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June 30, 2008

Every city needs its cafes – the hubs of culture, gathering points of the tattooed and pierced, oases of free wifi and left-leaning papers, galleries of almost-decent artwork, pushers of joe.

A couple of noteworthy stops for the cafe junkie:

Mocha Java, more of an upscale cafe, with older, yuppier-looking denizens, and an unfortunate physical positioning within the confines of Ward Center that does not allow it to fully define its own space. Comfortable in spite of its shortcomings, and stocked with good eats, including the crepes for which they are known.

Coffee Talk, in Kaimuki, provides that earthen funk one wants in a cafe, that unpretentious pretentiousness. It is a cafe in the classic university town mode, essentially everything I described above. Sandwiches and salads are recommended, as are the juices and smoothies – extra-fresh.


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