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Zum Arabischen Coffe Baum: an old cafe
Coffe Baum is the second oldest coffee house in Europe after "Café Procope" in Paris! It opened in 1694 by Heinrich Schutze.
I wanted to go inside just to check the small coffee museum on the top floor but then we decided to stay and enjoy a coffee here like many famous people the previous 3 centuries (Goethe, Wagner, Schumann etc). Part of the building is also a restaurant but we decided to check the café and it was nice, with an atmosphere from the old times. There were no people around, we just grap a table next to the window (pic 2) where a friendly smiley lady came to serve us. Of course, everything is more expensive than an average cafe but then we remembered that in Greece coffee is expensive even in some run down cafes.
We tried the Baum Spezial coffee (4.65euro), a flavoured tea (4.90e) but there were several other choises like a cappuccino (2.55euro), several flavoured teas, original Turkish coffee(2.95e), chocolates (2.45-6.50e), espresso(2.35e), irish coffee(6.50e), Mexican coffee(4.15e) etc. They also have several pastries to choose, most of them cost 2,5-3 euro, we tried some sacher cake and one more with fruits.
Then we wonder around the small museum for a while, nothing really special but you can see some exhibits about coffee and coffee related items like Meissen coffee porcelain, hundred other cups and coffe grinders etc. There is no entrance fee, it’s open daily 11.00-19.00.
The baroque building itself is interesting and the façade beautiful decorated. Don’t forget to check the sandstone sculpture above the entrance door (pic 3) where you can see an ottoman that offers a capu of coffee to Cupid(God of Love in Roman mythology)
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Coffe Baum: Coffeehouse culture with tradition
This coffeehouse served coffee for the first time in 1694 and is so one of the oldest coffeehouses in Europe. The ambience is old-world-like, very charming.
I had tea here on my previous visit in 2001. Service was excellent.
See my "Must See Activity" tip also.
Update: Stopped here for an afternoon break with my VT friend Christian (Leipzig) on 26 Aug 2007. We had a table in front of the café - a bit cramped seating. The service was again very attentive and quick. I was a bit disappointed they do not serve the excellent Darjeeling tea down there, only in the rooms inside/upstairs. Anyway, the applestrudel was fantastic, the coffee Melange also. Ambience is nice, loved the people watching on the small square.
Favorite Dish: Excellent Darjeeling tea and a piece of Sacher cake. Both delicious.
Add applestrudel with vanilla ice-cream and coffee melange to the delicious things ...
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Coffe Baum: Home of Coffee
This is supposed to be one of the oldest coffee houses in the world! While I was sitting outside having my lunch countless tour groups stopped and learned a lot about the history and famous visitors of that "institution". It's huge! They have 3 different cafes - the Arabian Cafe, the Vienna style cafe, and the French cafe. There is a restaurant, you can sit outside, there are function rooms and the coffee museum (see activity tip).
In the picture you can see the famous "house sign" that gave the building its name - the ARABIAN Coffe Baum". This Baroque style piece of art was added to the house in 1720, but until today nobody knows how made the sign, who ordered, who paid for it - and why. There are stories about it of course involving kings and landladies and love...
Favorite Dish: You get much more than just coffee in this coffee house. I had a great soup made of cress and a yummy Köstritzer beer. And some great great coffee!!
Zum Coffe Baum
This building was built in 1500 and houses a coffee house since 1695.
Inside you can see a museum of the history of coffee - very interesting!
Favorite Dish: Have a cup of coffee at world's oldest coffee house like Gellert, Goethe, Gottsched, Lessing, List, Napoleon, Wagner, Wieck and Schumann before.
Coffe Baum: Oldest or Second oldest ?
There appears to be some confusion about whether this place is the oldest (still operating) coffeehouse in the world, or the second oldest.
It's certainly not the oldest restaurant - as a place in China (Hangzhou I think) beats it by only a couple of thousand years.
This place however is however well worth the visit : a place to argue witha good friends in the tradition of former customers like Goethe, Lessing, Liszt, Wagner and Schumann. I would love to be a fly on the wall of all four of those acually got around a cappuchino at the same time !
The coffee is well made, and well priced. Despite being used by tour companies on their "see Leipzig" excursions the place does not seem to rely on its past glories for trade.
Favorite Dish: Try some of the cakes alongside you caffine fix - especially the chocolate moouse cake
Cafe Baum..the name of a...
Cafe Baum..the name of a coffee and also reportedly the second oldest coffee house in Europe..three levels..excellent !
Second choice is Paulaner Brau haus
This area is sort of a restaurant row for Leipzig with lots of outdoor places..everything is excellent in this area
Favorite Dish: in the Paulaner I would return in a heart beat for the Nurnburg bratwurst with sauerkraut and bratkartoefflen.
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