Monday morning, 9:30, EU essay planning and a flat white. Studying in a bookshop and a cafe all in one? I put the Waterstones Cafe to the ‘Lucy Does Law’ test and here’s how it did:

Ambience: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Honestly, if you don’t love the smell of a bookstore combined with the smell of coffee, you shouldn’t be reading this post. The vibe is relaxed and varied; students studying, elderly people reading the newspaper and friends catching up over a cake. Calming and friendly – it makes a great location.

Coffee: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The coffee was smooth, but didn’t have enough ‘bite’ for me. At 9:30 in the morning, I need a strong coffee to wake me up.

Internet: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

You can never really complain about free Wifi. My only issue was every time I closed my laptop and re-opened it, I had to reconnect. But it’s a quick process, just an email and no other information and the Wifi will connect straight away. Only three stars as I use GoogleDrive, and found that the Wifi signal dropped occasionally so there were moments where I couldn’t edit my documents.

Aesthetic: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Waterstones Cafe is functional. Trendy? Not. BUT it’s a light and pleasant place to sit when you need to get some work done. My favourite table is right in the middle of the bay window over Exeter High Street – lots of natural daylight and a good opportunity to people watch too!

Overall: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Waterstones is the place to be if you need a welcoming, easy place to get some work done. I will definitely be returning to soak in some of the wholesome vibes.

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