Whether you prefer Shakespeare’s sonnets, murder mysteries or Vogue magazine, there is just something special about reading in a coffeehouse, whether with a hardcover, paperback, newspaper, e-reader, laptop or phone. Sacramento has great places to sink into a comfy chair, sip a cup of joe and delve into your favorite literature in whatever form it comes.
1500 Q St.
Sacramento, CA 95811
Naked Lounge on Q is cozy, funky and welcoming. Businessmen reading The Wall Street Journal share precious table space with hipsters with the News and Review, while new-agers peruse “The Tao of Pooh” next to bloggers enjoying free Internet access on their laptops. Try a bowl of soul, a soothing blend of honey, vanilla soy milk and chamomile tea, or the amazing Mexican hot chocolate and mocha Thai.
1400 E St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
Shine is a combination of coffeehouse, art gallery and performance venue. Multi-taskers may enjoy reading with some background noise during performances of music and poetry, but quiet spots are also available. Sofas and chairs are scattered around, and guests have the option to quaff a beer or sip a glass of wine while they read.
2904 Franklin Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95818
Coffee Garden is an oasis, with many interior spots perfect for studying or just enjoying a good book. Even better, there is a beautiful, naturalistic garden of delights on the patio outside. Artwork, live music and good food, the latter featuring a strong emphasis on veggies, help make this a great spot to hang out. Relax in this garden of greenery to read tomes like “On the Road” or “The Celestine Prophecy.”
Old Soul @ 40 Acres
Sacramento, CA 95817
Old Soul has several locations, but none have the feel and soul of this one. “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café” could whet your appetite for Southern-style food, but there are also options like Bahn Mi meatloaf and quiche. Coffee beans are roasted in-house, beer is available and the place has a friendly, community vibe. Reading materials are easy to find at the adjoining bookstore, owned by Mayor Kevin Johnson’s mother.
Temple Coffee Roasterie
2829 S St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
Temple Midtown is perfect for relation, social interaction, caffeine and wordplay. There is plenty of seating so readers can sit in quiet or more social areas. The expansive outdoor patio is shared with Revolution Wines, so you can curl up with a book and glass of vino. There is something invigorating in this place of brick, wood and plants; like the kind of cool, pimped-out dormitory common room seen in movies.
Valerie Heimerich is a freelance writer out of Sacramento. She typically covers animals and community issues. She has volunteered and worked for many organizations helping animals and people.
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