We love this incredible community of Baby2Body moms and moms-to-be, and we hope you all love being a part of it, too! Did you know that we have users from over 100 different countries around the world? With such a global community we like to take opportunities to share some travel inspiration that can further connect us all. So let’s commence with another #travelinspirationtuesday!
For last month’s travel inspiration we covered some of our favorite sunny destinations around the world – because who doesn’t love a beach-based vacation…right? But do you know what else unites so many moms? Coffee. Even our moms-to-be can tuck into one cup a day, which perfectly falls within the guidelines for safe caffeine consumption when TTC, pregnant or breastfeeding (200mg or less per day, of course).
With that in mind, we went on the hunt for some of Europe’s best, one-of-a-kind coffee shops, and for our non-coffee drinkers, we found a few of the trendiest tea houses of the moment. Let’s dive in, shall we?
Enjoy your Espresso in These One-of-a-Kind Coffee Shops in Europe
1. The Coffee Collective in Copenhagen, Denmark
The Coffee Collective is a micro roastery with several locations dotted throughout the Danish capital of Copenhagen.
To achieve their goal of making the best coffee, the folks behind Coffee Collective are cooperating with farmers to develop sustainable production and improve the quality of their coffee.
It true Scandinavian fashion, you can relax in an exceedingly pleasant atmosphere with a clean design while sipping on some truly excellent coffee. If ‘hygge‘ is what you’re after – this is the place to be.
2. House of Small Wonder in Berlin, Germany
The original Williamsburg location of the “House of Small Wonder” is a Brooklyn must-visit. You’ll love sipping your coffee while enjoying warm light streaming through the tall windows and bouncing off the countless plants strung from the ceiling nestled nicely outside of the New York City buzz.
But for a real one-of-a-kind experience, you’ll want to pop on over to Germany. The House of Small Wonder owners wanted to conquer Berlin with their second branch, and they have done just that with their new restaurant. The coffee doesn’t miss and the flora doesn’t disappoint, but what you’ll really stay for (and wait for!) is the food.
The menu features French and Japanese influences – and is sure to delight. Think comfort food with organic, local ingredients that are always freshly prepared and infused with Japanese flavoring where possible. Keep in mind that booking in advance is not possible, but these fabulous plates are worth the wait!
3. La Ménagère, Florence, Italy
What’s better than Italian coffee? Perhaps an Italian coffee in the heart of Florence surrounded by Tuscan architecture and the scent of fresh cut flowers? We think so, too.
La Ménagère is an original concept combining industrial design and elegant cuisine in a former Florentine Houseware store that was built around 1896. You can settle into the bar area, join other patrons at an expansive dining table that can accommodate more than 50 guests, opt for a more intimate experience at smaller tables tucked into corners, or even sit amongst the chefs at a table located in the heart of the kitchen!
It’s a unique place to discover, and on your coffee travels you must make a point to stop at La Ménagère Bistrot, the cozy coffee house that offers international roasts but keenly focuses on their Italian blends for an exquisite coffee experience.
Sip on a Cuppa at These Trendy Tea Houses from Around The World
4. Morrocan Tea & Spa-like Settings at La Mamounia in Marrakech, Morocco
It’s definitely not your typical tea house, but who could resist sipping on a cuppa at the stunning gardens of the Le Menzeh pavilion at La Mamounia – a luxury hotel in Morocco. Guests and visitors alike are welcome to enjoy a cup of Moroccan tea and munch on delectable pastries that fuse classic French flavors with Arabic spices. The Le Menzeh Menu combines ingredients from the region: fruits from the Ourika and Asni valleys, and strawberries that are grown as locally as it gets – in La Mamounia’s own gardens.
5. Afternoon Tea with a Twist at The Berkeley in London, UK
We admit it, we’re partial to the tea here in London! So, we couldn’t resist including a nearby institution when it comes to delivering a unique and memorable afternoon tea experience. Here’s what to expect this season at The Berkeley, to quote them directly, “our legendary designer afternoon tea, inspired by the world of fashion, sees the iconic designs of Christian Dior take to the cakewalk for an unprecedented solo show”. If you’re able to book a spot, you’ll find plenty of creativity with pastries cut in the shape of purses, dresses or shoes, and a large selection of exceptional teas.
6. Traditional Tea at Hu Xin Ting Teahouse in Shanghai, China
A teahouse tour wouldn’t be complete without a mention of Hu Xin Ting, one of China’s first teahouses, an elegant wooden structure that’s been in the business of serving tea for nearly 150 years. The ornamental structure sits atop a peaceful lotus pond, and inside you’ll find marble-topped rosewood tables and an atmosphere that can accommodate over 200 guests at a time. Queen Elizabeth has even paid a visit to this Shanghai landmark!
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