The gatherings at the cafe became part of the life of the inhabitants of cities. After all, in these cozy establishments you can drink hot drinks, chat with friends or just sit on the Internet. Where else in the noisy metropolis can you find a warm and peaceful place to relax?
People are constantly thinking out how to make their cafes the most-most. And then it’s not about the price of coffee, but in the comfort and interior. As a result, there are really unusual institutions, for the right to get where, visitors are recorded in advance. Unusual cafe concepts appear every year, is not it time to get to know them better?
Cafe des Chats.
In the very center of Paris, in the Mare quarter, the Cafe des Chats appeared. The main thing here is not a croissant with cappuccino, but cats. Usually these cute animals are found in similar establishments, walking between tables. But this is just a pleasant addition to a cozy cafe, and not its main idea. The creators of this institution combined business with pleasure – from the shelter for homeless animals were taken 10 cats and cats. The animals were cured and placed right in the cafe, having selected specially constructed houses. The pupils of the institution walk around it, where they want – it’s their house. The owners of the cafe claim that this does not affect the level of sanitation. And visitors are allowed to stroke the fluffy inhabitants, sitting on a chair or directly on the floor. The mission of the cats in this cafe is purely therapeutic. Managers say that purring creates vibrations that ease rheumatism and arthritis. Also, cats help maintain normal heartbeat and circulation. The “cat’s house” even has its own page in social networks. And it shows that the Parisians book tables in an unusual cafe for a week ahead. The very same menu does not offer anything unusual – it serves dishes from organic products and cooks coffee as standard. The concept of the institution along with the purring masters was so simple and pleasant that such a cafe should soon appear in London. And in St. Petersburg in 2011 there is something similar under the name “Republic of cats”.
Bau House Dog Cafe.
Do not think that the Koreans only do that they eat dogs. In Seoul there is a cafe called Bau House Dog Cafe, which houses about 20 breeds of the most important friends of the person. In particular, there is an Irish Setter, Cocker Spaniel and Siberian Husk. And they are allowed to play directly in the institution, especially since there is quite a large hall. Visitors are even allowed to feed dogs, however, only those products that were bought at the cafe itself. The famous culinary blogger Dustin Cole told that there is no dog scent in Bau House, only the high cost of those accessories for dog breeders that are offered with coffee can scare off.
In this cafe you can pay off an unusual currency – a kiss. On the site of Metro St.James, located in Sydney, but executed in French style, so it is said about the ongoing promotional campaign here. In June 2013, all those who came here from 9 to 11 am could drink their coffee for free. For this it was necessary only to make a kiss. And it does not matter who was the object – a satellite or companion, or another, an unknown visitor. But to rush with “payment” to the staff was forbidden. At the same time in the commercial, the waiter warns that the workers of the cafe will observe the kisses, not allowing them to be falsified. The forgery will be easily revealed, because professionals work here. The action was so successful that the initiative had to be extended. For a couple of months the cafe gathered about a thousand kisses. And in order to declare about the willingness to pay in a cafe with such an unusual currency, on the counter placed special tablets. On their screen, you need to select the menu item “pay with a kiss.” After that, the device will take a picture of the customer at the time of the “payment”. It remains only to confirm the payment by clicking on the button.A photo of the best kisses for the services of cafes are regularly published in social networks.
Cafe without Internet.
Today it is difficult to find a decent cafe, in which there would not be Wi-Fi and Internet. But in California, a new trend was born – the intentional deprivation of Internet establishments. In 2010, not so far from the Silicon Valley, the capital of high technology, there was the first institution without the Internet, Four Barrel Coffee. The local machine has a respectable age of 53 years, and the walls of the cafe are created using recyclables. The designers were so ironic that they even painted realistic rosettes on the walls. As a result, uninitiated visitors tried to charge their gadgets from walls and paint. And in the new institution of San Francisco, The Mill, guests with laptops obviously do not like it. This cafe was opened by one of the founders of Four Barrel Coffee, Jody Jirin. He believes that if customers are not immersed in the world of the Internet and their devices, this will create a more friendly atmosphere in the institution itself. So in the cafe is missing and Wi-Fi, and sockets for recharging mobile gadgets.
