Globe-trotting and vacationing isn’t all about relaxing on the beach or next to the pool. In fact, it can be pretty tiring business. We’re celebrating International Coffee Day on October 1 by offering these stylish venues across the globe, to help you get that much-needed energy boost.
Workshop Coffee, London
Cafe, Coffee Shop, Contemporary
Boasting four outlets across London, the world-renowned roaster’s Holborn Coffeebar presents a sumptuous space located on the ground floor of Amazon’s HQ. The centrepiece is the horseshoe-shaped bar clad in Calacatta marble, but the true beauty of this place is the baristas’ dedication to coffee art, making the drinks almost too good to spoil with a sip.
Coffee shops seemingly take up every corner of the Cambodian capital. Despite stiff competition, Feel Good stands out for its quality beans, innovative brews and eco-ethos. With two coffee shops in Phnom Penh, its second outing in Tonle Bassac boasts a leafy outdoor terrace, with Feel Good’s signature staff – all smiles – on hand to serve.
As well as offering a cool, eclectic space to kick back in, there are plenty of coffees to choose from, and brewing methods to ogle over. Addison & Steele definitely takes its coffee seriously, employing a team of coffee scientists to ensure each cup is poured to perfection.
Crowned the world’s best coffeeshop for the second year running by The Daily Telegraph, Truth Coffee is a truly trendy spot to be seen sipping coffee at. Epitomising hipster cool, the self-titled steampunk-themed home of coffee roasting spot comes with heaps of attitude and is home to vintage typewriters, exposed pipes, Singer sewing machines, and a mouth-watering menu of coffees and food.
Its reputation as Europe’s oldest cafe is just one reason to visit Caffè Florian. While it may not embody the hipster trend of many coffeeshops featured on this list, this place is steeped in history, having opened its doors in 1720. It oozes opulence and classical style, with an Oriental Room, Hall of Seasons, and a stunning outdoor terrace in a prime location – on the Piazza San Marco.
Winning hands down in the quirky stakes, Dreamy Camera Café in Yangpyeong (about 40km away from Seoul, in South Korea) is a café in the shape of a retro Rolleiflex twin-lens camera. As the brainchild of a welcoming local couple, the two-storey camera cafe is also surrounded by absolutely stunning countryside, making the trip well worth the effort.
Join one of Bonanza Coffee's tasting sessions on a Saturday | Courtesy of Bonanza Coffee Roasters
Bonanza may be an intimate affair but it’s packed full of homely character. As one of the coffeeshops responsible for starting the third-wave-coffee trend in Berlin, Bonanza Coffee serves up top-notch coffee, producing some of the world’s finest roasts.
With shops in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and Beijing, The Coffee Academics’ flagship Causeway Bay outing in Hong Kong is a decadent affair. Coffee connoisseurs wearing bow ties serve up a range of cleverly concocted, destination-inspired drinks.
Coffee is a staple in the lives of Finnish people, with some studies suggesting up to 10 cups of coffee a day are consumed per capita. This means they take their coffee seriously, and the number of hip shops reflect this fact. Café Ekberg is one of the originals, opening in 1852, and still operated by the the Ekberg family. Team a tasty coffee with some of the delicious baked good on display.
Owned by siblings, Sightglass Coffee comes with a double helping of hip. Housed in a former billboard factory, the airy shop houses huge coffee machines creating incredible hand-roasted, artisanal coffee at its finest. Its 7th Street flagship space is made up of a production roastery, open coffee bar, community gathering space and company HQ – encompassing the San Fan hipster vibe.
Yes, we can hear you questioning how coffee chain giant Starbucks has made it onto our list, but this Japanese offering is something slightly special. Designed by world-renowned Kengo Kuma & Associates, this shop is a treat for the senses. Made using 2,000 pieces of thin woods, this Starbucks is an artistic matrix of cedar wood that aims to reflect the neighbourhood’s artistic character. It also means that coffees often get cold as visitors take in their unique surroundings.