Do you need a good cup of coffee before you can face the day? Are you always on the hunt for the perfect bean to water ratio? Do you insist that pour-over is the best possible way to brew a cup of joe? If so, you might be a coffee connoisseur. And if you’re a huge fan of coffee, there are a few must-see shops that have to be on your visit list before you die.
Café Tortoni is a historic spot on Avenida de Mayo in Buenos Aires, built by a French immigrant in 1858. It’s long been a hangout for musicians, authors, artists and politicians, making it a nice slice of history to add to your travel book.
And on top of being a local landmark to add to your visit list, the coffee and pastries are world renowned. Local favorites include chocolate con churros, a popular doughy snack dipped in luxurious chocolate. Just make sure you get there early, it’s a popular spot and the queues to get in can get lengthy.
Countering the stereotype that Japan’s a country for tea lovers only, coffee shops have been popping up all over the country for decades. And it’s not just chains like Starbucks or their iconic vending machines anymore; the country is coming up with their own quality coffee shops. Amidst a band of options in Tokyo itself, Double Tall stands out as one of the best. Located in the fashionable Shibuya district, Double Tall brings both taste and affordability to the table. Unlike a lot of shops, ordering a drip coffee hear means they measure and grind the beans right in front of you. The coffee is brewed by Aero press, and with affordable pricing. A word to the wise, however: the bottom floor allows smoking, and even though the second floor is smoke-free it closes a little earlier than the rest of the shop.
If you’re a lover of all forms of coffee or just one of a group of people who all stubbornly insist that coffee can only be made one way, Kronotrop is a must see. Unlike many shops that only brew one or two ways, at Kronotrop you can get your coffee made by filter, Hairo, Moka pot, French press, Chemex, Aero or a more locally traditional Turkish method. They also offer a variety of locally grown and roasted beans combined with imports from all over the world. It’s a global coffee lover’s dream.
Opened in 1686, Café Le Procope is touted as the oldest coffee shop in the world. It’s also a café, so in addition to delicious cups of coffee you can order local favorites like coq au vin. Previous attendees of this famous bean spot include Thomas Jefferson, Voltaire, Benjamin Franklin and Rouseeau.
Another historic spot, Caffe Florian opened in 1720 and is considered the first shop to have allowed women to dine there alone. It was considered an eclectic spot where people of all classes and genders could meet and mingle, boasting patrons such as Goethe, Casanova, Lord Byron and Charles Dickens. It’s been continuously owned and operated in the same location ever since its establishment.