The Downtown Subscription is a slightly misleading name. It is off Canyon Road, having moved from downtown many years ago. It has also significantly reduced its selection of unique reading materials, which used to surround the dining area on three sides (now it is just to the left of the entry and counter).
Nevertheless, the DS appears to be mostly for locals (and their dogs in nice weather, especially on the adjacent patio). Coffee, tea, and hot chocolate are one of the prime attractions here. There is a very limited menu of wraps, muffins, etc. - don't expect a lot of choices but what's there is good while it lasts. All service is counter service - there are no wait staff.
This is definitely a place to camp out, do the NY Times crossword puzzle, visit with friends, etc. (They say they have free Wi-Fi but I couldn't find a signal the day we were there - even with the requisite number of MacBook users present).
Next to DS is a great small bookstore (Garcia Street Books). Between the two, this is a good way to relax and spend a couple of hours away from the tourists.
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