The 10 greatest cafés in the world

Cafés are some of the most unique and culturally significant types of businesses that you’ll find all around the world. A place to relax, enjoy a coffee, some brunch, catchup with friends or take a date – it’s all possible and encouraged at cafes, no matter where you happen to be.

While everyone no doubt has their favourite local café they routinely visit, there are some cafes that that go above and beyond expectations and earn themselves international acclaim. The following will take a look at the 10 greatest cafes from all around the world!

1. Pastelaria-Padaria Sao Roque | Lisbon

The Pastelaria-Padaria Sao Roque in Lisbon, Portugal is truly a glorious sight to take in. Here you can enjoy an incredible coffee and cake experience at the corner of Barrio Alto’s historic grounds.

Indulge in freshly baked pastries, snacks and incredibly strong Portuguese coffees, with indoor or outdoor seating. The domed ceiling and ornately decorated walls really make you feel like you’ve visited a religious temple dedicated to coffee, although the casual and courteous service will put you at ease immediately.


2. Café Cha

Café Cha has 7 locations: 6 in Seoul, 1 in Tokyo. It has gained a strong cult following since opening in September 2019, thanks to its dalgona inspired menu, including specialty desserts and beverages.


3. Café Montmartre | Prague

This Czech café is a reconstruction of a legendary location that draws attention due to its cool atmosphere and laid-back simplicity. Underneath the vaulted, barrel-like ceiling ad 1920’s style chairs and antique tables with incredible lighting that creates a really engrossing vibe.


4. Braunerhof | Vienna

This café used to be the stomping ground of the famous author Thomas Bernhard, but don’t let that give you the impression this is a gloomy location – it’s far from it! This place is unofficially a meeting place for writers and literary enthusiasts who feel they can soak up some inspiration from the glorious surroundings.

Website: cafe-restaurant-braunerhof

5. Reslau | Auckland

This simple and stalwart café stands out in a city that seems obsessed with coffee-culture. Part of a historic precinct, the smart and small-sized establishments is stagged by highly skilled baristas and incredibly charming waiters.


6. Café Tortoni | Buenos Aires

This is probably the best known café in all of South America and acts as a big tourist draw which can make it hard to fully enjoy during the busy months. If you go early or during winter when there are less tourists, you can get nice seat and avoid the annoying people taking selfies incessantly.


7. Fazil Bey | Istanbul

This establishment opened all the way back in 1923 and always seems to be chaotically busy. It really is the heart of the city and seems to be where all the hustle and bustle centres around. The coffee here is truly incredible and is served with a delicious slice of Turkish delight.


8. Pellegrini’s | Melbourne

Pellegrini’s, opened in 1954, has existed long before Melbourne had it’s explosion of cafes (to the point that its almost in poor taste to open another one in the city) and specialised, as you might have guessed, in Italian style coffee.


9. Café Olimpico | Montreal

This café is the penultimate destination for pretentious writers who claim that Leonard Cohen created many of his master works within its walls. This feature of the city feels like a little slice of Milan in the heart of a French-Canadian city.


10. Caffe Reggio | New York

This establishment claims the title of “the original cappuccino bar”, with the founder being a barber who imported the first expresso machine to the US so they he could serve his customers while they waited for their haircut. The original expresso machine can still be seen on show!


Samantha Rigby
Samantha Rigby
Samantha is the head of content, lifestyle and entrepreneurial columnist for Best in Australia. She is also a contributor to Forbes and SH. Prior to joining the Best in Au, she was a reporter and business journalist for local newspapers.
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