By Lara Berendt
College students and the self-employed know that some coffee houses just don’t provide the ideal environment for being productive. Loud music, rowdy hipsters or ambient sports noise from a big tv can be serious distractions when you’re trying to get work done. The Flightpath Coffee House actually proclaims on their website that except for a few occasions when they’re hosting events there, it’s “guaranteed to be a quiet place to come and study, work, or simply get your taxes done. We are the home office away from home.”
At Duval and 51st streets in Hyde Park, Flightpath has a nice outdoor patio and a cheerful interior furnished with couches, sizable tables and chairs. Along with their full coffee menu, they serve bagels, pastries, quiche, sandwiches and pizza. Today I ordered a cappuccino and slice of banana bread, grabbed a table and set up shop.
My food and drink were fine, but I was most impressed by the atmosphere. It was wonderfully quiet, with mellow classic jazz tinkling in the background. The people around me were mostly alone at tables, focused on their books or laptops. No chattering toddlers or boisterous, socializing groups of friends (although they do serve beer and wine). It really was like a hip, communal office space.
From what I hear, the place gets packed at times, and awkward requests for table-sharing inevitably commence. Parking can also be tricky, but luckily in this neighborhood they’re serving a lot of walkers and bicyclers. Anyway, these drawbacks are really just signs of the spot’s popularity. If I ever end up freelancing or otherwise self-employed, Flightpath will be a leading candidate for my “home office away from home.”