Good cafes to study/work in Irvine?
I'm a student at UC Irvine and I'm looking for a good cafe, coffeeshop, teahouse, etc place to do work in Irvine. It doesn't have to have internet. Diedrich gets a little too full, Starbucks and Panera are both noisy, and I'm kind of running out of options. Any ideas?
When I was an undergrad at UCI, the Student Center was the place to go to study. Lots of study spaces, and they had that Cornerstone Cafe where you could get liquid refreshments. I'm not sure if the remodel/reconstruction has been completed yet.
Alternate place was the Denny's up on Bristol at Redhill, since they're 24 hours. And there's always the library, where you can reserve a private room for free (both the main and science libraries let you do this). If you sneak your coffee in with a thermos in your backpack, it might work.
What time of day? What's wrong with the library?
Carl's Jr. near the airport is usually quiet in the morning. Plus I actually like their coffee.
If you don't mind being outside, the new Woodbury shopping center on Sand Canyon / Irvine Blvd. has a bunch of tables near the food court area (most restaurants aren't open yet).
Newport Beach Library is nice and quiet, not always crowded. Fashion Island near the movie theatre has lots of tables and is not usually crowded outside of lunch hour, and even then it doesn't seem too noisy.
I always see students studying at Barnes and Noble.