The café culture in some countries goes back centuries. Historically, cafés have been important venues for intellects, artists and friends to gather, write, work, read, talk and pass the time at – today's modern coffee culture is just as exciting! Over the course of a month I have brought you 2018's hottest new venue, hotel and restaurant openings. Finally, for the last installment of this series, I've gathered the hottest new coffee shop and cafe openings across the globe.
From hotspots in the coffee and design mecca of Melbourne to Portland’s latest new coffee micro-roasters and all the way to Athens, your caffeine needs are covered for 2018. This 2018 collection is for the latte lovers, the espresso experts and the coffee curious who would like to try new brews, new beans and new teas.
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Melbourne is widely considered to be a haven for coffee, and the crew behind Bentwood in Fitzroy knows the drill. This gorgeous new space is backed by the guys that brought Melbs Tinker, Penta, MOB, and Inglewood Coffee.
The Drifter Hotel in New Orleans opened just this past year and the café inside is a time traveller’s dream. With all the feels of a 1950s motel, the espresso counter and chill zone make for a top-notch hang.
Thessaloniki is a haven for all-day coffee shops, yet the architectural detailing and light-filled setting at Ypsilon make this new Greek café stand out. Opened last August, the café offers coffee, small bites and cocktails in a space that aims to be known as an art space too.
Venice got a charming new café last fall and we’re loving the chilled-out beachy vibes. Great White whips up healthy foods like kale salads and fish tacos, served alongside banana smoothies and turmeric lattes.
A gorgeous boutique hostel that opened in 2017, Long Story Short is also home to a great little café. The Cooking Bar serves Rusty Nails coffee, small bites, Moravian wines and craft beer from local micro-breweries.
Bangkok’s latest French patisserie opened just recently and is churning out the most beautiful pastries in a setting that stuns. With walls of glass and interiors perfectly styled from floor-to-ceiling, Maison Chatenet sits in the design district on Charoenkrung.
From roasting and pop-ups to full-scale brick and mortar, the guys behind Push x Pull are making a name in the Portland coffee scene. They opened their cool, industrial 40-seater coffee shop in January in SE Portland’s Buckman neighborhood.
West Hollywood’s The Butcher, The Baker, The Cappuccino Maker opened last January and with its quick success has announced a new addition to arrive just north of USC campus in the next few months. BBCM part two will open on a USC Village property with a sunny outdoor patio this spring.
Saltwater Coffee imports Little Marionette coffee all the way from Sydney to its NYC location. Opened in 2017, this little coffee shop is bringing not only Aussie coffee but Aussie coffee culture to the East Village.
Portland’s newest Nossa Coffee opened in the Central Eastside in December. The design is inspired by Guatemala, with greenery and sunlight throughout. Look to the menu for Latin American-inspired small plates served alongside fancy toasts and smoothies.
Don Francisco’s brings classic Cuban style coffee to a gorgeous space in DTLA. Head to the sprawling coffee shop for a Cortadito, their signature Havana Coconut Latte on ice, and an authentic Cubano sandwich.
Horizon Line opened in Des Moines last summer and brought with it a West Coast kind of vibe. The beautiful white and wooded space is an easy hang spot for getting work done or just grabbing a really, really good cup of locally roasted coffee.
This is not just another little coffee shop, y’all. It’s a buzz hub. And it's huge. Better Buzz in Hillcrest just opened its doors in January and it’s been pumping out rosewater lattes, orange-infused matchas, and turmeric lattes left and right since.
East Nashville’s Café Roze opened last summer to reveal a beautiful modern café space with marble tabletops, imperfect walls and long banquettes. The all-day menu includes excellent burgers and tasty salads.
Bauhaus design reigns supreme at the new Ace Hotel in Chicago’s Fulton Market neighborhood. And the Stumptown coffee shop replicates that concept with a chic leather bar and decorative light installation. The coffee is always on-point, as we’ve come to expect at all Stumptown Coffee Roasters locations.
New to West Kennedy Boulevard in Tampa, Caffeine Roasters opened their second location this past fall and it’s a beaut. We dare you to try their signature Sparkling Coffee with sparkling lemonade and espresso.
The Upper East Side’s Hutch + Waldo is like a little slice of Australia in NYC. The gorgeous little space serves up delish sandwiches and salads, and the coffee program is bang-on, as the Aussies would say.
Last summer, the patisserie and café at Sans Pere opened in Shoreditch. A multi-use space that combines homeware shop with an architectural studio and real estate agency, this café is one that stands out with its one-of-a-kind design.
No need to hop on a plane from NYC to get all the 1960s Cali vibes you love so much. Simply head to SoHo’s newest coffee shop West~bourne for its nostalgic West Coast feel with all-day eats, drinks and sweet nothings.
