Hungary – and especially Budapest- has a long tradition of coffee houses. Though coffee beans have never been grown anywhere in Central Europe (!), coffee has been ultimately associated with Culture at the heart of Europe.
Hungarian writers from the end of the 19th century till World war II spent most of their time in coffee houses asking the waiters for ink! At that time coffee was even called “fekete leves” which basically means “dark soup”.
Though most of Budapest famous writers cafes had to close during Communism – putting an end to this brilliant tradition of coffee as a fuel for writing – some famous cafes reopened such as Centrál Kávéház (check the Centrál Kávéház article) or New York Cafe. And I don’t really know why but in Central Europe I still feel some kind of coffee cosiness, something that I haven’t really found in Paris (no wonder when you see the price of an espresso there!). For instance, when I lived in Warsaw I used to spend hours in nice cafes, reading the press, meeting people, working…
Alibi cafe is pretty much like that. The design imitates some libraries, the space is intimate and the coffee excellent. The neighborhood is ultimately picturesque, with the Law faculty nearby, and all those narrow streets full of shops and cafes, so typically “Belváros” (the city-centre). At Alibi, they also serve pastries and light lunch offers. And yes, you guess, it’s a cool place for breakfast too!