Caribou cafe is friendly, and anything is a good alternative to the free market's arch nemesis, starbucks, ugh. Caribou is all over the city, and the coffee is nice. The hot chocolate is okay (not as good as moonstruck). If you're going to go, I'd suggest a chai latte- I think that Caribou has great chai, though I'm not sure if it's fresh or comes from a mix or whatever. Nor do I care because good Chai is good Chai, and that's enough for me!