The Most Beautiful Café in the World

The Most Beautiful Café in the World

The best, the most beautiful, these are very subjective things. I've read many superlatives about it but what I can say about the New York Café in Budapest is that it is very nice, very beautiful and very good. If you do a google search for most beautiful café in the world, the results bring up several lists, most of which have the New York Café as number one. Since it's the only one on those lists that I've actually been to - and it's number one - I'm not going to argue with it.

The name comes from the fact that the New York Life Insurance company built the building as an eastern European headquarters in 1894. If they were still using the building at the end of world war II, when the communists took over, they lost it when the building was nationalized. I'm assuming it would have been insured. In 2006 it got a much needed restoration and became a five star hotel.

The Café - it seems a bit preposterous to call a place like this a café - has now returned to it's former glory and it is quite a sight to behold. Ornate beyond belief with columns and frescos and paintings and marble and, and, and…

Budapest is quite proud of it's Paris of the East reputation and places like this certainly help a visitor to understand where it comes from. The Belle Époque, indeed.

My other photographs from Budapest can be found in the gallery.

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Camera: NIKON D90
Lens Type: 10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5
Focal Length: 10 mm
35mm Focal Length: 15 mm
Exposure: 1/3 sec
Aperture: f 8
ISO: 100


Taken: 2011-08-08 13:32:19
Posted: 2012-11-18 | 10:41





The Most Beautiful Café in the World

The Most Beautiful Café in the World

The best, the most beautiful, these are very subjective things. I've read many superlatives about it but what I can say about the New York Café in Budapest is that it is very nice, very beautiful and very good. If you do a google search for most beautiful café in the world, the results bring up several lists, most of which have the New York Café as number one. Since it's the only one on those lists that I've actually been to - and it's number one - I'm not going to argue with it.

The name comes from the fact that the New York Life Insurance company built the building as an eastern European headquarters in 1894. If they were still using the building at the end of world war II, when the communists took over, they lost it when the building was nationalized. I'm assuming it would have been insured. In 2006 it got a much needed restoration and became a five star hotel.

The Café - it seems a bit preposterous to call a place like this a café - has now returned to it's former glory and it is quite a sight to behold. Ornate beyond belief with columns and frescos and paintings and marble and, and, and…

Budapest is quite proud of it's Paris of the East reputation and places like this certainly help a visitor to understand where it comes from. The Belle Époque, indeed.

My other photographs from Budapest can be found in the gallery.

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Camera: NIKON D90
Lens Type: 10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5
Focal Length: 10 mm
35mm Focal Length: 15 mm
Exposure: 1/3 sec
Aperture: f 8
ISO: 100


Taken: 2011-08-08 13:32:19
Posted: 2012-11-18 | 10:41


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