May 6, 2020
10 Amazing Cafes Around the World

10 Amazing Cafes Around the World

May 6, 2020
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If you love a good coffee place, you can't miss these spectacular cafes. One thing they have in common is the amazing decoration which will make your coffee/tea experience even more amazing. Whether you like cozy vintage coffee shops, being surrounded by the most beautiful plants and flowers or splendorous and exquisite 19th century cafes, I've got you covered. So what are the best coffee shops in the world?

Here is my roundup of the most amazing, unique and breath-taking cafes around the world.

10 Amazing Cafes Around the World

Sydney, Australia: The Grounds of Alexandria
I had been obsessed with The Grounds long before our trip to Australia. To me, entering the Grounds felt like Charlie entering Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. I was in awe. This dreamy venue consists of different areas that serve as cafe, restaurant or market stalls. The impeccable decor, high quality products and adorable animals are just some of its strong points. It's so amazing that commuting for 45' in Sydney to get breakfast or brunch is totally worth it. Oh and they sell their own homemade granola, be sure to pick up a bag!
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grounds alexandria cafe restaurant sydney australia
grounds alexandria cafe restaurant sydney australia
grounds alexandria cafe restaurant sydney australia

Boston, USA Tate Bakery
A beautiful coffee shop with an unbeatable location in the heart of downtown Boston. The amazing quality of their products and vintage decor will make you fall in love with this place. It's very popular among locals and tourists alike so the downside is that it gets really busy during breakfast time. But it's still great for brekkie and brunch!
Read more about Tate
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tate bakery cafe restaurant boston usa breakfast brunch

Boston, USA Nero
Cafe Nero is one of the coziest coffee shops I've ever been to. It looks like a library and has a few sofas so it's like hanging out in your living-room. Perfect for work or hanging out with friends, I guess Cafe Nero qualifies as home away from home, right?
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Budapest, Hungary: New York Cafe
New York City Cafe is the self-proclaimed "most beautiful cafe in the world". The decoration is exquisite indeed. There was live music, with a trio of musicians playing at the top of the stairs, and we felt as if we were having lunch in the middle of Vienna New Year's Concert. I strongly advise you to make reservations, we had to queue anyways, but you have to wait longer if you haven't booked a table.Come here for high tea as well!
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new york cafe restaurant hotel high tea breakfast brunch hungary budapest

Budapest, Hungary: Gerbaud
Gerbeaud Cafe is one of the most famous confectioneries in Hungary. Just like New York Cafe, they do not only serve delicious comfort food but also fish or meat dishes as well as sandwiches and salads. This beautiful cafe opened its doors in 1858 and has a unique elegance and classic style. As soon as you get in you feel as if you were part of a 19th century novel. There are not that many places that make you feel that way, right?
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Madrid, Spain Salon des Fleurs
Picture yourself having a warm beverage among the most beautiful flowers. That is Salon de Fleurs, a beautifully decorated flower shop with a few lovely chairs and tables to hang out in the prettiest environment. The best time to visit this spot is Christmas when it is transformed in winter wonderland.
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salon des fleurs cafe coffee flower shop breakfast brunch madrid spain

Paris, France: Au Vieux Paris d'Arcole
It's a lovely Parisian cafe but a little bit different from the typical cafeteria with bistro chairs perfect for people watching that we dream about. The plant covered facade and purple chairs and tables make this spot unique. Located near Notre Dame and Shakespeare and Co bookstore makes Au Vieux Paris d'Arcole a must stop during a day of sightseeing.
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Paris France Au Vieux Paris d'Arcole cafe restaurant
Paris France Au Vieux Paris d'Arcole cafe restaurant

Vienna, Austria Cafe Sacher
Sacher cake is one of the most famous types of cakes in the world. If you go to Vienna, you must have the original one at Cafe Sacher. This grand cafe is famous for the dessert with the same name or as Viennese call it "Sacher Torte", a delicious chocolate cake filled with yummy apricot jam that used to be Emperor Franz Josef's favorite.
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Venice, Italy: Cafe Florian
In the iconic Piazza San Marco in Venice you can find Cafe Florian. Its origins go back to the 1700s which makes it the oldest cafe in Europe. It preserves its Neo-Baroque splendor with uniformed waiters serving coffee and prosecco on silver trays while you are sitting on plush maroon banquettes.
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cafe florian piazza san marco venice italy
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Porto, Portugal: Majestic Cafe
This Belle-Epoque cafe is one of Porto's highlights. With its ornate interior featuring carved wood, mirrors and chandeliers, Majectic Cafe will take your breath away as soon as you get in.
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April 19, 2020
6 Amazing Coffee Shops in Madrid

