You know us modern time travellers, tourists and vagabonds, always on a lookout for something to tag with the word ‘authentic’ as if this word magically would render any sight we might stumble upon more valuable, more immemorable, more instagrammable.
I am no better, I have written pages after pages (and then some more) of these little crannies and nooks around Europe, where an ‘authentic ambiance’ prevails. Such as this post here, about an olden time coffee shop near Victoria Station in London, or this one, of our Finnish Market Halls.
But sometimes (nay, always!) I also look for something to tag as ‘global’: a coffee shop which sells flat whites and has chunky pieces of cakes to go with it.
Especially recently, as my travels have tended to be quick sprees on moors, Alps and cities alike, I go around like a mad person to fit in one trip two aspects of my professional life: supporting my family business and supporting my own writing business. This triple function of travel (1 for business 2 for work and 3 for travel itself), needless to say, requires a hefty amount of caffeine. And when my mind is cluttered from impromptu business meetings in buzzing lunch restaurants or from the colourful sights of the old town, I crave for something I know, something easy, something that is the same everywhere. Something where I know what I’ll get.
And this is where the third wave coffee shops step in – and they step in with a tray of good quality, tasty and universally ‘atmospheric’ (yes, this is one of those tags as well) coffee shop experience.
Largo has the basics every third wave coffee shop has, from the shadelessly hanging lamps to cool music and stylish clientele. Well, it’s French, and they just seem to have got it when it comes to style. It is also conveniently situated at the edges of the old town area, near the tourist office in Bonlieu Centre and just five minutes stroll away from the ever-so-beautiful (not to tag ‘scenic’) Lac d’Annecy.
I found Café Largo on my first of three days in Annecy, and sunshine or rain, I returned each day for their flat white and banana and peanut cake – one day I went twice. They sold scores of smoothies too, and on the last day I had one as a takeaway, for the few kilometer walk up to the Basilica of the Visitation and back. And although I had read online that the view from the Basilica is the best over Annecy let me say this: the best thing on this “scenic hike” was the smoothie.
Unfortunately, I got hooked on Largo’s banana cake on my first visit and, apart from this lifesaving smoothie, was unable to taste anything else even though I returned to the crime scene multiple times.
Also, I was unable to take a photo of the devil’s cake.
Which makes me think…that I need to go back to Annecy, just for one more piece…
P.S. I blame the banana cake, it just blew my mind so I was unable to take more pics in Largo. Nevertheless, feel free to see some ‘atmospheric’ photos of my trip to Annecy in this link!
P.P.S. Ah, some banana cake, s’il vous plaît! Now you understand what I’m talking about.