Though it has only been open a few months, Doppio has become a firm favourite with well-coiffed Cruceños. Dress code: designer sunglasses and laptops.
If I was pushed to nominate a single place which typified the new Cruceño way, I can think of no better example than Doppio. Sleek, modern and sociable, this is Santa Cruz.
A lot of thought has been put into the decor and furniture – dark rattan chairs, mirrors and wooden fretwork on the walls. During the mornings a stylish and branded screen is pulled down to shade clients from the sun.
The menu focuses on light bites and sharing plates – this is not the place to come if you have a raging hunger (unless you want to risk social rejection by scoffing down a sharing plate solito).
There is an espresso machine, a range of hot and cold drinks including 3 different single estate coffee blends for cafetieres. They also serve wine and spirits.
I went for breakfast one morning and was surprised to find that at 8am, at least half of the tables were taken. An hour or so later, you would have trouble finding a space.
The service was not unpleasant and about average for an establishment of this type (for such friendly and fun-loving people, Cruceños put up with bad service).
My breakfast for 22Bs (just over US$3) was coffee, toast and a small glass of orange juice. All very nice except that I could have eaten twice that amount (this must be why Cruceña women are so slim). The prices are competitive for an establishment of this standard.
My companion didn’t fare so well. She chose an Orange Coffee from the menu which turned out to be a Iced Orange Coffee, for some reason not listed with the other iced coffees. They did agree to change this for something else, though not without some persuasion and several staff members needed to get involved.
She also had a bruschetta which was ok – cheese lacking in flavour, quite hard bread. I noticed it did not get finished.
It took a while for our orders to arrive which wasn’t a problem for us (we were too busy talking) but if you were short of time you may be better off somewhere else.
Wherever you are staying in Santa Cruz, I would strongly recommend a visit here just for the people-watching. The coffee is very good too.Alison Donald is the editor of our free monthly E-zine Bella News.
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