Who does not like to drink coffee? And do it best in some cozy coffee house, preferably in another city. There are many unique coffee houses with their glorious stories. They have long been a part of the history of cities and countries. You will be told where a celebrity loved to sit some decades ago.
And over the long years of existence of such institutions, their traditions and unique coloring have appeared here. That’s why tourists love these places. It’s time to start our virtual journey through the most famous coffee houses in the world.
Café El Fisawi (Cairo, Egypt).
The age of this coffee house is more than 240 years. The owner of the establishment – Ahmed El Fisavi continues the work of his distant ancestor. One of the representatives of the family opened this institution in Cairo back in 1773. Since then, the coffee house has never been closed at all, the dynasty managed to ensure its work in general without days off. It is located right in the middle of the market. That’s why there are always a lot of visitors. The air in the coffee house is saturated with the aromas of spices and coffee, and in the evenings visitors here begin to smoke the hookahs, creating a fruity-tobacco smoke screen. The first thing you pay attention to, getting here is the old huge mirrors. Thanks to the dark frames you understand how old the tradition is here. And coffee in the institution is very strong and also sweet. It is traditionally seasoned with spices and spices. And prepare this hot drink on the hot sand. One serving is enough for 5-6 sips, but this is enough to provide vivacity for the next half a day. There is in the coffee house and a special room, where they let only “their”. Its walls are decorated with portraits of representatives of the family, as well as the most famous visitors of the institution.
Cafe Demel (Vienna, Austria).
The history of this glorious institution dates back to 1786, when Ludwig Dene founded a confectionery. In 1857 this establishment was bought by Christophe Demel. It was he who gave the coffee house its name, and with it world fame. In 1874, Demel’s establishment was awarded the title of Imperial Confectionery and moved to the street of Kolmartt, where it is still located. Cafe Demel can be characterized by a couple of phrases – royal luxury, refinement, noble restraint. The institution occupies a couple of floors. The first is given to the confectionery shop, and the second is the cafeteria itself. There is a long-standing tradition that coffee and desserts are presented exclusively to ladies. Many tourists are eager to visit the famous institution to try the cult cake “Sacher”. This confectionery masterpiece in 1965 became even the reason for the court hearing between the most confectionery-coffee house and the hotel “Sacher”. Then the hotel was able to defend its name. But the cafe is still preparing a cake, slightly changing its name to “Cake Sacher from Demel.” Also popular are handmade sweets. The external appearance of the coffee house is elegant in Vienna – gilded chandeliers, napkins with monograms and exquisite sugar bowls. And the coffee here is excellent. “Coffee Melange” is created on the basis of a proprietary recipe with the addition of milk and honey. Many tourists buy in the institution as a souvenir candied violets.
Florian (Venice, Italy).
Since its foundation in 1720, this establishment was considered to be bohemian. Today it has become one of the symbols of the city. The coffee house is one of the oldest in all of Europe. Once here, rich citizens and foreigners spent their time chatting to the sound of music and sipping coffee. In exquisite interiors the procedure for drinking a hot drink has become almost an art. Here came many famous people – Byron, Brodsky, Rousseau, Goethe, Hemingway. His inspiration in Floriana was sought by Carlo Goldoni, and Giacomo Casanova was hunting for women. After all, the Venetian coffee shop became one of the first public institutions where women were allowed to enter too. As a result, the atmosphere of the cafe was so popular with the guests that they spared no money for staying in this cult place.The decoration itself is almost a museum – marble tables, velvet sofas, huge mirrors and real frescoes. The prices in the institution itself remained high, especially when live music is playing. For a cup of expresso you can pay 15 euros. But they say that this pleasure is worth it. After all, the cafe has a unique atmosphere of romance and refinement, and from the site in front of the cafe offers an excellent view. Waitresses here sometimes wear carnival Venetian costumes. This coffee house is clearly not for supporters of fast food and simplicity. They go here to enjoy the beauty, including falling asleep under the rays of the setting sun of the city.
Antico Saffe Greco (Rome, Italy).
The coffee house on Via Condotti in Rome is one of the oldest in the world and certainly the oldest in the city. Founded this institution in 1756. The first owner of the coffee house, the Greek, achieved popularity due to the skilful preparation of strong coffee, which he began to serve in small cups. And the place was called Greco. On the age of a literary cafe like old window frames, faded already a little paint and dusty mirrors in gold frames. At different times Byron, Goethe, Casanova, Stendhal, Bizet, List and Wagner visited the institution. Here Rossini and Tyutchev worked, and according to the legends, at one of the tables of the cafe, Gogol wrote down his Dead Souls. The institution even stores the autograph left by this Russian writer: “Nowhere is it written so well about Russia as here in Rome …”. It is believed that it was in this coffee house that such a popular expresso was born. There is also a legend in the Cafe Greco. They say that if a cardinal sits at one of the tables, he will later become a Pope. This is what happened to Joachino Pecci, who later became Leo XIII. In the cafe offer not only food and drinks, here the walls themselves in the halls seem to be in the museum. Over 300 works of art are placed on them. And let the prices here are slightly higher than in ordinary cafes. But Renaissance furniture, a gallery with autographs of famous masters, are worth the pleasure of resting here.
