my favorite coffee around the world

kookabooraiced latte at Kooka Boora, Paris

Happy National Coffee Day! I’d say I’m quite the coffee snob addict. Bold statement? Well, when I broke my French press, I almost cried—and not over the spilled coffee. Whenever I move somewhere new, I make it a point to find the best coffee shop(s). It’s kind of a necessity. Here are a few of my favorites in the cities I’ve lived in over the past two and a half years. I might need to have some trips brewing after this…

New York, NY

Stumptown Coffee Roasters: Arguably the best coffee in New York. If I lived near 29th and Broadway, I’d be there every single day. It’s connected to The Ace Hotel, too—cool vibes all around.

Paris, France

Kooka Boora: My favorite café for coffee in my favorite city—and not just because they have iced coffee (rare in Paris). This Australian coffee shop also has good music, free WiFi and indoor/outdoor space to do work (and people watch). It’s in the 9th arrondissement, one of favorite neighborhoods.

Caféothèque: Lovely lattes in the heart of Paris and right in front of the Seine. It doesn’t get much better than that. It’s a little pricey, but the espresso and cozy atmosphere are worth it.

Washington, DC

Filter Coffeehouse: I love the charming Dupont Circle location. Bonus points because they have a flat white on the menu. And it’s the best I’ve found in DC (so far).

Baked & Wired: Cappuccinos and cupcakes = a match made in coffee heaven. They also have Stumptown Coffee. Dreamy.

Glasgow, Scotland

S’Mug: Their vanilla chai tea lattes kept me going through the Scottish winter. And that says a lot.

Melbourne, Australia

Brunetti: Excellent coffee and heaps of delicious desserts. The City Square location is convenient, but the original one in Carlton is iconic.

You bet I was all over that free iced coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts today. Can’t go wrong with an American classic, right?

Globe-trotting to Glasgow

Five flights, three airlines and too many SkyChef meals to count…

Goodbye Australia, hello Scotland!

Read about my travels on the Her Campus Study Abroad Blog: “HC Abroad: Globetrotting to Glasgow”

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