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How to Make Friends at a Coffee Shop

How to Meet Friends at a Café

A café is a place for everyone to come and feel relaxed. The low hum of music and coffee machines create a fast-casual environment to suit many different types of people. A café is a great place to work on a laptop, enjoy freshly-made foods, and even make new friends.

Cafés are uniquely suited to seat many people and let them stay for extended periods. At a café, it isn't unusual to see people meet up with business partners and acquaintances, but it isn't hard to meet someone new either.

Understand Coffee is Social

Drinking coffee causes people to feel energized and creates a social atmosphere. Caffeine's mood-enhancing properties will slowly break down any person's social barriers.

The first step to making friends at a café or coffee shop is to enjoy the café environment. Reaching out to other people can feel intimidating, but making a comment while waiting in line or asking what book a person is reading are perfectly acceptable ways to start a conversation.

Cafés are social places, and those who stay long enough may meet more people than expected. Stopping by a local coffee shop occasionally is all it takes for pleasant social experiences.

Friends Sitting at a Café
Friends Sitting Together at a Café

Ask Questions

Apart from making great coffee, a Barista's job is to build relationships with the people stopping by. When a café's line isn't long, and a barista has time to chat, asking questions can lead to interesting answers.

As a topic of conversation, there is a lot to learn about coffee. There are many different roasts, drinks, and additional ingredients to create unique coffee drinks. Learning more about what is available from a café is a great way to get into a social state of mind while gaining helpful information.

Visit a Local Café

At a local café, visitors have a chance to see other coffee lovers from their community. The likelihood is, most people at a café either live or work close by, making it easy to find shared interests.

Beginning a conversation with local events, restaurants, or sports is an excellent way to spark interest quickly and establish common ground. Visiting a local café is also a great way to start seeing the same people repeatedly.

Dilettante Mocha Café at Kent Station
The Dilettante Mocha Café at Kent Station

Be Respectful

When trying to make friends, it is essential to remember to be respectful and courteous to others. For example, if someone appears to be focused, busy, or in a group of people, it may not be a good time to approach them. Instead, keep an open mind and wait for a convenient time to start a conversation.

With this in mind, staying positive goes a long way. Not everyone will want to make friends at a café, but many will. Smiling, keeping an open posture, and being kind are significant steps toward meeting people.

At the Dilettante Mocha Café, the staff works hard to create a welcoming environment for everyone. Each location emphasizes creating a relaxed café environment, perfect for socializing, studying, or working. Those living or visiting the greater Seattle area can find a café location below.

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Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Ryan has a fondness for the outdoors, music, and coffee. Some of his favorites are Dilettante's Chocolate-Covered Bing Cherries and L'Orange Truffles. Through his writing and content, he hopes to grow the Dilettante community.