Gothic architecture and artistic flare aren’t the only things going for Slovakia’s medieval metropolis. Banishing the concept of chain stores from its streets, the city has created an enviable coffee culture bound to give you the jitters in the best way possible. Think upcycled furniture, clean cut floral displays, rustic wooden aesthetics and bicycles hanging on the walls and you’ve got an idea of what to expect from the caffeine scene in this town. Clear you schedules, start your engines and get ready to visit the best places to drink coffee in Kosice.
Perhaps the most classically Instagrammable of the lot, San Domenico is a health food café located just off the main promenade. Decked out in pristine white walls, wooden tables, plush velvet couches propping up muted earthy-toned cushions and flowers growing from the ceiling, this place is #cafegoals. One of the pioneers of the Kosice vegan scene, this is the go-to spot for raw cakes and alternative options. Coffee made with TLC, a relaxed ambiance and friendly staff make this café the perfect spot to get some work done or catch up with friends.
Aesthetics, aesthetics, aesthetics! This café looks good enough to eat – fortunately you won’t have to – you can be reliably informed that the coffee is excellent and the cakes are superb. Walk in to a plethora of white and black bicycles lining the walls and hanging green vines swinging above the wooden tables. A tempting glass case of delicious looking deserts teases you as you make your way to the counter, while exposed red brick adds a hint of industrial-chic to the eco-friendly café. Sink into one of the relaxed wicker chairs or plug in your laptop and get down to work at one of the high round tables. For the best photo opportunity, try and nab the window space with the colourful patch-work armchair and floral display.
Granny chic has never looked so good. At coffee connoisseur’s favourite, Halmi Café, peeling wallpaper, worn sofas in floral patterns, rustic wooden furniture and bits and bobs covering every inch of the place, creating a unique vibe. Catch Kosice bloggers working on their next post in the co-working area and listen to musicians rehearsing in the performance room whilst sipping on a perfectly made cappuccino. The second floor location of this place makes it the ideal spot for watching people pass by on the street below. With passionate baristas and a totally different experience, Halmi Café is definitely one to add to the list of the best coffee in Kosice.
Tucked down an alleyway next to Kulturpark, Nase Bistro provides a cute escape from the hustle and bustle of the street outside. Choose a brew from the many creations listed on the floor to ceiling blackboard as you stand at the counter and cosy up into a corner table to escape reality for a while. Another one that will fill your camera roll, the walls are lined with big soup cans and exposed brick creating an urban feel to the small coffee spot.
Making its home on the historical Craft Lane, this fairy tale themed café will transport you to another world. In the entrance you’re greeted by creatures hanging from the ceiling resembling all your favourite characters and furniture that replicates the ambiance of Grimm’s storybook. The deceivingly large space opens up into two rooms full of tables made from old Singer sewing machines and rustic white wooden chairs. The walls are covered with makeshift bookshelves made from old drawers and suitcases filled with tattered novels adding to the old fashioned, childlike atmosphere that runs through the place. Choose a good story, settle into one of the armchairs and lose all sense of time. Embrace the magic and indulge your inner seven year old at Ranajkaren Rozpravka.
With so much to see in so little time, Take It Coffee is the perfect place to grab a coffee to go when you’re in need of a quick caffeine fix. The small shop is nestled down an alley close to UL’UV, the centre for folk art production, and has a cosy feel with a few window seats if you do fancy stopping in for a while.
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- Lucy Norris