An excellent coffeehouse close to the city's historic Plaza area and just a block off Canyon Road and its famed galleries, Downtown Subscription
, 505-983-3085) is both a cafe and newsstand, with a fine selection of coffees (and teas, pastries, and snacks) as well as plenty of periodicals on everything from news and politics to arts and literature. It's one of the city's more gay-popular hangouts, and it's notable not only for its high-ceilinged dining room but also for a lush patio and garden off to the side. Downtown Subscription is also along historic Acequia Madre
, making it a nice stop for refreshments after strolling around the city's historic East Side neighborhood.