A coffee shop is an establishment where coffee is served. In general, these venues also offer other infusions and drinks, and even certain types of food. For example: “Tomorrow I am going to meet with the owner of the company in a downtown cafeteria”, “For five years I worked as a waitress in a cafeteria”, “Will you accompany me to the cafeteria? I want to drink something hot to combat the cold ”.
Coffee shops can have very different characteristics from each other. In some cases, due to the variety of meals they offer, they are comparable to a restaurant. If they stand out for the amount of drinks available to customers, they resemble a bar. Sometimes, in fact, the same space can be presented as a cafeteria, bar and restaurant.
Cafeterias generally have several tables. Customers, upon arrival, sit down and wait for a waiter to approach to take their order and then serve them what they have requested. A cafeteria can also have a bar where the order is made directly to the person who prepares the coffee.
However, it should not be forgotten that coffee shops have always maintained a close relationship with literature. A good example of this is that there are so-called cafeterias-bookstores or cafe-libraries. In these establishments, as the name suggests, not only can the customer enjoy a coffee or any drink that he likes, but he can also do so while reading.
In some of these places you can choose one of the publications that are on the shelves to read them, while in others what is offered is to see their collection and be encouraged to buy one of the examples.
A good example of all this is the emblematic Ocho y medio bookstore in Madrid. It is a bookstore where fans of the world of cinema can find a wide variety of books on cinema as well as films and articles related to the seventh art and all while having a good cup of coffee.
In addition, it must also be taken into account that in the 19th and 20th centuries, mainly, coffee shops or cafes became a meeting place for politicians, writers and artists. Thus, in the capital of Spain is the emblematic Café Gijón, located on the emblematic Paseo de Recoletos.
It was opened in 1888 and since then illustrious personalities from the cultural world such as Francisco Umbral, Truman Capote, Orson Welles, Ava Gardner, George Sanders and Fernando Fernán Gómez have been clients. This without overlooking the fact that neighbors who came to the place like Madame “Pimentón” or the matchmaker Alfonso became emblematic in the city.
It is possible to find coffee shops in or around places with a large influx of people, such as a hospital, a university or an airport. In this way you can drink a coffee, consume some food or simply rest.
It should be noted that, beyond their function in the dispatch of drinks and food, cafeterias have great social relevance since they are meeting places. Many meetings of different kinds take place in cafeterias.