Union Coffee keeps things simple. The design is minimal, the entire menu fits on a little black felt board, and the inside looks like your Amazonian friend’s open one-bedroom: white walls, giant windows, and a ton of succulents. There’s wifi, and the upstairs balcony bar is the perfect spot to post up with a mug of chai and a slice of creme fraiche coffee cake distraction-free (unless you like staring at blank walls). Bonus points for music that’s not too loud and actually-nice baristas.
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