A café is a place “where time and space are consumed, but only the coffee is found on the bill” – that’s how UNESCO described the Viennese café culture in 2011 as it was named an “Intangible Cultural Heritage”. Places of coffee consumption of very different kinds are now indispensable as part of urban life all over the world. Such premises are constantly being redefined, reconceived, and restaged. The projects featured comprise an extensive variety of designs and styles, ranging from minimalist, strict and reduced, to opulent and extravagant. In addition to the examples from all over the world, articles and essays tell the reader about very different aspects of coffee (house) culture in the past and present.