Lush fields of coffee and banana plants, bamboo groves and heliconias - fantastically shaped tropical flowers - to be admired from slow moving rafts, horseback or from one of the Jeep Willys that provide the main form of transport in the region.
The coffee growing region of Colombia has become an important touristic region with many of the coffee farms or fincas opening their doors to guests. Because of its popularity with Colombian, and increasingly international tourists, there are better developed facilities than in many other parts of the country, with day trips to many of the sites and attractions easily organised through agencies or the farms themselves. Highly recommended.
I found this pretty machine in one Chengdu cafe bar named Feeling4seasons Cafe. They provide very very nice espresso, cappuccino and latte with Italian Lavazza. Very nice service and price. I love it.
They provide free wireless internet service, you can check your mail or web, and f you have a notebook you can use wireless easily, if your notebook doesn't support WiFi, don't worry about it, they can provide you with a wireless card to use free.
Enjoy your cafe travel in chengdu....
Orient Times Mall 2F, Xia Dongda Street, Chengdu.
Tel: 028 6620 8848
This is a popular restaurant serving great South Indian food. It's always busy and you'll probably have to queue to share a table, but its worth it. It was the place to be and be seen last year, and the owner of the hotel I stayed at who is always on a mission to find the best new place to eat took me there. He thought it was so good he made me promise not to send a review in to the Lonely Panet. It's been nearly a year and the 'it' crowd has probably moved on, so I think it's now safe to spread the word. Go for the masala dosai and if you are missing the fantastic South Indian coffee, decoction, they have it here!
46 Janpath, New Delhi 110 001
Tel: 011 2331 7755
As an Aussie who lived in Manchester for 5 years, the only answer to the prepackaged lunch ordeal had to be, Shlurp!
Tucked away on Brazennose Street, opposite the town hall, Shlurp offers wonderful homemade soups, tasty salads and wonderful wraps - all made on the premises daily. It also serves the best coffee in Manchester - coming from a Melbourne-born coffee snob, that title is not lightly bestowed!
Lucy, who owns and runs Shlurp is passionate about food and people - what a combination!
The food is affordable and fresh, give Shlurp a go and say hi to Lucy from Claudine!
Unit 2, Brazennose House
East Brazennose Street
Manchester, M2 5BP
A coffee farm with nice traditional rooms (but with bathrooms, 2 pools, a bar and restaurant, and a number of activities on site including presentations on coffee growing and processing (including picking your own coffee berries, preparing and roasting them), horse riding through the coffee groves and the largest canopy in Colombia - 7 zip line rides over the trees.
Very friendly staff who are happy to organise outings to the National Coffee Park, a trip down the La Vieja river on a bamboo raft, or up to the mountains to go walking.
Near to Quimbaya, in Quindío province, 27km from Armenia.
A splendid new coffee bar in the dynamic Vesterbro neighbourhood. Translated as "Black Coffee & Vinyl" this tiny coffee bar sells quality java to rival anywhere else as well as doubling as a record shop featuring sleazy-listening, moog-pop, electrotrash and acid-folk on vinyl.
It don't get much groovier than this, baby.
Skydebanegade 4, Vesterbro, Copenhagen, right by Istedgade, the main strip in the Vesterbro neighbourhood;
Open: Tues-Thurs 8am-6pm, Fri. 8am-7pm and Sat/Sun 11am-7pm
Head to one of the classic longstanding cafes on Ponsonby Road - good options include Bambina, SPQR or Dizengoff. Order a flat white and discover why millions of Kiwis and Aussies are devoted to it. Steering clear of the excess milk of the latte and shunning the fluffy froth of the cappucino, it's an altogether more serious milk coffee. Order a double flat white (extra shot) and you'll never want your coffee made any other way again.
Find loads of cafes (along with bars and shops) on the excellent interactive website www.ponsonbyroad.co.nz.
This is the best cappuccino I've found in Bangkok, and the only place in the city I've ever ordered a second cup. Down a little alley, suddenly you reach this place, all big glass windows overlooking the river with a view over to Wat Arun. The cappuccinos come with a proper big froth rising above the top of the cup, slightly burnt around the edges.
