Living in the Federal Hill/ Locust Point neighborhood it had been a struggle for me to find a coffee cafe that had some charm. I found myself at Starbuck a lot, and lets be honest; Starbucks is nothing special. I needed to find a place that opened early like Starbucks because I like to start my day at 5Am, but had a little more flavor. I work from home so I enjoy going to a coffee house to work occasionally because it gives me a different scene, but Starbucks decor is plain and boring in my opinion. I wanted find a place that had some character, some pazazz, that could help my creative juices flow. One day driving along Fort Ave (which I drive everyday) I saw Koba Cafe. I told myself multiple times that I needed to check it out, but I never did! Finally a few months ago I did!
Koba Cafe has two level. As you walk into the first level of Koba there are a few tables and the counter where you can order. This cafe has a array of different things for you to enjoy such as: Muffins, coffee drinks, juices/sodas, healthy options, vegan options, cakes, brownies, cookies, breakfast options, cafe sandwiches, signature sandwiches, melts, wraps, and salads.
Upstairs is the sitting area with tons of seating. The set up is perfect for a person working alone or for people needing space for a group gathering. There’s also a private conference room upstairs that I think you can reserve to hold a meeting.
Koba Cafe is very colorful as you can see. Bright yellow walls covered with paintings as well as colorful furniture fill the space. The beautiful paintings you will see on the walls are all for sale! I must say there are some talented people around Baltimore! The paintings can be purchased straight from Koba Cafe. The exposed brick, wood beams, and vintage furniture make this place stand out compared to the coffee cafes around town.
I went to Koba on this particular day to have a meeting and to do some work. I observed others to see what they were doing (Yes, I am nosy lol) in Koba Cafe. It seemed as though there was a man and a women on their first coffee date. Based off the questions they were asking each other, I could tell they didn’t know much about one another. There was a man working and a young women studying. The young lady was obviously tired. She actually fell asleep at one point. Also, the conference room was in use. Two people were in the conference room having a discussion, both with laptops. The three large windows were open and allowed for fresh air to circulate the cafe. It was wonderful. The air was so crisp and fresh.
Table for eight people! Great for large meet up groups.
Koba Cafe is very easy to find and if you are planning to visit during the day: morning, lunch, afternoon then parking should not be a problem.
I stayed a Koba Cafe for a few hours drinking coffee, chatting and doing a little work 😉 I plan to become a regular at Koba Cafe. You also should definitely check this place out!
Until Next Time,