In search of a child-free coffee shop
Okay, I know babies cry, but I think my latte's got tinnitus...
Here's my dilemma: I love sitting in a coffee shop, but lately the screaming kids are spoiling it. I don't mean to sound heartless, but crying babies and toddler tantrums are not a backdrop I would choose for sipping my latte. I'm after a relaxed environment – somewhere where I can enjoy my coffee in relative peace without junior meltdowns occurring left, right and centre. Which seems to happen a LOT in the places I frequent lately.
The solution to this problem? I think it's largely to do with my choice of coffee shop. I can't expect mums not to go to coffee shops – they're after a strong black coffee and a place to catch up, which is fair enough. But there must be coffee shops where they don't go. You know, somewhere... quieter.
And before I get branded as a child-hater, do consider this: who actually wants to hear screaming babies and toddler tantrums when they go for a coffee? No one, not even the mums. How often have you willingly asked for a side-order of screaming, when the barista asks if you want chocolate sprinkles? There's a huge expectation to be fine with the situation, and smile sympathetically at the mother and the screaming baby, whilst your eardrums split with the shrill impact of 110 decibels that only a crying child can produce. It's probably the caffeine withdrawal, but I'm losing my patience. And I know I'm not alone in this. A recent coffee shop experience included a very decent latte, complete with crying babies in stereo. After the guy next to me stood up, packed up, downed his coffee and left in a visible strop, I got to thinking: "I need to go somewhere else."
So what's the solution? I should get off the mainstream path, I think. Go niche if you like. Ditch the Costas and the Starbucks. I need to find a place which doesn't attract mums and their broods. No offence. It's just my ears can't take it anymore. Should I go more local-level and shirk the chains? Or find a cafe on top of a hill, where buggies just don't go? Who knows, but it's my next mission. And when I've found this place, this oasis of calm, infused with the heady scent of just-brewed, freshly ground coffee, on no account am I telling anyone where it is. Not even for money.
Do screaming kids spoil things when you're eating or drinking out? Or is it really not an issue? Have you found a coffee shop where you can quietly sip a latte, and if so, where on earth is it?! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
I completely agree with this article, I am a mother but love child free areas. When my son was younger I would never go into coffee shops or anywhere that required good behaviour because I could never guarantee it. If I was forced into the situation and my son started to create, I would leave. I was a single parent so didn't have much 'alone time' to enjoy such things as a lovely latte in relaxed surroundings, more like a hideous fruit juice in 'Fun for all'...but those are the sacrifices you make..
Now when I am faced with screaming children, I can't smile compassionately at the mother, I just think, 'Take 'em home!' My son is now 12 and very restaurant friendly because going out to eat/drink is a treat. Good luck with your quest!
I completley agree,, Its hardly a treat when you have to gulp it down and get out quick because you cant hear yourself think.
A lot of parents are selfish and ignorant,,,letting the kids scream and mess about and annoy everyone else.
I had all this in a restaurant on saturday lunchtime and a child screamed and creid all the way through the meal.
why stop at coffee shops, what about flights, what about pubs what about just about everywhere mothers now choose to go with there kids, For sure they can go for a coffee in Ronald McDonalds cant they. McDonalds loves kids, thts how they got to where they are now. I had kids i kept them in kids environments Mums stop burdening your kids on the likes of me. go where you would be welcome. IE anywhere away from me.
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