’s House by Tahir Shah while at The Java Shack on a rainy day. Great book, great coffee, great rainy day = good memories.

And as a bonus, The Java Shack was very green and organic in a region that was very much not so. So that was a nice little throwback to Seattle.

Separator - Light green waveWell, in Seattle, I’ve also finally thought of a good café for a rainy day. You’d think there would be a lot, wouldn’t you? But somehow, there are few cafés there that let you feel and sense the rain while being sheltered from it at the same time. But one that stands out to me is joe bar. I definitely have taken pictures there! ^^

Mocha at the outdoor seating at joe bar, with a huge tree outside and the Harvard Exit theater across the street on a very rainy summer day
Mocha at the outdoor seating at joe bar, with a huge tree outside and the Harvard Exit theater across the street on a very rainy summer day, June 2012
Crêpe at joe bar
Crêpe at joe bar, November 2012
joe bar on a rainy stormy suumer day
joe bar on a rainy stormy summer day, July 2014
Cappuccino at joe bar
Cappuccino at joe bar, July 2014
Cappuccino at joe bar
Cappuccino at joe bar, July 2014
Outside joe bar on a rainy fall day, the view of a large tree and the surrounding scenery
Outside joe bar on a rainy fall day, the view of a large tree and the surrounding scenery, October 2014

Close to the sidewalk and the view of a semi-side street, surrounded by a beautiful and large old tree and interesting architecture, and good coffee and crêpes also = good memories. 🙂

Separator - Light green waveFinally, what about Seoul? Curiously, a chain wins here. But only in a very special location. You guessed it! The Jukjeon café street. It, of course, has tons of cafés, but something about Beansbins, right on the corner at the entrance to the street, is great for looking outside while being comfortable inside on a rainy or stormy day.

Rainy day in the Jukjeon café street as seen from Beansbins, October 2011
Rainy day in the Jukjeon café street as seen from Beansbins, October 2011

So that’s it! One preferred rainy day café from each city/area. What about your favorite rainy day cafés?

Separator - Light green waveAnd with this post I inaugurate a new look! For readability and a touch of modernity, including a better experience on smartphones and tablets, I’ve switched from the Motion theme to the new Twenty Fifteen theme. Hope you like the new look. And to reminisce about the old, look no further than here. Until next time!

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