As you enter El Gato Negro, the smell of fresh roasted coffee greets you. To your left is an expanse of books that stretches from ceiling to floor, a rare treat in Nicaragua. There is a great rotating variety of interesting books.
The coffee is locally grown, some of it by the owner himself, who is a friendly fellow from the states.
Another treat is the fresh bagels that are on par with bagels I use to get as a kid in Queens, NY.
The thing I personal enjoy is the employment of local workers. I feel it gives back to the community and allows travelers an opportunity to practice their Spanish.
Don't forget to check out the back patio; the neighbors have various animals - geese, chickens and a wicked cute puppy.
All in all, a great place to recover from the previous night in San Juan del Slur