If there's one thing I'm thankful for this year, it's cosy games (and books and TV shows) about sweet-looking cafés. I started 2020 by playing Coffee Talk, a wonderfully chill visual novel with an incredible soundtrack about being a late-night barista, and I've steadily been working my way through Midnight Diner on Netflix over the last few months as well (the Japanese TV show that Coffee Talk draws a lot of inspiration from). Two of my favourite books this year have been about a time-travelling café, too, where you can revisit a point in your past and future by drinking a special cup of coffee.
They've all been great settings to hunker down in with a nice hot cuppa in an otherwise turd of a year, but the fictional café I've loved best in 2020 is hands down the enormous Terminal in Route 59's ultra-stylish Necrobarista. It might function as a kind of temporary purgatory for lost souls in the game, but for me, it's my idea of absolute heaven.
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