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
Hannah at Getting Stamped says Purr Cat Cafe Bangkok, Thailand
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Kylie at Between England and Iowa says Gelarto Rosa in Budapest, Hungary
Swati at Lost in Maps says Funky Monkey Café in Pushkar, India
Guilherme at Slow Spirit says Catmosphere in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Natasha at The World Pursuit (That’s Me) says Singer Cafe in Krakow, Poland
Geri at When Woman Travels says Memento in Sofia, Bulgaria
Maria at Maria Abroad says Extraordinary Desserts in San Diego, California
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
Do you have a favorite cafe somewhere in the world? Share it with us!