According to Coffitivity, its hard to be creative when it’s quiet and a coffee place is one of the best places to be where the noise is not too loud and just right to get your creative juices flowing. All the website does is play background noise of a coffee shop at 40% so you can feel you’re in one regardless of where you are. I like the concept, great for those working at home or the office but would rather work/study at a coffee shop.[Website]
Not that Jarbiya needed even more restaurant to begin with, it’s already showered with restaurants on every corner you look. A new mini-mall is being built next to Champion that will house Johnny Rockets, Nino, Chocolate Cafe and Caribou. I’m pretty sure there’s going to be more by the time the mini-mall is complete.
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.
This might not be new to some of you but I recently found out that most Caribou stores have at least one chess table. Normally the chess set isn’t on the table, you’d have to approach staff and ask them to give it to you. I like finding about small creative things like this. Ones that can take us out of our daily routine even if it were for just for a few minutes.
Though I’ve had a Wataniya line for more than 5 years I have never used their rewards system, up until now. Since I visit caribou frequently this offer comes in handy. I’ve already signed up for the rewards system(free of charge). I just needed to dial *5# and show my membership number to their staff then write down my email address. Offer valid until Nov 30th.
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.