There’s a good possibility that I’m addicted to tea and croissants but what I know for sure is that many of my greatest ideas form in cafes. I find the energy of other productive people really motivating and everywhere I go I try to find new places that not only serve excellent drinks and pastries but have an inspiring ambiance for my creativity to flourish in.
‘Café Hopping’ is a series of posts in which I share with you several cafes I’ve tried in a particular city and let you know how they were!!
6549 Pardall Rd B, Goleta, CA 93117
Café Equilibrium is a cute little place located in Isla Vista. They have a wide range of teas and coffees available plus sandwiches, crepes, and even gelato!!
The employees are always very friendly and in relation to other restaurants or coffee shops in IV, Equilibrium is relatively quiet.
It’s not the most dynamic or inspiring environment for me to work in, but if you want a quiet place to grab a snack or brunch with friends it’s a solid option.
Annie’s Recommendation: Caprese Grilled Cheese with Avocado
948 Embarcadero del Norte, Goleta, CA 9311
Nothing can quite compare to Caje’s hours. The café is open until 1 AM and is, believe it or not, usually busy that late!! With free wifi, friendly baristas, and a really unique menu of teas it’s hard to find anything to complain about.
One thing I will mention is that seating is fairly limited during busier hours ((ie. lunch)) or when it’s raining ((most of the seating is outside)). However, if you can find a table and have work to get done Caje is an ace place!!
Annie’s Recommendations: Peppermint Rose Tea
There are 2 locations in Santa Barbara and 1 in Goleta
If you’re looking for something a little higher in quality and sophistication French Press is where to find just that. I feel like when it comes to their menu it’s quality over quantity. Although they don’t offer as large a range of items as the other two cafes, they are accommodating and will do their best to create whatever drink you desire.
They play the best music from The Rolling Stones to Milky Chance, and the big windows, minimalist aesthetic, and intentional empty space really gets my creativity flowing. I often spend 3 - 5 hours at French Press working and to me that’s the mark of an excellent café.
Annie’s Recommendation: Matcha Latte with Almond Mylk