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I do my best thinking in decent cafés and pubs; these are my favourites. This list started with everywhere I wrote more than 600 words of my PhD thesis, and has been growing ever since.

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134 places, or browse by tag:

[1] Victory Cafe
581 Markham Street, Toronto, Canada
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Vegetarian friendly
[2] Niche Coffee
626 Queen Street West, Toronto, Canada
Tagged: Coffee
[3] La Hacienda
640 Queen Street West, Toronto, Canada
Tagged: Beer, Vegetarian friendly
[4] Painted Lady
218 Ossington Avenue, Toronto, Canada
Tagged: Beer, No cards
[5] Churchill
1212 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Canada
Tagged: Cocktails
[6] Sadie's Diner
504 Adelaide Street W, Toronto, Canada
Tagged: Juice, Smoke free, Vegetarian
[7] TAN Coffee
992 Queen Street West, Toronto, Canada
Tagged: Coffee, Hot chocolate, Pastries, Tea, Vegetarian friendly, Wireless
[8] Luna Cafe
181 Dovercourt Road, Toronto, Canada
Tagged: Cake, Coffee, Smoke free
[9] The Rex
194 Queen Street West, Toronto, Canada
Tagged: Beer, Jazz
[10] Zaza Espresso Bar
75 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, Canada
Tagged: Coffee
[11] Bar Volo
587 Yonge Street, Toronto, Canada
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Staunch landlord, Smoke free
[12] Rhino
1249 Queen Street West, Toronto, Canada
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Smoke free
[13] The Senator
249 Victoria Street, Toronto, Canada
Tagged: Coffee
[14] C'est What?
67 Front Street, Toronto, Canada
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Smoke free
[15] Granite Brewery
245 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto, Canada
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Wireless
[16] Ceili Cottage
1301 Queen Street East, Toronto, Canada
Tagged: Ale, Beer
[17] Vices et Versa
6631 Boulevard Saint Laurent, Montreal, Canada
Tagged: Ale, Beer
[18] Dieu Du Ciel!
29 avenue Laurier Ouest, Montreal, Canada
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Smoke free
[19] The Grey Dog's Coffee
33 Carmine Place, Manhattan, New York, USA
Tagged: Coffee
[20] CB Six
252 East 51st Street, Manhattan, New York, USA
Tagged: Beer
[21] Waterfront Ale House
540 Second Avenue, Manhattan, New York, USA
Tagged: Beer
[22] Waterfront Ale House
155 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Tagged: Ale, Beer
[23] Spuyten Duyvil
359 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Tagged: Beer
[24] Roberta's Pizza
261 Moore Street, Brooklyn, New York, USA
[25] The Publick House
1706 Beacon Street, Brookline, USA
Tagged: Beer, Staunch landlord
[26] Bukowski Tavern
Dalton Street, Boston, USA
Tagged: Beer, No cards, Thesis, Vegetarian friendly
[27] Boston Public Library
Copley Place, Boston, USA
Tagged: Thesis
[28] Caffe Bella Vita
Charles Street, Boston, USA
Tagged: Cake, Coffee, Thesis
[29] Harvard Gardens
Cambridge Street, Boston, USA
Tagged: Beer, Thesis
[30] Goose Island Wrigleyville
3535 North Clark Street, Chicago, USA
Tagged: Beer
[31] Goose Island Clybourn
1800 North Clybourn, Chicago, USA
Tagged: Beer
[32] Whiskey Thieves
839 Geary Street, San Francisco, USA
Tagged: Whisky/Whiskey
[33] Ausiello's
El Camino Real, Belmont, USA
Tagged: Beer, Smoke free, Thesis
[34] Toronado
547 Haight Street, San Francisco, USA
Tagged: Ale, Beer
[35] Magnolia Pub and Brewery
Haight and Masonic, San Francisco, USA
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Smoke free, Thesis
[36] Scott's
Caroline Street, Cork, Ireland
Tagged: Beer, Smoke free, Thesis
[37] Rendezvous Café
U1 Roxborough, Midleton, Ireland
Tagged: Coffee, Smoke free, Thesis
[38] McDaid's
