Swallow Cafe — 67.8 decibels

Photo credit: Quiet City Maps

What a great place. From the “no cellphones at register” sign, to the genuinely serene vibe, Swallow Cafe is what a coffee shop should be. The stools at the window are designated a laptop-free zone.  According to the barista, Swallow is aiming for a friendly, convivial space. That said, laptops were deployed in the small upstairs loft space and the larger seating area in the back, and, as a consequence, it was blissfully quiet.

Photo credit: Quiet City Maps

There is a lot glass at Swallow Cafe, but there is a lot of unfinished wood flooring, too. And the very high ceilings had to help dissipate what little noise there was. Yes, there was music, but the volume was low and it was more than tolerable. You can read or work or chill or space out and have a really nice coffee as you do it.  This is the kind of coffee shop you’ll want to linger in.

Swallow Cafe offers breakfast options, toasts (of course), salads, sandwiches, and the usual tea and coffee options–we enjoyed a refreshing and tasty cold brew.  If you are looking for good coffee,  friendly service, and a calm space in Cobble Hill, check out Swallow Cafe. We will definitely visit again. It’s a perfect coffee shop, and we highly recommend it.


7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. every day


nue (at the corner of Clinton Street), Brooklyn, NY 11201


Swallow Cafe

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