Formerly Chives Café (and very similar to that incarnation), this is a welcome change from the Costas that are usually found in Waterstones stores. The coffee is good, if not remarkable (walk a bit further down the street to the Micro Roastery for that) and the cakes, cookies and sandwiches are good too. The room, on the top floor of Waterstones, is light, bright and airy, with a selection of books to browse (some for children, too) and big windows offering a great view over the rooftops of Canterbury. Not usually overly busy, it's a relaxing spot for a coffee or lunch, with the better of Canterbury's two branches of Waterstones downstairs.
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