To begin with, here's a French word English-speaking people use to refer to a coffee shop/bar: 'café' (note that they have even kept the accent like in French).
Anyway, why do you go into a café? You may go just because you really need a hot beverage, as Sheldon Cooper would say in Big Bang Theory. Here's an example:
And here are two other links to hillarious situations in this sitcom: 1 - 2.
Going back to our question and no matter if you go into a coffee bar to have a coffee, a cup of tea or a coke, there are other reasons. Not long ago, people used to pop in just because they had the need to go to the toilet, so they would ask for a hot beverage and then they would go to the Houses of Parliament, a colloquial way to refer to the toilet used by some Britons. Other reasons: it's cold outside, it's raining, I want to read the newspapers they provide, I want to read my own newspaper or book in a comfortable warm place. Anyway, the reasons could be countless, but one of the latest is because they provide a free-wifi. On our trips that's what we used to do to send our WhatsApp messages or to check our emails. Do you think that this reason really still encourages people to go into a café and buy a hot chocolate or whatever?
Here's a listening exercise to do: How do you like your coffee? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)
By the way, you can also have a look at this old post: Coffee, please!, where you will learn about many interesting things such as coffee addiction, a suspended coffee or how to make an Irish coffee.
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Solutions to the exercises in the previous post:page 24 False friends
page 25 Vocabulary1. to; for 2. for; in 3. for 4. at; for 5. with
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