Contrary to natural environments used for leisure, where restorative quality is almost a given, urban environments have to be carefully designed to be able to allow restorative experiences. This applies to both the large scale environment as well as the micro-level of interior design. This presentation will focus on one type of urban environment: the café. Café’s are by their very nature leisure environments. Does that also mean that they are restorative, that is, capable of restoring previously depleted attentional capacity or aiding recovery from stress? And which are the conditions needed to create such effects? I will look at the physical and social conditions that may affect likelihood of restoration, preference for a café and ultimately seating choice in a café. I will try to explain these effects by looking closely at affective processes and by normative expectations and demands, evoked by specific physical and social conditions, that existed in the café as presented