The Cafes & Bars

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Tony

In Croatia we call them "kafić" - little cafe, though it has nothing to do with its size. The Croatians have developed a certain "kafić"-culture. It is THE central spot for everything. We might not know how to pay this month's phone bill, but there's gotta be 10 kunas for a coffee.  In Zadar (and I believe in other towns as well) we know who we can meet in what kafić. There's a certain …. hm, how should I call it? …. I don't know…. they kinda specialize in customers :) Anyway, what I mean is that students have their certain kafić's they go to, journalists have theirs, blue collars theirs, the "elite" theirs, punkers have theirs, and so on… This doesn't mean that members of the wrong species are not welcomed. We do mingle. But knowing where to go means knowing what to expect. In a way. …. Okay, this was hard to explain.  Okay, you go to "The Garden"and expect lounge music and businessmen working on their laptops.  "Ljubica" and "Arkada" are crowded with students. "Viaz" is where the hip and trendy go. At "Lotus" you'll find the punkers and rockers. "Atrij" gathers the elder population. And so on. In the big cafes, like "Lovre", "Danica" and "Forum", on the most frequented spots you can find everyone. And in those small ones in the alleys, like "Borgo", "Gina" and "Tony", the neighbourhood comes together.

One thing they all have in common: friendly people.

 

almond72 says:
Ahahahaha, I thought so too. darn it, 25% unemployment (what I was told) and yet everyone seems to be at the cafe.
Posted on: Jun 14, 2015
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