bijou /ˈbiːʒuː/ Meaning “small but elegant and tasteful”
If you’re in the mood for a Cafe Bajer coffee in Pardubice you’re somewhat spoiled for choice with a selection of two cafes to choose from. The first cafe which I talked about in the previous post has a younger sibling right next to the Green Tower by The Old Square. It’s a more intimate place but no less interesting with the same attention to detail as its older companion.
The highlight for me on being shown around was the original musical box that greets you on the way into the cafe but gives no real hint to the layperson as to its actual purpose. When Milan brought me over to see it I thought it was just a cabinet with a pretty painting on the front. But then he opened it and revealed a most fascinating creation, a music box. And it still works as Milan demonstrated when he wound up the handle and it kicked into life. I was immediately transported back to a previous time, where cafes like this would have been more like dance halls and the music played loud. Although an artificial music created by a series of points on a rotating drum it sounded far richer than some of the garbage you hear today. It even has a coin slot on the side so you could say it’s one of the first jukeboxes ever made. A fascinating addition to the impressive collection of antiques.
This particular cafe specialises in one fantastic thing…..chocolate. Their hot chocolate is……*wipes drool off floor*. It’s pretty damn good. You’ve had a crappy day in work? Life getting you down? Head straight for Cafe Bajer by the tower and order yourself one of these bad boys.
There’s some really interesting items on display in the original shelving unit including menus from now closed cafes in Pardubice as well as books on the various art styles present in the antiques and the history of Pardubice. I have one of Judith Miller’s Art Nouveau books and it was a pleasure to see it among the collection. Milan showed me one of his pieces that is actually featured in one of the books. Always nice to own a famous piece of art.
I can’t decide which of the two Cafe Bajer’s I prefer to be honest. I think they both have similar atmospheres, both serve delicious coffee and both have fascinating history on display. I guess the only way to pick really is to flip a coin. Thing is you’ll be happy if it’s heads…….or tails.