quirky & unusual cafes around the world

25th April 2015

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One of my favourite parts of travelling is sitting down in a cafe, having a drink or light bite, and watching things and people go by (well, at least I look at those who aren’t glued to their phone). I think the ‘age of the cafe’ is upon us – not one day doesn’t go by without a new unique and quirky cafe appearing that must be visited.

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Owl, bunny, maid, cat … you name it and Japan has has a cafe for it. I wasn’t really interested in those, but I am a bit sad I didn’t have the time to visit hammock cafe and gallery Mahika Mano in Tokyo. Yes, that’s right: you can chill in a hammock, sip on your hip latte while you try to find the meaning of whatever they have hanging on the walls.

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Ponyfish Island in Melbourne isn’t necessarily offering anything weird, it’s your usual coffee/tea/sodas and a simple – yet delicious menu. But it’s the unique location that makes it stand out: it’s literally on the Yarra River just under the Southbank Footbridge. I loved to go there after work for a drinks and chats. And honestly: if you can only do one thing in Melbourne I highly suggest Ponyfish Island.

Now, on to Europe’s most unique cafes. London is on fire: the cat and book cafes are soooo 2012, it’s all about porridge, board games or cereal. I do like heaven on earth Cereal Killer Cafe as they offer a great selection of bowls from all over the world topped off with an awesome retro setting. You shouldn’t miss it if you are visiting London, but beware the queues.

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In Paris they are working it too: Dans Le Noir lets you dine and drink in complete darkness – seeing is overrated, let your other senses do the work for once. And not forgetting Sur un Arbre Perche where you can eat while sitting on a swing! Yes, I’m not making this up, but make sure to book ahead.

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Domklause is part of the DDR Museum in Berlin and here you can try some of the DDR-inspired dishes featuring sausages, potatoes, pickles and cabbage. In Bosnia we call this a standard Monday to Thursday dinner, but if you are from outside Eastern Europe it might be worth a visit for your tastebuds to timetravel.

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Doing your washing isn’t always a fun experience (excluding of course in Rom coms), but this place might be changing that. The Laundromat cafe Sunshine in New York is where I wouldn’t mind doing my laundry while grabbing a beer or probably a grilled cheese sandwich while Instagramming, I bet I won’t be the only one. While we are in New York: I will be definitely paying a visit to flowershop slash coffee pit spot Spina.

Which unusual cafes are the ones you’ll never forget?

4 thoughts on “quirky & unusual cafes around the world

  1. Marianne

    THANK YOU SO MUCH! I was literally just making a list of places I want to go to when I’m in New York this summer and London this Fall. How perfect. I will definitly be going to these cafes if I have the chance, because they see absolutely gorgeous! Espacially the one in the flowershop. That must be amazing.
    Marianne 🙂

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