Queen’s Lane Coffee House (Oxford, England).
Englishmen appreciate not only tea, but also coffee. Moreover, it is on Foggy Albion that the world’s oldest coffee shop operates. And it works since the middle of the XVII century. During the opening of the institution Oxford was the capital of science and advanced thinking. That is why the innovative coffee shop did not accidentally appear here. Then a cup of fragrant drink was sold for only one penny. For students, this was an excellent proposal, as a result, they sat in the coffee shop for hours. Someone was immersed in the world of textbooks and abstracts, and someone just had fun chatting. And today in the institution is full of students, because next is the Royal College. All the same, a cup of coffee is combined with studies and conversations on various topics. The menu for the last couple of hundred years has changed markedly, now the food here is international and modern. And the coffee here is still of the highest quality, although it is not brewed in the traditional way, but with the help of the machine already.
Closerie de Lila (Paris, France).
The literal translation of the name of this institution sounds like a “lilac farm”. The coffee house was founded in the 17th century. Originally it was an ordinary eatery at a post station on the road to Orléans. But its popularity was still at the turn of the XIX and XX centuries. Then the main rebels of that time began to gather here – Impressionist painters, symbolist writers, abstract artists. Ernest Hemingway was very fond of sitting around. It is said that the local cup of coffee simply inspires significant accomplishments. In this institution on the Boulevard Montparnasse were also Maeterlinck, Picasso, Cezanne, Oscar Wilde, and Lenin and Trotsky even played chess here. Now on the tables there are signs with the names of the most famous visitors, as well as paper tablecloths with drawings and autographs of those guests.
Literary cafe (St. Petersburg, Russia).
The confectionery of Wolff and Beranger appeared in the capital of the Russian Empire at the beginning of the 19th century. The institution is located on the corner of Nevsky Prospekt and the Moika embankment. Bizet and cakes, which were prepared there, were famous for the whole of Peter. Over time, the cafe became a club where Russian writers often gathered, who later became classics. You can mention the names of such visitors as Dostoevsky, Belinsky, Pushkin. It was in this institution that the latter met with his seconds before his trip to the Black River duel. A few days later, the guests of the cafe listened to the emotional poem “To the death of the poet” created by Lermontov. And today the institution got a literary name. After visiting here, guests go to the time of Pushkin. And even his sculpture, sitting at a table by the window, is the storehouse of that very spirit. Here and today, the atmosphere of romance and poetry sounds. Saxophone, piano sounds, and talented artists read their works or sing romances. Yes, and coffee with desserts created for all the same old recipes. Coffee house “Landtman” (Vienna, Austria).
This coffee shop is one of the most famous in Vienna. To deserve such a title in a city where coffee is constantly consumed is worth a lot. The institution was opened in 1873 thanks to Franz Landtmann. And although the main contingent of visitors here are tourists, even the residents of the capital come here. And that says a lot. There is something to remember, at local tables sat Paul McCartney, Sigmund Freud, Marlene Dietrich, Romy Schneider and Hillary Clinton. The interior attracts its elegance – it is the merit of the talented Austrian decorator Adolia Loos, who created the look of a cafe back in 1931. Glory coffee brought her delicious desserts. Here you can order a lot of sweets and types of coffee. In the kitchen, there are as many as thirty confectioners, thanks to which already in the morning the neighborhoods of the coffee houses are filled with the smell of freshly baked rolls.
Central Perk (New York, USA).
American coffee traditions are not at all the same as in Europe. Here they rule the ball of the institution, like Starbucks, which are devoid of individuality and age-old traditions. But one coffee house became famous all over the country, thanks to the cult TV series “Friends”. There are six main characters in this film, but they share one place where they have been hanging all 10 years of filming. This is the coffee house “Central Perk”. The name of the institution in Manhattan comes from the words “Central Park” and “perk”. The latter directly relates to the filtering of the coffee or its stimulating effect. In the series, all small tables were filled with extras, but the favorite central places of the characters for some reason were always free. Although such a coffee house in reality did not exist, its image spawned a lot of followers. In 2006, the Iranian Mojtaba Asadian even opened a franchise with this name. Now Central Perk coffee houses are present in more than 20 countries, including Ukraine. The interior decoration here is created to match the very same, classical New York. On the walls there are paintings with the characters of the series and scenes with them. But the spirit of the same, classical, albeit virtual, coffee, I repeat, does not seem to succeed.