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Top 10 Places in the World to Drink a Cup of Coffee

Flat white or cappuccino? Double espresso or skinny latte? It’s not important how you drink your coffee. What matters is where you drink it. From a hilltop café in Lisbon to the middle of the Cambodian jungle, we’ve picked 10 of the best spots to sit and sip.

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VIENNA

Serving what is arguably the best coffee—and cake—in the world, a visit to a Viennese coffeehouse (Kaffehaus) is more than a caffeine fix, it’s a complete sensory experience. The cafés of Vienna are an elegant affair, an integral part of society where you can read a newspaper, chat, play a game of chess, listen to music and really relax. Many famous Viennese institutions—including the opulent Café Sacher, which serves its irresistible Sachertorte, and the gorgeous, Art Nouveau Café Sperl—have been welcoming visitors for more than a hundred years. Enjoy!

Treat yourself on
Romantic Danube
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BUDAPEST

Foodies will flock to Budapest’s Central Market Hall, one of Europe’s largest and most spectacular indoor food markets. Located in a grand Gothic building, it’s the perfect place to get to know Hungary’s cuisine. The ground floor is a feast of color and tastes, selling everything from fruit and vegetables to spices and salami. Head up to the first floor for the cafés, where you can enjoy a rich, restorative coffee—just what you need for the second round of exploring.

You won’t go hungry in Hungary
on Romantic Danube
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ARLES

You don’t need to be a van Gogh fan for this place to make an impression. Café van Gogh on the Place du Forum is the place to channel your inner artist. Van Gogh famously painted this quintessential French café in 1888 during his stay in Arles. The perfect spot to soak up the atmosphere.

Be inspired on
Lyon & Provence
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SIEM REAP

Gateway to Angkor Wat with its ancient, UNESCO Site temples, Siem Reap has grown into a resort center of hip hotels and world-class food and drink, and that includes world-class coffee. The town boasts more than one chic café where you can savor a coffee just the way you like it. Here, in the heart of the Cambodian jungle, you can enjoy the best of both worlds.

Enjoy coffee Cambodia style on
Magnificent Mekong
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THE AQUAVIT TERRACE

For a brew with a view, you can’t beat the Aquavit Terrace on the Viking Longships. This fabulous al fresco space gives you a front row seat to Europe’s stunning riverside towns, cities and scenery. Best of all, you can help yourself to a cup of coffee (and other hot drinks) anytime—with our compliments. Fancy another?

Take in the views on the Aquavit Terrace
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BERLIN

The chic capital, you would expect Berlin to be bursting with great cafés and great coffee, and it certainly delivers. Berlin’s coffee scene is thriving, with names such as The Barn and Double Eye ranking among the favorite haunts. Near the Berlin Wall Memorial is Bonanza Coffee Roasters, one of the first and best.

Take two days to explore on
Elegant Elbe
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MOSCOW

Russia is famous for many things, but great coffee isn’t one of them. However, there are a few cafés and restaurants in Moscow’s ornate GUM Department Store that serve very passable kofe. It tastes even better if you find a seat outside on Red Square. In front of you is the Kremlin, St. Basil’s Cathedral is to your left and the State Historical Museum to your right. And the echo of centuries past right at your feet. Incredible.

Savor the moment along the
Waterways of the Tsars
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PARIS

In a country where “people watching” is a national sport, you want the coffee to be just as good. And in Paris, you won’t be disappointed. Sitting and sipping in a Parisian café is one of the many simple pleasures in this glorious city. To call the waiter, simply say “Garçon”. Pain au chocolat?

Just say oui on
Paris & the Heart of Normandy
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LISBON

Lisbon’s picture-postcard cobblestone streets, pastel-colored houses and white-domed cathedrals are reason enough to pause for refreshments and take in the views. Then there’s the pastéis de nata, the sweet and scrumptious Portuguese custard tart that’s the perfect accompaniment to a cup of rich coffee. Thanks to its Brazilian connections, Portugal has long enjoyed the best coffee beans—and the best baristas. Try stopping at just one cup of coffee.

Drink in the views on
Portugal’s River of Gold
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CHINA

If coffee really isn’t your cup of tea, you’ll feel right at home in China. Sailing the Yangtze through soaring gorges and mist-shrouded mountains, join a traditional Chinese tea ceremony on board your ship. Tea is at the very heart of Chinese culture, and the delightful tea ceremony represents an important ritual of healing and spirituality that has been handed down for centuries. Inspiring.

Time for tea on
Imperial Jewels of China

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