If you have ever felt that awkward feeling that you are overstaying your welcome in a cafe by abusing the Wi-Fi connection while you haven’t ordered anything in 3 hours, you can now rest assured. A place where that wouldn’t be a problem already exists.
Recently in East London, UK a new one-of-a-kind coffee place opened its doors for customers looking for a new and different positive experience. The cafe is called Ziferblat and it offers all the coffee, tea and biscuits you could possibly consume absolutely for free. The only catch is that you need to pay for the time you stay there. It costs 3p or 5 cents per minute.
Ziferblat actually means “the face of a clock” in Russian and German (Ziffeblatt). The cafe operates entirely on its customers’ good intentions and honesty. They need to take an alarm clock upon arrival and literally time their stay before they pay for it. The guests are considered to be more of “micro-tenants” rather than actual paying customers. Whoever wants to can help themselves to some free snacks or prepare a homemade meal. You can also use the professional coffee machine to prepare a top notch coffee for yourself. If you clean afterwards and wash up your dishes it will be greatly appreciated but it’s not absolutely obligatory.
The coffee place is owned by a Russian named Ivan Mitin and he already has a chain of 10 similar coffee places in Russia welcoming more than 30,000 guests per month.