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Posted by Royal Sundaram on 04 Dec 2012
When the café culture began in Europe it developed as a frequented hangout for many scholars and intellectuals of the city. Today too cafes are the best place to socialize, relax and enjoy an aromatic cup of refreshing coffee. Here are some cafes in the world that are well known for their extravagant interior and rich heritage.
Café New York, Budapest – In the early 20th century this was a popular place for scholars to meet. After being renovated recently, this place retains its old charm and glamour with dazzling gilded interior, ornate lamps and paintings. This café is now connected to the New York Palace Hotel. Coffee is not the only thing on the menu here, you can even enjoy a hearty meal of Italian or local dishes. The atmosphere of the place is often lightened by soothing music or performances by local actors.
Café Florian, Venice – What better place to relive the history of Venice than visiting the cafes itself. Amongst the many cafes here Café Florian is very popular. The frescoed and mirrored interiors here reel you back to the 20th century giving of the rich essence of that time. This place may be a little expensive on the pocket (10 Euros for a coffee), but the price seems worth stunning ambience you soak in.
Café Central, Vienna – Apart from the several breathtaking monuments and historic buildings in Vienna, the cafes here are popular all across the world. In fact they happen to be inspirations for the many splendidly decorated cafes and Café Central happens to be the leader for this sort of rousing. The interiors of the place exhibit the use of marble pillars, grand chandeliers and arched ceilings. Today this place is a major attraction for tourist and localities who come here to enjoy live classical music in the afternoon.
Café Confeitaria Colombo, Rio De Janeiro – Taking inspiration from the European cafés, Rio developed the Confeitaria Colombo that became the hippest place to be in the early 20th century. The place hosted many fancy balls and cultural events and was often filled with the elite class for the afternoon teas. The decor of the café features huge stained glass, tiled, and mirrored interior imported from France, Portugal, and Belgium. The place serves Brazilian and Iberian cuisine, delicious pastries, refreshing tea and the famous Brazilian coffee.
Cafe Greeco, Rome – This happens to be Rome’s oldest and most popular cafe. It has had the privilege of attending to some of the most famous historical figures in Europe. Till date this is a preferred meeting place for many intellectuals and politicians. The cafe is located at the most busy shopping street in Rome, Piazza di Spagna. The constant hustle a bustle around the cafe ensures it is always rushed and experiences no dull moments. The tasteful decor of the place exhibits a fantastic usage of mirrors, romantic paintings, gilt, wood, marble and antique furniture.
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