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“Still a good choice” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Downtown Subscription

Downtown Subscription
Ranked #6 of 39 Coffee & Tea in Santa Fe
Price range: US$0 - US$10
Cuisines: Cafe
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighbourhood: Historic District
Dallas, Texas
Level Contributor
178 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
“Still a good choice”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2014

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.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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8 Thank Joe P
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Palm Springs, California
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575 reviews
343 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 458 helpful votes
“Great place to rest and enjoy coffee or among magazines and locals”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2013

Near canyon road this cultural oasis provides nourishment, interesting magazine assortment and people atmosphere. Parking can be limited/tight. Book store and photography gallery/photo book store next door.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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8 Thank golem67
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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103 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Grab a great espresso and obscure magazine”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

Good coffee but always the same pastries. Needs to add a bit of variety. Service is typically very friendly but there is often a line - they are understaffed during early morning rush hours. A very dog friendly patio adds greatly to the atmosphere.

Visited October 2013
Helpful?
2 Thank MisterPlatinum
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Ashland, Oregon
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Mmmm Mexican Hot Chocolate”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2013

Great hang out....attracts a lot of writers. Great dog and people watch. Awesome selection of periodicals.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Zippin
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Peachtree City, Georgia
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47 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Santa Fe local artist hangout”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2013

Good place to go with a great array of reading selections to make from the stores right there. The seating is indoor and outdoor. People bring their dogs, friends, visitors. Clearly the atmosphere is neighborhood oriented. Easy walk south off Canyon Rd. one block. Coffee very good, food decent, but not excellent. The location and hang quality is it's main appeal.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Augustspy
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