It’s week one of being home (hooray for finishing up my finals) and I’m the first of my high school friends to come back. On top of that, with my siblings still in school and my parents working, I am finding myself in a perpetual state of being home alone. That leaves me with lots of time to kill in between various job and internship interviews, as I attempt to find summer work. Hence, me making this blog.

Today, I decided to take a trip to a neighboring town for a change of scenery. It is a beautiful summer day, so what better way to soak it up then go on an adventure? One of my favorite pastimes is to find a new coffee shop and go try it out, spending a few hours there with a book or my journal and getting a sense of the ambiance of the place. I did some research online (thank you Yelp) and stumbled across a coffee shop less then twenty minutes from West Hartford, my hometown, called Silk City Coffee. I grabbed the book I am currently reading: Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese and my notebook, plugged the address into my GPS and headed out.

I made my way to Manchester, CT with little traffic or trouble and was able to find free two-hour parking in the quaint town, right across the street from the coffee shop. When I walked in, I was immediately greeted with a homey aura. The decor looked modern and funky and the coffee shop was spacious, providing plenty of seating for customers.

The breakfast and pastry list was sizable with sandwiches, parfaits, toast, snack boards, scones, and much more. After some contemplation, I ordered a yogurt bowl (plain yogurt with house-made granola and honey drizzled on top) and an iced coffee. The price was right with my yogurt bowl costing me only $5 and my small iced coffee, $2.75.

After ordering, I found a place to sit on a comfy wing-back chair in the corner of the shop. I ended up taking my time eating and lazing around. The yogurt bowl was delicious and very filling. I moved on from the wing-back chair after finishing my food to a couch in a more central area of the shop to read a few chapters of my book.

Once around two hours had passed and my parking time was running out, I set out to leave Silk City Coffee. The experience of visiting their place of business was a positive one overall. The staff was friendly and accommodating and the service was efficient. The space also felt calming and quiet enough to work or read (they provided free Wifi) and the music they played contributed to the overall mellow vibe. 10/10 would recommend trying it out if you live near Manchester, Connecticut or are ever in the area. I definitely will be a returning customer.

To learn more about Silk City Coffee check them out on their website:, their instagram: @silkcitycoffee, give them a call at (860) 432-1805, or stop by their shop located at 763 Main St, Manchester, CT 06040. They are open Monday through Thursday from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, Friday 7:00 am to 9:00 pm, and Saturday 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. They also have live music from local artists on select dates, so keep an eye out!

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