The Landscape Guide

Cafe Garden

The word 'cafe' derives from coffee. Coffee was introduced to Istanbul by the Ottoman Turks and the world's first coffee shop opened there in 1475. A law made it legal for a woman to divorce her husband if he failed to supply with a daily quota of coffee. From Istanbul coffee travelled to Italy and from there to north Europe. England's first coffee house opened in 1652. It the eighteenth century it became an expensive drink for the upper classes. In the nineteenth century it spread to the middle classes and in the twentieth century to the entire population of Europe. The word cafe came into use as a place to drink coffee. Some gardens but coffee has never been as closely associated with gardening as tea. Coffee remains a sophisticated drink for urban dwellers seeking stimulation.

Street cafe in Zurich

Cafe in Prague