The language of coffee is international, so for all you globetrotters we’ve rounded up seven coffee shops around the world that you simply have to know about — check them out next time you’re off travelling, and let us know what you think.
1) Brazil: Confeitaria Colombo
If you’re in Rio de Janeiro you’re probably spending most of your time on the beach, but it’s worth leaving the ocean behind one afternoon and heading downtown to get a coffee in Rio’s most famous cafe, the Confeitaria Colombo.
Founded in 1894, this spacious coffee palace was popular with Brazil’s writers and intellectuals and is the place to go to soak in a bit of old Rio colonial-era ambiance, with huge mirrors, elegantly-attired waiters and some really good snacks. Brazil — come for Carnival, stay for the coffee.
Address: Confeitaria Colombo, R. Gonçalves Dias 32, Rio de Janeiro
2) Canada: Manic Coffee
If you need a pick-me-up in Toronto, then head down to Manic Coffee at Bathurst Street and College Street. Manic opened its doors in 2007 and proved popular with locals for its cold brew coffee.
With its modern, bright interior and friendly staff you might want to stick around and chillax for a bit with its super-hip clientele. They’ve also since expanded to have a sister outlet, Put A Cone On It, an ice cream parlour serving gelato and other treats.
Address: Manic Coffee, 426 College St, Toronto, Ontario
3) Colombia: Amor Perfecto
If you find yourself craving a coffee in Colombia, then head to Bogota’s famous Amor Perfecto in Chapinero Alto. Its bright red exterior makes it hard to miss, and inside there are comfortable leather sofas and plenty of choice — tamarind-infused coffee, anyone?
The shop is fast becoming the last word on coffee in Colombia’s capital, with award-winning champion baristas and a coffee lab where they have been known to hold coffee tasting events.
Address: Cra. 4 #66-46, Chapinero, Bogotá
4) Ethiopia: Tomoca
Ethiopia is famed for its coffee, plus it’s where Water Wise started, so Addis Ababa had to make it onto the list. If you’re in Addis, you’re bound to come across Tomoca.
The family-owned coffee roasting company is internationally renowned and has a number of outlets around town, but head to the original one near Churchill Avenue for an espresso in an authentic, standing-only wooden coffee bar. And the name? It’s short for ‘Torrefazione Moderna Café’.
Address: Tomoca on Wavel St, near Churchill Avenue, Addis Ababa
5) Italy: Rosati
The Italians really know how to do coffee, so it should be no surprise that Italy is on the list. With its marble floors and wrought iron tables, Rosati is a grand, must-visit coffee bar for when in Rome.
As well as excellent coffee, you can enjoy the view of the circular Piazza del Popolo with the Pincian Gardens in the distance, and sample their delicious fresh pastries. Established in 1922, this was the favorite haunt of Italy’s left-wing literati, Italo Calivio, who used to pick up his espresso here.
Address: Bar Roasti, 4/5a Piazza del Popolo, Rome
6) UK: Attendant
This coffee shop is located in a converted Victorian-era public toilet. Yes, you heard correctly. That shouldn’t put you off, though, because Attendant is a beautifully refurbished underground specialty coffee bar located in London’s swanky Fitzrovia neighbourhood.
The doors opened in 2013. They’ve been selling high-quality specialty coffees ever since and now have their own coffee roaster.
Address: Attendant, 27a Foley Street, London W1W 6DY
7) US: Small World Coffee
So you’re in New Jersey? Well, just half a block from the gates of Princeton University is Small World Coffee, which has an incredibly loyal local following. That might have something to do with just how connected it is with the community, hosting art exhibitions once a month, plus poetry readings and live music.
Small World Coffee was started in 1993 by Brant Cosaboom and Jessica Durrie, and now has a second location on Nassau Street.
Address: Small World Coffee, 14 Witherspoon St. Princeton, NJ 08540
What other great coffee spots have you visited on your travels?