One café in Sydney, Australia has an unusual marketing proposition: For the entire month of June, your coffee is free if you kiss the person you came with. The only catch? You have to do the smooching between the hours of 9 and 11 a.m. Otherwise you have to pay the regular $3.50 price for the fresh brew.
What kind of kiss? Apparently, air-kissing won’t suffice here. “It has to be a real kiss…a true kiss. I can see if it is a fake kiss. I am kind of a specialist,” one French waiter at the three-month old Metro St James teases a middle-aged couple in the video shown here.
Sure, it’s a gimmick. But so far, it’s getting positive reviews on the cafe’s Facebook page. “What a good idea! This should be done all over!” wrote one commenter. Or, as one French speaker put it: “Il y a de l’amour dans l’air, bonne journée!”
Apparently the food’s not bad, either. According to Time Out Sydney, which gave the Hyde Park bistro a four-star rating, “if you only eat one thing here, make it the chocolate and berry pudding. It’s a sort of French take on bread and butter pudding, made from pressed croissants all bound with chilled crème anglaise.”
On thing we’d like to know, however: If there is no one to tag along with you, can you can just plant one on a cute waiter?