There are people, things and places we have an attachment with that we can easily explain. There are some others, though, which we like despite some not so likable characteristics. For me, Apropo is one of those.
In a country where coffee is the main addiction, a tearoom is something very unusual and a tearoom which, at the same time, sells books, even more so. And a tearoom which makes excellent tea and sells intriguing books, and has a beautiful interior – that is completely exotic.
“So, what are the bad features?!”, I hear you ask.
We’re getting there.
In the very centre of the city, tucked away from the commotion of Knez Mihajlova street, Apropo is situated on the very corner of two quiet streets. It is small but tastefully decorated, its walls lined up with shelves of books and tea cans. Tea selection is enviable, cookies delicious, the music well-chosen, the cat super-cuddly, it is non-smoking (which, considering the presence of books, is reasonable, I guess) and the whole setting radiates some kind of Zen feeling.
Yet, occasionally, you can feel something obstructing the Yi flow.
At first, you’re confused but then you realize: the owner. She’s slightly on the edgy side and she’s almost always there so, if you’re too sensitive, her attitude could put you off.
However, if you’re at least as thick-skinned as I am, it could be a perfect place to spend an hour or two over a mug of aromatic tea and some chit-chat.