Quick answer
"Café" is a noun which is often translated as "el café", and "coffee shop" is a noun which is often translated as "la cafetería". Learn more about the difference between "café" and "coffee shop" below.
café(
kah
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fey
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (establishment)
a. el café
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
My plan is to find a café where I can get some work done.Mi plan es encontrar un café donde pueda trabajar un poco.
b. la cafetería
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Why don't we meet at the café on Main Street?¿Por qué no nos reunimos en la cafetería en la calle principal?
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coffee shop(
ka
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fi
 
shap
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (establishment that sells coffee)
a. la cafetería
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I'll see you at the coffee shop at 6 pm.Nos vemos en la cafetería a las 6 pm.
b. el café
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The coffee shop sells doughnuts now! This is the best day of my life!¡El café comenzó a vender rosquillas! ¡Éste es el mejor día de mi vida!
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