Cafe culture has blown up of late, with an increasing number of coffee shops now offering much more than food and drink. Your local cafe is also an office, a shop for quirky gifts, and most important of all, a beautiful backdrop for all your selfies and #foodporn posts. With this in mind, the number of beautifully designed coffee shops for you to snap away in has risen. Whether it’s Scandi-minimalism or industrial interiors that you’re after, here are some of the best designed cafes in the New East.
Visit Bucharest’s Origo coffee shop to see a stylish display of 276 coffee cups hanging from the ceiling, offering a striking contrast from the cafe’s chalkboard walls. The concept was thought up by Romanian design studio Lama Architecture, who wanted to create a relaxed atmosphere with an edge.
Nature lovers should check out Kiev’s Blue Cup coffee shop which boasts colourful animal, flora and fauna print on its walls and upholstery. The interiors, designed by local studio Kleydesign, were inspired by the “red book of Ukraine”, a publication dating back to the Soviet-era that lists endangered animals and plants.
Text: Liza Premiyak
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