Tuesday 12 December 2017

The Aylmer Pantry, Highgate, London N2 UK

23 Aylmer Parade
N2 0PE
020 3417 2022

The Aylmer Pantry 

Creative Cafe Activites

Art events 
Book events

Thursday 23 November 2017

Arts at the Armory Somerville, MA, USA

191 Highland Avenue, Suite 1-C
Somerville, Ma 02143
Please note: The office is closed on Tuesdays!  You may catch us if we’re here setting up an event, but otherwise we’ll get back to you on Wednesday.

Creative Café Activities

  • art
  • comedy
  • dance
  • education
  • exhibitions
  • film 
  • gallery space
  • live music
  • theatre


Wednesday 8 November 2017

Inspire Cafe, Dubuque, IA, USA

 955 Washington St., Suite 105, 
Schmid Innovation Center, 
Dubuque, IA  

Web site 

Creative Cafe Project Activities 

Inspirational speakers  
Live music 
Space for hire 

Wednesday 25 October 2017

Breakaway Cafe and Arts Center, Hastings, Minnesota, US,55033

BreakAway Arts
111 East 3rd Street
MN 55033 


Web site 

Creative Cafe Activities 

art classes
book events
charity events
live music 
open nic

Monday 4 September 2017

InVision Creative Café, St Petersburg, USA

275 16th Street
33705 St Petersburg
+1  727-323-1803

InVision Creative Café is a new kind of experience that gives young entrepreneurs and innovative minds a place to create something new. InVision is also the first of its kind; combining the community and creativity of a co-working space with the comfort and ambience of a modern café. We offer healthy products such as locally sourced coffee and espresso, herbal and ethnobotanical teas, kava, kombucha and even all-natural nootropic beverages - designed to get your creative juices flowing.

The InVision Creative Café

Creative Café Project Activities  

  1. co-worker space
  2. flow evenings 
  3. live music
  4. open mic

Monday 14 August 2017

Tina's Tea Rooms Bury Musuem

Manchester Road
Greater Manchester

(0)161 253 5878

Tina's Tea Rooms Bury Museum 

Creative Cafe Activities 

Gallery space
Games on the tables   
Networking  opportunities

Monday 24 July 2017

Review of the Big Comfy Bookshop

The Writer’s Hub, which normally meets at the Belgrade Theatre fortnightly, met here today.

The location in Fargo Village in Far Gosford Street, Coventry, is in amongst other artistic situations. Plenty of coffee was available along with a choice of cakes. I had a bacon sandwich ( I had been up a long time!). The place as you would expect is full of well-priced second hand books.

It is owned by Michael McEntee with two willing helpers we saw today. his number is 07396 029448. His contact details are:- contact@thebigcomfybookshop.co.uk. Website – www.thebigcomfybookshop.co.uk.

There was some music in the background at the start of our meeting, but I think that it was toned down whilst we were talking and discussing our writing. There are groups of tables which were brought together today to enable 12 of us to sit together – very accommodating.

Cafe Carpe

Cafe Carpe - 18 South Water St. West, Fort Atkinson,
WI 53538
+ 1 920-563-9391

 Creative Cafe Activities 

  • live music 
  • private hire 
  • WiFi

Friday 7 July 2017

Inspire Cafe, Dubuque, Indiana, USA

 955 Washington St.
Suite 105, Schmid Innovation Center 

Creative Cafe activities

Inspiring People
live music


Monday 19 June 2017

Friday 9 June 2017

A challenge for writers

A challenge for writers 

 CaféLit is all about reading in cafés. Many writers, we know, also write in cafés. So why not write specifically for the Creative Café Project next time you’re in a café? If you’re not familiar with what we publish, take a look here: http://cafelitcreativecafe.blogspot.co.uk/ Actual submission guidelines are available at: http://cafelit.co.uk/index.php/submission-guidelines     

I challenge you to write a story that is sparked by something you’ve seen on the day, maybe even in the café. It’s also perfectly fine to carry on with a work in progress that fits our brief. 

This time when you send it in, as well as assigning a drink, say which café you wrote the story in.  We’ll put that one up on the site, if it’s not there already, and link to it from your story. 

And as you’re writing a story for CaféLit you may be including a new café in the project.
Win, win.              

Sunday 14 May 2017

Mercury Cafe, Denver, Colorado, US

2199 California Street
Denver, CO 80205
01 (303) 294-9258

The Mercury Cafe

Creative Café Project Activities

live music

Wednesday 8 March 2017

New cafés, new creative practitioners and new activities sought

New cafés, new creative practitioners and new activities sought

The Creative Café started off as a seed of an idea about ten years ago. Since then I’ve collected dozens and dozens of cafés. I seem to find them everywhere I go. I’ve altered my ideas about what counts as a creative café activity and embraced some really interesting events and meetings.

I’m now keen of course to get even more people involved, more cafés listed and discover more ideas of how creative practitioners can interact with each other and their audiences in a café environment.

Do have a look at About the Project to find out what the project is about. Also take a look at Ideas for Café Owners to find out how the cafés work. We also have some good ideas about how writers and other creative practitioners might interact with a creative café. Read about it here.   Do browse the cafés and get a sense of how a café become labelled “creative”.  Find a Café shows you a list of activities by café.  You can also search for a café by post code, town and country. 

Don’t forget also CaféLit, our publication that supports the project.   

Can you help me to add more information to the site? If so, please use the contact form. We look forward to hearing from you.              

Saturday 18 February 2017

Review of Waterstone’s Deansgate Mancehester

Review of Waterstone’s Deansgate Mancehester


Many writers have a love / hate relationship with Waterstone’s. This giant chain store may have squeezed out some of our beloved indie bookshops. It’s not easy getting them to sell your books. At times it seems like an exclusive club to which it is difficult to get membership. Yet, it is a bookshop full of fabulous books. The people who work there are, it seems, lovers of books and its café is also peopled with those who love the written word. 

I’ve had two encounters recently with the café in this branch of Waterstone’s. I met a writer whom I’m mentoring. She was held up by problems with trains and this allowed me plenty of time to see what was going on there. I drank a huge cup of coffee and got on with some writing. I wasn’t the only one working this way: there were plenty of people bent over tablets and lap-tops. It was also clear that many people were holding meetings and I know of other colleagues who have used this space for that purpose. And some people just sit and read.  

A few days later we held our SCBWI network group there and I belong to the Young Adult critique group. We couldn’t all fit in the events room.  We took over two tables in the café. The staff didn’t mind: we were buying lunch and lots of drinks. One or two other visitors looked at us curiously. They were interested, though, rather than irritated. This also seemed the right sort of activity for the café.

The café’s been there quite a while now and is beginning to fade a little. No matter. It is still a comfortable space for the creative practitioner. It offers a decent if not spectacular range of food and drink at reasonable prices.    
Nice place to be.      

Tuesday 24 January 2017