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A coffee shop is an establishment which primarily serves prepared coffee or other hot beverages. It shares some of the characteristics of a bar, and some of the characteristics of a restaurant, but it is different from a cafeteria. As the name suggests, coffeehouses focus on providing coffee and tea as well as light snacks. This differs from a café, which is an informal restaurant, offering a range of hot meals, and possibly being licensed to serve alcohol. Many coffee houses in the Muslim world, and in Muslim districts in the West, offer shisha, flavored tobacco smoked through a hookah. In establishments where it is tolerated – which may be found notably in the Netherlands, especially in Amsterdam – cannabis may be smoked as well. One of the original uses of the cafe, as a place for information exchange and communication, was reintroduced in the 1990s with the Internet café or Hotspot (Wi-Fi). The spread of modern style cafes to many places, urban and rural, went hand in hand with computers. Computers and Internet access in a contemporary-styled venue helps to create a youthful, modern, outward-looking place, compared to the traditional pubs or old-fashioned diners that they replaced. Coffee shops now offer free Wi-Fi in most stores.

From a cultural standpoint, coffeehouses largely serve as centers of social interaction: the coffeehouse provides social members with a place to congregate, talk, write, read, entertain one another, or pass the time, whether individually or in small groups of 2 or 3 .

On that note I am going to introduce to you guys the new coffee place I visited. Here goes … For all Chenaiites who are looking for a cool place to hang out and just relax with your friends – your search ends right here at Mocha Mojo. Don't be misled by their tag line "Coffees and Conversations" this place is much more than a coffee shop.

They have a menu that caters to all palates ranging from noodles with sauce to sinful desserts. For the health conscious there is a whole section in the menu which includes salads and yoghurt smoothies with the calories specified alongside! And here's another interesting tidbit-Mocha Mojo is said to use molecular gastronomy concept in cooking which is the application of scientific principles to the understanding and improvement of food preparation.

The different types of Hookah's are a novelty with an interesting range of flavors. For the uninitiated – you can always ask one of the waiters to help you choose a flavor and give you an impromptu lesson on how to use the hookah.

This haven for epicureans has an innovative décor which can be best described as 'retro chic'. You will feel strangely comfortable and relaxed and yet energized while you are consuming the absolutely scrumptious food here. The whole experience is soothing from the moment the waiter places a bottle of drinking water with a sprig of mint floating in it to the moment you pay the bill.

Comfortable surroundings, soothing ambiance, friendly service, great music and divine food ….. Believe us – you are never going to want to leave once you get there!

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Source by Shweta Subbiah

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