It's north of the flower market, Pak Klong Talat. Walk north from Tha Tien pier, past River Books. There's a sign on the corner of the lane; turn left into the lane and go to the end, where the river is. Hard to explain, so here are the co-ordinates: Just cut and paste into Google Earth. 13.7434705145N 100.492430184E
The Starbucks of the Baltics, this cafe is so much more. For those travelling on a shoe string this place provides great tasting food for very little money. The coffee itself comes in every form, either the typical black coffee or even turkish coffee. The milkshakes are great and they even give you the pot in which it was made so you end up with a double portion. Great for the greedy tourist.
For people who dare to leave the main tourist areas, this cafe is at least a comforting landmark to regain your bearings, and if you can't find a place to eat, a guaranteed bargain.
This is a great little cafe right at the top of North Laine. It's got classic tunes on the stereo - motown, soul and rock and roll - and the cash till was in Quadrophenia. In keeping with the retro theme everything is served on vintage crockery, think 50s Pyrex plates and coffee cups. They have a good range of sandwiches and cake as well as coffee and a lovely coke float. In the summer you can sit outside on the street, or on a patio at the back. It makes the walk up the hill totally worth it, and it's the perfect way to round off a shopping trip.
37 Sydney St, Brighton, BN1 4EP;
Coffee-lovers who come to South America expecting the caffeine equivalent of a wine trip in France are in for a land. All the best produce is exported, and locals make do with the freeze-dried stuff connoisseurs turn their noses up at. But ambling through Cuenca’s Old Town, you suddenly wake up and smell the coffee. You follow your nose to a doorway, where stands a man, a manual coffee grinder and bags of fresh coffee. Alleluia! All you need now is a coffee pot …
On Calle Sucre, near General Torres;
Opening hours: standard Ecuador office hours, closed 1-3 for lunch
Peter's is the ultimate American Dream; a village boy with no foreseeable future moves to the big city and makes it big with his own restaurant chain.
The restaurant features a mix of Tex-Mex and Chinese food, the best milkshakes on the Asian continent, a comfortable atmosphere and free wi-fi if you happen to be carrying your laptop.
The original Peter's:
117 Ke Hua Bei Lu;
tel: +86 028 85227965
12 Tong Zi Lin Dong Lu;
tel: +86 028 85180903
Melbourne does great coffee. We sit around in cafes all day reading the Guardian Weekly and dreaming of the day when the rest of Australia wants to become a republic. All the places below do a decent soy flat white and a mean espresso.
Degraves Espresso - 23 Degraves Street, Melbourne
Ray - 332 Victoria Street, Brunswick
A Minor Place - 103 Albion Street, Brunswick
Wall 280 - Rear 280 Carlisle Street, Balaclava (near St Kilda)
St. Ali - 12-18 Yarra Place, South Melbourne
Atomica - 268 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
La Habana's reputation is intriguing: it is said to have a rich history of being a hotbed for illicit meetings between journalists and politicians. The clientele, however, is pretty diverse: you are as likely to find yourself seated next to an old woman in floral dress and outrageous hair as you are to be near a scheming anarchist hack.
Guaranteed is one of the best breakfasts you're ever likely to experience. The spicy sausage omelette, for one example, is quite unbelievable. And the coffee is sensational. (You can also choose from a huge range of beans from an adjacent booth to take home). The 50s decor - a wide open space and high ceiling - provides a perfect setting to read the newspaper or plan your day.
Morelos #62 (On the corner of Avenida Cuauhtemoc and Morelos, at the eastern edge of the Reforma district)
The best of Melbourne can be eaten and drunk on a quiet block of Kerr Street in Fitzroy, between Brunswick and Smith Streets.
On the corner with Napier Street is Cafe Ici. Always crowded but without the lines-out-the-door like Bubka's on Brunswick Street, Ici's ideal for breakfast, brunch and, in the summer months, evening tapas. They run a special line in hot chocolate too, so be sure to check out the menu.
On the next corner of Kerr Street there's the marvellous Marquis of Lorne pub. Cosy, backstreet and quintessentially Fitzroy, the Marquis has a pool room downstairs, dedicated dining upstairs and a roaring open fire in the middle bar in the winter. All local beers and draught Guinness on tap. Why would you go anywhere else?
Kerr Street, Fitzroy, 3065; Take the 112 tram out of Collins Street. Get off at Johnston Street and walk down.
This is an awesome place in Madrid to drink a coffee or beer, or to have breakfast, lunch, or dinner. They have great salads an desserts (my girlfriend ate more than 4 cakes). I love this restaurant and I love Madrid.
Isaac peral 4 (Moncloa); tel: 34 91 543 2009; www.vangoghcafe.com
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