Bookcafe in Budapest


There is a building at Andrássy Ut in Budapest where it used to work a department store called Párizs (Paris). Nowadays, you will find an Alexandra Bookstore there, one of the biggest book sellers in Hungary together with Libri. So far so good, an ordinary book store as any other in town, but what is unexpected stands on the second floor: the Bookcafe!

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The whole building and its interior are fine examples of Art Nouveau or Art Szecesziós as the Hungarians call it.  As it was representative in Paris and other cities in Europe, this style was widely used in Hungary during the century XVIII and IXX. If you would like to know more about it, visit: http://disappearingbudapest.blogspot.hu/2008/09/art-nouveau-architecture-in-budapest.html .

Beautifully decorated with frescos painted on the walls and ceiling by Károly Lotz, the confectionery doesn’t fit to this Art Nouveau block. The Bookcafe is more a renaissance-style and you feel like you are having a tea or coffee in ballroom of a romantic palace far away from one of the busiest avenues in town!
The menu is diverse with coffees, teas, some drinks, pastries, cakes and bites for small appetite. But don’t expect too much, nobody goes there for the gourmet or for the services, just relax and enjoy the place!

Adress: 1061 Budapest, Andrássy út 39.

Sources and pictures:

http://visitbudapest.travel/budapest-restaurants/bookcafe/

http://welovebudapest.com/en/cafes-bars/book-cafe

http://www.wanderfly.com/#!travel/hungary/budapest/alexandra-book-cafe

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  1. #1 by Donato de Vivo M.N on December 31, 2012 - 12:17 pm

    It’s one of may favourite place too. The building is amazing and also the way in wich has been restored.

  2. #2 by Donato de Vivo M.N on January 12, 2013 - 11:34 pm

    Reblogged this on megalopolisnow and commented:
    Alexandra bookstore in Budapest is one of my fovourite places in Budapest. I like to go to the last floor to enjoy a coffe and the art’s pieces of the Art Gallery there.

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