Le Café: A Discovery 

     Kofra Norwich, Unthank Road, NR2 2RA

One of the many joys derived from a day of walking aimlessly, looking for ‘stylish people’ is the opportunity to relax, write, think and reevaluate everything I have ever done. No jokes! I mean everything. And relaxation comes mostly in the form of a café break.

Yet the café experience of 2015 is not as relaxing when you feel like you’re in a very stressful episode of Girls. You know Girls, the HBO series created by the ubiquitous Lena Dunham. In Girls, everything is so avant-garde and the issues are far too #millennial. (I had to add the hashtag for effect). 

The point I’m trying to get at is that there is this recurring scene I see every time I walk into a café just like in Girls, I experienced it the other day too, of people staring at laptop or tablet screens made by a certain brand with an apple engraved on the cover. Plus, said person is completely zonked, probably writing that award winning script or memoir.

Nothing had seemed authentic or interpersonal about cafés or so I thought until I went into this one. Kofra! It was also here I met this lovely young lady and her friendly dog.

It was calm, quiet and felt a bit like your local pub (space wise). And you feel valued as a customer and fellow coffee (or tea) drinker when you walk in. The decor is minimal in every sense but still interesting. Unfortunately, I don’t live close enough to visit as often as I’d like to, it’s all the way in Norwich but I highly recommend in case you find yourself in the beautiful city. This charming café presents a lovely setting away from the hustle and bustle of high-street chains, a friendly face and above anything else, peace!

Ps: you must try the soya latte, it is divine!



Throwback Thursday 

 TERANGA, 21 Lower Gate Lane, Norwich 

This past week has been full of beautiful memories, things that have happened in the past but sit so well in your mind that you kind of want to go back there. I’ve even been listening to Destiny’s Child, Otis Redding and I’m back again on the Curtis Mayfield bandwagon. I think this shows how throwback my throwbacks are going.

This idea of finding past gems whether through old clothes, old music or friends from way back to recreate previous memories has led me to this post.
Although I haven’t been out on the streets as usual I had to share something that is so special and reminds me of great times growing up in Africa. I hope you appreciate it. This beauty of a shop in Norwich sells woven accessories, baskets, mats as well as handmade African instruments like Djembe drums. The artisanship is unbelievable, and I highly recommend a visit.

     Plus I couldn’t resist, I bought this bag.

U. x