16 Coffee Shops Around the World Java Lovers Must Experience

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If you’re tired of the same old coffee, this list offers java lovers a very unique selection of coffee shops across the globe, with the chance for a new and different experience – including everything from the bizarre and unusual to the risqué, as well as those that just serve up some of the best brews on the planet.

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Dreamy Café - Yangpyeong, South Korea
Dreamy Café

Dreamy Café - Yangpyeong, South Korea

This dream shop for photographer/coffee lovers offers the chance to sip delicious brews in a cafe that looks like a classic Rolleiflex twin-lens camera. A South Korean couple, Park Sung-hwan and his wife Kwak Myung-hee runs this unusual café in the picturesque countryside of Yangpyeong, about 40 miles outside of Seoul. Park’s dreams of becoming a military pilot were stifled as a child, though he persevered and eventually achieved his goal. Of his Dreamy Café, he says, “In Korea, it’s likely that you’ll face a problem in realizing and shaping your own path. My wife and I wanted to build a place where anyone could share their stories and help out those who are struggling to discover or achieve their dreams. The idea for a camera-themed cafe came later.”

Café con Piernas - Santiago, Chile
Café con Piernas

Café con Piernas - Santiago, Chile

If you don’t speak Spanish, you might be in for a bit of a shock when you walk into this café. Café con Piernas means “coffee with legs,” and, here that’s taken quite literally – although you’ll see a lot more than legs. Hot beverages are delivered by scantily clad, attractive, usually voluptuous women, taking the Hooter’s idea to the extreme. In some locations women wear a tight miniskirt or dress and heels, though in others they wear bikinis or lingerie, revealing almost all they’ve got. Let’s just say all those businessmen who pack the place at all hours of the day probably aren’t coming for the coffee. But one thing’s for sure, it’s definitely different.

Everyman Espresso - New York City, New York
Everyman Espresso

Everyman Espresso - New York City, New York

Often referred to as the best espresso bar in the Big Apple, here you can enjoy pretentious quality coffee, without the pretentiousness. Everyman Espresso is known for slow-motion, one-on-one attention where patrons are encouraged to spend time discussing what they might enjoy with their barista, focusing on personal interaction between customer and coffee house staff rather than awkwardly gazing at a chalkboard menu. The mainstays of the manual brew program are Chemex and Aeropress, because, as barista Sam Lewontin says, “they’re great examples of extremely different ways to express a cup of coffee.”

Dune Coffee Roasters - Santa Barbara, California
Dune Coffee Roasters

Dune Coffee Roasters - Santa Barbara, California

Serious coffee lovers who visit the picturesque city of Santa Barbara on the Central California coast, won’t want to miss Dune Coffee Roasters. This establishment is known for its exceptional customer service and serving up the best espresso in town with a minimalist menu, focusing on quality rather than variety, though you’ll still find a fairly extensive selection. A classic hipster coffee shop with some of the world’s top baristas is equal parts coffee roaster, bakery and community center – it even hosts a farmer’s market.

Cafe Du Monde - New Orleans, Louisiana
Cafe Du Monde

Cafe Du Monde - New Orleans, Louisiana

A New Orleans landmark and one of the world’s most famous coffee shops, Cafe Du Monde is a smug-free zone and one of the oldest of its kind in the United States, established more than 150 years ago, in the same French Quarter location ever since. Best known for its café au lait, a unique embrace of Chicory flavoring and legendary beignets, delectable square French-style doughnuts generously covered with powdered sugar, trying them is a must. If you’re in a hurry, you can avoid the long wait by using the take-out line.

Heart Coffee Roasters - Portland, Oregon
Heart Coffee Roasters

Heart Coffee Roasters - Portland, Oregon

In a city known for great coffee, it’s not easy to stand out, but Heart does just that with its Scandinavian-style roasted coffee earning multiple accolades and devotion from coffee lovers across the globe. Here you’ll find numerous offerings from throughout the world. The Scandinavian-influenced design comes from the Finnish owner who was a pro snowboarder before getting into the coffee business.

Café des Chats - Paris, France
Café des Chats

Café des Chats - Paris, France

This Cat Café in Paris allows patrons to enjoy their coffee and croissants in the company of a dozen or so resident felines. Set within the heart of the chic Marias district, the cats curl up on armchairs, providing the benefits of “purr-therapy” for locals who are unable to keep their own pets in the typically cramped city apartments. All of the cuddly creatures are strays who’ve been adopted from rescue centers – each cared for by the cafe, with hygiene and the welfare of the cats top priorities. Each one is also said to have undergone a “vetting process” to determine appropriate social skills.

Wormhole Coffee Shop - Chicago, Illinois
Wormhole Coffee Shop

Wormhole Coffee Shop - Chicago, Illinois

The Wormhole Coffee Shop in the Windy City has a unique way of standing out from the rest. It features memorabilia from a variety of classic flicks, including everything from Stars Wars to Back to the Future, bringing a different twist to the java drinking culture. The centerpiece is a DeLorean that was modified to look like the famous car from the time-traveling film. But the café also serves outstanding coffee, so good, in fact, that some say it’s among the best in the U.S. The Wormhole offers specialty lattes and espresso, but it’s also known for its pour-overs, manually-brewed cups of coffee using a kettle and precise specifications.

