It was a tough move to rate this historic cafe "average" and not "very good." The location is wonderful (particularly on a fine, warm & sunny Spring or Summer morning). The interior is attractive and spacious and inviting, with a delightful spread of cakes and a nice selection of newspapers.
I assume the high prices are also reflective of the Cafe's historical status as a landmark cafe as well as the fact that, well, it is highly frequented by travelers from far and wide and its a prime location. Compared to prices I experienced throughout the city, my eyebrow raised a bit when I saw the prices on the menu but I decided it was worth it for the "experience." Part of the experience did not include very good customer service but that can be quite normal throughout the region.
My coffee drink (with a particular liqueur and nice heaping dollop of whip cream) was, I thought, ridiculously expensive but also ridiculously delicious. I just might splurge again on one fine coffee drink when I am back in the city. Perhaps...
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