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8 Unique Cafes Every Coffee Lover Should Visit

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8 Unique Cafes Every Coffee Lover Should Visit

There remains a vibrant café and coffee shop culture in the UK at present, with independent outlets providing exceptional value and rivaling the efforts of commercial brands such as Starbucks and Costa Coffee.

Café culture remains at its most prominent in the heartland of Europe, however, with nations such as France and Italy continuing to set the trends for others to follow. There is also a rising trend for quirky, independent cafés around the world, which are conceptually unique and offer an outstanding experience to visitors.

So let’s take a look at eight of the most unusual and unique cafes from around the world:

1. L’OisiveThé, Paris

It is only right that we start in Paris, spiritual home of café culture. The beguiling region of Butte au Cailles is also home to some particularly quaint resorts, with the L’OisiveThé providing a relevant case in point. Essentially a traditional tea house that also serves coffee and an array of delicious pastries, its charming interior offers an insight into a bygone age. Perhaps the single most fascinating aspect of this café is the fact that it also doubles as a yarn shop, which immediately infuses the building with color and a sense of vibrancy. There are even weekly knitting evenings for enthusiasts.

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    2. The Vintage Emporium, London

    The city of London is a veritable celebration of unusual sights and structures, so it stands to reason that it should be home to a fascinating café culture. The Vintage Emporium in Brick Lane is one that truly stands out, however, as its architecture and interior design elements have been borrowed straight from the Victorian era. Littered with historical relics and record players from the late 1800s, it is a peaceful and beautifully presented café that truly reflects traditional English values. The location also serves as an antique boutique, so there is even an opportunity to invest in some one-of-a-kind pieces for your home.

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      3. Snickarbacken 7, Stockholm

      If you are a fan of conceptual structures and cafés, you should find time to visit Snickerbacken 7 in Stockholm. Although it boasts a traditional coffee bar set-up, it is located at the front of an art gallery and concept store, hidden discreetly in a narrow alleyway. Stark and mysterious in equal measure, it provides a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and is ideal for those in search of solitude. It also has the benefit of serving some of the best coffee on the market, so there is additional appeal for connoisseurs throughout Sweden. Its design is borrowed from the classic back-street café, and its contrast with a vibrant city location makes for an interesting visitor experience.

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        4. The Grounds, Alexandria

        A few structures around the world have a diverse and unusual history, and the Grounds Café in Alexandria, Australia is one of them. Since serving as a warehouse and pie factory during the early 1900s, it has evolved into a beautifully designed, eclectic and picturesque café that serves extremely high-quality coffee. The café terrace opens onto a lush garden of heirloom vegetables and aromatic herbs, so guests can see fresh and organic ingredients being grown in their presence. The Grounds even boasts a coffee “research and testing center” next door, to ensure that internationally sourced beans are filtered into the most delicious beverages imaginable.

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          5. Balzac’s Roasters, Toronto

          Everything about Balzac’s Roasters is tinged with nostalgia, from its quaint Victorian-age architecture to the grand, Paris-inspired interior. From its origins as the Pump House in 1895, its interior has been completely redesigned to replicate the classic Parisian café aesthetic and create an intimate space for diners. With a giant Vaudeville chandelier casting its soft light from the center of the room, it is a grand and unique location that remains exceptionally popular among Toronto residents and international visitors alike. It is certainly  inspired by its French-Canadian roots, and has a strong connection within the local community.

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            6. Mahika Mano, Tokyo

            It seems that the trend for location-inspired cafés is becoming increasingly prominent, with Tokyo’s unique Mahika Mano providing a case in point. It is essentially an island-theme café, and has drawn its inspiration from the relaxing havens that exist throughout the Pacific Ocean. It has become a major curiosity for visitors, primarily thanks to its unique decor, hammock showroom and the kind of laid-back environment that would not be out of place in a sleep clinic. If you like to relax while savoring your coffee, there is no finer café in the world.

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              7. Café / Day, Shizuoka

              Also renowned for taking the concept café to an entirely new level, is Japan’s hugely popular Café / Day. This location offers a brilliant and unusual twist on a classic open-air design, as the owners have chosen to interface its interior aesthetic with street traffic. Confusing and terrifying in equal measure, it may not be the most relaxing location but its spectacularly innovative design has distinguished it as a must-see location for all international travelers. Inspired by the contemporary open-air design of central European cafés, Café / Day raises the bar in conceptual architecture.

