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|| Solmar: Lisbon
so much a cafe as a vast Bondfilm movie-set of a restaurant!
Devoted to lobsters in all their glory, the Solmar does have
a lovely little cafe section attached but the next door gastrodome
fitted in full 'contemporary' 50s finery is so awesome we thought
we'd run this picture instead. Lisbon is blessed with so many
marvelous little caffs hidden away in the upper old town we firmly
recommend a visit. Nothing in London can compare to Solmar's
scale and dazzling brilliance.
Cayuco [Barcelona]RIP 2003
The 'old mens' cafes of Spain
and Italy are just like the characterfully mouldering places
that London once contained in abundance throughout the 1950s
and 1960s. Barcelona - in large part around the city centre -
was pretty well a perfect version of 'Soho in the 50s' up until
its 'discovery' in the late 1980s. We also highly recommend Palma
[Mallorca], Mao [Menorca], and the upper town in Lisbon as areas
rich in local cafe/bars. Cayuco, shown here, was little more
than a Formica corridor off Passeig de Born; an inspirational
den of soiled rosewood and historic furnishings. The whole place
should have been copied and built on the ashes of every Star****s
site in London.
|| Moka Vero: Palma, Mallorca
is a rich area for Euro-cafes filled with formica tables and
chrome tubular chairs. The counters alone all seem to be design
classics and there are plenty of them spilling off back streets.
Soller, a pretty train ride from Palma, has a main square in
the upper town packed with cafe splendours! Menorca is even better
served, with 'old men's' coffee bars dotted round numerous central
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"The next time you drink a cup of coffee in your local caff,
remember the 17th century Austro-Hungarian empire double agent
who invented it. The price Georg Kolschitzky exacted on the King
for ejecting the Turks from Vienna in 1683 was the bags of coffee
he knew they'd leave behind. Thus, Europe's very first caff,
'The Bluebottle', was born. 'Aida' continues this fine tradition.
All the classic elements are present and correct: innocuous side
street; pink Formica of varying chromatic phase; harried leatherette
banquettes; UPS-brown plastic and chrome chairs; worn tumblers;
worn out staff; worried white pyrex; pestered chequerboard floor;
see-through space dividers; embroidered pink polyester gingham
overalls; lonesome oldsters... A vaulted ceiling adds to the
feeling of emptiness. This pink paradise is one of a number dotted
around Vienna, with varying degrees of authenticity in the decor
department. A fine example of late 1950's Euro-optimism and a
perfect complement to the huge number of beautiful early 20th
century 'brown caffs' available in the centre of town."
Bar Xatet [Carrer Street
Francesc, Sitges, Spain]
Dating from the 1920s, this cafe
is filled with miniature black lacquered chairs and zinc-top
marble tables. The walls are laden with locals' sketches and
photo-memorabilia; the ceiling groaning with fleshy, hanging
Pensio Can Julian [Avgda.
Artur Carbonell, Sitges, Spain]
Boasts a small part-deco chrome
doorway, while inside the bar
and cafe look like an old 1950s Spanish
home: caramel coloured chairs and tables, odd paintings,
clocks and lights on the walls and US diner stools at the bar.
Al Quiros, Paseo del
Altillo [Almuñécar, Granada, Spain]
A true local coffee-lounge in the
classic mould: plain, dark veneered interior; old style caramel
leather swivel seats; smart Contemporary seating and a nifty
covered section outside with orange-striped awnings and sun-guards.
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