In Wiesbaden, at the Slow Time Cafe, an all-you-can-eat buffet for customers who only pay for time spent in the cafe
The buffet restaurant first opened in April in the German town of Wiesbaden, and is the creation of Daria Volkova, who arrived in Germany five years ago from her native Russia where this type of cafe is already well-established.
There is an entrance fee of 2 euros, at which time customers receive a bracelet marked with their arrival time. The first 30 minutes are free, after which customers pay 0,05 euros a minute, or 3 euros for each hour spent in the cafe. The walls are covered with clocks showing different times, a cunning means of making customers forget the time and encouraging them to simply relax.
The concept behind this buffet restaurant fosters social interaction, located in a small space (75m2) that can hold up to 25 people. Customers can eat and drink their fill of the buffet, and also bring their own food, while making the most of the Wi-Fi, board games, and selection of books.
So far, the creator hasn’t reached her goal of 11 customers per hour, and it seems the concept, brand new to Germans, will take some getting used to.
Practical information: Slow Time Cafe, Nerostraße 39, 65183 Wiesbaden