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The world’s best places to order a coffee

Wherever you are in the world, a good coffee is one of life’s great pleasures. That might mean a quick espresso in Milan, or a slow-steeped cold brew in New York, a Turkish coffee by the Bosphorus, or the finest filter coffee in Paris. We’ve rounded up six standout spots around the globe for coffee geeks, casual sippers and everyone in between

Glitch Coffee and Roasters Tokyo

Glitch Coffee & Roasters, Tokyo

On Tokyo’s buzzing coffee scene, this light-filled corner café is a standout. It’s set amid Jimbōchō’s specialist secondhand bookshops, a 15-minute stroll from Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo. Pull up a stool and peruse the beans lined along the counter – strictly single origin and lightly roasted in house. The pour-over coffees are sublimely fruity and floral, with a tasting trio for aficionados. Still, no one’s judging if you drop by for a latte and flaky cinnamon roll – the perfect pick-me-up after a morning’s bookshelf browsing.

Camparino, Milan

Camparino, Milan

Set in the grand, glass-roofed Galleria, next to the Duomo, the iconic Camparino bar has been in situ for more than a century. Come the evening, it’s an upscale haunt for Campari-fuelled cocktails – but to admire its Art Nouveau detailing in peace, drop by first thing for a coffee. Do as the locals do and quaff a swift espresso at the curving, inlaid bar, or ask a bow-tied barman to rustle up a caffè shakerato – Italy’s frothy, syrup-laced take on the iced coffee.

Telescope Café Paris

Télescope Café, Paris

In-the-know locals adore this tiny, pared-back coffee spot, on blink-and-you’ll-miss-it rue Villedo. Laptops are banned and, with no WiFi, conversation and coffee are the focus – sip a super-smooth filter brew or creamy café noisette. The food here’s as simple as it is delicious, from jam-slathered sourdough (baked in house) to salted caramel cookies. If there’s no space, grab a takeaway and walk to the Palais Royal, with its rambling roses, clipped lime trees and soothing central fountain. Or meander back to the nearby Mandarin Oriental, Paris via rue St-Honoré’s boutiques.

News and Coffee Barcelona

News & Coffee, Barcelona

Three friends are behind this smart startup, which has turned four tired newsstand kiosks into sleek, street-side coffee stops. Its friendly baristas serve up impeccable small-batch coffees, whether you’re after a punchy double espresso or velvety cortado. They’re accompanied by a globetrotting array of reading material, from The New York Times to arty independent magazines. If you’re staying at Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona, drop by the outpost on Passeig de Sant Joan.

Black Press Coffee New York

Black Press Coffee, New York

For a great cup of coffee on the Upper West Side, make for this inviting all-rounder on Columbus Avenue. Blends at Black Press Coffee come courtesy of Brooklyn’s acclaimed Parlor roastery – try the toffee-fragranced Wallabout or mellow Columbian decaf. Coffees run from cold brews and cortados to homemade syrup-infused lattes, while the counter’s stacked with glossy doughnuts and peanut-butter cookies. Perch on a stool alongside the laptop-tapping locals, or get a cup to go and head for nearby Central Park.

Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus Lounge

Bosphorus Lounge, Istanbul

For a coffee with a view, there’s no sleeker spot than Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus, Istanbul, and the waterfront terrace at the Bosphorus Lounge. Claim a cushioned sofa amid the olive trees, looking out on the glittering, boat-dotted strait, edged by Ottoman mansions. It’s a lovely spot to linger over a Turkish coffee, made with finely-ground Arabica beans. On the side, there’s a sugar-dusted square of Turkish delight studded with pistachios – the perfect foil to the frothy, fragrant coffee.


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