Tekoa — 66.6 decibels CLOSED

Photo credit: Quiet City Maps

Tekoa is a lovely coffee shop in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn.  It offers more sweet and savory offerings than most, making it a sort of marriage between a coffee shop and a cafe.  And it’s a happy marriage, certainly a peaceful one.  We visited on a Thursday afternoon and found the place to be fairly serene.  About half the tables were taken, but most of the customers were very quiet–only one couple was chatting, while the others wiled away on their laptops.  As a result, the soundscape was absolutely perfect.

A small shelf at the front window has three stools for people watchers, and there is a dining area with eight tables for two or four in the back.  The space is painted a bright white, but it’s not blinding.  Most importantly, Tekoa serves as an example to places that insist on playing music, as they do it absolutely right.  The music was in the background and the sound was balanced–it wasn’t trebly nor did it have throbbing bass.  Even if a song featured a vocalist with a high-pitched voice, the sound was never uncomfortable or screechy.  A good sound system makes a huge difference.

Photo credit: Quiet City Maps

And playing well-balanced, low volume music was key, particularly since the space was filled with mostly hard surfaces, including a tin ceiling.  The combination of soft music and little to no conversation resulted in a really serene experience.  The coffee is very good, and though we didn’t try any of the sweet and savory items on offer, they looked delicious.  We will try them next time, because there will be a next time.

Tekoa serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  We highly recommend it.


Monday through Wednesday: 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Thursday and Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. | 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. | 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Kitchen opens at 9:00 a.m. and closes at 10:00 p.m.


Street (at Verandah Place), Brooklyn, NY 11201



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