The Coolest Coffee Shops in Europe

Europe has become synonymous with great little quaint cafes, coffee bars, and tea rooms. We’ve compiled a list of some of the coolest coffee shops and cafes in Europe to help inspire you as you plan your next European holiday.

There is something about coffee that brings people together. The warm inviting aromas entice you in, encourage you to sit, and welcome you to experience your surroundings rather than just see them through your camera lens. One of the best parts about traveling is trying local cafes and restaurants and immersing yourself in the culture. A coffee house provides the unique atmosphere for patrons to sit in solitude and people watch one minute, but then mix and mingle and connect with other patrons the next minute.

If you’re looking for that quintessential coffee house café experience, then Europe has got to be on the top of your list to visit. Europe has become synonymous with great little quaint cafes, coffee bars, and tea rooms. We’ve compiled a list of some of the coolest coffee shops and cafes in Europe to help inspire you as you plan your next European holiday, because at the end of the day you can never have too much coffee.

The Antico Caffe Greco | Rome, Italy

As the oldest café and coffee house in Rome, this place has quite the history. Since opening its doors in 1760 the café has served coffee and food to some historical and famous figures over the years. This is your chance to sit in the same spot as some of the most famous artists, thinkers, philosophers, politicians, and composers of history and today.

Or Espresso | Brussels, Belgium

This industrial-looking coffee shop roasts their own coffee and are even distributors. They even have their own school teaching up-and-coming baristas the art of all things coffee, pretty cool.

Tim Wendelboe | Oslo, Norway

Tim Wendelboe brings fresh, creative and energetic ideas to coffee and his café. He continues to offer unique and interesting combinations and has spurred on the coffee craze in Oslo specifically.

Café Central | Vienna, Austria

It’s not often you can have a cup of delicious coffee in a rare 19th century historical building but you can at Café Central. This famous and beautiful coffee house opened in 1876 and has been enticing people in ever since.

New York Café | Budapest, Hungary

Nicknamed ‘The Most Beautiful Café in the World’, the New York Café is one of the most elaborate and exquisite coffee house and tea rooms around. Very popular with long lines, this café serves Austro-Hungarian cuisine and sweet treats all day. You’ll feel like you stepped back into the 1800s when you step through these doors.

The next time you’re on a European holiday make sure to take the time to sit and experience the café lifestyle that Europe has perfected. Try to learn how to order your favorite coffee drink in the native language (trust us, they’ll appreciate the effort of you trying even if it’s not perfect), people watch, don’t be afraid to make conversation with others around you, ask for recommendations for a great coffee or dinner spot, and open your heart and mind to your surroundings. You may be surprised, you could go in for a coffee but leave with an experience to remember.

7 Tea Rituals From Around The World

Tea is one of the most consumed beverages around the world and tee rituals & ceremonies vary from country to country. This article showcases 7 tea rituals from across the globe.

While sitting staring endlessly at my desktop, drinking tea and indulging in chocolate, thinking of what the next topic should be, should I write about my latest travels to Russia, or about my recent trip to the surreal land of Iceland, or considering its Ramadan, should I write about this beautiful Islamic tradition. As I continue drinking and enjoying my cup of tea and trying to decide what to write about, it came to me, the thing that am drinking, let’s talk about tea. Tea is something that actually showcases how different cultures have adapted a single beverage in various ways, in a way; it showcases how different cultures use the same beverage for remedies, health, socializing etc.  but in complete different ways and methods.

So here it is, 7 tea rituals from across the world.

Note: to enjoy this article to the max, don’t forget your cup of tea.

China

Let’s begin with China, and why not? Considering it’s the biggest producer of tea worldwide. Producing approximately 2.5 million ton of tea per year, that accounts to about 30% of the whole world tea production. It is also said that the Chinese were the first to discover the tea leaf.

One the of most popular traditional Chinese tea ceremonies is known as Gong fu tea, which literally means, “making tea with skill”. The tea ceremony is ideally served to a guest of two to four, and usually the first step of the process is for the guests to smell the tea leaves before the brewing starts. The tea cups are then arranged in circles, and the pouring process is done from a high level in a continuous motion, around the circle until each cup is full. The guests then hold the cup with two hands, and sip slowly through to savor the taste, and once the tea is finished, they continue to hold the cup to relish in the aroma. The type of tea that is normally used in such ceremonies is oolong or pu erh this is because they taste best in such brewing techniques.

India

Similarly, to China, India is also both a huge producer and consumer of tea. India is especially famous for its Chai Masala blend of teas which traditionally includes black tea leaves mixed with certain spices such as cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom, and pepper. Tea Vendors can be found in every street corner, they are called “Chai Wallahs”, they sell their unique tea blends in small sustainable clay cups.

Mongolia

You most probably heard of sweet tea, but have you heard of salt teas?  Mongolian tea also known locally as Suutei Tsai, is a type of tea that is served with every meal.  The tea is made with green tea, milk, water and salt.  Yes, you heard that correctly, salt! This unique type of tea is typically served in small bowls as opposed to cups or glasses. So next time you want to try something exotic, why not add salt to your tea? At your own risk, of course!

Morocco

From Asia, all the way to North Africa, and specifically to Morocco, where tea is more than just a beverage. Moroccan tea, also known as Touareg tea, is a blend of green tea and mint leaves mixed with a generous serving of sugar. Moroccan tea acts as the core of Moroccan hospitality, as it is always the beverage of choice that is served to house guests. It is usually served three times in one sitting, with each serving the taste varies slightly. The reason for the three servings is explained by this famous Moroccan proverb “The first cup is as gentle as life, the second is as strong as love, the third is as bitter as death”. It’s not advisable to refuse any of the three servings, as it may seem disrespectful towards the hosts.

