If you’re anything like us, finding a good cup of coffee is at the top of the list once you arrive at your destination. Along with being a great spot to people watch and take in the local culture, coffee shops and cafes are the perfect place to rejuvenate after a long day of travel. Here, find our favorite European cafes for coffee lovers.
Workshop Coffee, London
With four locations throughout greater London, Workshop Coffee is known as one of the top spots in the city for a freshly brewed mug. With exposed brick, reclaimed wood tables and an industrial-meets-modern feel, it offers a relaxing respite while still buzzing with local activity.
What to order: A shakerato—espresso brewed in an Aeropress then shaken over ice with sugar for a smooth, frothy drink.
Tazza d’Oro, Rome
Espresso lovers need to make a pit stop at this beloved coffee shop in Rome, where the aroma of freshly brewed espresso and a long line is testament to its quality. It’s located steps away from the Parthenon, making it ideal for refueling with caffeine and flaky pastries after your sightseeing.
What to order: A coffee granita. A mix between shaved ice and a slush, crystals of espresso are layered with fresh whipped cream for a truly indulgent treat.
Named for “Third floor espresso,” 3FE is the brainchild of Colin Harmon, a four-time Irish Barista Championship winner whose move from financial investor to world-renowned barista brought gourmet coffee to Ireland. 3FE has grown into a roastery that supplies ground coffee throughout most of Ireland, while offering plenty of opportunities for coffee-lovers to get their fix and learn more about the brewing process. You can take classes, pick up bags of freshly ground coffee to bring home or sit in the cafe to enjoy a meal as expertly thought-out as the coffee.
What to order: The trio from their tasting menu, which lets you choose a coffee and sample it brewed as an espresso, filter and macchiato.
La Caféothèque, Paris
With its bright, cheery atmosphere and a penchant for attracting everyone from locals to tourists, La Caféothèque offers more than your standard espresso. Coffee aficionados will love a steaming mug of their favorite style coffee, expertly decorated, and the chance to bring a bag of fresh beans home as a souvenir.
What to order: Try out a classic espresso—you won’t be disappointed by the technique or the flavor.
The Caffeine Drip, Edinburgh
If you’re looking for a taste of South Africa in Edinburgh, The Caffeine Drip is your place. It’s a deli, bakery and cafe all rolled into one rustic spot where the locals gather to connect over food and drinks with South African flair. Whether you have a sweet tooth or avoid meat and dairy, the eclectic and varied menu will please every palate.
What to order: With a number of creamy hot chocolate drinks, we recommend the Milo: South African malted chocolate and milk.
Mesón del Café, Barcelona
One of the oldest cafes in Barcelona, Meson del Cafe is a tiny haven located in the Barri Gotic neighborhood. With dark wood walls and cluttered (but decidedly homey) decor, it’s perfect for hiding out over a warm cafe con leche.
What to order: Go for the Spainiard’s favorite coffee drink, a cafe con leche, which is equal parts strong coffee mixed with steamed milk.