French café culture is world famous, but I honestly think Croatians have perfected this simple act of drinking coffee. You see, in Croatia we don't take our coffee to go. No no, we don't rush it. We drink a single cup for hours. A warm strong coffee, whether it's an espresso from a coffee bar or an old school dark Turkish coffee cooked on the stove at home, the point is that coffee is critical to Croatians existence.
Also, going to a café bar is where everything gets done: it’s where friends meet, where deals are made, its how favours are asked, its how people are hired, fired, introduced, married, divorced, everything. Everything involves coffee. "Ajmo na kavu" [eng. Let’s go for coffee] is the most spoken invitation to socialize. Even more so, Saturday morning coffee fall into a special category. In Zagreb this is called "špica" and it means being where the action is or in the very centre of the city. Coffee on špica is all about seeing the world and being seen, so you put on your best clothes and sunglasses for stalking who else showed up at špica.
This picture was taken yesterday late afternoom while I was having coffee with a friend in a most Insta-photographed café bar in Zagteb.