Collective Cafe is in the West Village area of NYC and serves Australian-inspired beverages and light, healthy food. I just stopped in to get a coffee to go while exploring the adorable Greenwich Village, but I really enjoyed the design and style of the cafe. It’s a very simple theme, not pretentious or too avant-garde like a lot of coffee shops in NYC tend to be. It was incredibly crowded when I went (mid-afternoon on a weekday) and I pity anyone who goes there to study (unless you go early in the morning, it’s just not going to happen). It is a great space for people-watching, if you manage to get a seat. The windows provide a convenient view of the streets, and even the clientele of the cafe is sure to be a source of interest for anyone who enjoys observing others’ social interactions. I love going to coffee shops to people-watch (in a non-creepy way) because you get so many different kinds of people. There are those who are too busy to even tell you their order, and will just point at things while simultaneously composing an email on their phone and listening in on a conference call that’s happening in their ear. There are large groups of friends that come to eat or drink together, and it can be fun trying to guess how they met, who is closer to whom, how old they are, which ones are on the “fringes” of the group, etc. Here there are limitless possibilities for the observation of human nature.
Coffee: 7/10. I remember the coffee being good, but not mind-blowing. Definitely better off here than a Starbucks, but you don’t need to go out of your way to stop by.
Location: 10/10. Located in charming Greenwich, it’s in the perfect place for tourists or anyone who happens to be in the area.
Atmosphere: 6.5/10. Much too crowded for my tastes, but I really liked the interior design of the eating area and the bar behind the counter.