Cafés can be stunning for many different reasons; the location, the food, the ambience or the customers to name but a few. Here, we look at 10 of the most stunning cafés located around the world:
La Merà Boire, Paris.
Majestic views are the highlight of this Paris café that is situated in one of the highest parts of the city. It has a paved terrace where groups of young people often meet and enjoy the warm weather. The terrace overlooks the Parc de Belleville towards the city and the Eiffel Tower in the distance.
The inside of the café is also attractive, with original cartoons displayed around the walls. At weekends you can hear evening performances from young musicians. There is a wine cellar and the food is high quality French cuisine.
Caffè Florian, Venice.
The oldest café in Italy, Caffè Florian was opened in 1720 in St Mark’s Square, Venice. The interior is lined with frescoes and mirrors, giving the café an elegant historical ambience. Artists and writers who gathered here in days gone by, include Carlo Goldoni, Goethe and later Lord Byron and Marcel Proust.
The Caffè Florian is now home to a contemporary art exhibition known as the Venice Biennale. Rooms are decorated with the works of many different artists, cartoonists, photographers and sculptors. All the cafés in the Piazza San Marco carry a premium, but a coffee in the Caffè Florian will be well worth the ten Euros or so it will cost.
The Bluebird Café, Nashville.
You don’t visit the Bluebird Café for the food but if you appreciate singer songwriters and their music, you will love it. Just outside downtown Nashville and with only 100 seats, this venue has a friendly and intimate feel. It is definitely advisable to book table seats as it can get packed, otherwise you may face a long wait to get in. Many significant songwriters have performed here and it is definitely a listening venue, so if you want to talk, this isn’t the place for you. The food and drink are good quality and add to the overall experience.
Café Confeitaria Colombo, Rio de Janeiro.
At the beginning of the 20th century, this café in Rio de Janeiro was Brazil’s answer to the grand cafés of Europe. Taking inspiration from the opulent interiors and even using materials imported from Europe to recreate the art nouveau design, the café opened in 1894. Cultural events and balls were hosted here and the upper class members of society would meet for afternoon tea.
Today, visitors can still appreciate the wonderful surroundings whilst enjoying Iberian and Brazilian cuisine, the coffee for which Brazil is famous, or just a cup of tea.
The Café New York, Budapest.
This recently renovated café has seen its clientele change over the years. Artists met here at the beginning of the 20th century but now, many of the visitors are tourists. The artwork and decor are quite stunning, including dazzling gilt work and ornate lamps, combined with contemporary furnishings. Visitors have said that the traditional local and Italian dishes and scrumptious cakes are worth the high prices charged here.
The Literary Café, St Petersburg.
The Literary Café in St Petersburg is stunning because of the sense of history visitors feel. Many Russian writers, including Dostoevsky and Chernyshevsky, were reputedly patrons, but its main claim to literary fame is linked to Alexander Pushkin. There is a model of the poet at his writing desk in the entrance hall of the café and it is said to be the last café he visited before he was killed in a duel in 1837.
The dining room on the second floor has been described as a haven of calm in the busy city and the food is of excellent quality. Interestingly, Tchaikovsky is said to have eaten his last meal here four days before dying of cholera.
Caffè Gambrinus, Naples.
Another literary establishment, this is the oldest café in Naples. The lovely interior is in art nouveau style and in addition to attracting artists such as Oscar Wilde and Ferdinando Russo, it has been frequented by royalty since it opened in the mid 19th century. There are paintings, sculptures and antiques to admire. The café has been called “Naples’ living room” because of its beautiful interior.
Café Tortoni, Buenos Aires.
Another stunning art nouveau café, the Café Tortoni has a wonderful interior that is as popular today as it was in its heyday. Marbles, bronzes and stained glass embellish the café, which was founded in 1858 and is the oldest in Argentina. Spain’s most celebrated poet and dramatist, Federico Garcia Lorca and pianist Arthur Rubenstein were among the Café Tortoni’s most famous patrons.
Café Imperial, Prague.
Another wonderfully ornate interior of mosaic and tile characterises this café in the capital of the Czech Republic. This was built in Art Deco style and has been carefully restored. The chef, Zdenek Pohlreich, is a famous Czech TV gourmet and many classic Czech dishes are served here.
Grand Café, Oslo.
This café within the Grand Hotel is the venue for the Nobel Peace Prize Banquet each year. It opened in 1874 and Henrik Ibsen used to lunch here with other famous writers and artists. The café was a favourite meeting place for diplomats and academics too. The elegant and popular venue is now particularly recommended for pre theatre drinks.
These cafés are mainly stunning because of their historical significance and their wonderful interiors, but also included are some others, some simply because of the excellence of the food, their location or the entertainment they offer. Should you visit any of these desinations on holiday, you should be sure to pay these cafés a visit.
This article was written by TravelSupermarket.com