Most people would sooner give up chocolate, nicotine, anything rather than forgo that precious morning cuppa. Life’s elixir, coffee is the most popular beverage around the globe. First known to be drunk in the Sufi shrines of Yemen in the middle of the 15th century, always delicious, your morning coffee may take different forms depending on where in the world you find yourself.
Travelstart brings you some of the best spots around the globe to get that much needed caffeine fix, whether you find yourself in Havana sipping a small but strong café Cubano or a true Italian espresso with a slice of lemon in Rome. One thing’s for sure, life’s too short for a bad cup of coffee. In no particular ranking order we bring you the very best coffee shops around the world right now.
Truth Coffee Roasting, Cape Town
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The best coffee shop in the world in 2016 according to the Telegraph, we at Travelstart are inclined to agree. This steampunk-themed homage to coffee is built around Colossus, their vintage Probat coffee roaster with all of its modern gadgetry. Go for the experience, the coffee will not disappoint.
Department of Coffee, Khayelitsha
158 Ntlazane Rd, Village 1 South, Cape Town.
Loading Bay, De Waterkant
Shop 30, Hudson Building, 30 Hudson St, De Waterkant
Origin Coffee Roasting, De Waterkant
28 Hudson St, De Waterkant, De Waterkant
Cutting edge third wave coffee in Melbourne
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The inventors of the universally-loved flat white, Australians know how to make a cup of the good stuff. The cutting edge coffee scene in Melbourne is dominated by the perfection that is Seven Seeds. Find your way to coffee heaven at their main branch or pop by Brother Baba Budan or Traveller Coffee, Seven Seeds’ smaller city operations.
114 Berkeley Street Carlton, Melbourne.
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Taking its cue from the popular English coffeehouses of the 17th and 18th century, where people would gather to discuss serious political matters and gossip, London has thousands of wonderful coffee spots to discover. Prufrock is a favourite for coffee enthusiasts with its hand brewed filter coffee and expert baristas.
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Paris’ recent coffee renaissance has lovely cafes springing up all over the city. Holybelly serves damn fine food and coffee, and is also a great spot to get a French meets Australian take on breakfast. This favourite can be found just off the Canal Saint-Martin in the uber hip 10e arrondissement. Though a classic café au lait at Cafe de Flore may be on your bucket list, vrai Parisiens are lining up at spots like Holybelly for Sunday brunch.
5 Rue Lucien Sampaix, 75010 Paris, France
Open everyday, 9am to 5pm.
Dulceria Bianchini II, Havana
Coffee lovers will savour the unique café Cubano. This original espresso is sweetened with demerara sugar while it is being brewed. Hot and sweet like Havana itself.
Vietcetera and Saigon’s third wave coffee scene, Vietnam