The Free Cafe is a nomadic, open-air cafe that accepts suggestions in lieu of money. The goal of The Free Cafe is to foster community and dialogue by inviting participants to take a little time out of their day to connect with friends, neighbors and strangers alike over a free cup of coffee or tea. Cafe-goers are encouraged to submit anonymous "suggestions", written on napkins and posted to a board for all to see. These personal messages range from comments about the cafe itself, to ways of improving the community, to aspirational recommendations on how to lead a better life.
Each week, The Free Cafe venue will change, rotating between various public parks throughout the city. See below for dates and locations.
Sat. 8/4: Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights Sat. 8/11: York Park in Highland Park Sat. 8/18: Unidad Park in Historic Filipinotown Sat. 8/25: Leimert Park Plaza Visitors should look for The Free Cafe sign.
photo credit and title:
GusTavo Adolfo Guerra Vásquez; Michael Rippens, proprietor of The Free Cafe
website and Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the.free.cafe/