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The 50 Best Coffee Shops In The World

A third wave of coffee has been sweeping over the world in the last decade, with great coffee fast becoming the norm. So, why not see where to find the best coffee shops in the world?

A whole range of passionate coffee enthusiasts have been redefining our expectations and educating both the consumers and other people entering the coffee industry. Those are the coffee shops we wanted to celebrate today. Some are big, and some are small, but they are all equally passionate about their product.

We asked our global community of readers for their favourite coffee shops, as well as contributions from the Big 7 Travel editorial team.

We know that for many when travelling finding a really good cup of joe is now as important as a good meal, bar or hotel. You’ll never be stuck again with this list of the world’s best coffee shops…

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1. Simple Kaffa – Taipei, Taiwan

Simple Kaffa is the creation of a former Taiwan and World Barista Champion and they are famous in Taipei for their cappuccinos.

It might be tricky to find Simple Kaffa since it’s hidden in the basement of Hotel V, but don’t let its location deter you – the coffees here are great.

Get their Dark Brown Sugar Latte or their Cappuccino. Can’t go wrong with either!

Check out The 7 Best Coffee Shops In Taipei

2. The Barn Roastery – Berlin, Germany

The Barn is a leading coffee roaster known all over Europe and has been driving the speciality coffee movement forward since 2010. Drinking coffee in their shop at source is one of the greatest culinary experiences you’ll have in Berlin.

Check out The 7 Best Places For Coffee In Berlin

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3. Mel Coffee Roasters – Osaka, Japan

Mel Coffee Roasters is a specialty coffee shop in Shinmachi who serve Melbourne-inspired brews that are freshly roasted on a vintage 5kg Probat Roaster. The coffee itself is rich and comes in a variety of blends, and you can also attend coffee classes to learn all about the craft.

Check out The 7 Best Coffee Shops In Osaka

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4. Peixoto Coffee Roasters – Chandler – Arizona, USA

Coffee here comes from the owner’s family farm in Brazil, Fazenda Sao José da Boa Vista.

At Peixoto (pronounced pay-sho-tow), they grow their own coffee, import it and roast it especially for the store. A true crop-to-cup experience that tastes incredible. It’s a sustainable family business that is an absolute delight.

You can also buy bags to take home, but with the coffee store looking as good as it is, you’ll be tempted to take a seat.

Check out The 7 Best Places For Coffee In Phoenix

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5. NEGRO Cueva de café – Buenos Aires, Argentina

A wonderfully comfortable and cosy cafe that does great baked goods, breakfasts and lunch. The food might draw you in at first, but it’s the coffee you’ll be wanting to stay for. While everything they do is superb, look out for their espresso as something that simply can’t be missed.

Check out The 7 Best Coffee Shops In Buenos Aires

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6. VCR – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Run by a team that’s dedicated to always giving you the very best coffee and experience, VCR is a caffeine Mecca in the city. They’ve top-of-the-range coffee equipment and roast their own beans fresh every day. Plus, with two floors and outside seating, you’ll never be stuck for space.

Check out The 7 Best Coffee Shops In Kuala Lumpur

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7. Pallet Coffee Roasters – Vancouver, Canada

Pallet consistently come out on top for coffee roasting, sourcing in-season coffee beans from exceptional producers around the world to ensure every cup is perfect. And oh boy, it really is perfect.

They supply beans to many of the city’s top coffee shops, but for the ultimate experience stop by one of their four fab locations.

Check out The 7 Best Coffee Shops In Vancouver

8. Bob Coffee Lab – Bucharest, Romania

A roastery and coffee shop where the owner Paul displays and conveys his pure passion for coffee on a daily basis. The sort of place that you come for a simple flat white and leave wanting to preach the coffee gospel to everybody you meet.

Check out The 7 Best Coffee Shops In Bucharest

9. Yardstick – Manila, The Philippines

You won’t find people more passionate about coffee and improving the whole coffee scene in the city than the folks in Yardstick. There’s some wonderful treats too, like their famous Salted Caramel and Lemon Curd waffles.