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                8. The Urban Station, Buenos Aires

                The majority of mainstream coffee shops are now equipped with wireless broadband and accessible wall outlets, which is extremely convenient when you consider the rise of freelancing. The Urban Station in Buenos Aires has taken this concept to the next level by designing a café-office hybrid that enables customers to operate in a professionally laid-out work space. Including staple features such as Wi-Fi and electrical outlets, it also boasts large table spaces and comfortable chairs and a contemporary office design to boost productivity.

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                  The Importance of Making a Camping Checklist

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                  The Importance of Making a Camping Checklist

                  Camping can be hard work, but it’s the preparation that’s even harder. There are usually a lot of things to do in order to make sure that you and your family or friends have the perfect camping experience. But sometimes you might get to your destination and discover that you have left out one or more crucial things.

                  There is no dispute that preparation and organization for a camping trip can be quite overwhelming, but if it is done right, you would see at the end of the day, that it was worth the stress. This is why it is important to ensure optimum planning and execution. For this to be possible, it is advised that in addition to a to-do-list, you should have a camping checklist to remind you of every important detail.

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                  Why You Should Have a Camping Checklist

                  Creating a camping checklist makes for a happy and always ready camper. It also prevents mishaps.  A proper camping checklist should include every essential thing you would need for your camping activities, organized into various categories such as shelter, clothing, kitchen, food, personal items, first aid kit, informational items, etc. These categories should be organized by importance. However, it is important that you should not list more than you can handle or more than is necessary for your outdoor adventure.

                  Camping checklists vary depending on the kind of camping and outdoor activities involved. You should not go on the internet and compile a list of just any camping checklist. Of course, you can research camping checklists, but you have to put into consideration the kind of camping you are doing. It could be backpacking, camping with kids, canoe camping, social camping, etc. You have to be specific and take note of those things that are specifically important to your trip, and those things which are generally needed in all camping trips no matter the kind of camping being embarked on.

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                  Here are some tips to help you prepare for your next camping trip.

                  1. First off, you must have found the perfect campground that best suits your outdoor adventure. If you haven’t, then you should. Sites like Reserve America can help you find and reserve a campsite.
                  2. Find or create a good camping checklist that would best suit your kind of camping adventure.
                  3. Make sure the whole family is involved in making out the camping check list or downloading a proper checklist that reflects the families need and ticking off the boxes of already accomplished tasks.
                  4. You should make out or download a proper checklist months ahead of your trip to make room for adjustments and to avoid too much excitement and the addition of unnecessary things.
                  5. Checkout Camping Hacks that would make for a more fun camping experience and prepare you for different situations.

                  Now on to the checklist!

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                  Here is how your checklist should look

                  1. CAMPSITE GEAR

                  • Tent, poles, stakes
                  • Tent footprint (ground cover for under your tent)
                  • Extra tarp or canopy
                  • Sleeping bag for each camper
                  • Sleeping pad for each camper
                  • Repair kit for pads, mattress, tent, tarp
                  • Pillows
                  • Extra blankets
                  • Chairs
                  • Headlamps or flashlights ( with extra batteries)
                  • Lantern
                  • Lantern fuel or batteries

                  2.  KITCHEN

                  • Stove
                  • Fuel for stove
                  • Matches or lighter
                  • Pot
                  • French press or portable coffee maker
                  • Corkscrew
                  • Roasting sticks for marshmallows, hot dogs
                  • Food-storage containers
                  • Trash bags
                  • Cooler
                  • Ice
                  • Water bottles
                  • Plates, bowls, forks, spoons, knives
                  • Cups, mugs
                  • Paring knife, spatula, cooking spoon
                  • Cutting board
                  • Foil
                  • soap
                  • Sponge, dishcloth, dishtowel
                  • Paper towels
                  • Extra bin for washing dishes

                  3. CLOTHES

                  • Clothes for daytime
                  • Sleepwear
                  • Swimsuits
                  • Rainwear
                  • Shoes: hiking/walking shoes, easy-on shoes, water shoes
                  • Extra layers for warmth
                  • Gloves
                  • Hats

                  4. PERSONAL ITEMS

                  • Sunscreen
                  • Insect repellent
                  • First-aid kit
                  • Prescription medications
                  • Toothbrush, toiletries
                  • Soap

                  5. OTHER ITEMS

                  • Camera
                  • Campsite reservation confirmation, phone number
                  • Maps, area information

                  This list is not completely exhaustive. To make things easier, you can check specialized camping sites like RealSimpleRainyAdventures, and LoveTheOutdoors that have downloadable camping checklists that you can download on your phone or gadget and check as you go.

                  Featured photo credit: Scott Goodwill via unsplash.com

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