55 Main Street, Midleton, Ireland
Tagged: Beer, Smoke free, Thesis
[39] Two Thin Laddies
103 High Riggs, Tollcross, Edinburgh, UK
Tagged: Cake, Coffee, Pastries, Smoke free, Tea
[40] Dragonfly
52 West Port, Edinburgh, UK
Tagged: Cocktails, Smoke free, Wireless
[41] Guildford Arms
1-5 West Register Street, Edinburgh, UK
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Jazz, Smoke free
[42] Ann Purna
44-45 St Patrick's Square, Edinburgh, UK
Tagged: Smoke free, Vegetarian, Vegetarian friendly
[43] Black Bull Inn
Coppermines Road, Coniston, UK
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Smoke free
[44] Rain Bar
80 Great Bridgewater Street, Manchester, UK
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Smoke free
[45] Kro Bar
326 Oxford Road, Manchester, UK
Tagged: Beer, Cake, Coffee, Smoke free
[46] The Maltings
Tanners Moat, York, UK
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Smoke free
[47] Hop Pole
7 Albion Buildings, Upper Bristol Road, Bath, UK
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Smoke free
[48] The Raven
7 Queen Street, Bath, UK
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Smoke free
[49] Victoria Hotel
Dovecote Lane, Beeston, Nottingham, UK
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Cider, Dog friendly, No mobiles, Smoke free
[50] The Fox
Green Lane, Hanwell, London, UK
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Dog friendly, Smoke free
[51] Duke of Sussex
75 South Parade, Chiswick, London, UK
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Smoke free
[52] Bulls Head
373 Lonsdale Road, Barnes, London, UK
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Jazz, Smoke free, Whisky/Whiskey
[53] The Organic Café
Salusbury Road, Queens' Park, London, UK
Tagged: Cake, Coffee, Smoke free, Thesis
[54] Sirous Café
West End Lane, West Hampstead, London, UK
Tagged: Coffee, Smoke free, Thesis
[55] Cock and Bottle
17 Needham Rd, London, UK
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Staunch landlord, Smoke free
[56] Taqueria
139-143 Westbourne Grove, London, UK
Tagged: Beer, Cocktails, Smoke free, Tequila
[57] Warrington Hotel
93 Warrington Crescent, Maida Vale, London, UK
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Dog friendly, Smoke free
[58] The Windsor Castle
Campden Hill Road, Kensington, London, UK
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Smoke free, Thesis
[59] Clarke's Cafe
124 Kensington Church Street, Kensington, London, UK
Tagged: Cake, Coffee, No mobiles, Smoke free
[60] Scarsdale Tavern
23a Edwardes Square, Kensington, London, UK
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Smoke free
[61] Hansom Cab
86–88 Earls Court Rd, Kensington, London, UK
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Smoke free
[62] Montparnasse Café
22 Thackeray Street, Kensington, London, UK
Tagged: Coffee, Hot chocolate, Pastries, Random wireless, Smoke free
[63] Builders Arms
1 Kensington Court Place, Kensington, London, UK
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Cider, Random wireless, Smoke free
[64] Café Milano
Earl's Court Road, London, UK
Tagged: Coffee, Smoke free, Thesis
[65] The Mitre
24 Craven Terrace, Bayswater, London, UK
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Smoke free
[66] Marine Ices
8 Haverstock Hill, Chalk Farm, London, UK
Tagged: Ice cream, Smoke free
[67] The Troubadour
Old Brompton Road, Earl's Court, London, UK
Tagged: Cider, Coffee, Hot chocolate, Smoke free, Thesis, Wine, Wireless
[68] Jakob's
20 Gloucester Road, South Kensington, London, UK
Tagged: Cake, Smoke free, Vegetarian friendly
[69] Café du Coin
Earl's Court Road, London, UK
Tagged: Coffee, No cards, Pastries, Smoke free, Thesis, Wireless
[70] Caffe Pascucci
