As students, finals week is probably the most dreaded week of the semester. A lot amount of coffee is consumed and long hours studying at the library is not uncommon. With everyone being in an anxious state, it’s always nice for one to leave that environment and have a quiet place to study. Ever since my sophomore year, I made the decision to study at coffee shops instead of my school’s library and it has made all the difference. Of course, this may not be applicable to everyone however you could find some great relief know that there are places that offer calm and quiet during this hectic season.
Here are some great coffee shops in Brooklyn that you can study from:

-Maman Greenpoint:

This is one of my favorite coffee shops in New York City. The name Maman means mom in french and it embodies the personal of a caring mother. When you’re at this coffee shop, it’s has though you have transported into a lovely home in the South France. It’s the perfect for  some much needed peace and quiet. There are many locations throughout the NYC area but I highly recommend going to the Greenpoint, Brooklyn one. It’s an ideal location for some time off. You really get to disconnect and focus on your task at hand.

-Bakeshop by Woops: If you like a bit of background noise when you’re studying this is the right place for you. Located in the heart of Williamsburg, Bakeshop by Woops is one of the gems of this neighborhood. It’s very popular but still manages to have a cozy and intimate ambiance. If you’re one of those people who can’t handle complete science, you’d love it. The music is soothing and automatically send you in a calming mood. In addition, the sweets and coffee are delicious so you’re in for a real treat. I highly recommend trying the chai latte and the oatmeal raisin cookie.

-Black Star Bakery: If you’re looking for a slightly buzzing place to get some work done them this is the place for you. It’s a coffee shop and bakery at the same time. So you get to have the ambiance of a cafe in a more quiet and intimate setting. The treats are inexpensive and very delicious. In addition, the location is highly accessible.

-Sey Coffee: This coffee shop is a great mix between being not completely popular to being removed. It’s located in Bushwick and makes for a great escape from the city’s hustle and bustle. The layout is very open so you get to have all the natural light and fresh air you would need. I highly recommend this place for some peace and quiet especially if you don’t to go too far from the city.

-Stonefruit Espresso + Kitchen:

Located in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn Stonefruit Espresso is a hidden local gem. It’s a nice change from typical coffee shops because of their size. It serves as a coffee shop/cafe  in the front and also has a back room area for working. Since the neighborhood is very art oriented you get to be surrounded by creatives who are working on their craft. I once went to Stonefruit and was so inspired by the sense of hustle that presided that it motivated me to finish my projects and start new ones. I highly recommend this place if you’re looking to stay away from popular neighborhoods.

Having a quiet place to work is very important as a student especially during finals week. One mist really take their time to focus on the projects at hand. Going to coffee shops have been really helpful in finding the perfect balance from school.

Christy Joseph, Writer, Shortstints

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