Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Budapest: A magnificent coffee house

Recently restored and reopened, the Alexandra Bookstore on Andrassy Ut in Budapest features one of the most magnificent cafes in the world, its interior decorated with gorgeous frescoes depicting the various arts. The building is an Art Noveau masterpiece with Egyptian influences which in its first incarnation was the Paris department store.
Needless to say, the place was packed...who wouldn't want to enjoy an afternoon espresso in such a wonderful environment?


Dom Miliano said...

Sure makes a Starbucks look like a horse stable.

Jackie Jouret said...

All too true...even before we've mentioned the coffee.

Susitna Cafe said...

I am a Houston, TX USA-based travel and food writer. We've just returned from Budapest (Jan. 2010), and discovered the Alexandra Bookstore and Cafe on Andrassy Ut on our first day. We visited often during our's such a wonderful place! Please visit "Hungary Anyone?" at for details and photos. Cheers, Susitna Cafe