Coffee Stop #3: The Protagonist Cafe

To begin with, I’ve always wanted to go to this place. The name alone called me in. Books and coffee?! Located in Soulard, right next to the Soulard Market, this coffee shop appeals to a lot of different crowds. This place would be a great place to get fueled up for a morning of shopping at The Soulard Market. Though Saturdays are very busy here for that very reason. Parking is roughhhhhhhh.

I can see why it’s so busy. It’s more than a coffee shop! This was the first coffee shop in my journey that offered alcohol. The menu has a lot of seasonal drinks, food items, and staff suggestions on wine choices! They even have ice cream! There are gifts from local artists for purchase that are pretty stinkin’ cute. I bought a few cards.

The library and study vibe are perfect. Bookshelves line all of the walls, separated by sections. The used books are all available to purchase. Though browsing can be a little challenging since the place is often full of students, freelancers, writers, and friends meeting for coffee. You do feel like you’re interrupting while you’re trying to reach a book on interior design. Despite the bustle, it just works are a great place to bring your laptop and get some work done.

It’s a cozy spot where you could work comfortably, and meet friends and definitely a good spot to start a date! Once you are done with coffee, stroll around Soulard. It’s such a beautiful part of our city!