Eric Weiner
3 min readAug 29, 2022

Why Coffee Shops Spark Creativity

No, it’s not the caffeine

Photo by Sean Benesh, Unsplash.

I love coffee, but I love coffee shops even more. I cherish that sublime feeling of firing up my laptop at my favorite haunt, sipping dark roast, surrounded by fellow humans. The coffee shop is where adults engage in parallel play. Alone in the crowd I am not really alone at all.

The world’s first coffee house sprang up in Constantinople (now Istanbul) in 1554. From the…

Eric Weiner

Philosophical Traveler. Recovering Malcontent. Author of four books, including my latest: “The Socrates Express.”