Let’s face it—the coffee house subculture has gone mainstream. What better way to enjoy the flavor of a city while experiencing its history, great people watching opportunities, local life, and new coffee trends?
If you missed the article “Five great coffee houses in Europe,” it’s not too late to check it out.
In the meantime, consider visiting one of these coffee houses in some of Europe’s best cities.
Dublin – The Art of Coffee, Unit 1, Alto Vetro, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2, +353 1 086 100 3684. Located on Dublin’s trendy Grand Canal Dock, The Art of Coffee is owned by Ruslan, an award-winning barista. The well-named shop won the Irish Latte Art Championship in 2012. Using freshly roasted espresso beans and Avonmore milk from County Kilkenny, this little coffee house offers location, excellent coffee, and a great Dublin vibe.
Amsterdam – Screaming Beans, Hartenstraat 12, 1016CB Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 626 09 66. Let’s face it, if you want a true coffee experience in Amsterdam, you may want to avoid coffeeshops—Amsterdam’s slang for a cannabis café. Instead, look for a decent coffee house. Screaming Beans in the 9 Straatjes (Streets) district in the Western Canal Belt, is a slow coffee specialist. Almost always busy with locals, the coffee house is cozy and the baristas are friendly and informative. Note: the coffee house reopens December 31, 2012 after a temporary closure.
Rome – Caffé Tazza d’Oro, Via degli Orfani, 84 (Pantheon) - 00186 Roma, +39 06 67 89 792 or +39 06 67 92 768. Caffé Tazza d’Oro, just off the Piazza della Rotonda, opened in 1946 and has roasted its own coffee ever since. A favorite of Romans, celebrities, and this author, it’s a great spot to buy premium coffee beans as well as enjoy an espresso, cappuccino, or their famous granita di café served up with some of the best cream in Rome. Savor a fresh coffee at the beautiful bar inside, sit at tables on the street, or stroll the historic district while you spoon a granita to go.
Prague – Café Slavia, No. 1, Narodni Trida Street, Prague Czech Republic, + 420 224 218 493. Café Slavia’s large windows serve up breathtaking views of Prague Castle and the Charles Bridge over the Vltava (Moldau) alongside large helpings of history and steaming coffee. Originally opened in 1881, the café is soaked in Prague’s coffee house culture. However, “[f]or a non-smoking, free-wi-fi, honey-nut macchiato type of café experience,” BBC’s Rob Cameron writes, “go to Starbucks instead.”
Lisbon – Antiga Confeitaria de Belém, Rua de Belem, 84-92, Belém, +351 21 363 7423. Lisbon has been known for its thriving coffee culture for a long time, so it’s hard to miss the mark anywhere you go. They say, however, that if you only visit one coffee house in the city, Antiga Confeitaria de Belem should be it. To be honest, the place is first and foremost a bakery. In Portugal the pastries that go with the coffee are a big deal—the big deal—and Antiga Confeitaria’s famous, authentic custard tarts are made with a centuries-old recipe. Operating since 1837, the bakery’s large rooms boast tiles depicting Lisbon’s historical past.
Have you visited any of these coffee houses? Chime in, and let us know what you think. Or add a recommendation of your own.