You wouldn't need to go to a cafe per se, if a cup of coffee was all you wanted. Of course, if it were conveniently located just round the corner, then why not. But most of the time, the reason you go to a cafe is not purely the coffee.
And I doubt it was the coffee that made these cafés great centres of intellectual, literary and artistic fecundity. Quite to the contrary, cafes being at the crossroads of serious and informal, sometimes boisterous and crowded, other times placid and contemplative, with no boundaries of class, ethnicity or origin preventing people from entering - all that likely set the stage for these creative minds to wander and be inspired.
And that's also why we want to be one of the few cafes in Myanmar to offer our walls and our space up to intellectual, artistic, literary and even musical expression. We do it differently, and hopefully it brings a new breath of fresh air to the Yangon cafe scene.
If you're into history or literature, or simply need an excuse to travel, check out our list of the top 5 most famous cafés in the world:
1.Café La Rotonde, Montparnasse, Paris, France
"No matter what cafe in Montparnasse you ask a taxi-driver to bring you to from the right bank of the river, they always take you to the Rotonde" - The Sun Also Rises, E. Hemingway
2. Le Dôme, Montparnasse, Paris, France
Unfortunately, now a more established seafood restaurant, no longer catering to up-and-coming artists and writers.
3. Literaturnoe Kafe, St. Petersburg, Russia
Opened in 1816, and said to be the last café visited by poet Alexander Pushkin before he died in a duel.
4. Les Deux Magots, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris, France
Known as Hemingway's favourite spot in Paris, and also served the likes of Arthur Rimbaud, Simone de Beauvoir, André Gide, Jean Giraudoux, Jean Paul Sartre, and even Picasso
5. Café Braunerhof, Vienna, Austria
Located near the Habsburg city palace, this is said to be writer Thomas Bernhard's favourite spot.