Story is a combination of marble and wood, metal and brick, relaxation and productivity. Marble tables surrounded by wooden chairs combine the popular modern-day café design with a sense of nostalgia that we would expect from old cafés like Montmartre in Prague or Le Procope in Paris. Gold-colored metal lamps that crawl up on the … Continue reading Story Coffee Roasters – Istanbul, 2017
‘Two Cat Cafe’ reads the sign outside door in Turkish, with a logo made up of two cats -a black and a white- intertwined to form a yin yang. This small café in Moda, Kadıköy, is a teeny-tiny representation of Istanbul as seen in the beautifully-made documentary film ‘Kedi’. It feels crowded inside, yet it’s … Continue reading İki Kedi Kafe – Istanbul, 2014
Caffè Paszkowski and Caffè Gilli stand proudly next to each other like the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia of Istanbul. Located at the famous Piazza della Repubblica, Paszkowski at first looks like a well-made replica of Caffè Gilli as the latter opened 126 years earlier than the former. They have the exact same outside seating … Continue reading Caffè Paszkowski – Florence, 1846
Florence is a magical city. The moment I stepped off the train, I could feel it in my bones that I would fall in love with the beauty hidden in the streets of Florence. I will be honest; I am writing these words with a bit of a broken heart and disappointment as I lost … Continue reading Caffè Gilli – Florence, 1733
As you step through the ancient-looking wooden doors of Caffè Florian, the pleasantly-fast-paced life of daytime Venice is tied to the white-grey walls by the entrance like a trained dog on a leash...