The largest outdoor livingroom in the world, right on your pavement!

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BenchesCollective turns the streets into the largest outdoor café in the world. ‘Open’ a bench in front of your house, in your street or in the park and invite your neighbours. Or enjoy visiting other benches in the neighbourhood. The owners of the (adopted) benches choose what time they open and what they want to serve: from a cup of coffee to a tasty lunch and from a beautiful story to a salsa lesson. Guests bring something to eat or drink or give a donation.

Almost 1000 benches opened already! In 2016 there were two big BenchesDays in June and September and several local BenchesDays. Many more to come! Join in and open a bench or organise a local BenchesDay with your neighbours!


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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