Check out The 7 Best Coffee Shops In Manila

10. Anthracite Coffee – Seoul South Korea

Anthracite Coffee is a favourite among the locals because of the great coffee and even better shop atmosphere. It has an industrial-type of feel inside the shop and there is plenty of seating to enjoy your coffee.

Order a regular cup of coffee here or go for one of their lattes that are known to be smooth, nutty, and a bit spicy.

Check out The 7 Best Coffee Shops In Seoul

11. Mrs Atha’s – Leeds, England

Mrs Atha’s is an independent family-run coffee shop with an emphasis on good produce. With the help of some wonderful suppliers, they aim to provide their customers with the best experience possible. The result? Perfect coffee time and time again.

Check out The 50 Best Coffee Shops In England

12. 3fe – Dublin, Ireland

The beacon of great coffee in Ireland with people coming from all over the city to try it. 3fe has since opened three other locations and their staff are as knowledgeable and talented as you’ll find in Europe. Look out for their great brunch options and a passionate local community who rave about the place.

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13. Odin – Toronto, Canada

What strikes you first when walking in is the fantastic design that gives the place a bright and vibrant feel. You’ll soon discover the coffee is every bit as exciting.

Check out The 7 Best Coffee Shops In Toronto

14. Milano Roastery –  Milan, Italy

On a list dominated by independent coffee stores, many will be surprised to see Starbucks feature. Even more surprising is that it would be in Italy where coffee is like religion and a huge American interloper might not have been welcome. The trust is that this new “Starbucks Reserve” venue is so spectacular, so forward thinking and such an homage to coffee, that it’s quite simply one of the best coffee shops in Europe.

Check out The 7 Best Coffee Shops In Milan

15. Third Wave Coffee Roasters – Bangalore, India

They have several locations across the city and a dedication to delivering pure perfection in a cup. Their name ties back to a mission to produce high quality coffee (read more here) and they’re certainly doing that in Bangalore via their brilliant staff.

Check out The 7 Best Coffee Shops In Bangalore

16. Sightglass – San Francisco – California

Located in San Francisco’s SoMA neighborhood, Sightglass is a production roastery, dynamic open coffee bar, and community gathering space all in one.

Their flagship store on 7th Street has a fun Affogato bar, for when you want something sweet with a kick. Stylish and reliable, it’s a true SF staple.

Check out The 50 Best Coffee Stores In America

17. Truth Coffee Roasting – Cape Town, South Africa

They’ve gained international coverage as one of the best coffee shops in the world. Walking into the building is an experience in itself and each coffee blend is better than the next.

Check out 7 Spots In Cape Town For A Great Cup Of Coffee

18. Satan’s Coffee Store – Barceolona, Spain

In a city that oozes cool, this window coffee shop fits in perfectly. Locals mingle with tourists waiting patiently for their favourite brew. One thing that is certain, is that as soon as you taste it you’ll be hooked.

Check out The 7 Best Coffee Shops In Barcelona

19. Brother Baba Budan – Melbourne, Australia

Named after the legendary merchant Baba Budan who smuggled seven coffee seeds out of Yemen, this cute little coffee shop comes from the superb roastery Seven Seeds.  The best experimental coffee brewers, micro roasters, green bean traders and country of origin specialists – Brother has it all.

Check out The 7 Best Coffee Shops In Melbourne

20. The Roastery by Nozy Coffee Cafe – Tokyo, Japan

Have you ever had espresso served in a champagne glass before? Yeah, didn’t think so. Well, you can try that elegant glass of espresso here in one of Tokyo’s hippest coffee joints.

For something lighter, try their americano or lattes. Grab your coffee and enjoy it on the go, as this coffee shop is located on the infamous Cat Street in Harajuku.

Check out The 7 Best Coffee Shops In Tokyo

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21. Man Met Bril Koffie – Rotterdam, Netherlands

You’ll find them under the railway track and you’ll know just how serious they are by the scale of their roasting unit that’s within the shop. These folk are serious coffee operators doing their thing at a consistently high level.

