Coffee Shops: Human Attachment to Physical Spaces

While visiting London in the 1680s, French traveler François Maximilien Misson, a 17th century equivalent of a travel blogger, encountered a small subset of storefronts that he had not previously seen in his motherland across the English channel. These peculiar shops were not quite workshops nor were they restaurants, but they possessed qualities of both. In actuality, these places of business likely resembled a commoner’s version of an aristocratic saloon combined with a pub.