Coffee Shops Worth A Sip, Part 1

“I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.” – T.S. Eliot

 

Coffee is the good-morning companion, the dinner and dessert date, and sometimes it is that little cup of comfort during the summer rain. No matter what coffee is to you, there is no denying that, for many, the love of coffee is the fuel of life. We love travel and adamantly believe that life deserves a taste of extravagance, so while you are exploring the world in a luxury car, be sure to make a few pit stops. Here are 50 coffee shops we recommend, so you can rest assured that you can have the best cup no matter where you are.

  •       Cafe Tortoni (Buenos Aires)

You won’t need a siesta after you have visited this historic establishment. Open since 1858, this café has been serving patrons faithfully for over 160 years with live performances by singers and salsa dancers.

 

  •       Single 0 (Sydney)

If ethically-sourced fruit driven blends sound like your cup of joe, head over the sweet Sydney and stop by the Single O. Established in 2003, these hip Aussies pride themselves on being eco-friendly and artistically inclined, they offer cold-brew tastings, film showings, and host “Random Acts of Art.”

  •       G&B Coffee (L.A.)

Housing a 360-degree coffee bar, this café puts a new spin on the way we think coffee. Creating a more bar-like environment, patrons are able to walk up and order a cup of cold brew in the same fashion that one would order a cold brooski. Tea lovers rejoice because G&B is famous for their unique seasonal tea creations.

  •       Giracha Coffee (Osaka)

Based in trendy Tachibana-touri, this small café tends to fill up quickly. Filled with an eclectic collection of knick-knacks setting the intimate scene, we suggest you pay this local legend a visit. Giracha sources from Shibuya’s Streamer Coffee Company, so we can assure you that it is worth the trip.

  •       La Fontaine De’ Belleville (Paris)

Described as a “dreamlike version of a typical French café”, La Fontaine De Belleville is more than big speckled mirrors and a sunny terrace, they offer an extensive meal selection. From sandwiches, salads, croque monsieurs, and homemade desserts, you’ll find no shortage of good eats to accompany your espresso.

 

  •       The Coffee Collective (Multiple Locations – Denmark)

While most coffee shops present uniformity among their locations, The Coffee Collective purposely designed each location with a unique vibe. From a small bustling station stand, to a warm intimate café, to an old industrial office building, you’ll be sure to find a location that suits your mood.

  •       Cafe’ Central (Vienna)

With former patrons such as Sigmund Freud, Leon Trotsky, and Arthur Schnitzler, you will be able to share a piece of history. The Café Central sets the luxurious scene with high walls marble pillars, arched ceilings, and glittering chandeliers.

  •       Sant’Eustachio IL Cafe (Rome)

Coffee shop famed for its home-roast beans, blended with water from an ancient aqueduct nestled in the heart of Rome, you want to make sure you visit this intimate spot before, during, or after a night on the town.

  •       Fuglen (Oslo)

Sample local coffee beans as you sip among Scandinavian furniture. What makes this café unique is that you can actually buy a room piece if you fall in love.

  •   La Cafe’Otheque (Paris)

Decorated like a comfy living room, you’ll find patrons enjoying a good read or checking out the local art exhibit.

  •   Sight Glass Coffee (San Francisco)

In a bi-level, industrial space, this coffee house sources their beans directly from the origin. Per the Sight Glass’ website, “We believe that knowing the story behind your coffee—where it was grown, how it was processed, and who handled it along the way—is a powerful link from the cup to the wider world.”

  •   Winkel 43 (Amsterdam)

If you love apple-pie, Winkel 43 is a must visit. Patrons from all around the world stop by the purchase a generously sized flaky slice.

  •   Madcap Coffee (Grand Rapids)

Madcap offers tasting flights, so you can find your perfect flavor to suit your palate. For eco-conscious connoisseurs, Madcap has a zero waste policy – they trade their trash cans for bus bins and sort all of their trash into compost and recyclables.

  •   Heart Coffee Roasters (Portland)

In charming, eclectic Portland, Heart Coffee Roasters serves unique toast combinations such as house made ricotta and house-made meyer lemon marmalade or toast served with a farm egg, house made aioli, and fresh herbs.

  •   Ob-La-Da (Paris)

This would not be a complete coffee list if we did not visit Paris a few times. Affordable, minimal, complete with a fluently English-speaking staff, this café is a must-visit for those on and off a budget.

  •   Oddly Correct (Missouri)     

With simple donuts and granola to pair with a daily lineup of three single-origin coffees, Oddly Correct keep things classic.

  •   Flight Coffee Hanger (New Zealand)             

Popular for their Build-Your-Own breakfast, where you can choose from a wide range of delicious options – They only use free-range eggs, meat, and all produce is sourced locally, seasonally and organically where possible – The Flight Coffee Hangar offers amazing coffee and eats.

  •   Cafe’ Du Monde (New Orleans)

Prided as a “snobbery-free zone,” Café Du Monde has a 24/7 schedule which allows it to be the perfect anytime stop. Of course, it would not be a New Orleans without sugar-coated beignets.

  •   Seattle Coffee Works (Seattle)

Seattle Coffee Works provides services from those on-the-go or free-to-stay, they have an express side loaded with cafe pressing pots of international roasts and The Slow Bar, where patrons can pick from a variety of beans and brewing methods.

  •   Tim Wendelboe (Oslo)

Built by the owner himself, this bar took after the previously mentioned’s name because he wanted to be held to a higher level of accountability for his product.

  •   Eternity Coffee Roasters (Miami)    

Eternity coffee is unique in that they farm their own beans, they follow a “seed to cup” vision that was born 60 years ago on the family farm.

  •   Africa Black Roastery & Espresso Bar (Johannesburg)

Made with the Vintage Espresso Blend, this bar is perfect go-between for your flight connection.

  •   Ristretto Roasters (Portland)

Famous for their Steampunk brewing systems, Restretto Roaster’s brewing system consists of a variation of syphon brewing that results in a faster and more consistent product.

  •   Toma Cafe’ (Madrid)

With teensy tables and narrow halls, Toma Café takes “intimate” to a whole new level. We suggest the chocolate picante for the adventurous chocolate lover in you.

  •   Saint Frank (San Francisco)

Saint Frank offers homemade almond and macadamia nut milk for their concoctions, so those with restrictions need not despair. The bar is designed low so that the minimalist environment lends itself to an inviting air.

 

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