Buzz Cafe

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Buzz Cafe

The eccentric, cartoon-esque eatery on the corner of Montgomery and Howard.
Kensington's very own bi-level Wonderland of all things cafe and alt-pop culture.
Walk in when it opens and leave when it closes so you can do each of the following:
1. Experience the heaps of natural light filtering through the windows on each street side 
2. Listen to a playlist of beaty alternative music from the likes of Cold War Kids, Band of Horses, Silversun Pickups, and company
3. Admire the artwork of owner and manager, Terrence Laragione--local artist who found his way into the food industry because "that's just what artists tend to do."

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You'll find Terrence running the show--making your bagel. Or your Nutella-Banana Croissant sandwich. Or your Caramel Macchiato. (Yes. It smells delicious in here.)


He'll also ring you up, talk to you about your day, and make sure you've got just what you need to either post up and work a little or just hit the road. (Insider's Tip: the Wi-Fi password is named after the antagonist of what seems to be one of his favorite movies). He's also got a fun crew that helps him out and carries on the vibe just as well.


So how does one even go about creating a corner cafe 8 years ago, when the up-and-comingness of Kensington was still far in the distance? Well, I've got the scoop.

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Terrence actually managed the property across the street that'd always been lit up by the hustle and bustle of students, artists, and other urbanites occupying the space. He saw the need for a cafe, and feeling confident in his culinary experience (and degree), he capitalized on the neighboring property. Alas, Buzz Cafe was born!


A local himself, Terrence plasters his playful, city-inspired art and collection of pop culture memorabilia across the walls, on chairs, from the ceiling--you name it. When I suggested staying an entire day here, I wasn't kidding. There's plenty to occupy your time.

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So if you're looking for somewhere new to try, artwork to buy, a really cool guy, or... to write a blog--look no further than here, my friends. You might have a new favorite spot.


Nina Ricci

Blogger of All Things Fun


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