Earl's Court Road, London, UK
Tagged: Coffee, Smoke free, Thesis
[71] Petit Delice
1 Kynance Place, London, UK
Tagged: Coffee, Smoke free, Thesis
[72] The Queens Arms
Queens Gate Mews, London, UK
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Cider, Dog friendly, Staunch landlord, Smoke free, Thesis, Wine
[73] The Harcourt Arms
Harcourt Street, Marylebone, London, UK
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Smoke free, Thesis
[74] Café Forum
Gloucester Road, London, UK
Tagged: Coffee, Random wireless, Smoke free, Thesis
[75] The Holland Club
Wells Way, Imperial College, London, UK
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Dog friendly, No cards, Smoke free, Thesis
[76] Dana Centre Café
Queensgate, London, UK
Tagged: Coffee, Smoke free, Thesis
[77] The Drayton Arms
Old Brompton Road, London, UK
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Cider, Smoke free, Thesis
[78] Hereford Arms
Gloucester Road, Earl's Court, London, UK
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Smoke free, Thesis
[79] Oddono's
14 Bute Street, London, UK
Tagged: Ice cream, Smoke free
[80] Café Delice
Fulham Road, London, UK
Tagged: Coffee, Smoke free, Thesis
[81] La Masseria -- Apulian Deli
New Quebec Street, Marylebone, London, UK
Tagged: Coffee, Smoke free, Thesis
[82] The Anglesea Arms
Selwood Terrace, South Kensington, London, UK
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Dog friendly, Smoke free, Thesis
[83] Cafe Creperie
2 Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, UK
Tagged: Cider, French Cider, No cards, Smoke free
[84] Chelsea Ram
32 Burnaby Street, Chelsea, London, UK
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Dog friendly, Smoke free
[85] La Fromagerie
2–4 Moxon Street, Marylebone, London, UK
Tagged: Cider, French Cider, Smoke free, Tea, Wine
[86] 606 Club
90 Lots Road, Chelsea, London, UK
Tagged: Beer, Jazz, Smoke free, Wine
[87] Café Sole
400 King's Road, Chelsea, London, UK
Tagged: Hot chocolate, Juice, Smoke free
[88] Paul Rothe & Son
35 Marylebone Lane, Marylebone, London, UK
Tagged: Coffee, No cards, Smoke free
[89] The Peer
70 Sydney Street, Chelsea, London, UK
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Smoke free
[90] The Pig's Ear
Old Church Street, Chelsea, London, UK
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Cider, Dog friendly, French Cider, Smoke free, Thesis, Wireless
[91] The Nag's Head
53 Kinnerton Street, Belgravia, London, UK
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Staunch landlord, No mobiles, Smoke free, Thesis
[92] Indian YMCA
41 Fitzroy Square, Fitzrovia, London, UK
Tagged: Smoke free, Vegetarian friendly
[93] The Bree Louise
69 Cobourg St, London, UK
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Cider, Smoke free
[94] Coopers Arms
87 Flood Street, Chelsea, London, UK
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Random wireless, Smoke free
[95] The Star Tavern
6 Belgrave Mews West, Belgravia, London, UK
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Smoke free
[96] Gran Sasso
Caledonian Road, London, UK
Tagged: Coffee, Smoke free, Thesis
[97] Flat White
17 Berwick Street, Soho, London, UK
Tagged: Cake, Coffee, Smoke free
[98] Crown and Two Chairmen
Dean Street, Soho, London, UK
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Cider, Smoke free
[99] Piada
50 Frith Street, London, UK
Tagged: Coffee, Smoke free
[100] Caffè Vergnano
62 Charing Cross Road, London, UK
Tagged: Cake, Coffee, Hot chocolate, Smoke free
[101] The Mary Ward Vegetarian Café
Queen Square, London, UK
Tagged: Coffee, No cards, Smoke free, Thesis, Vegetarian, Vegetarian friendly
[102] The Clarendon
Cambridge Street, Pimlico, London, UK
