Tim Haines is looking for quiet cafÃ©s/meeting spaces:
I’m looking for a quiet cafe/meeting place where we can find a bit of space, hang out for the whole afternoon, buy good coffee (to enjoy AND compensate the cafe), and use Cafenet. Of particular interest is being a few meters away from anyone else – so it’s not noisy, and you won’t be easily overheard.
He mentions Olive CafÃ©, and while I haven’t been there, walking past it, it doesn’t feel gritty enough for me 😉
A great meeting place I enjoy regularly is Katipo CafÃ©, which is upstairs from the 1-2-3 Dollar shop on Willis St, near New World Metro. It has good food, decent coffee, and my style of music — but not so loud you can’t hear the person next to you, unlike Espressoholic
Espressoholic has CafÃ©Net, but it’s WAY too loud there at times, especially when it’s packed. It’s good for working by yourself though.
Unfortunately, they don’t have CafÃ©Net at Katipo, but if you can get a seat near the window, you can get enough of a signal from somewhere near by.
From my point of view, quiet cafÃ©s in Wellington, especially those that are open late night, are far and few between.
A thought that has crossed my mind is there is definetely a niche for a quiet designer/geek cafÃ© in Wellington. It might focus on CafÃ©Net and good coffee and food, but also be a venue for public geek meetups and seminars: have a projector and sound setup, recording speeches and putting them up on the cafÃ©’s podcast…?