There’s something about the calm, orderly buzz of European café, be it in a lively Italian piazza or a quiet French spot somewhere off the beaten paths of Paris. Capturing the different vibes of Europe stateside is no easy feat, but the experience comes in all shapes and sizes—these are some of our all-time favorites from New York to Los Angeles.
Some more fun info about European cafés:
Truth be told, the term “café” is somewhat loose and often differs depending which European country you find yourself in, and it rarely involves just coffee—for example, in France, you can grab a quick, no-frills allongé from a tabac (a cigarette booth that sells tons of other things, like train tickets and phone cards), or you can sit outside at a bistro or brasserie and knock back a double espresso after lunch while the surrounding tables work their way through steak frites and salades niçoises.
In Italy, you can sit down and have your morning cappuccino (or “cappuccio,” if you’re local) in a bakery or tabacchi and be on your way in five minutes flat.