Cafe culture is experiencing another revival all over Europe and from the streets of London and Paris to the squares and cities of Italy; there are more places than ever to enjoy that perfect cup of coffee. With lots of coffee varieties to choose from you can easily sample your favourites in many different cities.
The perfect place to meet people and enjoy a great drink
In London the cafe culture that has sprung up over the last few years is stronger and more popular than ever. Nowhere is cafe culture embraced with so much passion than in Soho. Take a stroll along Old Compton Street and you’ll discover lots of authentic Italian cafes serving all the popular coffee varieties including caffe espresso, Americano, doppio, latte, macchiato and coretto. Paris is another city where cafe culture is thriving, and the Saint-Germain-des-Prés area is one of the best places to sample coffee varieties at iconic locations such as Le Deux Magots, a cafe once frequented by the thinkers of Paris such as Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sartre, James Joyce, Albert Camus and Pablo Picasso.
Try coffee varieties in fantastic settings
Italy is without a doubt one of the best places to really get into cafe culture in Europe. The piazza is the gathering place for locals in all Italian cities, with the Piazza del Campo in Siena is one of the finest and most visited medieval squares in Italy. Scene of the famous annual horse race, Il Palio, the unique shell shaped square is at the heart of the city, and at the heart of its cafe culture. Florence is also a wonderful city to visit with Italy’s cafe culture is well and truly alive in wonderful squares like Piazza della Signoria, the site of the Bonfire of the Vanities in the 15th century, and one of the most vibrant gathering places in the city today. Try all of your favourite coffee varieties in this magical square where beautiful sculptures and the magnificent Palazzi Vecchio are among the attractions.
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