For those who love it, coffee isn’t just nice jolt of caffeine — it’s a necessary day-starter. Coffee culture is deeply related to café culture, but the two are actually entirely different entities that operate separately. There are cities like Paris that are world-renowned for their beautiful café culture, but that actually serve sub par, bitter coffee. (We know some people really love their French roast, though.) On the other hand, there are cities that revolve around their java, serving up only the best brew to an eager and educated caffeine clientele — but their late-night cafe scene may be just okay. Today at least, we’re interested in the places that are thriving and innovating in the third wave of coffee culture, and we’ve found out just what you need to know. In short, if you’re ever in these eight cities, run in the opposite direction of every international coffee chain you see, because the locals have the perfect brew down pat.
The Blackman is a sophisticated property with a strong focus on art. The rooms are modern and spacious, and equipped with kitchenettes, art books and magazines, and balconies. There is a gym and restaurant on-site and bicycles are available for rent.
The original Starbucks is still located in Pike Place Market in Seattle and it attracts coffee lovers daily. As you know, Starbucks is now a behemoth organization, with around 10,000 locations open around the world. But Starbucks isn’t Seattle’s only claim to coffee fame; it started the coffee revolution as a whole. The Emerald City now has the highest concentration of coffee houses in the country — 2.5 for every 1,000 citizens to be precise; many are alternative, indie holes in the wall. And, hey: Based on the dreary weather that’s characteristic of the Pacific Northwest, it’s understandable why Seattleites are always eager to get their hands on some top-notch coffee goodness.
This property is eco-friendly from top to bottom and boasts sleek and upscale rooms with water and city views. It has a fantastic location in Downtown Seattle and a stunning destination spa and fitness facility.
This property has a standout location facing the Pantheon in downtown Rome. There is a beautiful rooftop terrace with sweeping views and the rooms have upscale bathrooms equipped with towel warmers. All rooms have small flat-screen TVs and some boast great city views.
This historic property has a unique design and it attached to Oslo’s main train station. There is colorful artwork all over the hotel, including in the rooms, and there are modern amenities throughout. There is a 24-hour fitness center as well.
This property has an excellent location in the heart of the city and boasts modern rooms with wine and minibars. The restaurant serves fare that’s popular with the locals and the brasserie and bakery bakes its own pastries and roasts its own coffee.
The L’Hermitage Hotel boasts a great location in downtown Vancouver, and is in walking distance of many restaurants and shops. Rooms have modern amenities and the property has a heated saltwater lap pool and elegant breakfast lounge