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Smoke free, Thesis
[103] Guanabara
Guanabara, Parker Street, London, UK
Tagged: Cocktails, Smoke free
[104] The Harp
47 Chandos Place, Covent Garden, London, UK
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Cider, Smoke free
[105] Caffè Espresso (the Fabian Café)
11 Dartmouth Street, St James's Park, London, UK
Tagged: Coffee, Smoke free
[106] The Bountiful Cow
51 Eagle Street, Holborn, London, UK
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Smoke free
[107] Speaker
46 Great Peter St, London, UK
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Smoke free
[108] Gordon's Wine Bar
Villiers Street, Embankment, London, UK
Tagged: Smoke free, Thesis, Wine
[109] The Gunmakers
13 Eyre Street Hill, Clerkenwell, London, UK
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Dog friendly, Staunch landlord, Smoke free
[110] Seven Stars
Carey Street, Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, UK
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Cider, Staunch landlord, Smoke free
[111] The Old Mitre
Ely Court, London, UK
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Staunch landlord, Smoke free, Thesis
[112] Wenlock Arms
26 Wenlock Road, London, UK
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Cider, Smoke free
[113] Fox and Anchor
115 Charterhouse Square, Smithfield, London, UK
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Smoke free, Wireless
[114] Dose Espresso
69 Long Lane, London, UK
Tagged: Coffee, Smoke free
[115] The Blackfriar
174 Queen Victoria St, London, UK
[116] Bread and Roses
68a Clapham Manor Street, Clapham, London, UK
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Smoke free
[117] The Pride of Spitalfields
3 Heneage Street, Shoreditch, London, UK
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Smoke free
[118] Tayyab's
83-89 Fieldgate Street, Whitechapel, London, UK
Tagged: Smoke free, Vegetarian friendly
[119] The Gowlett
62 Gowlett Road, London, UK
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Cider, Smoke free
[120] Leather Bottle
The Green, Blackmore, UK
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Smoke free
[121] The Viper
Mill Green Road, Mill Green, UK
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Smoke free
[122] Grand Central
Surrey Street, Brighton, UK
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Smoke free, Thesis
[123] Evening Star
55-56 Surrey Street, Brighton, UK
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Smoke free
[124] Wai Kika Moo Kau
11a Kensington Gardens, Brighton, UK
Tagged: Coffee, Smoke free, Vegetarian, Vegetarian friendly
[125] The George
5 Trafalgar Street, Brighton, UK
Tagged: Ale, Beer, Smoke free, Vegetarian, Vegetarian friendly, Wireless
[126] In vino veritas
103 North Road, Brighton, UK
Tagged: Wine
[127] Scott's Café
1063 London Road, Leigh-on-Sea, UK
Tagged: Coffee, Smoke free, Thesis
[128] Univers Cafe
16 Rue Jean Jacques Rousseau, Nantes, France
Tagged: Beer, Cocktails, Jazz, Wireless
[129] De Koffie Salon
130 Utrechtsestraat, Amsterdam, NL
Tagged: Cake, Coffee
[130] Blond Cafe
10 Plaza Salvador Coll, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Tagged: Beer, Random wireless
[131] Malvasia
43 Calle de Joan Bauza, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Tagged: Wine
[132] Belvedere
Via Mazzini 7, Bertinoro, Italy
[133] Redoak
201 Clarence Street, Sydney, Australia
Tagged: Ale, Beer
[134] The Order
401 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Australia
Tagged: Cocktails, Whisky/Whiskey

Plus 7 closed places, alas: Smokeless Joe, Smokeless Joe's, Noventy Coffee House, Hugo's, Beach Burrito Café, Microbar, The Black Bull.

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