Month: February 2017

6 Best Places To Have Coffee


Coffee lover or not, there is something about sipping a delicious brew to start or perk up your day. If you are traveling and looking for a delightful pick-me-up or just want to enjoy a good cup of coffee that you love, here are six of the best places in the world to have coffee. From the city itself to the brews and the coffee shops that serve them, these are places that you would not want to miss out on the coffee experience.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Addis Ababa
Ethiopian coffee has long been regarded as among the best coffees in the world. The country has a strong coffee culture. If you are visiting Addis Ababa, set aside more than an hour to experience and savor the city’s traditional coffee ceremony. Your trip will not be complete without having a cup of coffee that was roasted, grinded, and brewed in front of you.

Auckland, New Zealand
Australia and New Zealand are famous for their flat whites. Auckland is one of the best places to have a cup of the popular coffee. There are many coffee shops in the city that serve not just the famous flat whites but also a wide array of specialty coffee drinks.

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Café Tortoni Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires is known for its café con leche, which is coffee with a milky consistency, and lagrima or hot frothy milk with a small dose of coffee. It is also home to an old coffee shop that dates back to the late 1850s.

Istanbul, Turkey
Turkish coffee Grand Bazaar
Istanbul is a great place to enjoy traditional Turkish coffee and savor brews made from the dark and rich coffee beans the city is known for. For the best brews and then some, head out to Çorlulu Ali Paşa, Ethem Tezçakar Kahveci at the Grand Bazaar, İstiklal Street, Konak Cafe for the coffee and the view, and Osmanli Kahvehanesi in Çamlica Hill among other top coffee destinations in the city.

Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne is known not just for its flat whites but also for its rich coffee culture. There is no dearth of coffee shops to choose from when in the city. Order a cup of latte and be pleasantly surprised by the intricate art that comes with it.

Rome, Italy
The city known for serving mouthwatering pastas, pizzas, and pastries is also home to some great quality coffee. Rome is teeming with coffee shops or caffès where you can order a cup of espresso and other delicious brews.

Categories: Destinations

5 Cool Bookstore Cafes From Around the World

Cafebrería el Péndulo

For book and coffee enthusiasts, finding a café that caters to the two things closest to their hearts is one of life’s many pleasant experiences. But stumbling upon charming, cozy, and unique book-themed coffee shops brings the experience to another level. From Beijing to England, here are some of coolest bookstore cafes in the world worth visiting.

Barter Books (Alnwick, England, UK)
Barter Books
Barter Books is located inside a converted Victorian-era railway station in Alnwick in the UK. This cozy and charming second-hand bookstore features a self-service tea and coffee area. Guests can make their own tea or coffee and just leave their payment in a box. Settle into one of the shop’s comfortable chairs or sofas while enjoying a good book and a cup of coffee or tea. If you are feeling famished, you can take your pick of British food and treats from the buffet.

Cafebrería el Péndulo (Mexico City, Mexico)
Cafebrería el Péndulo
El Péndulo is a beautiful bookstore with interiors that boast of balconies with intricately designed handrails and real plants that add to the delightful look and feel of the place. It is a great place to simply relax, read, and have some scrumptious Mexican treats.

Cook & Book (Brussels, Belgium)

Delightful does not quite capture what Cook & Book has in store for anyone who ventures into its halls. This bookshop in Brussels is an eye candy and features eight different spaces and a section devoted to music. In the Comic Books area you will find a wide collection of local and international comics and a communal table where you can hang out to read. Other eye-catching features include an All-American Airstream caravan in the travel section, a Greenhouse in the gardening and interior décor section, the modern railway track in the children’s section, an artsy theme in the arts section, and a graffitied hallway that leads to the music section that boasts of an extensive selection of books, CDs, and vinyls.

El Ateneo Grand Splendid (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
El Ateneo Grand Splendid
El Ateneo Grand Splendid is one of the most stunning bookstores in the world. It is a tourist attraction in its own right. It has attracted not just book lovers but also those who are curious about its grandeur. Housed in a converted theatre, the bookshop features a café that sits right on the of this spectacular theatre turned bookstore.

The Bookworm (Beijing, China)
The Bookworm
The Bookworm is a popular destination for literary lovers in Beijing. It has also attracted writers from around the world. It boasts of a wide selection of books, a whiskey bar, and café that features a seasonal menu.

Categories: Drink & Read