Fika Duane Street — 72.2 decibels

Fika Duane Street

Photo credit: Quiet City Maps

Fika is a New York City chain of Swedish coffee shops featuring very good coffee, Swedish pastries, and chocolates (some locations also offer breakfast and lunch options).  Most of the Fika locations we have visited have lots of hard surfaces–tile, marble, glass, and metal–and the Duane Street location was no exception.  But the noise level at Fika Duane Street  was very manageable, partly due  to its high ceilings but mostly because all of the other customers were staring into laptop or cell phone screens.   That is, this location appears to have been adopted by the laptop brigade and, as a consequence, it’s almost library quiet.  Almost.  There was, of course, unnecessary and distracting background music, but the music was only noticeable because the other customers were so quiet.  Without the music we reckon the decibel reading would have come in at under 70 decibels.   Worth checking out, and try the delicious cardamom buns.


Monday through Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Closed Saturday and Sunday




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