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The Café at Foyles

Foyles, Britain's 'biggest bookshop', remains marvellously free of piped music. The café on the top floor is not only free of piped music but, despite the industrial-looking decor (all exposed pipes, very Bauhaus), is generally quiet. Pleasant range of snacks, teas and coffee at reasonable prices, though not a place to linger.

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107 Charing Cross Road
WC2H 0DU London
GB
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New Ground Cafe, Gardenstown

This is a pleasant and some unusual café in Gardenstown.
It provides a range of snacks and hot drinks.
Please note that the opening times are a bit limited - I have been on a couple of weekend days, when it was not open until 12.
As the name implies, it also serves as an art gallery, and has some some stuff to sell.
If you're in Gardenstown, I recommend a couple of short walks - one to Crovie, and the other one along the beach and then up the path to the remains of St John's church, from where the view is stunning.

Location

New Ground
AB45 3YU Gardenstown , ABD
Aberdeenshire GB
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The Wallingford Bookshop 10c St Martin's Street, Wallingford Oxon. OX10 0AL

A lovely independent bookshop in a quiet little historic market town on the River Thames; the staff are friendly and cheerful, knowledgeable and able to obtain ordered books much faster than most large chains. Absolutely no piped music, although the staff confess to bursting into the odd refrain when feeling particularly happy.

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10c St. Martin's Street
OX10 0AL Wallingford , OXF
Oxfordshire GB
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Cobbs Tea Shop at Inverness Botanic Gardens

Cobbs's soups, scones and cakes are wonderful. Light lunches, children's lunch boxes and healthy options available. Cakes and traybakes all made locally at Cobbs Bakehouse near Loch Ness.

Location

Bught Lane
IV3 5SS INVERNESS
GB
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Harp Covent Garden

Very close to Covent Garden. The pub's emphasis is firmly on real ale, real cider and real conversation, with 10 hand pumps on the bar serving a great selection of beers. It's a place to meet friends and make friends. Latest check 8 September 2016.

Location

47 Chandos Place (William IV Street)
WC2N 4HS Covent Garden
GB
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The James Joyce/Italo Svevo Museum, Trieste, Italy

Trieste is a fine city of the Belle Epoque, looking better than ever after recent refurbishments. Unfortunately, it also appears to be filled with piped music, which infests every café, restaurant, bar and indeed street with hellish cacophony. This makes oases of calm even more welcome. Doubly welcome is one that commemorates two of its greatest residents.

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Via Madonna del Mare 13,
Trieste 34121 Trieste 34121
GB
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La Caleta Restaurant

A great FISH restaurant. Facing the sea at the Arenal beach, take the coastal road to the right not quite all the way to the end (Cala Blanca) - be sure to keep the sea on your left at all times - and you will find the restaurant on the left side, over a white wall and situate right on the rocks by the water. Does one need to say more of such a beautiful location ? Well ..... excellent fish - good service - not cheap BUT you must book (at weekend at least 24 hours in advance). Plenty of shade and NO PIPED MUSIC - just listen to the sea !!

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Avda. Ultramar 114
03730 JAVEA
GB
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North Star Delicatessen

Fabulous food, very healthy and interesting recipes. Wide variety of drinks including all sorts of lovely herbal teas. There is free wifi, they don't mind you sitting there for hours with just a drink, and you can work on computer hassle free. The service is excellent and there is a very friendly atmosphere. Definitely music free. It is very popular but they will always squeeze you in with an extra table.

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418 Wilbraham Rd Chorlton
M21 0SD Manchester
GB
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The Defford Arms

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Upton Road Defford Village
WR8 9BD Nr Pershore , WOR
Worcestershire GB
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The Cook Book

This cafe is the place to head for when visiting St. Just in West Cornwall, in the Land's End Peninsula. It's clean, quiet, with friendly staff, and it has a good, substantial menu at attractive prices. Also a well presented second hand-bookstore. There is also a polite notice discouraging the use of mobile phones as well, so there is double the reason to go there.

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4 Cape Cornwall Street St Just
TR19 7JZ Penzance , CON
Cornwall GB
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