Vietnamese coffee at Papaya Cafe

Pink Papaya owners John and Linda Dickson took over the former Book & Bean store at Marketplace about a year ago, and the store is now stacked to the rafters with books, both new and used.

The Papaya Cafe also carries local art, and serves up coffees, teas, smoothies and snacks.

We’ll introduce you to Linda and tour Pink Papaya a little later.

Today, we visit John, get a tour of Papaya Cafe, and sample his specialty, a mean iced Vietnamese coffee. Meet John Dickson, below!

15 Responses to “Vietnamese coffee at Papaya Cafe”

  1. rafi
    October 23rd, 2009 07:48
    1

    its the best book store on island. plus you get to have the most amazing coffee drinks and conversations with people you never meet before. you almost think your in paris or someting.

  2. Flip-Flop
    October 23rd, 2009 08:12
    2

    AWESOMENESS! Yum…..

  3. BubbaG
    October 23rd, 2009 08:23
    3

    Got to try that coffee…

  4. Kevin
    October 23rd, 2009 10:13
    4

    What a great spot and John is a very cool guy!

  5. Barb Y
    October 23rd, 2009 10:50
    5

    Looks great! How long did it take for the high to kick in? It sure looks powerful!

  6. buddy
    October 23rd, 2009 15:45
    6

    With all that caffeine, thank goodness for a camera with image stabilization.

  7. Ruth
    October 23rd, 2009 19:25
    7

    That was fun.

  8. Ruth
    October 23rd, 2009 19:27
    8

    Thank you Russ and Jeff.

  9. Ben Chill
    October 23rd, 2009 19:59
    9

    Never heard of Vietnamese coffee before. It’s iced so I will give it a try. I love coffee but somehow the St John heat usually keeps me away from the bean juice. Did you notice what time they open on Sundays?

  10. xislandgirl
    October 23rd, 2009 20:03
    10

    Thanks for the info, that looks delicous!
    Great stuff! as usual.

  11. Randy
    October 23rd, 2009 21:16
    11

    Great little shop that I duck into at least once on every trip. All their coffee is outstanding… Nice interview…

  12. Dore
    October 24th, 2009 12:11
    12

    I wish this had been around when I lived on island. I would have been there every day! Instead I had to get my books at Larry’s Landing,and we all know they didn’t serve that yummy coffee.

  13. Rosi
    October 24th, 2009 14:19
    13

    This may replace my chai jump up……..will definately try it when I am on island. I am so happy they decided to keep it a book store. John is right, we need a book store. I went to see Sheffy and the books he had to lend at Deli Grotto.
    Thanks Jeff and Russ…….

  14. bellman
    October 24th, 2009 16:11
    14

    I’ll have one, please.

    Oh, and John, please where can I find a shirt like you’re wearing?

  15. Anna Fisher
    December 15th, 2009 13:35
    15

    PAPAYA CAFE’ at Marketplace on St. John is ow selling my newest CD, FOCUS (FOR OUR CHILDREN UNITED STRONG) and 100% of the proceeds benefit ST JOHN COMMUNITY CRISIS CENTER. Will help support counseling and outreach for victims of violence and abuse. Will return to LOVE CITY as I affectionately call my home of 10 years where I taught Elementary Music until 1992.
    Thank you to Michelle of STCCC for making the lovely artistic sign to promote the CD’s in the shop, said the music inspired her!
    Please check out this long awaited presentation of me with some of the world’s BEST musicians alive!
    You will NOT be disappointed!
    Thank you sincerely to John and Linda Dickson for your generosity and caring spirit, support the cause and eat and drink the finest while doing it!
    If you can read this, thank a teacher! : ^ )
    Blessings!
    Want to get involved or need help or know one who does call: (340) 693-7233
    Often too hard for victims to reach out, find out what you can to assist and may not one more child witness violence or abuse today!
    The lives you save could be your own!

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