Royal Ground Coffee, Geary Boulevard, San Francisco

Royal-Ground-Coffee-SF-Geary-Dante-PortraitRoyal-Ground-Coffee-SF-Geary Royal-Ground-Coffee-Geary-SFWalls in the Geary Boulevard location of Royal Ground Coffee (a San Francisco Bay Area coffee shop chain) feature a few citations of Dante’s poem, as well as a portrait of the poet.

Contributed by Josh Landy

Cat Cafe, Seoul, South Korea


“Long hours at the office, tiny apartments and high stress levels are so characteristic of life in Seoul that the city’s motto might as well be ‘Abandon sleep, all ye who enter here.’ So it’s not surprising that Seoul residents keep thousands of coffee shops in business. The cafes allow tired masses to meet in a space that’s neither home nor work, taking time out from busy schedules to see friends and relax. While faceless chains are plentiful, a number of quirky theme cafes have sprung up, satisfying both the need for caffeine and the Korean passion for anything trendy, cute or both. Charming, whimsical and sometimes downright bizarre, these places embody a peculiarly Korean sensibility.” [. . .]

“About 20 cats of various breeds live in this scrupulously clean cafe. Cat lovers whose homes are too small to house a pet can spend time playing with and photographing the residents while enjoying their coffee.” [. . .]    –Nell McShane Wulfhart, The New York Times, January 5, 2012

Caffe Dante, 79-81 Macdougal Street, NY, NY

cafe-dante-new-york.jpg“Treat yourself to a taste of Italy in the heart of Greenwich Village at Caffe Dante in New York, New York. Since 1915 our cafe has been a place for people from all over to relax and enjoy freshly brewed espresso and cappuccino, which we import directly from Naples. All of our desserts including the pastry and gelato and made right on the premises to ensure freshness. On nice days sit outside and soak up the sun while you enjoy one of our many sandwiches, salads, or cold platter appetizers from our menu, along with a drink from our full-service bar.”    —Caffe Dante

Contributed by Guy Raffa

Dante Coffeeshop, Taipei


Dante Coffee, Taipei, Taiwan

Cafe Dante, Nuremberg, Germany

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“Canto 6” Bakery and Cafe, Jamaica Plains, MA


“After tossing around potential names for almost a year, the women decided to call their bakery Canto 6, from Dante’s Inferno, where Canto VI describes the circle of hell reserved for gluttons. ‘We always thought we’d end up there,’ says Emmott.”    –Leigh Belanger,, January 17, 2007 (retrieved on November 27, 2006)

Photo by Adam Cohen-Leadholm

Contributed by Adam Cohen-Leadholm (Bowdoin, ’07)