So You Want to Write Your Next Book in a Peterborough Indie Coffee Shop
Eager to write the next great Canadian novel? Or maybe you’re all set to pen its non-fiction equivalent? Well, pack up that laptop and head out the door. You’ll find inspiration galore at any one of these four local coffee shops, to say nothing of an endless supply of really great coffee.
Amusé Coffee Co. (614 George Street North, Peterborough): Amusé may be the new kid on the Peterborough coffee shop block, but it’s already established itself as a go-to spot for area writers: by the time I arrived bright and early one Wednesday morning, there were already two other writers hard at work on their laptops. And why not? The wifi is free and Amusé serves up an enticing mix of healthy fare and decadent treats (great news if your body happens to be crying out for something a little more substantial than caffeine and inspiration).
Natas Café (376 George Street North, Peterborough): If the measure of success in the world of coffee shops is how difficult it is to find a seat, Natas must be doing something right (or, more likely, a whole bunch of things right). Morning, noon, or night, the place is always packed—and it’s been that way since Natas first opened its doors back in 2007. This can make it a little tricky to score a table adjacent to an electrical outlet, if you need a plug for your laptop, so you’ll want to make sure that your laptop battery is fully charged before you leave home—or simply plan to do things old school by toting along a pen and a notebook instead. And don’t forget to check out the arts events bulletin board on your way in or out the door: it’s a powerful way to tap into everything that’s happening in the local writing community. Think book launches, poetry readings, and more.
Dreams of Beans (138 Hunter Street West, Peterborough): Imagine a coffee shop that features a lending library (“Leave us one of your books while you borrow one of ours”), a coffee table that is designed to look like a computer “return” key, and that offers a variety of cozy and intimate writing spaces. That’s Dreams of Beans in a nutshell. This coffee shop has been in business for about 18 years and its most recent owner—its third—has put a lot of thought and energy into revitalizing this ever-popular coffee shop. I don’t know about you, but I love the “Fresh Dreams” sign hanging over the patio. Because the only thing better than fresh coffee is fresh dreams—and you can indulge in both here.
Haaselton’s (394 George St. North, Peterborough): Haaselton’s is the granddaddy of Peterborough indie coffee shops. A sign on the back wall proudly declares that Haaselton’s first opened its doors back in 1994 (at the beginning of the indie coffee shop renaissance). Haaselton’s hasn’t changed much since that time. The décor is comfortable and casual, like a well-worn sofa—the kind of place where you feel at home right away. And if inspiration happens to strikes on a day when you left your laptop at home, you can always use the computer at the back of the shop.