When I’m not busy cycling around a city or getting lost in some cobbled-stone streets, one of my absolute favourite things to do in a city is to go to a cute café and rest my feet for a while. Sipping a cup of coffee and biting my way through a delicious cake while enjoying my surrounding is a great way to absorb a city’s atmosphere.
A café is also a great place for people watching, if you happen to be in a local café, you’ll be seeing locals doing everyday things like talking, gossiping, writing and a café is a great place to look at these details. These are a few of my favourite cafés during my travel. Each one is unique. Some are small and secluded, others are famous ones.
I spent almost half a year in Zürich, and being there for that long of course I have my favourite places to hang out. There are so many places to hang out in this chic city, but there are only a few that are friendly for my wallet. Well, I was a student after all, and all students gotta have that tight budget on them right. One of my absolute loveable place is Café Henrici. I actually saw this café while I was on holiday in Zürich in 2011 and never in a million years did I imagine being back here sipping its delicious hot chocolate. The price range is also (Swiss) reasonable. The hot chocolate is definitely to die for and its location is right in the old centre, absolute fabulous place to hang out.
Tel: 044 251 5454
Another place is just off the main shopping street of Zurich called Babu’s. The place is so vintage and homey. It has a friendly atmosphere. This place is great for meeting up with your girlfriends for a chat. I know I’ve done that several times here. My favourite thing to eat there is its carrot cake. So delicious.
Babu’s Bakery and Coffeehouse
Löwenstr.1 8001 Zürich
Tel: 044 212 87 45
There are a lot of cafés in Lisbon, but one that I strongly recommend is the café where Pastéis de Belém is sold. In the same shop there is a café which customers can sit and enjoy the richness of Belém pastry while drinking their favourite coffee. I was unfortunately left standing in its side bar since the café was so full they couldn’t find a place for me to sit down. No worries, I will be back!
Pastéis de Belém
Rua de Belém 84 a 92
1300 – 085 Lisboa
Tel: +351 21 363 74 23
Porto is an amazing city, and I’m pretty sure I have said this again and again. It is probably one of my most favourite place on earth. Its atmosphere, food and people has left me speechless and I already have plans to come back to this place someday. The Majestic Café is probably one of the most talked about café in town. “Don’t go there it’s too expensive” says one person, “You HAVE to go there” says another. However considering that this is Porto, “too expensive” is probably just €1-2 from your ordinary café, I personally don’t think it’s that expensive (and I’m a tight-on-the-budget student!). Besides this café is as majestic as its name. The place is gorgeous, its interior is elegant and magnificent. A lot of people were there when I came and I have to say I understand the reason. They say this café was also the place where J.K. Rowling spent her time writing one of the books of Harry Potter!
Rua Santa Catarina 112
4000-442 Porto, Portugal
Tel: +351 22 200 3887
I stumbled upon this small café while strolling through the quieter part of Warsaw’s old town. Warsaw is definitely my favourite city in Poland. I love its big old city filled with so many great restaurants and history. The Shabby Chic Café is run by young people and it certainly has a chic vibe. The place is small and cozy, just the way I liked it. I picked up a very yummy summer time cake, chocolate cake with white chocolate topping and mixed berries. It is what I like to call summer perfection.
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Now Budapest is the “mama of cafés”. There are just so many places you can choose from, it is insane. I managed to go to three of the finest in town. The first one is called Ruszwurm, located in the Buda side of town. They say this café is very popular amongst the Hungarian Kings and Queens. Once there was a royal wedding where the royal couple made their way through this café after their wedding. Well, I just had to taste this “royal café”! I had their ice coffee which was just amazing and also their strawberry yoghurt cake. It was divine I tell you! You simply cannot miss this green-coloured café while in Budapest.
1014 Budapest, Szentháromság St 7, Hungary
Tel: +36 1 375 5284
Another great café is one of the oldest one in town called Gerbeaud Café. Compared to the Majestic Café the place is a lot simpler but it has a large outdoor place as well as indoor. The food there is a little bit more expensive than Ruszwurm but their dessert selection will leave you wanting more.
1051 Budapest Vörösmarty tér 7-8.
New York Café is one popular café. I have had a few recommendations from friends to come to this place. However, I have to say I was not as impressed as I should be. The interior of the place is absolutely stunning, but I didn’t like the prices and maybe I just ordered the wrong drink but I wasn’t a big fan of their drinks. The service was excellent though and it is true if they say that this is the one of the most beautiful cafés in the world.
New York Café
1073 Budapest, Erzsébet krt. 9-11.
Phone: +36 1-8866-167
Recently I went for a week getaway to Bali. I stayed for several days in Ubud. I absolutely love Ubud, so different from downtown, crowded Kuta. My friends recommended a café called Anomali where they have great coffee. I went there to try their capucinno and chocolate cake. The price is a little bit more expensive than other cafés but the place is an absolute bliss. Upstairs you can play chess or read magazines. I preferred to play the chess…bad move as I lost three times *sigh*. Overall it’s a great place to do some work or just relaxing, the staff were amazing too!
Jalan Raya Ubud No. 88 Gianyar, Bali. Indonesia
Tel: (+ 62 361) 972263
So there you go! My list of amazing cafés.
Do you like to go to cafés while travelling? Share with me you favourite cafés!