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TOP 10 PLACES To WATCH the WORLD GO BY Wherever you are in the world, you are never far from a café. Cassandra Wilcox picks the best spots to stop and contemplate. 1 ARLES You do not need to be a Van Gogh fan for this place to make an impression. Café van Gogh on the Place du Forum is the place to channel your inner artist. Van Gogh famously painted this quintessential French café in 1888 during his stay in Arles. It makes for the perfect spot to sit and soak up the atmosphere. 2 BEIJING Tea is at the very heart of Chinese culture and history, and can be savored at one of the many teahouses found in China’s capital. There are five main categories of tea (white, green, black, oolong and post-fermented or dark tea), as well as scented teas. All delicious, tea is the perfect drink to sip while reflecting. 3 STOCKHOLM The tradition of fika in Sweden is important throughout the country; it means to stop and enjoy a coffee and pastries with friends or family. During the long winter months it helps to have a little extra energy, so slow down and indulge. 4 BUDAPEST Foodies will flock to Budapest’s Great Market Hall, a spectacular indoor food market. Located in a grand Gothic building, the ground floor is a feast of color and tastes, selling everything from fruits and vegetables to spices and salami. Head up to the first floor for the cafés, and enjoy a restorative coffee. 5 PARIS In a country where people watching is a national sport, sitting in a Parisian café is one of the many simple pleasures in this glorious city. Paris’s Left Bank offers an eclectic mix of famous cafés, many boasting a rich cultural and social history and still full of atmosphere and style. 24 VIKING.COM EXPLORE MORE 2020

6 LISBON Lisbon’s picture-postcard cobblestone streets, pastel-colored houses and domed cathedrals are reasons enough to pause for refreshments and take in the views. Then, there is the pastéis de nata, the sweet and scrumptious Portuguese custard tart that is the perfect accompaniment to a cup of rich coffee. Thanks to its Brazilian connections, Portugal has long enjoyed the best coffee beans—as well as the best baristas. 8 TRAVEL SIEM REAP Gateway to Angkor Wat with its ancient temples, Siem Reap has grown into a resort center of hip hotels and world-class food and drink. The town boasts a great choice of cafés in which to sit and contemplate the setting. Here, in the heart of the Cambodian jungle, you can enjoy the best of both worlds. VIENNA A visit to a Viennese kaffeehaus (coffeehouse) is more than a caffeine fix—it is a complete sensory experience. The cafés of Vienna, an elegant affair, are an integral part of society where you can read a newspaper, chat, play a game of chess, listen to music or simply relax with friends. Many famous Viennese institutions have been up and running for over 100 years. 7 BERLIN As you would expect for such a chic capital, this city is bursting with great cafés and terraces. Berlin’s coffee scene is thriving and offers a wonderful variety of choice, with The Barn and Double Eye ranking among our favorite haunts. Near the Berlin Wall Memorial is Bonanza Coffee Roasters, one of the first and best. 10 MOSCOW In this historic city you will find endless cultural hotspots to visit, and there are a few cafés and restaurants in Moscow’s ornate GUM Department Store that serve very passable kofe. It tastes even better if you find a seat outside on Red Square, taking in views of the Kremlin, St. Basil’s Cathedral and the State Historical Museum. EXPLORE MORE 2020 VIKING.COM 25