L’Anti-Café

I’m currently sitting on a comfortable sofa with a cappuccino in my hand and my laptop on my lap, surrounded by people who are super concentrated, productive, hard-working, and entrepreneurial. I absolutely love it and I’m soaking it all in!

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It’s a Saturday afternoon and yet this café is full of people who want to get their work done, whether it’s school work, a personal project, a plan for their startup, or even holding casual business meetings. These types of people are people who I admire. It feels like home away from home, since this is how I usually feel at my university, Northeastern: a place full of ambition, positive energy, and success (I miss it so much!).

I can’t believe that a place like this actually exists! I had been looking for something like this for a few weeks, and it was always right in my neighborhood – crazy, right?

If you’re looking for a place to get your work done (or to blog, like me!), come to the Anti-Café. Here’s how it works:

  1. You walk in and find a nice, cozy spot. There’s high tables, sofas, and lower tables.
  2. You give your name to the person who’s in the front. They’ll let you know that it’s 4 euros for the first hour you’re there and 3 euros for every subsequent hour. It’s 12 euros for a whole day pass.
  3. You grab some coffee, tea, or orange juice and some snacks like chips, bread, nuts, and pretzels (all included in the price!) – just serve yourself!
  4. Sit down with your laptop and connect to the wi-fi that’s also included in the price. Connect your laptop to a plug, and get working!
  5. If you need to scan or print, go ahead and do it!
  6. …And if you have a business card, make sure you stick it to the cork boards.
  7. When you’re all set, just go to the front, give them your first name, and pay for the amount of hours you’ve been there.
  8. Walk out with a huge smile knowing you’ve been productive on a weekend – what an amazing feeling!

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À la prochaine, mes amis! (’til next time, my friends!)

P.S.: The address is 79 rue de Quincampoix, 75003 Paris. And don’t forget the alternative Starbucks if this is too expensive!