1. Notes Music & Coffee
31 St Martin’s Lane; 36 Wellington Street, London. notes-uk.co.uk
For coffee and tea served in handmade pots in a haven free from technological disruption. Take a book or strike up a conversation with a stranger.
2. La Petite Syrah
13 Rue Cassini, Nice. lapetitesyrah.fr. Closed Sun – Mon.
An oasis of impeccable manners. Ask for ‘un café s’il vous plaît’ and you’ll pay €4.25; rude customers omitting the ‘please’ are penalised with a surcharge of €2.75.
3. Four Barrel
375 Valencia. fourbarrelcoffee.com, San Francisco
‘Laptop hobos’, as they’ve come to be known, are discouraged from this cafe via a lack of WiFi and plug outlets. A sign on the wall also warns against ‘annoying hipster talk’.
4. Bedivere Eatery & Tavern
Jeanne d’Arc Street, Beirut. bedivere-lb.com
As their ‘socially forward’ policy dictates, surrender your phone and socialise with your fellow diners and you’ll be given a 10% discount.
5. Barn Roastery
Schönhauser Allee 8, 10119 Berlin
The owner of this Berlin coffeehouse is notorious for banning phone calls, ringtones and all ‘media’ (apart from newspapers). Also forbidden are prams and asking for extra milk.