The largest open-air café in the world, everywhere on the pavement!

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Together we open the largest open-air café in the world. Here you’ll meet all your neighbours, right on your doorstep. From students, young families and chatty granny’s to playful kids. Join the open-air café in the weekend of July 1st & 2nd or choose your own date.

The open-air café consists of opened benches on the pavement in front of houses, in the park or on a city square. Open your bench via the website and invite your neighbours, friends and family. As a BenchesHost you decide your opening times and what you want to serve: a nice cup of coffee, home baked cake, a marble competition or dancing lesson. Anything is possible! Visitors bring some snacks or give a donation.

Since 2014 over 1000 benches opened in 17 countries. Together we form an international movement that aims to create more friendly, social and spontaneous public space. Open a bench and join in!

1. Open your bench

Click on open your bench, think of a nice name en pick a location. Everybody can open a bench in the shared open living room on the pavement.

2. What will you serve?

A nice cup of coffee with homemade cookies? Swopping clothes or a salsa workshop? Serve whatever you like!
Check out the previous benches for inspiration and list your own.

3. Invite your neighbours

The more, the merrier! Invite all your neighbours, some friends and family to your open bench. And afterwards, leave the bench in front of your house to meet neighbours more often.

4. Go Bench hopping!

Visit a couple of benches and get to know neighbours. Want to combine bench hopping with your own café? Choose a limited opening time and afterwards…
invite your guests along on your route.

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