Drinking coffee, people watching, reading a book, or meeting new people, café culture means different things to different people. In search of a consensus Booking.com sought out the best destinations for café culture.
Here are the results, alongside the type of traveller each destination will most likely appeal to. So you can be sure you’ll find the right place for you.
Extroverts - Greytown, New Zealand
Greytown’s proximity to Wellington makes it a popular weekend destination and residents are very proud of the town’s place in history as the first inland town in New Zealand. The town’s abundance of independent, locally-owned cafés adds to the friendly atmosphere and this combination of local pride and a steady stream of tourists make Greytown a fun location for sociable café hoppers.
Situated in the heart of Greytown, The White Swan Hotel restaurant and bar are popular with the town’s friendly locals.
Introverts - Delft, Netherlands
The Dutch city of Delft is peppered with sunny squares, leafy courtyards, and enough cafes to satisfy even the most industrious coffee drinker. While the cafés are usually small enough to not get noisy, they’re still big enough that guests can enjoy a coffee without practically sitting in each others laps. Making it ideal for travellers in search of a more peaceful café experience.
Looking for somewhere equally peaceful to sleep? Hotel Leeuwenbrug is centrally located but is tucked away on one of the quieter canals.
Coffee Lovers - Berry, Australia
Berry is a microcosm of the friendly service and quality beans that make up the international famous Australian café culture. Berry’s has been praised by coffee-loving bookers all over the world and the town is popular with Sydney residents looking for a low-key weekend break. One that involves mainlining coffee in one of the many Berry cafés.
If you’re planning to stop off in Berry on your way to or from nearby Sydney, check into the Berry Village Boutique Motel.
Caffeine-free - Ghent, Belgium
While we’re more than happy to embrace the heady rush and crash of a quadruple espresso shot, it is sometimes necessary to switch to the decaf options. Our bookers recommend Ghent in Belgium for its café culture and this student town is full of speciality tea shops and cafés serving elaborate hot chocolate, artisan lemonade, and the Benelux staple: fresh mint tea.
Brew your own tea on the stylish For Four Flat communal terrace while admiring the city’s impressive skyline.
Foodies - Berlin, Germany
Café culture in Berlin is in a constant state of flux. Amsterdam-style cannabis cafes, “alternative brunch experiences”, the “third-wave coffee movement”. Thankfully the quality of the food has remained consistent and everything from Indo-Russian fushion brunches to traditional German cakes are on the menu.
Gourmets can cafe-hop through the Mitte and Kreuzberg districts before sleeping it off at the foodie haven Michelberger Hotel.
Creatives - Alingsås, Sweden
Alingsås used to be known as Café Town and, with 26 cafés for a population of less than 25 thousand people, it’s easy to see why. The city centre cafés also give visitors a chance to enjoy Alingsås’ other claim to fame. Every year six European lighting designers mentor 65 international students as they light up the city for the Lights in Alingsås festival and the cafés stay open late for revellers.
Enjoy the show from the conveniently located Grand Hotel Alingsås.