6 Amazing Coffee Shops in Madrid

April 19, 2020
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There's no shortage of amazing coffee shops in Madrid. From flower shops where you can grab a cup of tea or coffee to a British cafe that will make you feel as if you were in London, the options for unique coffee spots are endless.

Atmosphere is everything in coffee shops. That cozy vibe together with comforting warm drinks and delicious treats make you feel so much at ease that you want to stay there for hours reading, working on your laptop or catching up with friends. It's like home away from home. Cafe owners know this and they try to create the best, most amazing and unique places for us.

Coffee shops are my absolute favorite hang out place in the world that's why I've created this roundup of the best cafes in Madrid. Let's check them out.

Amazing Coffee Shops in Madrid: Salon des Fleurs

Picture yourself having a warm beverage among the most beautiful flowers. That is Salon de Fleurs, a beautifully decorated flower shop with a few lovely chairs and tables to hang out in the prettiest environment. The best time to visit this spot is Christmas when it is transformed in winter wonderland.

Read more about Salon des Fleurs
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salon des fleurs floristeria cafeteria madrid coffee cafe tea flower shop
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Amazing Coffee Shops in Madrid: Living in London

If you are looking for a 100% British experience in Madrid this is the place to go. Located in the fancy Barrio Salamanca, Living in London offers the best scones and teas in Madrid. With its British country house decor, the place makes you feel as if you were in England without even getting on a plane. If you are a fan of British traditions, you can't miss this place. Plus, there's an all-things-British shop in the back of the cafe which you won't be able to leave empty handed.
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living in london cafeteria madrid coffee cafe tea scone shop barrio salamanca
living in london cafeteria madrid coffee cafe tea scone shop barrio salamanca
living in london cafeteria madrid coffee cafe tea scone shop barrio salamanca

Amazing Coffee Shops in Madrid: Mama Framboise

The most delicate and delicious sweets are to be found in Mama Framboise. With several locations around the city, this is one of Madrid's most iconic and best bakeries. Impossible not to fall in love with its vintage decor and their scrumptious treats.
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mama framboise cafeteria madrid coffee cafe tea patisserie shop
mama framboise cafeteria madrid coffee cafe tea patisserie shop

Amazing Coffee Shops in Madrid: Cafe Run Run Run

The name gives it away, this is a cafe for sports addicts. Cafe Run Run Run offers the healthiest options in a unique environment. For some reason cafeterias tend to be decorated in vintage or traditional designs so entering Cafe Run Run Run with its modern decor feels like a breath of fresh air. Vibrant colors and lego-looking chairs, this place seems to be part of a futuristic movie.
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cafe run run run cafeteria madrid coffee cafe tea saludable healthy

Amazing Coffee Shops in Madrid: Cafe de Oriente

With an outdoor area opposite the Royal Palace, Cafe de Oriente has the best view in Madrid. This coffee shop looks like a palace inside as well with its colorful furniture and beautiful wallpapers. Another strong point is that their professional staff is among the nicest in Madrid. The experience at Cafe de Oriente is always a true pleasure for the senses.
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cafe oriente cafeteria madrid coffee cafe tea palacio real plaza
cafe oriente cafeteria madrid coffee cafe tea palacio real plaza
cafe oriente cafeteria madrid coffee cafe tea palacio real plaza

Amazing Coffee Shops in Madrid: La Duquesita

Open for the first time in 1914, this is one of the oldest sweet shops in Madrid. It was closed for years before it reopened in 2016. The specialties of this traditional patisserie nowadays are chocolates and other baked goods. Fortunately, the refurbishing respected the elegant and majestic decor of the confectionery with its high ceilings, palatial mirrors and dreamy lamps so we can enjoy it just like in the old days.
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duquesita cafeteria madrid coffee cafe tea pasteleria patisserie dulces
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I hope you enjoyed this selection of the best cafes in Madrid. If you want to learn more about all the amazing things Madrid has to offer, I recommend you check out these posts
How to Order Coffee in Spain
Best Brunch and Breakfast Spots in Madrid

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March 30, 2020
Best Recipes to Travel the World Without Leaving Home

Best Recipes to Travel the World Without Leaving Home

March 30, 2020
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This post includes 5 travel-inspired meals from around the world that make you feel as if on a world tour without leaving home. These recipes, because of the genius combination of ingredients take you from the comfort of your home to a foreign destination at every single bite.