Check out The 7 Best Coffee Shops In Rotterdam

22. The Grind Coffee Company – Johannesburg, South Africa

The Grind has been serving up some superb coffee for over a decade now, so you can rest assured that they know what they’re doing. They also do an insanely Instagrammable waffle cone filled with their creamy brew.

Check out The 7 Best Coffee Shops In Johannesburg

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23. Brew Lab – Edinburgh, United Kingdom

They’ve been serving the best coffee in the city here since 2012. Brew Lab feels more like a high end cocktail bar than a coffee shop, and we love the uniqueness of the place. Their coffee menu features four rotating single-origin coffees: two brewed on their brew bar as pour-overs, and two on their espresso bar.

Check out The 7 Most Instagrammable Spots In Edinburgh

24. Petra Roasting Co – Istanbul, Turkey

Petra Roasting Co. is centrally located in Istanbul and is a hip and trendy coffee shop. The coffees here are made with love by the baristas as the beans themselves are hand-roasted.

Come to this lively coffee shop for a morning latte and if you’re hungry, give one of their Turkish treats a try too.

Check out The 7 Best Coffee Shops In Istanbul

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25. Fenster Cafe – Vienna, Austria

Fenster Cafe is quite possibly the cutest little coffee hatch in the world, which you’ll find in a small alley way. Despite the miniature set up, the owner also sells beans and is a wealth of knowledge and talent. Good things come in small sizes.

Check out The 7 Best Coffee Shops In Vienna

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26. Giyanti Coffee Roastery – Jakarta, Indonesia

Giyanti Coffee opened its doors in 2012, starting off with only a small space hiding behind a former Beauty Clinic.

Now one of the best coffee stores in the city, with in-house “roast masters” that are hugely experienced and passionate about sourcing only the very best beans. Their iced latte on a hot Jakarta day is one of life’s great pleasures.

Check out The 7 Best Coffee Shops In Jakarta

27. Or Espresso – Brussels, Belgium

Or Espresso roast their own coffee and are distributors – they even have a school teaching baristas. So it’s safe to say that they know what they’re talking about and serve some of the best Brussels coffee in several locations around the city.

Check out The 7 Best Places For Coffee In Brussels

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28. ONE LOVE – Kiev, Ukraine

With four locations across the city, this dedicated coffee brand has a particularly pretty place in a local art centre. As well as making delicious traditional coffee, you can also order Chemex, V60 and Aeropress pour-overs.

They also hold live music evenings (piano, saxophone, jazz trio), DJ sets, drawing lessons and chess games in their various cafes.

Check out The 7 Best Coffee Shops In Kiev

29. Eighthirty Coffee Roasters – Auckland, New Zealand

Eighthirty is slowly but surely taking over the city with their perfectly roasted coffee. With five stores in Auckland, these espresso bars are a shining light in the city’s coffee scene and never let you down.

Check out 7 Of The Best Coffee Shops In Auckland

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30. Reuben Hills – Sydney, Australia

Reuben Hills is a boutique micro roastery based in Surry Hills that’s been serving up outstanding coffee since 2012. They travel around the world to producing countries (origin), meeting the farmers, cupping their coffees and selecting beans so you can taste only the very best.

Plus, every Saturday at 10am you can join in for coffee cupping and tasting sessions at their Coffee Lab!

Check out The 7 Best Coffee Shops In Sydney

31. The Sum Of Us – Dubai

Their Australian-themed restaurant, coffee roasting space and bakery make for a delightful place to spend time. The Sum Of Us brings Aussie coffee to Dubai and it’s downright amazing.

The food is absolutely outstanding (brunch especially) and the coffee is the stuff of your dreams. One of the very best cafes in the world.

Check out The 7 Most Instagrammable Spots In Dubai

32. Ceremony Coffee Roasters – Maryland, USA

Ceremony Coffee Roasters knows what they’re doing – excellent coffee, made fresh and served in a rustic, cool space.

