February 4, 1996
Names Reflect Cultures and Fantasies
Cybercafes: More Than Just a Place to Compute
he names chosen for cyber cafes reflect both the cultures from which they sprang and the fantasies to which their founders aspire in the digital age. A sampling from around the globe:
Romantic: CyberHeart in Singapore Cerebral: The Brain Cafe in Manchester, England, and Cybermind in Montreal Self-effacing: Eek-A-Geek in Toronto Simply alluring: MySTeR 2000 in Amsterdam Conspiratorial: Cahoots Coffee Bar, St. Paul, Minn. Comforting: The Sanctuary Cafe in Brighton, England Wholesome: Main Street CyberHall in Norman, Okla. Epic: Chez Ulysse et Penelope in Quebec and Babel in Copenhagen Utopian: Rainbow Net Cyber Cafe, Glastonbury Festival, U.K. Cosmic: Orbital in Paris, the Milky Way Internet Cafe in Johannesburg, Net Trek Cafe in Perth, Australia, CafeMars in Boulder, Colo., PlaNet Cafe in Pretoria, South Africa and GalaxyNet in Osaka, Japan Generous: Dorfschenke (Village Gift) in Duisburg, Germany Blood, sweat and tears: The Grind, Central West End in St. Louis, the Hard Drive Cafe in Wichita, Kan., and Digital Caffeine in Venice, Calif. Frat house: Brewnet in Gardena, Calif. One world: Cybernation in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Le Cafe Mondial de L'Internet in Montreal, and Global Cafe in Geneva Techie: InfoBar in Barcelona, The State of the Art in The Hague, Tech-Rock Cafe in Salzburg, Austria Warm and fuzzy: Charlotte's Web Cafe in Liverpool, and Fried Green Tomatoes in Northampton, England Black leather and studs: Maximum in Nuremberg, CybeRyder in Frankfurt, Germany
Listings of cyber cafes around the world are available through the Cyber Cafe Guide.
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