What does a soul fond of books crave for? Simple. A book in the hand and the solace to read. But isn’t it even better when you can enjoy the book with a steaming cup of your favourite tea or coffee? Enter book cafes. They transform the very idea of the cafe experience… because life pauses inside a book cafe. While many avid readers enter book cafes to lose themselves in the pages of the book, there are many who simply enter them just to get a feel of the quiet atmosphere the presence of books creates.
Neither Home, Nor Workplace
The very idea of entering a book cafe is far more engaging than entering a library clad with silence. Book cafes combine the traditional bookstore with the traditional coffee shop – a place for leisure that is conducive to conversation. It is a space where people gather voluntarily, informally, and frequently to step away from their usual world. Living in an age where the internet is all-pervasive, what remains far removed is the culture of reading. Book Cafes have helped to keep the reading culture alive.
A Tradition of Literary Discussions
The connection between cafes and people is not new. It’s age-old and goes back to the 1600s. Established for people to connect and enjoy, many coffee houses saw an additional feature from the 19th century – books! Favoured by renowned artists and intellectuals, these cafes were the ideal spots for discussion and inspiration. The culture slowly spread, and book cafes became a tradition across the globe.
Upon F. Scott Fitzgerald asking, Ernest Hemingway had read the manuscript of “The Great Gatsby” at La Closerie des Lilas in Paris. Russian writers Dostoevsky and Pushkin were known to frequent the Literary Café in St Petersburg. Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald and T.S. Eliot and Hemingway were all regulars at Cafe La Rotonde in Paris. Vesuvio bar and café was established in San Francisco 1948 and became a popular hangout spot for the writers, poets and other artists.
Not Just for Readers
Book cafes have become a hub for readers and non-readers alike. Even for those who are on the lookout for good food, warm drinks and some peace (and maybe a few trendy pics in between!) They are the perfect place for a blessed date with books! Just imagine being engrossed in a world of fiction, fantasy, and reality while lavishly sipping your foamy latte or soothing lemon tea.
An intermingling of passion and people, book cafes have successfully broken the notion that readers prefer seclusion to enjoy their books. They bring readers together, encourage discussions and inspire them to become accomplished writers. And what an amazing accomplishment that is!