Many of the new shops are decorated with pictures of local and foreign celebrities, and they typically offer free high-speed Wi-Fi.
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Shoulder to shoulder, cheek to cheek, young women and men sit next to each other while a thick film of cigarette smoke fills the dimly lit cafe in central Tehran.It is a reflection of a boom in cafe culture that has led to a mushrooming of similar coffee shops over the past two years, providing an outlet for young middle-class Iranians who suffer from a lack of public places to meet.Tehran-based economic and political analyst Saeed Leilaz believes cafes symbolize the network of young people who played an essential role in bringing Rouhani to power.Cafe association head Eskandar Azmoudeh said the number of cafes has roughly quadruped over the past two years, from around 20 or 30 up to around 80 .More than half of Iran's 76 million citizens are under 30 . Many juice shop owners who have watched those young customers flock to cafes have converted their businesses to coffee shops to keep up with the changing times.Azemoudeh's deputy, Mohammad Khoshniat, added that the cafes provided a place for young couples who have few options.
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