Thanks, Old Rabbit
. I hope this will eventually be an illustration in a novel about these characters.
...Cafés were called "coffee houses" prior to the 19th century, and didn't exist outside of the Middle East prior to the introduction of coffee to Europe in the 17th century.
I'm also trying to evoke sidewalk cafes from later periods, but you're right, it is anachronistic. Actually, I'm glad somebody pointed this out, because I almost mentioned something in the description.
Here's how I think of anachronism in period fantasy. In "Who Framed Roger Rabbit", cartoon characters appear that didn't exist in the setting of 1947, such as the penguins from "Mary Poppins" (1964). However, they're all from the Golden Age of theatrical animation. So the penguins are OK, but if Scooby-Doo or the Ninja Turtles got in there, it would be all wrong. Likewise, I figure it's okay for my characters to be drinking coffee instead of a more period-appropriate hot beverage. But if one them was listening to an iPod, the whole thing would fall apart
Of course, it's also possible that coffee caught on in the kingdom of Quintessentia before it reached the rest of Europe