I stopped in one of the most happenin’ lunch spots in Mendocino, California. A staple in the community, Goodlife Cafe & Bakery has been here for over 30 years. I walked inside and heard classic rock music playing overhead, people catching up with friends and family, and coffee dishes clinking. A very large dining area, the walls were covered in exquisite paintings, jewelry, stationery, handmade ceramics, and knitted beanies for sale. I like the layout of this place, it accommodated tons of people and the baristas were super friendly.
I stood in line behind at least eight people. This gave me time to read over their food menu, look through the pastries, and scan their coffee options. I ordered a medium mug “for here” and got their house roast. It was a pretty light roast, woke me right up!
When the line slowed down I went back to the counter where I was greeted by Lizzy and she gave me a quick rundown on Goodlife. This coffee shop gets a lot of tourists on the weekends and the locals generally come and go throughout the week. They don’t offer wifi because they want people to relax and be disconnected from the stressors of life while enjoying their time there. They offer food “for here” or “to-go.” Everything here is made in house. And don’t forget to try the vanilla and caramel syrups while you’re here, they are a delicious homemade recipe. The artwork around Goodlife is all created by local artists and rotates monthly. This is a perfect place to relax, eat, and drink coffee.
I kind of had to laugh when it came to the bathroom, it was tiny! About an arms with wide and three feet deep. Just big enough to do what you needed to, but it sure was tight. I was glad they had one though because the coffee ran right through me. I would like to rank this bathroom a 6/10. Considering how big the place is and how many people were eating in here, I had to wait a while for the restroom. Not the end of the world, but nothing special.