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Join the Café Society!

The humble café has long proved a welcoming break from a million chores including after a day’s sightseeing or a leisurely drink as you catch up with friends and associates.

The concept of ‘café culture’ is well developed the world over, playing very much on our desires for company in an environment of relaxed comfort that is neither home nor work; perhaps just somewhere to watch the world go by. Cafés also play host to creative types. Indeed, many famous writers and artistes draw their inspiration from working in these places!

The Flexicover Team have put together some fabulous, famous cafes that are well worth a visit!

Café Majestic; Porto, Portugal

Whilst Portugal’s most famous café Café A Braseileria is in its capital city of Lisbon, it’s in Porto, its second city where you can find Café Majestic, a stunning café designed in the art deco style with a lovely terrace and piano music in the evening. For charm, glamour and a wonderful ambience for breakfast, lunch or dinner, or just for coffee and cake, enter the time warp of the 1920-30s at this beautiful ‘belle époque’ café.

Café Central; Vienna, Austria

Housed in a historic palace, Café Central in Vienna is both beautiful and a cultural icon. This is a charming venue with grand chandeliers, arched ceilings and great décor. It has also been called home by some of the greatest poets, philosophers and thinkers like Peter Altenberg, Alfred Adler and Sigmund Freud. So whether you visit for a main meal (try their veal Schnitzel) or for an afternoon pick-me-up (the apple strudel is to die for!), this café is an elegant way to refresh yourself!

Café New York; Budapest, Hungary

Connected to the five star Boscolo Hotel and located on Grand Boulevard, this famous café in Hungary’s capital dates back to the early 20th century where it was the meeting place for artists and members of the literary establishment. A fabulous symbol of the beautiful twin city, stop here for traditional flavours and typical dishes! With its art now reformed to its former glory, it is well worth dropping in.

El Fishawy Coffee Shop; Cairo, Egypt

This smoky, mirrored café is a local institution in Cairo and one of the oldest cafés in the city which has been welcoming visitors and residents alike for over two centuries. It has also played host to students, musicians, artists and intellectuals whilst maintaining its old and authentic décor. Although quite small it is packed with chairs and tables and has seating outside on the street. It's a great place to visit for a traditional mint tea. Feel at home with the locals and see how they pass their time - ask for a hookah pipe of apple or peach flavour if you dare!

Café Tortoni; Buenos Aires, Argentina

The oldest café in the whole country, oozing sophistication and elegance, this café in the Argentine capital is a perfect highlight of the city’s old world charm. It’s a place to relax with coffee and a snack, just like the famous tango star Carlos Gardel did! Don’t miss the amazing tango show which this place is well noted for but do book well in advance!

Wherever you decide to travel for your caffeine charge, and whichever cafés you may visit, Flexicover Direct, the travel insurance specialists are committed to providing you highest level of protection to ensure that you are safe and secure, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year when away.

If you are travelling soon, have a great trip!