They are consistently pushing the boat out with their seasonal specials too, with a particular fave being the ‘Gingersnap’. Basically, it’s gingerbread in a cup – coffee with rich molasses, cinnamon, clove and ginger, topped with steamed oat milk.

Their single-origin beans are also available delivered in subscription packages, just incase you get a craving outside of store hours.

Check out The 50 Best Coffee Stores In America

33. Kooperativ Chernyy – Moscow, Russia

To say they are nuts about coffee and the whole process that goes into it would be an understatement. Kooperative Chernyy are very much leading the wave, along with another couple of pioneers, in shaping a wonderful new coffee scene for Moscow.

They source, roast and serve up their own beans and coffee to perfection.

Check out The 7 Most Instagrammable Spots In Moscow

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34. Laboratorio Espresso – Glasgow, Scotland

You’ll find this world-class coffee shop on West Nile St. They often win awards for best coffee in the UK and even further afield. The owners are always on the lookout for great ideas to bring back to Glasgow to up their coffee game even further – one for the coffee aficionados.

Check out The 7 Best Coffee Shops In Glasgow

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35. Flat White Specialty Coffee – Qatar

You’ll find seriously good coffee here, that would hold its own in any city in the world. There’s also the added bonus that can sit outside and enjoy one of their epic iced brews in the sunshine.

Check out The 7 Best Qatar Coffee Shops

36. Chucky’s Coffee House – Sofia, Bulgaria

Chucky’s Coffee House is leading the way when it comes to driving the whole third wave of coffee forward across Bulgaria. The shop is fantastic but they also focus on wholesale, training and education. So much more than just a good cup of coffee.

Check out The 7 Best Coffee Shops In Sofia

37. Curto Café – Rio, Brazil

One you have tasted the coffee here, you are going to find it very hard to go back to any other type. Deep rich and wonderfully consistent. It’s no wonder that it’s one of the best coffee shops in the world.

They also have a huge range of sweet treats and baked goods to go along with your drink. Their education programmes and staff are what take things to another level.

Check out The 7 Most Instagrammable Spots In Rio De Janeiro

38. Metal Hands – Beijing, China

The coffee scene is really starting to take off all over China and this is one of the places setting the pace. Beijing is becoming a java hotspot and this is the best cafe in the city.

A quirky layout and some great drinks like their nitrogen cold brew which will keep you cool in the summer months. A great place to sit and people watch.

Check out The 7 Most Instagrammable Spots In Beijing

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39. Nylon Coffee Roasters – Singapore

This isn’t just about any old cup of coffee. Nylon Coffee Roasters are firm believers in working closely with the source to foster a relationship. They do a wonderful job of telling that story through their social media channels.

You feel good about drinking coffee here because of the effort they put in. It also happens to taste outstanding, which obviously helps too!

Check out The 7 Most Instagrammable Spots In Singapore

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40. Tim Wendelboe – Oslo, Norway

If ever one person defined Oslo’s coffee scene and drove the entire culture to a new level, then it’s Tim. He’s constantly winning awards and his own personal Instagram presence is a masterclass in coffee culture from all over the world. Online ordering for take-home beans is a huge part of what they do here.

Check out The 7 Best Coffee Shops In Oslo

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41. Cutbow Coffee – Albuquerque – New Mexico

Cutbow Coffee is founded by industry veteran Paul Gallegos, who has roasted over 70 million pounds of gourmet coffee over the course of a 30 year career.

The store is named after the cutbow trout in honor of Paul’s late father, an avid fisherman of the waters in northern New Mexico. They run their roastery, tasting room, and coffee bar with a passion that is infectious.

Check out The 50 Best Coffee Shops In America

42. Go Get Em Tiger – Los Angeles, USA

Go Get Em Tiger (GGET) and G&B Coffee is a collection of baristas and roasters who now have four stores across LA. Each of the two owners have a  United States Barista Championship title, so you know these guys are gonna make great coffee.

