There is always a reason that moves us and drives us to visit a cafe every time we travel or find ourselves in a new area of our city. They turn out to be meeting places for people who want to work from there, have a snack, meet up with friends they haven't seen for a while, a work meeting or even go alone, find themselves again and get lost in the aromas of the place that range from a delicious smell freshly baked bread to the spectacular aroma of coffee, giving us the feeling of being at home.
Now, it is also true that as time goes by these places have also become quite visited either by influencers, and behind them, their followers who want to take the same picture as them and ultimately go viral on networks . So it wouldn't be strange to run into influencers of the stature of Dulceida, Maria Pombo or Alexandra Pereira, having a brunch with them while the architecture of the place takes us back to the Bellé Époque where these places were the nerve centers of literary and artistic societies.
That is why in our article today we have brought you a small list of those cafes that are considered the most beautiful, either because of their history or also because of their architectural composition. They are places that in the end become treasures of the cities where time seems to have stopped. Do you dare to discover them?
1. New York Cafe, Budapest.
Located in the Boscolo Hotel in the city of Budapest, this is perhaps one of the most precious cafes in the world, and its popularity began to acquire from the period between the wars when Budapest was becoming one of the most important cultural centers of the entire world.Its style dates from the 19th century, with high ceilings, hanging lamps, and gilt decorations on the columns. It also used to be a gathering place for artists, politicians and writers of the time who traveled to communist Europe to be inspired and now, ironically, is one of the most expensive cafés you can find in the city. His specialty, Hungarian cakes and chocolate with cream.
2. Café Florián, Venice
A café that preserves in each of its corners around 300 years of stories, legends and the occasional anecdote of personalities that have passed through it. It is located nothing more and nothing less than in the same San Marcos Square, its founder Floriano Francescomni never imagined that his coffee would acquire so much relevance over the years and personalities such as: Charles Chaplin, Andy Warhol or Audrey Hepburn. In addition, during several invasion attempts by France and Austria, coffee always knew how to preserve its essence. This café is divided into several rooms: The Chinese Room, Oriental Room, Illustrious Men, of the Seasons, among others. All are decorated with oil portraits, hand-painted mirrors, and other works of contemporary art. The fashion prescriber Alexandra Pereira could not leave her followers curious to know if she had had a coffee in this mythical point of the city.
3.Cafe de la Paix, Paris.
The meeting place for intellectual characters of the 19th century, next to the Place de l'Opera, beyond being a café and a tourist spot, there is a great history that is partly what makes it great. Oscar Wilde, Marlene Dietrich, Guy de Maupassant among others used to frequent this place. In addition to this, the café even witnessed the march of French troops during the two world wars, it has always maintained its same image with occasional renovations to keep this space so loved by Parisians as well as by those who visit the city of lights. Café de la Paix always maintains that atmosphere adorned with green awnings and its chairs located on the outskirts, if not tell us Maria Pombo, well this is in one of his favorite places.
4.Caffe Gambrinus, Naples
Located in 'Piazza Trieste e Trento', it was created in 1860 and was also frequented by Oscar Wilde, Ernest Hemingway, Oscar Wilde, and Sartre. He always gathered artists and intellectuals around him for a long time. Decorated inside with frescoes and statues of the modernist style of the time. Despite having been a meeting place for noble people for a few years, today it is practiced to leave the coffee pending. That is, leaving a paid coffee for those who do not have what to pay for a coffee with.
5.Cafe Imperial, Prague.
An art deco type building dating from the beginning of the 20th century, its ceilings decorated with mosaics and large walls and windows that overlook the city of Prague. This place was one of Kafka's favorite places and was also frequented by German troops during World War II and later occupied by union movements. Its roofs and its date cake are the biggest attraction.
6. Cafe Central, Vienna
With Neo-Renaissance decoration built by the architect Heinrich Von Ferstel, it is one of the most elegant places in the Austrian capital. It was built at the end of the 19th century, attended by Freud and other intellectuals, which became a nerve center for coffee in the Austrian capital. Historical figures passed through its corridors including Hitler, Tito, Trosky and Stalin. Its columns remind us of the imperial era, a style which has not changed since then. Visitors recommend trying sachertorte with cream and coffee venis.
7. Cafe Majestic, Porto.
From its façade to its interior, it is inspired by the Parisian Bellé Époque, a factor which led it to change its name from 'Elite' to Majestic. It has a winter garden where people can have a coffee and read a book, also as a curious fact since 1921, it was the first cafe to allow women to enter.
8. Les Deux Magots, Paris.
The place where art and literature meet in Paris. One of the cafés with the most legends and stories in Paris, located in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, was the meeting place for personalities such as Sartre, Hemingway, Picasso and Beauvoir. It used to be an antique shop that over time became a literary café, so much so that in 1922 the Prix des Deux Magots was created. Since then it has maintained its initial decoration, in addition to the fact that two of the figures that gave rise to its name, two Chinese figures, have been preserved. The waiters dressed in black with white aprons, walking between the tables with hot chocolate and macaroons, imperial-style decoration make this place quite an experience, if not Dulceida tells us, who every time she visits the French capital takes its brunch in this place.
9. Colombo Confectionery. Rio de Janeiro
Considered cultural and artistic heritage of Brazil, this café is one of the commercial houses with the greatest renown and urban history of one of the most metropolitan cities in the world: Rio de Janeiro. This cafeteria was founded in 1894 by Portuguese immigrants who obeyed their Belle Époque influence and its decoration obeys the Art Nouveau style, adorned with large crystals and mirrors that adorn the corridors on the second floor it has a tea room and offers in its menu a large number of carioca desserts and good coffee.
10. Coffee to Brasileira, Lisbon
Located on Rua Garrett in the Portuguese capital, founded in 1905, it was the place of inspiration for the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa, today it is part of the cultural heritage of Portugal, where the famous cake of Bélem together with a strong coffee called pica, whose grain comes from Brazil. The decoration is a trip back in time, with wood from Italy and lamps with Belgian crystals, this place is an obligatory stop if you visit the Portuguese capital.If not let the influencer Laura Escanes tell us that on one of her trips to Lisbon she hallucinated with this magical place.