A long time ago, in 1979 the world was full of remarkable political, economic and cultural events.
On that diverse basis in Soviet Lviv, on one of the oldest streets – Virmenska Street, in a house under number No.19 (when Lviv was a Polish city there was located a Bader’s studio, a studio of a fashion jewelry master), there was opened a coffee house, which was fated to become the iconic one. In spite of the fact that Virmenka was famous for the most delicious coffee, it became a gathering-spot of “Flower Children".
The news about hippies’ hang outs was spreading all over the Soviet Union. Here came hipsters, pacificists, painters, actors, and rock musicians from Moscow, Leningrad, Vilnius, Tallinn and other cities. Here they exchanged clandestine copies of suppressed literature, were reading then forbidden Solzhenitsyn, Bulgakov, listening to the forbidden rock-n-roll.There were days when the coffee house was overcrowded. It housed up to one hundred people, and as the result, there was created an incredible scene outside it, -remembers Alik Olisevych and compares it with famous café "Saigon" in St. Petersburg.
There were only seven tables inside Virmenka. The line of those willing to drink coffee in Virmenka was so long that it went outside the bounds of thecafé. That is why that was the place that gave birth to the tradition to go outside with a cup of coffee, sit on the pavement or at the entrance to the house. All these were forbidden in the Soviet timesand often police chased the visitors.
They there were rescued by Sofiya and Nadiya the then waitresses of Virmenka, who were letting them go out by the back door to the court.
Virmenka has often been remembered in the works of many artists. The famous writer Yurii Vynnychuk wrote: "It has been considered that the best coffee in Lviv is brewed on Virmenska Street and in Nektar, which is located on Saksahanskyi Street. That is why all the representatives of the so-called coffee elite have gone in the daytime only to these cafes. Virmenska Street attracted hippies and Nektar was visited by actors and representatives of clerisy. They were meeting at the definitetime – each group at varying times and coffee was a good reason for such meetings ".