”Hippy Klupa” – ”Hippy Bench” is a name of a cute little local cafe in city center on the outskirts of the Big Park, with cool shades when the weather is warm.
The name itself I suppose is a homage to the local, long bench next to the park which has been a gathering place of youth since when my parents were young and restless. They say that it was always crowded, a place where youngsters would go to, meet up, sit, hang around, sneak cigarettes (back at the time, one could only buy cigarettes by piece and friends would share one as a social bond and watch the famous ”Korzo”, a walk up and down the street, to see and be seen). So those were the days back then, and nowadays we have a similar thing, packed in the appropriate package of a cafe. Hippy Klupa is one of my favourite places out in the open. Because it was an outdoor cafe, it would open only by the end of the spring until the beginning of fall. This year they made alterations and now we can enjoy sneak peaks of ”Korzo” all year long. This truly is a local place, one for easygoing and unpretentious gatherings.
Enjoying morning coffee in Hippy Klupa is a perfect way to see how the city wakes up, but most importantly, makes you part of the history of the old Hippy place.