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Mar 6, 2010 01:45 PM

Best cafe to read the Sunday Times (preferably in or near Chandler)

Ambiance. A great mocha. Some well-made snacks. A place where a person can spread out the Sunday Times and read for three hours without feeling like he's overstaying his welcome.

In Portland, it would be Crema, at 2728 SE Ankeny St. Where's the place in Phoenix? Bonus points if it's the Chandler area

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  1. I don't know, but, this thread might provide some hints:

    Somebody is bound to contribute a great answer on Monday morning! :^/

      1. I have an answer and a comment. First, the answer; Hillside Spot in Ahwatukee is just across I-10 from Chandler. Really like the entire feel of the place and food is very good.

        Now about spending three hours reading a newspaper and not feeling like you've overstayed your welcome. Restaurants make money selling food and taking up saleable space on a busy day - Sunday - is a real problem for them. The trick is to go when it's not busy. At Hillside Spot, for example, they open at 6:30am and usually don't get busy on Sunday's untl closer to 8:30am. On any restaurant that's full I'm not sure how you could be comfortable taking up a table just reading.

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        1. re: Phoenix99

          I think he's looking for an informal coffee shop/cafe type place where lingering is often encouraged. There are many coffee shops around, but I don't really know of many that have really good pastries and things to go with the coffee drinks. My favorite coffee shop has great coffee and free wi-fi but is lacking on the snacks and ambiance factors.

        2. Liberty Market is really busy on Sunday morning. WOuldn't recommend settling in with Sunday Times there.

          The above linked post was mine. I frequently end up at either Coffee Rush or Paradise when I want to get out of the house and do some reading or work. I live right between these and it's an easy bike ride for me which is the biggest reason I end up at both of these(though avoid Paradise at LUnch when it's really busy.). Coffee Rush doens't have good snacks though. Paradise is comparable to Wildflower. We stopped in at 9:30 this morning and it was very quiet.

          You might want to look at Cartel up in Tempe. Settling in encouraged there and I hear they're serving Essence croissants now to go with the excellent coffee. Haven't been there since they started the croissants so not 100% sure on that.