If you’re looking for a low key spot to do some work, have a cup of coffee or tea, hang out and chat with friends, or all of the above, Zweet Café in Eagle Rock is a good choice that you’ll want to come back to again and again.
The café opened up in 2015 and it easily became one of my favorite places to spend hours at while doing some reading and writing: it’s got a rustic atmosphere, a music playlist that isn’t too distracting, an abundance of outlets for your electronic devices, and free Wi-Fi. It’s no wonder that Zweet Café has received many positive reviews online.
It’s not the biggest coffee shop around, but on the few occasions I’ve visited – all of which have been on weekends – I’ve never had any trouble finding a seat and finding places to plop down my computer or books.
There are several spots to sit down, including a few high and short tables that are made to accommodate two people. There are also a couple of larger tables that can fit small groups, and one of the tables has cushioned seating with several throw pillows. Outdoor seating is also available.
Probably the highlight of the inside is a black chalkboard that takes up two panels on the wall etched with a ton of intriguing coffee-related sayings in white chalk: “A yawn is a silent scream for coffee,” “Peace+Love+Coffee,” “I drank coffee before it was cool,” and a lot more. It’s easy to spend a couple of minutes picking out all the little sayings, and I think it adds substantially to the café’s aesthetic.
And while the atmosphere is definitely a highlight, the food and beverages are pretty top-notch as well. It’s very obvious that Zweet uses quality ingredients in its drinks and entrees. They do take a little longer to get orders out on the weekends (maybe 5 minutes for drinks and 15-20 minutes for food), but the final product comes out great. I’ll have to go back on a weekday to see if this is any different, but the wait time doesn’t bother me because of the good quality. Plus, I’ve never spent more than $10 on any single item.
(Students who inform the cashier that they’re a student will get 10% off their purchase, btw – so if you fit that bill, be sure to let them know!)
When visiting Zweet Café, there’s parking right in front on the curb, but I’ve typically parked in the residential streets about a block or two away because it’s easier to find spots there. The surrounding neighborhood has felt pretty safe to me, and I haven’t had any problems walking around the area.
Zweet Café is a local business that has become one of my favorites to support, and I would encourage you to check it out if you can.
But if you’re not in the area, what favorite local coffee shops are in your backyard? 🙂