The largest open-air café in the world, everywhere on the sidewalk.

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What is the open-air café of BenchesCollective?

Together we transform public space into a meeting place for everyone. The largest open-air café in the world consists of ‘opened’ benches on the sidewalk in front of houses, in the park or on a city square. 

As a bench host 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. At the opened benches you’ll meet all your neighbours. From students, young families and chatty granny’s to playful kids. Together we form an international movement that aims to create more friendly, socially inclusive and fun cities and communities. 

Follow BenchesCollective on social media to stay up to date on when the big open-air café will be (suspended tot stay safe in corona times). But we’re getting ready for a comeback: it’s time to celebrate sidewalk life, now more than ever!

Since 2014 over 1.500 benches opened in 20+ countries. Check the calendar or read more >

1. Register your bench

Click on register your bench, think of a nice name en pick a location. Everybody can open a bench in the on the pavement, in a park, or a square nearby. Of course you can also use some chairs or a picnic blanket.

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 register 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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