Be’kech opened in June. At first glance, it appears to be a normal café, but it’s a little different. Drinks such as coffee and tea—as well as their light menu of bread and salads—are all free of charge. Payment is on a time-based system. Customers are charged 5 cents for each minute they stay in the café. This café is an “anti-café,” an expression coined by one of the founders, Louna Sbou. It doesn’t profit from selling coffee. This café aims to create a space where people can make contacts and widen their networks through communication. “Nomadic workers who use cafés as their offices are on the rise, so cafés are starting to change,” says Sbou who has analyzed this trend. Be’kech also holds music and art events in the evenings and looks to become a new epicenter for cultural exchange.
Words: Hideko Kawachi
Address: Exerzierstrasse 14, 13357 BerlinTel: 030-8443-2633Access: Osloer StrasseOpening hours: 9am-7pm (Monday-Friday), 11am-7pm (Saturday and Sunday)