Literary Cafés

I’m one of those people who can spend ages in cafés and I’ve spent countless hours writing in them, oblivious to the world. In the spirit of my never-ending cataloguing of cafés I love, let me introduce you to two of my favourite European literary cafés:





Café Einstein, Berlin : Café Einstein Stammhaus
Kurfürstenstraße 58
10785 Berlin

Café Einstein is a cult literary café in Berlin, designed in the style of traditional Viennese coffee houses. It started out as an illegal casino venue and has since endured a turbulent existence during the Two World Wars. It is now a well-known hub for authors and philosophers. I’m planning a trip to Berlin, and this café is at the top of my list.




Café Procope, Paris
13 rue de l' Ancienne Comédie
75006 Paris

Café Procope was founded in 1686 and is the oldest coffee house in Paris. It has seen the likes of Voltaire, Robespierre, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and George Sand through its doors and happens to house a rather endearing portrait of Frédéric Chopin, my favourite composer. It is of course filled with the most delicious food and coffee, and has the kind of decadent French interiors that make you feel entirely spoilt when you enter.

Post by guest blogger: Hila Shachar

12 comments:

Laura Trevey said...

These look inviting and rich in character...

Sweet Freak said...

Yay - a new cafe to try in Paris!

Do you know this one??
http://dessertfordinner.blogspot.com/2010/08/nectarine-tart-for-lunch.html

Cozy leather club chairs, antiques and art, homemade tarts and clafoutis...

the boot said...

how can you not be inspired amongst such grandeur? fabulous to say the least!

Michelle said...

Ohh, cafes in Berlin, be still my beating heart! I want to take my hubs there, as he has never been, but I must go in fall, or winter, b/c the cafes are even better then, for some reason. The most wonderful cafes on earth are in Berlin, as far as I am concerned.

size too small said...

i love how cafe's in europe are such places of community and gathering. i suppose they are elsewhere too but i feel like the europeans really get it. so glad to know about these- now i'm dreaming of cafe's in paris...

Chiara said...

I love this post because I feel the same way about coffee shops, especially te ones you go to for years.... makes you feel like home because they are cozy!!
xox

joiedevivre-chiara.blogspot.com

Abby / 5thjoy said...

This post makes me want to curl up in a corner with a drink and a good read!One of my favorites is The Winding Stair in Dublin.

Dancing Branflake said...

I would love to go there! I'd just go and drink hot chocolate and talk to anyone who came my way.

hila said...

I'm glad these cafes have such fans! The Europeans sure know how to do them well.

Sweet Freak: I haven't heard of that one, thanks for the tip!

Joanna Goddard said...

i've been to cafe einstein! it's amazing. alex and i went to berlin three years ago. we were there in the fall, and it was a cloudy day, and we took a long bike ride; it started raining so we ducked into cafe einstein and it felt absolutely majestic! we had hot chocolate and yummy apple strudel. it was huge and gorgeous and very regal. :) xoxo

hila said...

Hi Joanna! How are you? Thanks for this comment, it confirms my plan to go there :)

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