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!
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.
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