Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Homeless again

I just had the saddest news today. My favourite coffee shop in Oslo, Påfyll, is closing after nine years. And suddenly, too, this Sunday is their last day of business. The reason was the usual one here in Grünerløkka, the landlord got greedy and raised the rent to an impossible level for a small, local café.

Not the first, not the last to go, I'm sure. It's just that I get so attached to the places I choose to make mine. I like to go there alone and sit in the window, just soaking it all in, people, light, seasons, life.

I was heartbroken when I had to say goodbye to my first coffee love, Dromedar, when I moved from Trondheim to Oslo. I had spent every afternoon after work there, and most Saturdays and Sundays, too. I'd sit at a window table, nursing my latte, studying cobble stones and old crooked houses and the pale copper green of the cathedral tower, and I still miss it very much.

In Oslo, I didn't find a place I really liked until I started frequenting the tiny place in Thorvald Meyer street. No cathedral, no cobble stones, no crooked houses, but window seats to a busy street theatre, a very friendly owner, and the best and largest caramel latte around.

Since Magnus arrived (not long after the above photo was taken), I've had very little time to myself, but most of the few minutes I've managed to snatch have been spent at Påfyll. I was going to bring my computer and write there during Pan's paternity leave. I was going to take Magnus as soon as he's able to sit on his own. I was going to get iced latte and sit on the tiny bench outside when the days got hot.

Now where will I go?


Li:ne said...

Buhuu :(
I do hopetall there will be a reopening somewhere nearby. It won't be the same, though.

Catherine Denton said...

Oh no, that's awful! I've had it happen to me and it's heartbreaking.

Li:ne said...

Ok. My iPhone obviously thought hopetall was the word I wanted to write. I couldn't possible mean hope, could I?

Is this a sign? Hope not (hopetall not).

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camilla said...

I am so sorry for you, I hope somewhere even more amazing opens up nearby instead.
it's so sad that seemlingly all good things must come to an end.

Anonymous said...

Fortunatly, I got the sad news before I left town last Saturday, and got the chance to have my last coffee and snack ever at Påfyll's. The melancoly I felt reading your entry has given in to anger. Grrrrrrr. Greed and arrogance. My favorite combination.