In Switzerland, a program to train people to move around on bicycles is gaining momentum. As part of the experiment in Zurich even built a cafe Velokafi, in which visitors are invited to sit on a non-ordinary chair, and on the seat of their own bike. The institution is located under the open sky, on the banks of the Limmat River. The terrace adjoins the popular Rathaus Cafe. Visitors have the opportunity to lock the front wheel of their vehicles between two wooden panels. They bend, forming a continuation of the table. Thanks to the coffee brand Gipfelsturmer, customers get bonuses here. Each check on Foursquare allows you to earn a free espresso. The institution became popular among cyclists – for a week it was visited by more than 500 people.
Pink dwelling in the style of Barbie.
This doll has more fans, so why not open a cafe specifically for them? Such an institution called Barbie Cafe appeared in the capital of Taiwan, Taipei. The entire interior here is made in pink tones, and the backs of the chairs are made in the form of a corset with an airy skirt. The main part of the menu – cakes, cakes and other sweets. True, feminists consider such a cafe quite sickening, because Barbie for them is not the standard of this woman. But the creators of the establishment do not frighten such an opinion. They believe that numerous fans of Barbie from neighboring Hong Kong, China and Japan will certainly come here. The cafe received a license for its discovery from the very manufacturer of the doll, the American firm Mattel. The manager explained the appearance of such a cafe simply – themed establishments are especially popular in Taiwan. Interestingly, Barbie Cafe appeared in the most popular for shopping area. There is a certain symbolism in the location of the institution. After all, it was in Taiwan that Barbie was first produced, until production moved to China in 1984. There, by the way, also in 2009 they tried to open a similar cafe, but it was closed in a couple of years.
Red Lantem Bicycles.
The usual bike shop in Brooklyn suddenly turned into Red Lantem Bicycles. Now you can sit and chat with a glass of beer or a mug of coffee. And the main purpose of the institution continues to be implemented – four mechanics still repair about 200 bikes every week. But the main thing that attracts customers here is the bar and cafe opened right at the workshop. And after receiving a license for alcohol, the institution started selling beer. What can be better than a glass of a foamy drink in anticipation of repairing its transport. Is not it worth 3 dollars?
This cafe will surely appeal to those who constantly complain about high prices. In the English county of Kent, in the city of Greifsen appeared Bench Cafe.Here, visitors are asked to determine how much they have to pay for drinks and food. The owners of the cafe say that the products here are bought for pennies – the dishes are cooked from what is not needed supermarkets. But it’s not about overdue products. For example, Bench Cafe is happy to buy products with torn packaging. To work in the institution, 16 unemployed were employed, ready to work in the public catering sector. It remains only to teach them to cook. The project itself was not originally commercial, charitable. In the starting capital, even the foundation of the NGO European Social Fund took part. So the British decided to draw attention to the fact that there are many usable products that are simply recycled. The owners of the cafe claim that its visitors liked it. The institution was opened only at the end of August 2013, so it is too early to assess the economic performance of such an unusual enterprise. Cafe on the tree.
This institution has a very simple name, taking into account its location – Tree Cafe. And they came up with a café in the Swedish design bureau Byggstudio. Tables and chairs are improvised here – their role is played by boards of different sizes. They are attached to the ropes, creating a kind of swing. And there is such a tree cafe in different parts of Stockholm. The institution exists in mobile format pop-up. I must say that the woody theme found a display in the menu. For example, visitors are invited to maple syrup, cookies with the addition of wood fibers, sandwiches with chestnut cream. Designers say that the design of the institution is so simple that it can be assembled anywhere in just a few minutes.
In New York, next to the Amdaz Wall Street restaurant, a pop-up institution called Matchmaker Cafe appeared. It allows people to make new acquaintances. The visitor receives his order, he is immediately asked if he is not alone. If a person does not really have a couple, then immediately with the help of an iPad the guest is shown Matchmaker’s dating site with the profiles of other singles looking for a life partner. The client is offered to take a picture and create his own account. For three calls, the characters you like will have to pay $ 5, and for twice the amount you can make 10 calls. Such an unusual way to promote the site was invented by resourceful Nancy Slotnik, who has been working in the dating market for several years. She launched the site in November 2012, and in less than a year, more than 5,000 questionnaires appeared on it. And the first two weeks of the cafe to promote the resource added another 30 customers. But Nancy’s first venture was far from being so technologically advanced. In 1996, she created a similar project, Drip Cafe. In it in a thick book were filed photographs of customers and their short story about themselves. Visitors could choose those who like them. The very same mistress helped to realize the meeting in her own cafe.