Perhaps you just love a cup of the good stuff or you need it to get going at the start of the day. Either way, when you’re travelling a stop at one of Europe’s best coffee houses is a must. I always find this is especially true when I’m travelling with the little ones – they love an early start – or on a cycling trip.
Many of the cafés are steeped in history, beautifully decorated and are experts at crafting the best tasting coffee in the world, let alone Europe. Smartly-dressed waiters in old-fashioned waistcoats ready to refill your cup at a moment’s notice. And at the other end of the scale, you’ll find an influx of modern, Instagrammable hipster coffee houses that are owned by cool independent traders.
So, which ones need to be added to your list?
The Best Coffee in Europe
Café Rivoire in Florence
Café Rivoire, Piazza della Signoria, 5/R, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
It’s here in this Tuscan coffee shop where Florentines first learned how to taste chocolates and drink the traditional Savoy “chocolate in a cup” (cioccolata in tazza). Opened in 1872 by Enrico Rivoire, chocolatier of the Savoy royal family, expect to be impressed.
Enjoy a good cup of coffee alongside chocolate desserts that have been expertly prepared using well-preserved recipes from pastry chef and chocolatier masters.
Set in an amazing location in front of Palazzo della Signoria, this historical café makes a perfect pitstop, particularly if you’re enjoying one of the Tuscan cycling holidays with Inntravel.
Café Central in Vienna
Café Central, Herrengasse 14, 1010 Wien, Austria
There are over 1,000 coffee houses in Vienna, with the oldest café dating back to 1683. Put simply coffee is a way of life and has been for many decades. In fact in 2011 Vienna’s coffee houses were listed as an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.
Café Central is a firm favourite and not just for its coffee. The building is a work of art, with its beautiful vaulted ceiling and columns. Caffeine-lovers have been coming here since 1876, including Sigmund Freud and Adolf Loos.
Kick back and relax here after a busy day of sightseeing. Coffee in hand, of course.
Neue Milchbar in Zurich
Neue Milchbar, Kappelergasse 16, 8001 Zurich, Switzerland
“Good coffee is not a philosophy of life. It’s more a human right.” Fabio Tripolt. So yeah, get yourself to super cool Neue Milchbar.
Here you’ll find siphon coffee (popular in Japan), Turkish coffee and punch-packing espressos from Araku in India and many more exciting places. The baristas are on a constant journey to create new combinations and styles of coffee.
The bijou hipster café looks out onto the arcade, so it’s perfect for people-watching. If you like you new and exciting things, head here and have your camera at the ready.
Tease in Lisbon
Tease, Rua da Quintinha 70B,1200-297 Lisbon, Portugal
If you’re seriously flagging go for the indulgent Nutella coffee. It’s a chic blend of Nutella, cocoa, espresso, and cream. And just the thing to perk you up.
If that’s too sweet for you, you’ll find Americanos, espressos, cappuccinos and more at this stylish café. There are also plenty of delicious cakes to choose from.
Lomi in Paris
Lomi, 3 ter Rue Marcadet, 75018 Paris, France
Looking for something a bit unusual? How about café fromage—double espresso served with blue cheese?! You nibble on the small piece, sip the espresso, and let it melt the cheese in your mouth.
If that’s a bit too out there for you, don’t worry. They also serve all the classics. And being one of the premier coffee roasters you can rest assured they do it well.
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Café Jubilee in Gozo
Café Jubilee, 6 Library Street, Victoria, Gozo
Gozo is the sister island to Malta. Thanks to its largely flat lands and quiet roads its perfect for a cycling holiday. I loved taking a slow bike ride round both islands, but it’s thirsty work.
Grab a table outside (where you can conveniently keep an eye on your bike!) and enjoy one of their frothy cappuccinos. If you feel like you need a burst of energy, you can also opt for a sweet treat or even a full meal.
Café Jubilee has become so popular that it now has a few branches, so you’ll find it in both Gozo and Malta.
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Café Gion in Madrid
Café Gion, Paseo de Recoletos, 21, 28004 Madrid, Spain
Established in 1888, this is one of the more traditional types of coffee houses in Europe. It has old world charm, the finest Spanish coffee and a long list of notable customers from the past, including poets and writers.
Opposite the National Library, it’s in a great location. Start your day here with a cup of coffee and then enjoy a day of sightseeing in the city. You can also get a bite to eat here if you need something a bit more substantial.
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