A café (pronounced /ˈkæfeɪ/ or /kæˈfeɪ/), also spelled cafe, is an informal restaurant offering a range of hot meals and made-to-order sandwiches.[1][2] This differs from a coffee house, which is a limited-menu establishment which focuses on coffee sales. Depending on the jurisdiction, a café may be licensed to serve alcohol. The term can also refer to bistrohotel. In many countries, however, the term "café" denotes roughly what "coffee house" denotes in English speaking countries (see below). In American cafés the serving of coffee is incidental to the serving of food, and they may or may not serve alcoholic beverages. In small towns, the local café is often the central gathering spot for conversation and meetings. Such cafés are especially popular for breakfasts. In central business districts (CBD) of larger cities cafés and coffee shops are often open only for breakfast and lunch, since their patrons leave the area after business hours. or a restaurant facility within a

A "café" can also refer to a small informal public discussion. These are usually live events, and often focus on starting an open conversation on a particular topic. Examples include science cafes in the US [1], Café Scientifique in the UK [2], and Café Society in Chicago


In European countries such as Austria, France, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Belgium, Portugal, etc., the term cafécoffee, typically complemented by a slice of cake/tart/pie, a "danish pastry", a plain bun, or similar sweet pastry on the side. Many (or most) cafés also serve small meals such as sandwiches. European cafés often have an enclosed or outdoor section extending onto the sidewalk. Some cafés also serves alcoholic beverages, although British cafés never sell alcohol. implies primarily serving

In France, and some other countries, a brasserie is a "café" (in the American sense of the word) that serves meals, generally single dishes, in a more relaxed setting than a restaurant.

In the Netherlands, a café is a the equivalent of a bar, an establishment selling alcoholic beverages. A coffeeshop is an establishment which sells soft drugs (cannabis and hashish) and is generally not allowed to sell alcoholic beverages.

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