KABLO cafe in a brand new Twin City project in Bratislava is a beautiful, cosy and comfortable place for a quick coffee with colleagues or for a long chat with a friend. It is also a place where memories of a once famous cable factory that used to stand here came to life.
Comfy chairs, design accessories and a lovely menu are great and a smiling staff can turn the simplest place into your favourite destination. Still, our favourite cafes are the ones that have something extra, besides the perfect design, good offers and nice people. Something that is able to give a soul even to a brand new venue. That is what we found in our new beloved Bratislava cafe KABLO.
First red-brick buildings of a huge Twin City project have sprung along the Karadzicova street seemingly overnight. Not too long ago the land was covered by a never ending fence and rubble of a 100-year old cable factory. Kablo factory stood at this place since 1895, when it was built by a Vienna businessman Otto Bondy. It was still the largest Slovak cable factory in the 1990’s, before it was closed for good. In its place grew a large modern complex, waiting for the construction of a new Bratislava bus station. Until then, the passers-by can be lured in for a good coffee.
The first thing you notice from the road is a large old school neon sign that seems to be reflected from the inside. The pavement and lawn in front of the cafe are quiet for now, in Spring the bike stands will fill up with stylish pieces and the green lawn will welcome a summer terrace. In Winter, the heart of the cafe is inside. Under the black and white photo wallpaper remembering the last years of the factory, in colourful chairs under the original things given to the cafe by ex-employees of Kablo factory, in old framed images completing the happy modern space.
KABLO cafe was opened by Andrej Körmöndi as his second cafe. He comes from Eastern Slovakia so I’m wondering how did he come to open such a local friendly place when he himself couldn’t really remember the cable factory here. „The truth is, nobody else thought of it,“ says the owner who competed for the space with big cafe chains. His idea to revive the memory of the old factory, however, turned out to be one-of-a-kind. He tells us how touched he was when he found out that employees of the old factory came here to meet and how much love and energy he’s put into this little cafe.
A waiter brings us a fresh fruit raw cake and a mint tea from behind a cute black-and-white patterned bar and looking out on the street, I’m thinking about how fast the city is changing. New buildings, skyscrapers, parking houses, there are new stores and companies, but people, they seem to be humbly going on. Memories of the things we once knew are important and we are happy that there is a place that gave them a second chance, even in a huge developer project like this. The door of this Kablo are open to everyone, and instead of hard work, this time we get a break and a piece of happiness in a cup of coffee.
Kablo can also be find on Facebook.
Text: Miroslava Germanová
Photo: Ondrej Bobek