Coffee shops in Tripoli – each with its own vibe and crowd – are the places where everybody knows your name. And in this small city, there’s not much to do but hang out with the usual crowd in the usual place. This guide highlights the best cafés where you can drink coffee like a local.
“Rassif,” meaning sidewalk, is the name of a small, cozy coffee shop in the heart of Mina. Known for its laid-back vibe, it’s the perfect place to relax after exploring the area. Locals come to Rassif to study and stay for the intellectual conversation and great coffee. The café boasts a healthy cuisine of salads and sandwiches, so losing hours there isn’t surprising. Don’t be scared to chat with the stranger next to you as people there are usually very friendly.
Owned by the same people as Rassif Mina, this restaurant is quickly gaining momentum in Tripoli as the place for morning coffee and a healthy meal. It opens at 7 a.m. for early risers and students, and its beautiful interior and cozy design make it a perfect place to relax with a cup of joe in hand.
If you’re looking for coffee in the heart of Tripoli’s bustling districts, The Coffee Pot is the place for you. It has a homey feel and home-style cuisine to boot. Usually frequented by older gentlemen looking for an intellectual discussion in the morning and young adults looking for fun in the afternoon and at night, Tripoli’s “House of Beans” offers a space where you can break out your backgammon skills and have a warm cup of coffee.
One of the best things about Tripoli is that it’s a coastal city. Sit back by one of the kiosks in Mina, and enjoy watching the scene of the setting sun. On weekends, the coast will be packed with locals walking by the sea or enjoying a cup of coffee and a street snack. Just choose a kiosk, order some coffee, and sit. Don’t forget to pay for whichever table you choose.