There is an insane amount of coffee shops for a country this small right now, it seems whenever I browse a social channel someone is talking about a new speciality coffee shop. There are so many that one opened next to my office recently. I think we’re reaching the point where we’ll be the highest country of caffeine consumption per capita.
Service Hero shared some interesting feedback, it’s a service that lets you vote for the brands you’ve had experience with and it’s 100% based on customer feedback. Worst on the list with no doubt come as Telecoms and ISP’s while the best customer feedback was earned from Retail Banks and Cafés.
Statistics are from July and August 2013
First thing that crossed my mind while I was there was why caffè instead of café? Later found out Italians like to add an additional ‘f’ to Caffè . The place had a red/white theme, mostly red which should get you all hyped up when inside. Yesterday was the first day for the new breakfast menu which I got to try.
We started out with the popular breakfast dish Orientale Prima Colozine which had two really crispy fried eggs with some labneh and halloum. Also comes with cucumber, olives and bread (available on the gallery). I like the combination, definitely the lightest breakfast meal I’ve had in a long time. continue reading»
When I started learning HTML/CSS coding I wanted somewhere I could go to that’s quiet and comfy to relax and study. Little did I know that most cafés in Kuwait are very noisy with flirtatious people and reek smoke. I settled with chilling in two places, mainly the Caribou in Al Bahar Center, Hawali. Tell me if you have any place in mind.
1. Think Café
You don’t need to go to Think Café just to study something, they have a set of books where you can just have some coffee and read something new, just don’t order their fries.
- Tables with computers available if you need to browse
- Sets of books available
- Big menu with a variety of things to pick from
- Too many smokers
2. Caribou Al Bahar Center
What I like about this Caribou is not a lot of people know about it, so it’s often quiet during the day. They have a lot studying tables at the corner so that’s usually where I sit. I’m just hoping things won’t get crowded after everyone found out about it.
- Quiet when there aren’t any kids around
- Free Wifi upon purchase
- Has a non-smoking area
- Surrounded by fast food restaurants incase you get really hungry
- Gets really noisy when kids are around
- Music sometimes too loud, but they’ll tune it down if you ask them
- People come and go a lot, since it’s in a mall
Discovered this place not so long ago and wrote a review about it here. Angelato is pretty small compared to the other two but is as cosy as it gets. They have a chocolate fondue fountain which I don’t mind staring at for an hour.
- Smoke-free environment, finally
- Very comfortable cushions
- Friendly staff
- Only offers sweets and desserts (sandwiches in the morning)
- Can be too pricy for some
I’ll be adding more to the list as soon as I discover them.
Looks like the opportunity of BananaQ8 opening their own cafe is no longer there. Someone is opening a cafe in Salmiya that’s named under their blogs name. The cafe has a pretty cool logo but that’s all I know until they open up. This might have been coincidental but I’m doubtful. I think UpTill1 is a pretty cool cafe name for those interested.
According to the source that preferred anonymity, stores will start opening after the holy month of Ramadan. I’m not sure what the agreement was but I’m glad their finally opening up again. As my favourite studying location was Carbiou Free Zone. Kind of too late since I graduated, great news nonetheless. I just hope it doesn’t get over crowded.
I was chatting with a staff memeber the other day and was shocked to find out how they disposed left over food. Caribou has a lot of sandwiches, most have a one day duration. Many stores have a few sandwiches left at the end of the day. Staff must squash the completely edible sandwiches and throw them in the garbage in front of Caribou’s surveillance camera.
I know many stores have similar regulations so that no one ends up eating the food but this is just wrong. Why not donate the food since it’s going to be thrown away anyway. I mean it’s not troubling to contact a donation centre for food to pick up left overs at the end of the day. I can’t imagine how many stomachs will not sleep in hunger if they collaborated.