BEST CAFES AROUND THE WORLD

Travel Bloggers Reveal the 20 Best Cafes Around The World

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The secrets out. We LOVE coffee! Even better than the coffee itself, is the surroundings your submersed in while sipping on those freshly ground beans. When we get to a new, unknown, and unexplored city we always set out to find that perfect cafe.  Apparently, so do other travel bloggers – here are the best cafes around the world, as told by travel bloggers!

Coffee Gurus Unite: The 20 Best Cafes Around the World

Stuart at Am I Nearly There Yet says Aunty Pegs in Melbourne, Australia

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Why is it the best? As huge coffee snobs, discovering and chilling out in epic coffee shops has been a huge part of our traveling lifestyle! Our favorite has to be Aunty Pegs, an epic cafe tucked down a side street in the heart of Melbourne, Australia! It’s all about industrial chic design in this vast warehouse space… Of course, they have multiple roasters for their own beans… Of course they have all the best custom espresso machines – and obviously, they sell $40 per cup rare varieties..!
 …And they only serve it black – that’s right, no milk! No syrups or chocolate sprinkles either! So next time you’re in Melbs and want a proper cup hit up Aunty Pegs!

Hannah at Getting Stamped says Purr Cat Cafe Bangkok, Thailand

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Why is it the best?  One of the furriest and cutest cafe in the world is found in the crazy city of Bangkok. If you are heading to Bangkok and looking for a unique cafe make sure to check out Purr Cat Cafe. While you enjoy a cup of coffee or cool down for a brownie ice cream sundae, some of the cutest cats will keep you entertained. Gorgeous cats everywhere, walking above your head on their “walkway”, chasing glitter balls, relaxing on your table, or if you’re lucky curled up in your lap. You can even buy the cats a bowl of milk, which will make you the most popular person in the room. Prices are comparable with other cafes in Bangkok, and it’s super easy to find only 10-minute walk from the BTS stop, Thong Lor.

Sonja at Migrating Miss says Lovecrumbs in Edinburgh, Scotland

Best Cafes around the world: Lovecrumbs, in Edinburgh

Why is it the best?  The best cafe I have ever found while travelling was luckily in my home base of Edinburgh, so I was able to spend many happy times there, enjoying the cake, coffee and free wifi. Lovecrumbs is a cake-only cafe, but if you ever go, you’ll see why cake is all you need! The cakes are displayed in a wooden dresser, with the offerings of the day described on a blackboard. Everything I have had there has been amazing, the coffee included. These aren’t just your traditional chocolate and carrot cakes (although these options are divine!) but there are different flavours like coffee & rose, cardamon & white chocolate, and fig & vanilla. Add these delectable cakes, brownies and slices to the perfect setting in an old Edinburgh shop with mismatched vintage furniture and a window seat ideal for people watching and frittering away the day in and I’m in heaven. Located in West Port near the Grassmarket, this cafe should be on everyone’s list when visiting Edinburgh. 

Stefan at Nomadic Boys says MK Classico Cafe in Kuching, Malaysia.

Best Cafes around the world: Nomadic Boys in MK Classico Cafe in Kuching, Sarawak, Borneo Malaysia, August 2015

Why is it the best?  In August 2015, we spent a month exploring Malaysia Borneo and based ourselves for most of it in Kuching in Sarawak. We loved it. It’s got a really chilled vibe and people so warm and eager to show off the place to you. We made a lot of friends in Kuching and would meet at the super cool MK Classico Cafe (at Lot 30, Section 47, Jln Tabuan). MK Classico is very homey with quite quirky decoration making it almost like a gallery. But the real highlight for us were the cakes. Especially the pandan gula apong (ie palm sugar pandan) cake.

Noel at Travel Photo Discovery says the Musee d’Orsay Restaurant in Paris, France

Best Cafes around the world: Paris

Why is it the best?  If you want to go to one of the most glamorous museum restaurants in Paris and one of the best cafes around the world, you need to make reservations for lunch at the Musee d’Orsay restaurant. After a wonderful visit to the many impressionistic galleries the museum is celebrated for, a lunch break is the perfect time to exit to the restaurant and believe me, everything is excellent. I went for the Prix fix lunch and it made for a perfect day in Paris.

