03 Sep Photos of Cafes
I’m drawn to cafes. I love my coffee but it’s much more than that. Cafes are fascinating places to people watch, to photograph.
I tend to think of cafes as little microcosms of culture. Not necessarily of a country’s culture; although there are obviously some stereotypes that can be wheeled out.
To the French, cafes are inextricably intertwined with everyday life. They are where life happens, where you meet, where you eat, where you watch and are seen. Italian cafes can often be much more practical – get in (if you can), drink up and get out. And no messing about with milk in your coffee, especially after lunch – it’s espresso or niente. Often they’re standing room only affairs.
They can be places to settle in with a book or drag out the laptop and get some work done. I love they way they spill out onto the streets when it’s warm and provide shelter from the rain and the cold when it’s not.
Here are a selection of some of my favourite photos of cafes I’ve taken over the years. I hope you enjoy them half as much as I enjoyed being there to take them.
Getting things done – a casual business meeting in Vienna
On the terrace – cafe al fresco
The view out from Fleetschlosschen Cafe in Hamburg
Sunshine, coffee and the paper, does it get any better – Tallinn, Estonia
Patrons at a Parisian cafe
Taking it to the Street – a sidewalk cafe in Paris
Late night jazz at a Paris cafe
After hours at a cafe in Abbesses
Above a riverside cafe on the Danube
Coffee at the Jane – New York City
Silver service at Budapest’s New York Cafe
A happy artist at this cafe in Montmartre
Catching up with friends – Madrid, Spain
Coffee and a cigarette (or a sheesha) – Doha, Qatar
Coffee in a Viennese cafe
A busy summer terrace on Gamla Stan in Stockholm, Sweden
A bustling cafe on Flinders Lane in Melbourne, Australia