Cafeneaua Veche 9 Restaurant & Theatre

SelfDezign were tasked with delivering the Cafeneaua Veche 9 Restaurant & Theatre as a space that honored old world charm and history while maintaining a modern appeal.

  • area / size 6,458 sqft
  • Year 2022
  • Location Bucharest, Romania,
  • Type Restaurant,
  • Cafeneaua Veche 9 is Cafeneaua Veche from 1812, which was frequented by Eminescu, Veronica Micle, Caragiale and King Carol the IInd.

    The challenge? Preserving its historical value, while making the place relevant for the present world.

    The ground floor, with rooms arranged in steps, consists of 4 chambers (restaurant & coffee shop) with a cross vaulted roof and a professional kitchen.

    The rooms with high, curved windows are separated by arches whose end perspective is the “Tree of Life” – symbolizing the rebirth of this place.

    The layout of the basement gallery has light as its main element, that helps creating scenographic effects suited to any type of event. The focal point of the space is the stage.

    Guests discover something new with each visit. In the morning, the coffee shop, remote work before afternoon in the lounge area. At lunch, pizza in the central bar. Dinner in the main restaurant, business talks in the VIP room. In the evening, a jazz show in the gallery.

    Design: SelfDezign
    Design Team: Irina Stoica, Daniela Ulea, Maria Mota
    Contractor: ARTFM Office Concept
    Photography: Stelian Popa