Mon-Friday 7am-7pm; Sat-Sun 8am-7pm
1 at Houston St.; B, D, F, M at Broadway-Lafayette St.
The idea of a "membership café," which this is, seems pretentious. But Fair Folks is actually one of the most welcoming shops in town. Anyone can join, and for $25 a month you get access to unlimited coffee and tea—which includes the excellent cold brew made with coffee from New Orleans, where the owners started their business. But if you're a commitment-phobe and want to order à la carte, that's fine, too. While you'll find young writers, tech start-up staffers, and artists here during the daytime plugging away on their laptops, the inspiring space lends itself to community-building: It's filled with paintings, jewelry, and modern furniture from up-and-coming artists, and everything is available for purchase. Members know each others’ names, jobs, and hobbies, and everybody knows the friendly owners, Anthony and Aurora. Beyond coffee and Wi-Fi, Fair Folks also offers a small food menu, sourcing quiches from Ceci-Cela and pastries from Amy's Bread. Plus: There's beer and wine too! At night, Fair Folks offers a great alternative to a bar—especially if you're looking for a cool place to host a casual business meeting. But check the Fair Folks Feed first, as there are often art exhibits, shopping events, and live performances in the evenings.