Gemma at Two Scots Abroad says Panadería in Tayrona National Park, Colombia 

Best Cafes around the world: Pandaria Tayrona National Park

Why is it the best? Panadería in Tayrona National Park can only mean one thing ­- dense bread with melted chocolate in the middle! Get it whilst it’s hot. I read about this cafe/bakery in the Lonely Planet guidebook and put it high on our itinerary whilst visiting Colombia’s national park. It’s a little tricky to find but if you walk the coastal route as opposed to through the trees you will stumble across it nestled between the beaches! The bakery has other options for those with a savoury tooth.

Carole at Berkeley and Beyond says Sweetleaf Coffee in Long Island City, Queens, NYC

Best Cafes around the world: Queens-Long Island City Sweetleaf Coffee

Why is it the best?  More retro coffeehouse than a cute cafe, cozy Sweetleaf Coffee in Long Island City, Queens, is a great place to visit for a snack—perhaps a savory pepper-pear scone and some dark hot chocolate like I enjoyed.  Though it is tiny, it has a choice of three spaces to sit—a sunny area with overstuffed chairs, a laptop room adjacent to the glass-wall kitchen where you can see the yummy goodies being made, and a record room in back where you can choose from several hundred old-time records and take over the turntable.  I’m looking forward to a return visit.

Matilda at The Travel Sisters says Ms. Bunny in Tokyo, Japan

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Why is it the best? Tokyo is well-known for quirky cafes but our absolute favorite is Ms. Bunny, near the Roppongi Metro station.  As the name hints, Ms. Bunny is no ordinary cafe.  For a small fee, visitors can cuddle, play with and feed real live bunnies.  Apparently, there are quite a few of these cafes scattered around the city as many locals find it relaxing to stop by during lunch or after work.  We were so enamored with our new furry friends, we never actually bothered to even drink anything.  

Eileen at Crooked Flight says Blómasetrið – Kaffi Kyrrð in Borgarnes, Iceland

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Why is it the best? I landed in Iceland with just the hotels booked and few other plans. This led us to a cozy cafe on the first day in the town of Borgarnes, about an hour north of Reykjavik. Called Blómasetrið – Kaffi Kyrrð, this eclectic shop and cafe looks like grandma’s house and smells of her baking. I had a swiss mocha and slice of freshly made quiche while I settled into a giant plush chair surrounded by books and local artwork. The woman running the show was warm and didn’t mind if we sat there all day, avoiding the blustery wind and snow outside. Locals popped in from time to time to proclaim hello and hug the owner. I felt like I had lived there my whole life.

Lance at Travel Addicts says Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans, Louisiana 

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Why is it the best? One of the most iconic cafes in the world is Café Du Monde in New Orleans.  Since 1862, this café on the banks of the Mississippi River has been serving café au lait and beignets to tourists and locals alike.  Open 24 hours a day (except when a hurricane rolls through town), Café Du Monde is the place where New Orleans meets to socialize and read the paper.

Lies at Non Stop Destination says Bombay Bicycle Club in Cape Town, South Africa 

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Why is it the best? I visited the Bombay Bicycle Club when I was living in Cape Town for 2 months. It’s a very quirky bar and restaurant on one of Cape Town’s popular streets. It has so many peculiar features, I don’t even know where to begin! From swings and full sized beds hanging from the ceiling to an odd selection of items adorning every inch of the walls. The whole place looks like ordered chaos and every second you’ll discover something new. You can enjoy tasty South African wines as well as delicious cocktails. I haven’t tried their food, but their venison carpaccio, pear and brie salad and phyllo parcels sound mouth-watering!

Kylie at Between England and Iowa says Gelarto Rosa in Budapest, Hungary

Best Cafes around the world: Gelarto Rosa - Budapest
Why is it the best? Located opposite St. Stephen’s Basilica, Gelarto Rosa is a cute little ice cream parlor/cafe.  I visited in winter and it was perfect to escape the snow and people watch through the window!  They specialize in making ice cream in the shape of roses (I had white chocolate and lavender!) and their hot chocolate is so thick it tastes just like melted chocolate, amazing!

