|amenity = cafe|
|A generally informal place with sit-down facilities selling beverages and light meals and/or snacks.|
|Rendering in OSM Carto|
|Group: food and beverages|
|Used on these elements|
|Tools for this tag|
amenity=cafe (café) is for a generally informal place with sit-down facilities selling beverages and light meals and/or snacks. This includes coffee-shops and tea shops selling perhaps tea, coffee and cakes, through to bistros selling meals with alcoholic drinks.
How to map
Tags used in combination
- diet:*=* – for describing dietary choices on offer such as vegetarian.
- opening_hours=* – for describing the opening hours.
- internet_access=* (but see note below for amenity=internet_cafe – if Internet access is the primary business)
- capacity=* – number of seats at tables
- indoor_seating=yes – for describing the café's indoor seating area if present
- outdoor_seating=yes – for describing the café's outdoor seating area if present
- ice_cream=yes – it is used to indicate whether a cafe shells ice cream to its product offering.
- bakery=yes – if the cafe bakes bread there
- pastry=yes – if the cafe sells pastry
- dog=* – are dogs allowed?
- coffee:brand=Segafredo/Nespresso/Lavazza... – Not to be confused with brand=*. This tag is only intended to indicate the brand of coffee served, not the brand of all products available (for example: brand=Starbucks).
name=Red Leaf Organic Coffee
- amenity=internet_cafe – for places that primarily sell telephone or internet services rather than food or beverages
- drink:coffee=* – can be used to indicate whether a feature serves coffee.
Places, websites, or apps using this tagging scheme:
Cafés inside other shops / amenities
It's quite common for large museums, libraries, or bookshops, to have a little café inside. A recommendation of a way to map these details, is to represent the larger feature as an area around the building perimeter and then place the café within this as a separate node. If you prefer not to add a building outline, just place a node at the approximate center point for the larger amenity, but map the cafe as a separate node.
Of course, some mappers will take different approaches (so data users may want to be aware of these). In the case of a bookshop, we might have both shop=books and amenity=cafe on the same element. In general, it is better to avoid ambiguity (and also provide more location information) by mapping them as separate elements. That recommendation also avoids another more acute tagging problem. In the case of a café inside a library, for example, the tags share the same 'amenity' key (amenity=library and amenity=cafe) We have a clash. Some mappers resolve this with a tag such as amenity=library;cafe, but this is specifically not a recommendation. See Semi-colon value separator page for details. Capture more detail and avoid these problems by mapping the café as a separate element.
Takeaway only drink shops
Many takeaway only shops which sell made to order drinks like bubble tea and fresh juice are mapped as amenity=cafe. It was previously proposed in Proposal:Takeaway drink shops to use a separate tag for these, but that proposal was rejected, so many of these shops continue to be tagged as amenity=cafe. So where possible to help distinguish sit down cafés from takeaway drink shops it's best to explicitly add other tags like cuisine=*, takeaway=*, indoor_seating=* and outdoor_seating=*.