They don't do decaf

On the corner of Nápoles and Liverpool in the Colonia Juárez, Gabi's is a resolutely old-school cafe. Decorated with ancient coffee grinders, espresso pots and drip coffee makers, the clientele is mostly from the neighborhood. You will not find any of the kids with stylishly asymmetrical hairdos that buy their java in Starbuck's or its Mexican upstart competitors, Cafe Punta del Cielo and Cielito Querido Cafe.

In fact, this place is such a blast from the past that, on a recent afternoon, when someone asked for a decaf, the waitress looked at him as if he came from a distant galaxy.

It's a great place to while away an hour in the afternoon, reading, writing or chatting, as the light streams in from the picture windows.