Coffee shops can be found on nearly every street corner, not just in the UK but all over the world. We just can’t get enough! But do you prefer the big brands like Starbucks and Caffe Nero, or perhaps you’re more interested in the smaller, quirky places that are a little less known? We’ve compiled a list of some of the most fabulous independent coffee shops in the world, and after looking at some of these you might be a lot keener to try something different next time.
The Vintage Emporium, London
This cafe in the heart of London is a truly unique experience. Not only do they serve up great coffee, the Emporium doubles as an antique shop. You can take a seat and relax surrounded by old curiosities, with many items from the Victorian era on display and almost all of the pieces available to buy. This bizarre boutique is well worth a visit.
The Grounds, Alexandria, Australia
Built inside the shell of a historic warehouse, The Grounds is perhaps the ultimate hipster coffee shop, featuring some incredible industrial yet cosy décor. Its lush surroundings are enhanced by a beautiful herb garden, and the coffee itself is produced with beans from all over the world in a high-tech facility right next door – you can see all the action as it happens through a glass wall from the cafe.
Truth Coffee, South Africa
This steampunk-themed cafe is packed full of industrial decor, including some rather intimidating old machinery. Even some of the tables and stools are built out of antique metal piping! The coffee itself is renowned as some of the best available, too, and this shop is an official supplier for several top class hotels in the country.
Hotel Central & Cafe, Copenhagen
By visiting this particular local attraction, you’ll be able to kill two birds with one stone. Not only is it the city’s smallest hotel with just a single room upstairs, it’s also the smallest coffee shop in Copenhagen with just enough room to seat a handful of people. Even from the outside this quirky little place is bursting with character.
Coffee Academics, Hong Kong
This stylish coffee shop is extra impressive thanks to a uniquely scientific approach to producing awesome coffee. You’ll notice the expert team are always operating high-tech contraptions and blending weird and wonderful recipes to produce new and unique coffee flavours for the patrons. It almost looks more like a potions class than a cafe!