Kaffeine - London, England
Kaffeine
Kaffeine - London, England

Kaffeine - London, England

This laid-back coffee shop is staffed with super-friendly baristas who are required to have at least three years of training before brewing. It was also voted the very best independent coffee shop in all of Europe by its peers. Similar to a wine flight, take the Kaffeine coffee flight for an especially amazing experience that includes a single shot of espresso, a single shot of cappuccino and a cold-brew cascara.

Stumptown Roasters - Portland, Oregon
Stumptown Roasters

Stumptown Roasters - Portland, Oregon

Stumptown Roasters was voted as one of the top coffee roasters in America, by “serious coffee nerds.” Established in 1999 in Portland, the shop has since expanded to various locations across the U.S. Its cold-brew Toddy is manually brewed for 12 hours providing the ultimate caffeine rush that’s less acidic than hot coffee, along with a natural chocolate taste that results from the lengthy infusion. The guys responsible for Stumptown’s creation travel six months of the year searching for the greatest beans in the world, taking their roasts extremely seriously – and customer service to a whole new level.

Coffee Collective - Copenhagen, Denmark
Coffee Collective

Coffee Collective - Copenhagen, Denmark

The Coffee Collective in Copenhagen is the center of energy for the independent coffee culture in Scandinavia. Founded by four friends with varied backgrounds, including water resource management expert Peter Nørregaard-Dupont; architect-turned-barista Linus Castanho-Törsäter; World Cup Tasting Champion Casper Engel Rasmussen and World Barista Champion Klaus Thomsen, it truly functions as a collective, with each owner bringing a unique talent. This micro-roaster brings the total experience, cooperating with farmers to develop sustainable production and to continuously improve the quality of the coffee. The café is well-known for its classic set including a shot of espresso served with a traditional-style cappuccino.

3FE - Dublin, Ireland
3FE
3FE - Dublin, Ireland

3FE - Dublin, Ireland

3FE is a coffee mecca with an industrial design and minimalist look, established inside a former training room in a third-floor apartment in Ireland’s capital city, hence the name (3rd Floor Espresso), ultimately becoming a hub for passionate baristas and passionate java enthusiasts. You’ll enjoy the ultra-peaceful, calm vibe along with beyond exceptional service. If you aren’t sure what to order, try a coffee trio sampling the beans three different ways – as filtered coffee, espresso and espresso with milk.

Eternity Coffee Roasters - Miami, Florida
Eternity Coffee Roasters

Eternity Coffee Roasters - Miami, Florida

While Miami isn’t exactly a city known for its coffee, it does have its fair share of good coffee houses, including an increasing number of boutique shops that roast, grind and brew their own beans producing an excellent cup of java. But Eternity Roasters, in the heart of downtown, is the only one that can claim farming its own beans. It’s the last stop in the founder’s family’s “seed-to-cup” vision that started on a Colombian coffee farm more than a half-century ago. When they’re not brewing their own Colombian single-cup pour-over style, the single-lot harvests from across the globe have gone through a rigorous blind taste-testing process to ensure beans never waver from the farmer’s standard. If you really love your coffee, attend a Sunday morning cupping – like wine tasting for coffee, complete with note-taking, sniffing and sipping.

Barista Parlor - Nashville, Tennessee
Barista Parlor

Barista Parlor - Nashville, Tennessee

Remodeled in an old garage repair shop, this cool café has an all-artisan vibe, including everything from the furniture to uniforms. Barista Parlor has frequently been named on lists of the best coffee shops in the United States, known for its carefully selected beans and multiple brewing methods. Utilizing a wood-handled Slayer espresso machine, on any given day, it’s always serving beans from at least three different roasters. Celebrities, including Tom Hanks, are known to pop in for a sample of some of the best.

Corner Perk - Bluffton, South Carolina
Corner Perk

Corner Perk - Bluffton, South Carolina

The Corner Perk in Bluffton, South Carolina serves classics, year-round and seasonal lattes, specialty tea and spice drinks. Enjoy pourer coffee, cold brew or tiramisu whipped cold brew, or if you time your visit right, sample the churro or lavender honey lattes. It also boasts a tasty brunch menu with omelets, skillets and breakfast sandwiches, as well as a build-your-own brunch.

Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè - Rome, Italy
Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè

Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè - Rome, Italy

Italy is legendary for its fantastic java, and you’ll find this time-honored stand-up café in the heart of Rome in front of Madama Palace, just steps away from the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. Founded in 1938, it’s a landmark, with the strong aroma of delicious coffee wafting through the air drawing visitors and locals alike. Enjoy some of the best espressos you’ll probably ever taste, made with some of the highest quality Arabica beans. The “gran caffè speciale,” a shot of sweetened espresso, is the local favorite. While you’re there, you might want to stock up on some of the heavenly coffee-flavored sweets to snack on later.

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