Swati at Lost in Maps says Funky Monkey Café in Pushkar, India

Best Cafes around the world: Funky Monkey Cafe
Why is it the best? Pushkar is a tiny town in Rajasthan, India, known mainly for the cattle fair that is held there every year. Apart from that, Hindu pilgrims visit this town for various temples around the Pushkar lake.But lately, it has become famous for its hippie vibe that attracts more young crowd including Indians and foreigners. That has given way to backpackers hostels and cozy cafes. It is also one of the popular destinations for Photographers.  Away from the hustle-bustle of the main street but not too far off is Funky Monkey and is clearly my favorite in town. The most spacious place I found in Pushkar. Their walls are done in funky paintings of Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd. Apart from the regular, all-day menu, they have a scrumptious breakfast menu that probably sets them apart. Fresh fruits, a steaming cup of coffee, muesli, pancake or sandwiches, they make it all and they do it well.

Guilherme at Slow Spirit says Catmosphere in Chiang Mai, Thailand 

Best Cafes around the world: Chaing Mai_Catmostphere
Why is it the best? We went to Catsmophere just three days after we arrived in Chiang Mai, you can find it just outside the Nimman area, a two-minute walk from the junction between Canal Road and Huaykaew Road. As you can probably guess it’s a Cat Cafe and a great one! The futuristic décor coupled with the super fluffy felines jumping up and down make you want to go back every week. They serve hot and iced coffees, brownies and burgers. Just don’t let the cats eat it!

Natasha at The World Pursuit (That’s Me) says Singer Cafe in Krakow, Poland

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Why is it the best? We visited the Singer Cafe, located in the Kazimierz district of Krakow, Poland. Each table at the cafe has an old Singer sewing machine on top, and the whole place is heated with one massive fireplace. This place is a cafe by day, and popular bar by night. The Singer Cafe is one of the best Cafes around the world, perfect for those cold winter nights in Europe.

Geri at When Woman Travels says Memento in Sofia, Bulgaria 

Best Cafes around the world: Cafe Memento in Sofia Bulgaria
Why is it the best? Everyone in Sofia knows or has heard of “Memento”. There are three reasons for that. The first and very important is that in this coffee house you always get one of the best espressos and cappuccinos in the city. The second reason is that with its contemporary interior (that has absolute club vibe even during the day) and its smiling young staff the place is cozy and inviting every time you visit it. The third reason is its location. There are four Memento coffee houses in Sofia and they are all located at busy and easy to find places. The photos are from probably the best of all – Memento NDK. It is my favorite. It’s easy to find, facing the metro station ‘NDK’, and is at few minutes walk from the city’s heart – the pedestrian Vitosha Boulevard. Memento is not a quirky place but you are always sure to get the best service and coffee. Put it in your Sofia bucket list!   

Maria at Maria Abroad says Extraordinary Desserts in San Diego, California 

Why is it the best? Extraordinary Desserts in San Diego is truly extraordinary. I friend of mine from Berlin told me about this place before I moved to San Diego and by chance, I rented an apartment less than 2 blocks away. Needless to say, I spent many afternoons and evenings there, indulging in their amazing treats. Decadent desserts are decorated with orchids and gold flakes, every spoonful not just pretty, but also delectable. The dark and rich chocolate ganache paired with the bursting flavors of fresh berries, light and flaky pastries dusted with powdered sugar. Every time I am back in San Diego, I have to go at least once. 

Honorable Mentions:

I say one of the best cafes around the world is Brew Lab in Istanbul, Turkey

Why is it the best? Although there are many cafes to choose from Istanbul, you cannot miss Brew Lab. Located in Beyoglu, this is a specialty coffee shop established in third wave coffee. Besides featuring alternative methods of coffee preparation, the ambience of this massive cafe is hip and modern.  We found some of the best WiFi in Istanbul here, as well as some of the best conversations!

 I say one of the best cafes around the world is Gusto Blynine in Vilnius, Lithuania

Why is it the best? This cafe may cater to all the childlike imaginations inside us but don’t be fooled, the coffee is incredible! In the heart of Vilnius, you can find this small two story cafe that specializes in crepes and pancakes.  Look around and you will see giraffes floating in balloons from the ceiling, and zebra patterned chairs in abundance. It’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon reading a book and watching the world go about outside.

Do you have a favorite cafe somewhere in the world? Share it with us!

 

 

BEST CAFES AROUND THE WORLD