While restaurants are a great place to take your time and enjoy food and conversation, cafes are a great place to dine (pay) then dash. I frequent cafes when I need to study, write, or read, as the environment provides productive and conversational background noise that doesn’t cause too much of a distraction. Cafes are also a great place to people watch because there are so many customers coming in and out all the time. Whether it is a European cafe or the Starbucks down the street, cafes remain one of my top places for a soothing atmosphere and ambiance. It also helps if there is good hot chocolate, iced coffee, and pastries. Where is your soothing atmosphere?