Just look at this, the perfect Christmas cappuccino courtesy of Pete at the coffee shop in the village. Anyone who knows me knows my love of the brown drink (and I don't mean beer), so a coffee shop is the perfect bolt hole for me when I am getting the shopping etc.
This is 'Thirst', Stewarton's answer to Central Perc. It is a great little place and not just a cafe either. There is a little gallery where local artists display their work.
A pottery workshop out the back that runs classes for kids at weekends, and of course some lovely little goodies for sale throughout the cafe.
This is a proper coffee shop with homemade cakes, soup and sandwiches, good chat, great atmosphere and newspapers and books for those who just what a bit of peace and quiet and their own space.
I hope you have a place like this near you.