Their signature blend of coffee is rich and chocolatey,  and is roasted to go perfectly in a cortado or flat white. Order a coffee flight if you’re feeling indecisive.

Check out The 50 Best Coffee Shops In America

43. Cafelix – Tel Aviv, Israel

Cafelix is an artisan small batch coffee roaster from south Tel Aviv, that was established in 2011. With expert baristas at the helm and great beans, this is no doubt one of the best coffee shops in the world.

They place great emphasis on sourcing from motivated and knowledgeable farmers and in their roastery they handcraft each batch with special roasting equipment.

Check out The 7 Most Instagrammable Spots In Israel

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44. NOC Roastery – Hong Kong

Some of the purest and best made coffee you will ever taste. The put huge emphasis on sourcing the beans, roasting them carefully and even finding the purest water.

Walking into their store is like walking into an Apple or high end design shop. Everything is done to absolute perfection.

Check out The 7 Most Instagrammable Spots In Hong Kong

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45. Dawn Patrol – Kangarilla, Australia

Equal parts cellar door and coffee shop, Dawn Patrol is a small batch specialty coffee roasters in McLaren Vale that only opens one day a week – but it’s worth the wait. Each Sunday from 9.30am – 4pm, you’ll find the coffee duo behind this unusual space holding free coffee tasting sessions, where you can taste their fresh roasts and listen to some tunes.

Check out The 50 Best Coffee Shops In Australia

46. The Flight Coffee Hangar – Wellington, New Zealand

The flagship café of Flight Coffee, this showcases what Flight Coffee are all about. The friendly crew at “The Hangar” do an incredible job of showcasing their self-roasted coffee, while creating a relaxed environment to enjoy your favourite cup.

Check out The 7 Best Coffee Shops In Wellington

47. KC Roasters – Mumbai, India

As they say themselves they are aiming to spearhead a new coffee culture in India and they are doing it in some style.

Their coffee is world class and the precision and talent of their staff is raising the bar for the entire city.

Check out The 7 Most Instagrammable Spots In Mumbai

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48. Telegram Coffee – Perth, Australia

You’ll find this cute cafe within the 19th-century State Buildings – you can just tell how good it is by the constant crowds flocking around it. Luke, the owner, has been making coffees for over 20 years so you’ll be in expert hands.

Check out The 7 Best Coffee Shops In Perth

49. Partner’s Coffee – Brooklyn – New York

A small batch roaster located in Brooklyn, New York who travel the world sourcing coffee, celebrating quality and complexity. They also believe in sourcing incredible single-origin coffee from farmers they respect.

Their large team of baristas past and present are the lifeblood and passion of the business.

Check out The 50 Best Coffee Shops In America

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50. Fábrica Coffee Roasters – Lisbon, Portugal

A perfect little cafe that focuses on quality and putting smiles on the locals who frequent it on a regular basis, as well as the tourists who are lucky enough to stumble upon it. Serving up some of the very best coffee in one of Europe’s coolest cities.

Easily one of the worlds best coffee shops.

Check out The 50 Best Coffee Shops In Europe

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Why do you recommend Simple Kaffa to be the 1st in Taipei?
in article https://bigseventravel.com/2019/07/7-best-places-for-coffee-in-taipei/, Simple Kaffa is No.4, and Rufous in No.1.

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Kyiv, not Kiev. Great article though.

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Thanks for such a compilation if the world’s best cafes!

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Nice article. If I may, I’d like to recommend Trunk Coffee in Nagoya, Japan. Their single cappuccino is probably the best I’ve ever tried. I still go there from time to time. The place is small, but the staff is super friendly, and polite. The owner is a “hip” Japanese man, very nice to talk to. The music and the whole atmosphere of the place is pretty chill. And, most importantly, their coffee is great! Here’s their website: http://trunkcoffee.thebase.in/

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This sounds great, thanks!

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I’m surprised to not see a coffee shop from Costa Rica on this list.

Harry
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Where is Mexico City?