Argentina

Yerba mate on a white wooden table. studio shot

Next stop: South America, to the land of silver, Argentina. In Argentina, Uruguay and South of Brazil, tea is a completely different story, it is usually made from a special kind of herb known as Yerba Mate. Argentineans consider yerba mate more than just a beverage, it is usually sipped in social events, to connect people together; yerba mate to Argentineans is “a way of life”. It is usually prepared in a small pot from which it’s consumed through a special metal straw called a bombilla. The same pot and the same bombilla is usually passed around the group, and everyone takes a few sips from the same container, to symbolize a social bond between the guests, friends or family members. The drink is known to be very bitter and is usually served without a sweetener. Oh and if you’re wondering if it tastes anything like tea, it doesn’t.

Russia

What better than to drink a lovely hot tea beverage in the cold winters of Russia? Russians have a traditional process of preparing tea, which starts with heating water in a metal container called a samovar. The water is mixed with a large quantity of tea and brewed for a prolonged period in a specific container. This creates what is referred to as the zavarka tea concentrate. Wealthier families in Russia tend to have decorated samovars made of fine metals and is traditionally served in glass cups held in metal encasings called podstakannik. These metal holders are decorated with a similar amount of complexity as the samovar. The type of tea that is used for the tea concentrate varies, from fruit-based tisanes to herbal teas, typically made with local plants.

England

Afternoon tea for two

And of course, we can’t have an article about tea without mentioning England.  In England, “afternoon tea” has been a way of life since the early 19th century. During this time, two meals a day was the norm, and due to the long gap between the two meals, an afternoon tea was introduced by Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, which then inspired the upper class of society, and soon became the norm across all of England.  A typical afternoon tea includes a chosen type of tea served with light sandwiches and savories, which is then followed by scones filled with cream and jam and ending with sweet pastries. Which tea though? Good question! Today, there is over 1,500 different teas that are consumed in England. They all vary in style, taste, and color. And that’s why England is the land of tea.

The Top 8 Rated Attractions Of New York City

New York is attractive for many to live in, to migrate to, and to visit. Here are is our pick of the top 8 must visit attractions of New York City.

“The Empire State,” “The Great American Melting Pot,” “Gotham,” “The City that Never Sleeps,” and most famously “The Big Apple” are the references or nicknames for New York. Fast-paced and ever-changing with ideals like peace and liberty along with cultural and linguistic diversity, New York is attractive for many to live in, to migrate to, and to visit. Here are is our pick of the top 8 must visit attractions of New York City.

Statue of Liberty

the Statue of Liberty has kept its torch high in New York Harbor since 1886 and is a quintessential emblem of American independence, and no travel to Liberty Island is full without a visit to the Mother of Exiles. The huge pedestal of the statue contains an observation deck as well as galleries documenting the interesting past of the 305-foot copper statue.

The Empire State Building

Having made an appearance in numerous movies and tv shows, The Empire State Building is a world-famous landmark that remains a Manhattan icon for a good reason. The main deck on the 86th floor is the tallest open-air observatory in NYC, providing breathtaking 360-degree views of the Hudson and East Rivers, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and more. If it isn’t high enough, head to the 102nd floor’s indoor observation deck for a complete shot of Central Park. The 80th floor holds the Dare to Dream exhibit, which honors the 3,400 people who built the 1,454-foot skyscraper and features original and authentic photos, design drawings, and development notes.

American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History, established in 1869, is one of the biggest and most respected museums in the world. The complex comprises four floors of display halls of over 32 million items, including exhibits ranging from plant and animal species to historical artifacts, fossils, minerals, and more. It includes a planetarium, an Imax theatre, and several lecture rooms. It is a perfect place to promote a wider interest in science and culture. The museum gives well-guided tours and even occasional sleepovers at the museum.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, colloquially named “The Met,” established in 1870, is a rich chest of unique and exquisite artifacts where art is honored. Crafts, antiques, furniture, shoes, clothes, books, weapons, and guns are all part of this stunning set. The museum lives in three iconic locations, “The Met Fifth Avenue,” “The Met Breuer,” host of modern and contemporary art, and “The Met Cloisters,” which holds medieval artifacts. Established as a way of educating the American public on the beauty of international art and architecture, the organization quickly expanded to become one of the world’s leading art repositories.

Top of the Rock Observation Deck

The Edge, a 1,131-foot-high-observation deck, is the tallest man-made viewing platform in the Western Hemisphere. A triangular platform at the top of 30 Hudson Yards where patrons can peer down on New Yorkers walking below like little ants.

9/11 Memorial and Museum

The memorial and the museum are solemn, poignant, and touching tributes to almost 3,000 people who lost their lives during the 9/11 and 26 February 1993 terrorist attacks. It offers a full illustration of the bravery and humanity displayed globally, nationwide and worldwide during the attacks, and is interspersed with fragments of buildings and other wreckage retrieved by those who sacrificed their own life to rescue others.

Broadway

From lavish musicals such as The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera and Mamma Mia! , edgy, thought-provoking films, frequently starring big-name stars in leading roles, there’s plenty for everybody in one of the world’s leading theater destination. Lyceum is Broadway’s longest continuously running legal building, and Manhattan’s most popular theatre.

Coney Art Walls

Located in the center of the Coney Island Amusement District, Coney Art Walls is an outdoor public art gallery, designed by Joseph Sitt and Jeffrey Deitch, displaying pieces by prominent local and foreign artists. The public art wall project provides live entertainment and iconic dining from all over New York City

New York is an ever-changing city that provides us with a variety of to notch places choose to visit, it is hard to narrow them down in one list, but these locations are evergreen and iconic, and they have a reputation all around the world.