CHAPEL HILL

WRITING / PHOTOGRAPHY
PROMPT

Focus on the design, cafe layout & general environment of Chapel Hill Coffee. This cafe in San Francisco is at the edge of Chinatown and the Financial District. The alley it resides on closes during the day for an intimate atmosphere.

EXCERPT

Chapel Hill fits easily into the neighborhood, perhaps because it was an intentional decision. When putting together plans for the space, Vizcaino told Boor Bridges Architecture, of Four Barrel and Sightglass fame, that he wanted the shop to be inspired by the iconic, 1980s Bianchi bicycle color “Celeste.” That color is currently the only color on Chapel Hills’ walls.

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Today, Vizcaino is dressed casually in a chambray shirt and dark pants. He hoists himself up to the corner of the window, grinning. “This is my favorite spot.” It’s noon on a weekday. The street is closed and the lunch crowd is filtering in. “I don’t really think too much about what I’m doing. I built the shop for me and I hope other people like it.”