Metropolitan Café: What Cafés Were Meant To Be

Last week, a brand new spot called Metropolitan Café opened in my Philadelphia neighborhood, so I used the cold, snowy weekend as an excuse to grab a cup of tea and check it out.

When I walked in, the very first thing I noticed was the absence of laptops. Hard to believe, right? But see for yourself:


Turns out, there is no WiFi at Metropolitan Café, and I think that’s awesome. It seems that cafés have become synonymous with hiding behind a laptop while sipping on a latte for five hours. So I love that Metropolitan is doing just the opposite. They’re not trying to one-up their competitors. They’re just trying to be themselves; a place to enjoy a cup of coffee, catch up with friends, get to know your neighbors or read a book. They’re really just trying to be what cafés were meant to be.


Metropolitan Café is also eat-in only. No take-out allowed. It’s like this café is practically forcing me to relax and unwind! And therefore, it’s my new favorite spot. You should check it out!


8 Comments on “Metropolitan Café: What Cafés Were Meant To Be”

  1. Russell says:

    Yumm, what neighborhood is that in Phl?

  2. Martha Pauly says:

    I absolutely love the idea – I think they are ahead of their time – we are going back to real cups and quiet conversation !!

  3. Bob Schneider says:

    great piece Susan…let me know if you get this…ok

    Bob Schneider 203 530 2062 (cell)

  4. Ma says:

    I like that people aren’t glued to laptops, too. People need to start socializing more. Very cool.

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