It had the longest counter in the world where coffee houses are concerned. This salon is so long and so grand. I can imagine it in the grand days of being part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It was probably closed in the days under the communist. In those days, it was illegal to operate a coffee shop or even a little coffee kiosk. The revolution started among the intellectuals who, while drinking coffee, was spreading their dissatisfaction. That was about 20 years ago. Today Budapest is thriving and has a vibrant coffee drinking culture. It was still warm and all the patrons were seated outside.