Baristas Break with Booking.com: 9 Destinations to Wake Up and Smell the Coffee
Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travelers with more than one million incredible places to stay, has revealed their top endorsed destinations to satisfy even the wildest of caffeine cravings. In celebration of International Coffee Day on September 29, this break-inspired list is capturing the hearts of baristas worldwide.
Whether strong black, flat white, mocha, macchiato or a straight up espresso, indulging in a favorite hot beverage has never been a more popular past time. With over 21 million recommendations from customers, Booking.com’s Destination Finder is helping coffee-lovers unite and seek out the best and most historical hotspots to start and end their day right –with a cup of Joe in hand.
1. Melbourne, Australia
Considered to be the coffee capital of Australia, a bad experience here is hard to come by. The cobblestoned laneways in the CBD are a hive of activity with the sound of grinding coffee beans and espresso machines drowning out the morning commuters passing by.
Stay in the heart of Melbourne at Flinders Loft and be a hop, skip and a jump away from Axil Coffee Roasters to get a morning fix. Nothing is better than enjoying coffee – while it’s still hot – in the comfort of a four-poster bed and easing into the day with style.
2. Vienna, Austria
Vienna should be a destination high on the list of any self-proclaimed coffee aficionado. Viennese coffee house culture is listed as an ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’ site by UNESCO so it’s in everyone’s best interest to help preserve and protect the Austrian capital’s best-loved institutions.
No stay is complete without a visit to one of the more edgy and trendy cafes found in the Weiden district. This district is a hipster paradise and also home to a park dedicated to the founder of Vienna’s very first coffee house, Johannes Diodato. Stay at the Urbanauts for an experience that is guaranteed to be on-trend and Instagram-able.
3. Rome, Italy
Espresso is the lifeblood for most Romans. Italians like their coffee strong and drunk fast. Often drinking five or more espressos a day, a ‘drink and go’ philosophy is seen at most coffee bars around the city.
One of the most iconic and popular bars to visit is Sant’Eustachio Il Caffe. Serving over 6,000 coffees a day, they know a thing or two about coffee. Sip an afternoon espresso on a private rooftop at La Maison D’Art Luxury Suite and enjoy the stunning views of the Pantheon nearby.
4. Lviv, Ukraine
This lesser known UNESCO World Heritage Site has a café culture to rival any Western European counterpart. Lviv’s relationship with coffee dates back to the late 18th century, when the Austrians arrived and helped to shape what is still today, a big part of the local history and culture.
Journey back in time by staying in a 15th century building at the Vintage Boutique Hotel located in Lviv’s historic center. Imagine being walking distance from the legendary Virmenka café, where guests are able to order an authentic coffee brewed by only Lviv recipes. Coffee connoisseurs rejoice!
5. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
With the Dutch East India Company being the first spice and coffee trader in the world, it should come as no surprise that the Dutch take their coffee-drinking seriously. With countless hipster cafes and roasters setting up around the city, Amsterdam is a buzz with the sound of Arabica beans being grinded.
Recently opened, The Hoxton is serving up Lot Sixty One’s finest espresso blends with breakfast each morning. Situated in Amsterdam’s historic canal belt, coffee addicts indulge in their addiction with views over the beautiful Herengracht watching commuters’ cycle past on their way to work.
6. Paris, France
Like all things Parisian, drinking coffee should be done in style and away from any tourist trap. The 11th arrondissement is a hotbed of diverse, creative individuals that are seeking out hip, boutique cafes to Instagram their flat white from.
The new Café Oberkampf has quickly become a hotspot for bloggers and fashionable travelers with their finger on the pulse. Stay around the corner in a former textile factory at the stylish Hôtel Fabric.
7. Istanbul, Turkey
A delicious cup of Turkish coffee has a long history. Hundreds of years ago it was invented by the Ottomans and is still available on every corner of Istanbul streets. The taste trick is in the preparation, so be prepared for a rich, full-bodied experience.
From the hip ‘House Café’ chain to the nostalgic ‘medieval café without a name’ located at Corlulu Alipasa Medreses – Istanbul is preparing coffee everywhere for everyone. Part of a 139 year old historical building, Hotel Miniature is a stone’s throw away from Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque.
8. Seattle, USA
Home to the largest coffee chain in the world, Starbucks, Seattle is worth a visit. Drop by the first original Starbucks at Pike Place Market for a taste of a true original. With a rich coffee culture across the entire city, visitors are likely bump into bars everywhere. Booking.com recommends finding a cup of Joe at local coffee houses, or roasters in the always jazzy University District and ‘cool’ Capitol Hill.
Watertown Hotel in the University District offers access to Seattle’s best coffee spots. The hotel also has the Pineapple Café where guests can pick up their first cup in the morning before exploring.
9. Wellington, New Zealand
Wellingtonians love their coffee and with more than a dozen roasters’ within the city center, catching the aroma of roasting beans in the blustery wind is certain. Wellington’s café scene is as diverse as its residents, from hipster hangouts, to beachside brunch spots, this place won’t disappoint.
The iconic institution Fidel’s is not to be missed on any visit to Wellington. Serving up Cuban coffee that comes fresh from the roastery around the corner, this lively café delivers full flavor with a Havana flair. Stay within walking distance to the vibrant Cuba Street at the Grandiose’s Canvas Loft.
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