Coffee trip: our top 5 cafés

There are places in this world that are all about caffeine, petrol, but also good (fashion) taste. Our top five spots to enjoy a cup in style on World Coffee Day - or any other day.
Text Alfred Rzyski
Photo Amy Shore

With milk, iced or decaffeinated: the preferences concerning coffee are as numerous as the varieties of the popular drink - and the places where the roasted and ground cocoa beans are brewed. Where coffee house culture blossoms under the influence of fashion and the sound of engines, but also just like that? We show you in our guide.





Le Café V, Osaka

The fact that fashion and gastronomy go very well together is evident from the fact that Armani owns various cafés. Or that Gucci runs the Osteria da Massimo Bottura in both Florence and Beverly Hills. Now, for a little over a year, Maison Osaka Midosuji has been open in Osaka, and with it Louis Vuitton's very first café: Le Café V and the Sugalabo V restaurant are located on the top floor. Japanese chef Yosuke Suga is behind both concepts, while "Objets Nomades" designer Tokujin Yoshioka is responsible for the interior.

Now, for a little over a year, Maison Osaka Midosuji has been open in Osaka, and with it Louis Vuitton's very first café: Le Café V and the Sugalabo V restaurant are located on the top floor.






DEUS »The Foundry of Fortuity«, Hongdae, Seoul

The fact that fashion and gastronomy go very well together is evident from the fact that Armani owns various cafés. Or that Gucci runs the Osteria da Massimo Bottura in both Florence and Beverly Hills. Now, for a little over a year, Maison Osaka Midosuji has been open in Osaka, and with it Louis Vuitton's very first café: Le Café V and the Sugalabo V restaurant are located on the top floor. Japanese chef Yosuke Suga is behind both concepts, while "Objets Nomades" designer Tokujin Yoshioka is responsible for the interior.

La Rascasse, Monaco

Admittedly, this coffee is not exactly cheap. But there is probably no better spot if you want to combine the Formula 1 race weekend in Monaco with a passion for the baristas' craft. We're talking about the iconic club and café "La Rascasse" at the end of the Grand Prix circuit. Even if you should hypothetically take too much caffeine there, there is a remedy: at least as legendary as the location are the parties, which can sometimes last all night. That's what you call all-inclusive.

Of course, you can also watch from »Swinmming Pool«. But really, there is no better spot than »La Rascasse« if you want to combine the (historic) racing weekend in Monaco with a passion for the craft of baristas.






Roastery Kaffeesack in Baden-Baden

"Respect the Bean": this is the motto of the speciality coffee roastery in Baden-Baden. The guys rely on traditional drum roasting, which is considered very gentle on the stomach and digestible. Their beans mostly come from small farmers in Honduras and Peru. According to their own statement, Kaffeesack pays attention to a transparent trade chain and fair wages. The beans are harvested by hand on the plantation, which means that practically no defective beans (also called "stinkers") end up in the bags - a big difference from industrial coffee. And in Baden-Baden, espresso is sometimes made on ice, infused with tonic water and a shot of gin, we learned in rampstyle #18.

Alfa Romeo Tipo 3, London und überall

"Coffee to go" was yesterday. Now it's "coffee to drive". And that fits quite well, because for some people the drink made from the magic beans is as essential as fuel for the engine. By the way: the tastier the car, the better the aroma of your own drink comes out. You can imagine how good the coffee tasted from the bonnet of the Alfa Romeo Tipo 3. And this despite the fact that we were travelling in London - the presumed stronghold of tea drinkers. By the way, Amy Shore's pictures were taken for ramp #37 with the title "Basic Instincts". Which, admittedly, brings us straight back to coffee.

Wie gut der Kaffee von der Motorhaube des Alfa Romeo Tipo 3 geschmeckt hat, können Sie sich ja vorstellen. Und das, obwohl wir in London unterwegs waren – der mutmaßlichen Hochburg der Teetrinker.


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