As we move into the latter half of the semester, we come across a common dilemma that college students face in this modern day and age: Where do you go to study? Oftentimes, the perfect spot desired is not one of complete silence, like the library, which can feel suffocating to some, or a place that’s in a crowded spot, which makes it too loud to focus. It’s not in a student dorm, because staying inside all day can take a toll on mental well being. So what is a good, casual, third place?
Last year I personally struggled finding a good balance between lively and peaceful environments when working on my final assignments. My dorm building was having an issue with the fire alarm system, the library left me too alone and afraid to make any noise, and Alice’s wouldn’t even open until six P.M. so there was no chance of me getting a hot beverage until then. And then- one day, myself and a few friends found the right spot.
The Bun Shop is a small cafe located on Chesapeake Avenue, right next to another popular boba spot, Chatime. Open from 8 A.M. to 10 P.M. most days (save for Monday, when it closes at 2), this is a perfect location for those wanting to get work done but wanting that casual atmosphere. Let me make this clear though, you do have to purchase something if you want to stay, but all items are reasonably affordable.
When you walk inside, you are greeted with an array of long wooden tables and benches. There’s even a small nook in the back if you’re looking for some more privacy. The inside is spacious and usually has a few customers scattered about. Outlets are located throughout the shop, and there’s wifi available for those studying.
On your right will be the countertop, which hosts their menu, wifi password, and various pastries available for purchase. As implied in the name, this cafe is known for their buns or pockets, easily held in your hand and fit to be carried. This includes their Rotiboys- soft and pillowy with a variety of fillings, or their Turnovers- pockets of fried puff pastry that are almost pie-like. The menu is on rotation depending on season and availability, and oftentimes the shop will host specials like their Birria and Bean Empanadas, which were available for a short time last year.
A personal recommendation from my time studying would be their Apple Pie Turnover, Ham and Gruyere pocket, the Walnut Dulce de Leche pastry, or the classic Sausage Roll. And if you’re not too hungry, you can always grab a cookie from the counter. All pastries are heated to order, including said cookies, in their oven behind the counter. While prices depend on the pastries they offer in the rotating menu, I personally have never paid more than 8 dollars for any individual item.
And if you aren’t in the mood for any eats, or if you’re the type to have a sip while working hard, The Bun Shop has you covered, with multiple drink menus that are consistent and non-rotating. An entire menu side is dedicated to their tea selections alone, which covers Herbal, Green, and Black teas alike. On their other menu is the selection of various coffees and specialty drinks, which include their Chai latte, Thai tea, spicy hot chocolate, Dos Leches Latte and Paris Tea. Under each listing is an ingredient description and the price. All drinks are priced under 5 USD. Syrups are also available for those wanting to customize their drink.
The Bun Shop is beloved by Towson workers and students alike, and it’s easy to see why. If you’re searching for someplace that captures the essence of a cozy coffee study session, this is it. Whether you’re alone with headphones or in a group working on a project, this is prime real estate for motivation and productivity.
By Katelyn Krapf ’24
Disclaimer: This piece was published as a student’s op-ed submission. The Quindecim is a space for all students within the Goucher community to express their views and beliefs. These pieces are released in the name of journalistic integrity and not in an attempt to antagonize or reflect the institution of Goucher as a whole.