We are living special circumstances. We are living a situation never known before to any of us. This confinement situation felt like something that only happens in movies just a few weeks ago and look at us now. Unbelievable. I really hope you and your loved ones are well. I want to send you my best thoughts and wishes. Hang in there, this too shall pass.

Because of the lockdown we've had to postpone some of our travel plans, but that doesn't mean we are any less excited about traveling, quite the opposite. We can't wait to get out again and enjoy our beautiful world. Meanwhile, let's practice our cooking skills while reliving some past traveling experiences with these recipes to travel the world without living home.

Best Recipes to Travel the World: Greek Style Cheese Toastie

This sandwich is brilliant  because of the amazing mixture of flavors: sweet, savory and sour. It includes a variety of ingredients such as dried apricots filled with Feta cheese, olives, red onion or mint  and comes with a dip made with yogurt, cucumber and lemon. Close your eyes and you will feel as if you were in a Greek island at every bite.
greek cheese toastie sandwich jamie oliver
greek cheese toastie sandwich jamie oliver
The recipe is from Jamie Oliver's latest book Veg which I strongly recommend you to buy if you haven't got it yet. The book is a collection of vegetarian recipes perfect for those of us who are cutting down on meat.
Follow the recipe easily with this step by step video:

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Best Recipes to Travel the World: Spanish Tapas Party

Why not prepare a tapas party for the family? It's a fun activity to do at home during the quarantine. Fill your home with Spanish flavors and aromas: ham, cheese, sangria, sea food...there's something for every taste. Read the full post to get the party started.
spanish tapas party sangria
spanish tapas party sangria
Plan a future trip to Spain with these amazing travel guides

Best Recipes to Travel the World: Teddy Bear Cookies

Feel transported to a New York coffee shop with these sweet and salty teddy bear cookies by the talented Tieghan from Half Baked Harvest. I don't think I've seen such a wide variety of cookies anywhere in the world as they have in the US. I especially love the ones sold at Whole Foods, last summer we bought a different one every day to try them all. When I think of cookies and coffee I instantly think of the US.
Give these adorable Teddy Bear cookies, you won't regret it. Plus, it's a great weekend activity if you have kids or of you love baking!
teddy bear cookies
teddy bear cookies
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Best Recipes to Travel the World: Mexican Enchiladas

Another great recipe from Half Baked Harvest is this chicken tortilla enchilada rice bake. I find the vibrant colors all over Latin America very inspiring. They are on their the houses, their clothes and even the food! I love colorful food, it's 100 time more appetizing. This recipe has all the ingredients for a perfect meal: beautiful colors and an amazing mixture of flavors. Close your eyes and picture the mixture of melted cheese, coriander, avocado and lime in your mouth. Don't you feel like you are in Mexico?
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Best Recipes to Travel the World: Brunch at Home

Did you know that brunch originated in England? It is believed that this meal started in England in the late 19th century and became popular in the United States in the 1930s. Set the table nicely, and make your very own brunch at home with British tea with these recipe ideas.
My two favorite quiche recipes: spinach, pine nuts and raisins or ham, tomato and mushrooms.
spinach pine nut raisin quiche
 For those with a sweet tooth I recommend my olive oil muffin recipe
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Best Recipes to Travel the World: French Toast

So French toast is not actually French, but you can pretend you are in Paris while making the actual French equivalent: pain perdu, literally "lost bread" because you use stale bread to make it. French toast in Spanish is "torrija" and it's typical during Easter so I'll be making this recipe in the next few weeks. Voilà!
french toast custard hazelnut strawberries
french toast custard hazelnut strawberries

Plan a future trip to Paris with these amazing travel guides

I hope you enjoyed this recipes. Let me know if you try any of them. And while this situation lasts... #stayhome #staysafe
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