Rustic California fare meets delicious pastry at Dot’s Café and Bakery. This sweet little Pasadena shop is the gourmet cupcake maker’s first full-fledged café and it features a full lunch menu in addition to serving muffins, scones and more.
Downtown San Antonio’s latest coffee-centric addition came in the form of a Texas-sized coffee shop and cocktail bar that serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Rosella Coffee is huge, with design chops and coffee cred, and community hub written all over its walls.
Santa Fe saw the opening of a new coffee shop called Sky Coffee in November. Owned by the guys behind Iconik, the space is a refurbished Southern Railway welders’ supply building. In its new life as a coffee shop, there’s a massive deck area, cozy interior and soon-to-join refurbished train caboose lounge.
Zeteo Coffee’s latest outpost in Little Rock is a big hit with the locals. Particularly cool in their efforts to give back, this coffee shop donates a chunk of their sales to providing clean water for communities around the globe.
The community of Everett, Washington welcomed Narrative Coffee last fall in a space that dates back to 1921. Not only is the coffee shop gorgeous in all its historic glory, but the coffee program is spot-on.
Echo Park has no shortage of good coffee shops, but this new kid on the block is quickly becoming a neighborhood fave. Whether you’re there for the coffee or the matcha, the space is just gorgeous at Eightfold.
NYC just got a dog-friendly café and humans and their pets are freaking out about it. The new coffee shop is also part pet retail space and plans to host the occasional adoption day. But the main draw? You can bring your pup inside instead of leaving him out in the cold.
With their local roastery, subscription services and barista academy, La Barba is Utah’s go-to for all things coffee. Their newest location in Gateway has been announced and is set to open this spring.
Traverse City gained a cool new coffee shop in November that aims to take coffee drinkers on a world tour of sipping. Mundos Roasting & Co. imports beans from all over the world and roasts them in-house.
A new coffee hub in Manila, % Arabica just opened its doors in January. The Japanese-based brand has 14 locations around the world, with many more in the works. This is a passionate coffee and design loving community to keep an eye out for.
The newest hotel from The LINE opened in DC in December, and with it, The Cup We All Race 4. The casual eatery and coffee shop serves Counter Culture Coffee and whole-grain pastries from James Beard-nominated, Cityzen alum Amanda Cook.
From coffee truck to brick and mortar, Bump Coffee is making this Cardiff thing permanent. Known for their organic coffees and delicious empanadas, we have a feeling they’ll be sticking around foreva-eva.
February brought a third location opening for Denver’s much-loved Huckleberry Roasters. The new shop is in the dairy block and offers a new menu highlight: Huckleberry coffee milkshakes with Frozen Matter ice cream.
Echo Park got so much more than just coffee when Triniti opened in December. This neighborhood hotspot may call itself café but with a chef who’s done stints at Noma, Californios and Ubunto, the food is so much better than simple scones and toasts.
The tiny community of Auburn, just near Sacramento, got a new coffee shop last fall and it’s every bit worthy of a visit. Whether you sip coffee, kombucha, cider, wine, beer, or cold brew, The Pour Choice is sure to have something for you.
Philly’s new Lebanese market opened its doors late last year and the eatery-meets-café-meets-market setup is becoming a real Fishtown destination. Suraya is an awesome go-to when you’re looking for an experience you likely don’t have every day.
Chef Linda Hampsten Fox opened her Denver market, restaurant, café and bakery in December. The glass-walled, open-plan space at The Bindery is a kind of one-stop shop for local food and drink enthusiasts.
There are 30+ locations of La Colombe, but the new shop in La Jolla is currently at the top of our look-out list. Opening dates are TBD, but this crew is known for taking over some very cool spots and serving delicious brew.
Brewpoint Coffee of Illinois opened a massive roasting house and coffee shop in Elmhurst this year. The cool industrial facility is a hub for coffee education as well, offering classes to budding coffee connoisseurs.
Vermont is known for having some incredible small, artisanal producers and people who are well into perfecting their craft. Living up to that reputation, the team behind Carrier Roasting opened a coffee bar in Northland in January and it’s been packed ever since.
This London coffee shop makes coffee exactly the way you want them to. The brand new 39 Steps Coffee Haus offers pour over, syphon, chemex or French press brewing, or you can go nitro-brew if you’re into that iced coffee life.
Old school New Orleanians are getting their coffee dream fulfilled this year with the opening of Coffee Science. A project by former Kaldi’s owner Tom Oliver, the new café will feature coffees by local roasters, served in a comfortable space on South Broad. While it may not be Kaldi’s part deux, it’s as close as we might get, nostalgic Nola peeps.
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