Lately, I seem to enjoy bars and cafes whose concept is centred around paying an homage to some nostalgic long gone epoch. And just down the street from my apartment, on Mánesova, lies one of these super cool places, that have the power to immediately transport you back in time (and I don’t mean the creepy viking/medieval restaurant where they have nothing but meat and beer). Kaaba pays its respects to the early sixties, one of the most fruitful periods for design in this country, following the Expo 58 in Brussels, where the Czechoslovak pavilion was met with a roaring success.
Entering Kaaba, I cannot help smiling as I gaze at the retro pastel-colored furniture, geometric shapes on the ceilings and the various plastic objects scattered around the room. In a way it resembles an american-style diner, but there is something inherently local about it too, like entering your grandparents’ living room from when they were young.
Kaaba offers a variety of coffees and teas, Žatec beer, several wines, as well as little snacks, baguettes and salads. The atmosphere is extremely appealing as you sit on the zebra-print chairs at the round colourful tables and strain your neck to notice all of the little details that make this place special. In the left part of the cafe there’s even a modest tobacco stand, which sells newspapers and magazines from around the world. Groovy indeed.