Nina’s Coffee Cafe
Over six years ago now, I got my first teaching job and promptly decided it was time to get the heck out of my sister’s basement in the suburbs. One of my criteria for living spaces was “within walking distance of a cute coffee shop” but it may as well have been “within walking distance of Nina’s” because this was the only neighborhood I explored.
I became a frequent visitor at Nina’s, spending my weekend afternoons attempting to plan lessons. Even in summers when I had few lessons to plan, I’d still stop in to read, simply to get out of the apartment and possibly into air conditioning for a few hours.
Nina’s has the quintessential classic St. Paul feeling, with its dark wood, in the corner of a historical building. The Twin Cities have many great coffee shops, but Nina’s fits in so well with its surroundings, as if it would be totally out of place across the river.
Even though there have been a few times lately where I’ve had to turn around because there were no tables, I’ve always been grateful to have a place like this just a few blocks away.