Budva is Montenegro’s most popular seaside town for good reason. The combination of Mediterranean magnificence and Balkan bombast is too good to miss out on, and the city has more than enough excellent cafés to help deal with the hangovers or while away an afternoon.
Picture the scene – the temperature is slowly climbing as the sun rises higher over the Adriatic town of Budva, the streets slowly getting busier as the mighty sea stretches out over the horizon. Need a cup of coffee to make this image perfect? Be sure to stop at one of these cafés for that shot of caffeine and more.
Book Caffe Zen
Cafe, Coffee Shop, Contemporary
The combination of books and coffee is a difficult one to beat. Book Caffe Zen covers both in Budva, offering delectable caffeine to complement an afternoon of literature or history, or even historical literature. It is also an excellent place to stop for those looking for a quiet spot to open the laptop and get some work done, allowing the words of icons to stoke those creative fires. There is also beer – if the prose doesn’t quite get the job done.
It has been lauded as having the best coffee in Montenegro, and it is genuinely hard to argue with such big statements. Coffeein might have an unusually spelled moniker, but there is nothing weird about the hot drinks on offer. This spot knows how to make a cup of coffee and is ready to make plenty of it – this is the coffee lover’s coffee house in Budva. You can even take some to go if you don’t have time to sit in, although a tranquil cup of the good stuff is always the recommended way.
Bar, Cafe, Restaurant, Contemporary, Mediterranean
The name might be a little bit over the top, but there is plenty to enjoy at WOW Lounge in Budva. This hyper-stylish establishment is located in the limbo between new and old Budva, but its own sight is focused firmly on the former. Expect plenty of class and modernity here, to go with Italian coffee and absolute confidence.
An idyllic old town option ringed by pine trees and a sense of true serenity, Casper Bar offers something a little more tranquil as opposed to the chaotic beach clubs for which Budva is known. This charmer has a considerable collection of craft beers, with the focus certainly on quality over quantity. Casper Bar is undoubtedly the sort of place you’ll find yourself returning to time and time again.
The artisanal coffee revolution that has swept the Balkans has been somewhat slow in making it down Montenegro’s Adriatic coastline, but Black Iris Caffe is doing its best to change that in Budva. This is the place to go if you are after expertly made coffee in a most agreeable environment, where coffee lovers can rejoice in a café created just for them. There is also decent food, but the delicious cappuccino is the real reason you are going there.
It might be a little far out of town for some, but the lure of a faultless view of the Adriatic Sea might just be too strong for just as many. The vista is the real pull here after all, and Montenegro doesn’t come much more tranquil than a tasty cup of coffee and the vast expanse of one of Europe’s most magnificent seas. Worth every kilometre.
Ernest Hemingway was known for his fondness for a tipple or two, so it is no surprise to hear that the bar that takes his name in Budva is a fine choice for a night out. Some of the best cocktails in the city are found at this spot near the old town, so if you’re after colourful concoctions, then you know where to go. It can get very busy in the summer evenings, so a reservation is a good idea – it is worth it.