Rotterdam feels, to my surprise, as lively as Amsterdam albeit with fewer tourists. The pace is more relaxed, calmer, more human. A great city to have coffee, then.

At Schiedamse Vest 146, the aromas of freshly brewed coffee waft from a nondescript post-war building. Home to Hopper Coffee by Karel Rietveld, this café delights with its very high ceilings and expansive sense of space. Lots of beautiful, natural light for taking pictures.

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Sangenjaya is a quiet and peaceful neighbourhood that happens to be a stone’s throw away from the beating heart of the Tokyo city centre. We walk with a map in our hands and our Japanese friend Satomi in tow. We are on the hunt for another café, naturally.

This time, the café in question is Café Obscura. Besides being a showcase for the beans roasted by Obscura Coffee Roasters at their Laboratory (a few minutes walk away at a separate site), this is the only café we’ve visited in Tokyo thus far to serve nothing but siphon coffee.

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The Swedes love their fika (afternoon coffee break) and there is perhaps no better place in town than Stockholm’s Drop Coffee Roasters to enjoy a great cuppa.

With a roastery in Västberga, an award winning streak – their baristas frequently end up in the semi-finals and finals of the Swedish Roasting Championship, Swedish Brewer’s Cup and Latte Art Championship – and a café in the indie neighbourhood of Mariatorget, filled with beautiful homes and creative folks, Drop Coffee Roasters is the epitome of Nordic cool.

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We love Dunedin. The natural beauty of the Otago Peninsula, the dynamic life of this university town, and the unexpected profusion of great coffee shops make this one of our favourite stops in New Zealand.

The first café we visit has us beaming like a dog wagging with two tails. That’s right; the coffee shop is called Dog With Two Tails. A cosy and eclectic café by day and a popular music venue and bar in the evenings, there’s awesome brunch fare (we had the Green Eggs and Ham, and the Bangers and Beans; both served with sourdough bread) and even Kiwi craft beer.

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