Exhibition of Budapest’s Old Coffee Houses

On Thursday, June 15, the exhibition “What Happens on Earth, Happens Here!” will open on the 5th floor of the Kiek in de Kök artillery tower at the Tallinn City Museum.

Diverse photographs, texts, and artifacts recalling the legendary old coffee houses of Budapest will adorn the highest floor of the medieval fortification tower until August 31, 2023.

The exhibition delves into the splendid history of coffee houses and convinces visitors of the accuracy of the words presented by writer Dezső Kosztolányi in his 1914 essay “Budapest – kávéváros” (Budapest – the coffee city): “What happens on Earth, happens here!” The coffee house exhibition takes you on a historical journey from the late 17th century to the 1980s, providing an overview of the development of the city that rose to become a Central European metropolis in the second half of the 19th century, through the lens of the bitter, dark drink that arrived from Turkey and the buildings constructed for its consumption.

One could find and acquire so many things there!

The exhibition was created on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the merging of the cities of Pest, Buda, and Óbuda into Budapest in 1873.

It takes place in parallel with the exhibition “Endless Coffee Drinking” at the Kiek in de Kök Fortification Museum’s Gate Tower, which explores the history of Tallinn’s cafes.