Nexus Art Café is a very nice place and, although the street entrance may not look enticing (it is being renovated), head down the stairs anyway, and you will be surprised and delighted at what you will find. At the bottom there is a huge, colourfully fitted-out room full of interesting stuff and friendly people. And there is yet another surprise: a bright and jolly courtyard (no smoking) out the back, where you can cool off when you get those summer-in-the-city sweats.
I like this place because it is nice in so many ways. Not only is it a good (and cheap!) café but it also has an admirable ethical and social agenda. It has been set up as a not-for-profit enterprise, with the objective of providing a drug and alcohol-free space for art and social events – a sanctuary where nourishment is available for both body and spirit. Although it is owned by the church (Sanctus 1) which occupies the floor above, there is no in-your-face religion: just a gentle, relaxed, community sort of vibe and, the last time I was there, a lovely, nostalgic sound track of 1960s classics.
Nexus, with its philosophy of reaching out to all people, is a great alternative to the mass of ordinary, profit-motivated cafés where all you get is what you pay for.