Catching up with the bygone, Cafebreria culture is providing a quick escape – all without really unplugging from day-to-day life.
Bent Chair Cafe, New Delhi, India
In collaboration with the very popular Om Book Shop, Bent Chair Cafe is Delhi’s biggest bookcafe that provides a unique meeting place for artists, writers, students and bibliophiles. Featuring cosy and colourful chairs, beautiful tables stacked with books of every genre, this bookcafe with it’s creative menu is perfect for book lovers and people who want to refuel themselves while getting lost in the city of books. Also, the quirky concept of incorporating a cafe and a home accessory store within a bookstore is what makes this place stand out.
B2 Boutique + Spa, Zurich, Switzerland
This contemporary and boldly designed hotel and spa houses a 36-foot tall library lounge. With a ceiling height of eleven meters, and featuring arched windows, the Wine Library forms the centrepiece to the hotel. In this space, a sense of history emanates from the beer bottle chandeliers and the collection of 33,000 antiquarian books. The Wine Library is a public space where hotel guests can relax, read, chat, network or just indulge in some fine wines from the Zurich region, or have a refreshing and legendary Hurlimann beer, as a perfect combination.
Ocelot, Berlin, Germany
A concept cafe that is designed for advanced reading is spread across 260 sqm. The space focuses on the complex possibilities of contemporary reading. Going by it’s tagline, “not just another bookstore,” this large and modern in-store cafe offers you a variety of great novels, comics and books on urban culture. Apart from providing relaxation with good reads, the cafe also has a great menu to sip on with purpose or baked goods as you reach a particularly insightful passage. Designed by a local designer, this alluring space’s beautiful oak-panelled interior is hard not to appreciate.
London Review Bookshop, London, UK
Surrounded by books and fragrance of tea, the London Review Bookshop is the modern answer to London’s long lost literary coffee houses. Located in the heart of Bloomsbury, just a stone’s throw away from the British Museum, the London Review Bookshop has established itself as an essential part of the capital’s cultural life. The interior is bright and airy, and there is plenty of space to move around, which makes you feel like you have a corner all to yourself. The basement is cosy with huge shelves stacked with books, the perfect reader’s den where you’ll want to curl up with a book on the couch.