Top 10 Contemporary Cafés

The world runs on coffee. Even if you—oh, strange one—aren’t a coffee drinker, you cannot escape coffee culture. And a big part of that culture is, of course, the café. Historically, the coffeehouse has functioned as a social fulcrum of urban life, a congregation space where artistic and intellectual ideas were fostered and developed. It was also an intimate, informal place where friends could gather and talk about the 19th-century equivalent of Girls.

We’re glad to say that the café is alive and well. Despite the flashy distractions of the contemporary city, people still spend time in coffeehouses—a lot of time actually. The last few years has seen a surge of creative café design that reflects this fact, with architects both obscure and famous brandishing their talents to elevate your coffee experience. These projects are each different in their own way, but they all push the limits of what a café can be.

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Photo: David Joseph

D’espresso
New York, New York
Designed by Nema Workshop

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Mocha-Mojo
Chennai, India
Designed by Mancini Design

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Zmianatematu Cafe
Łódź, Poland
Designed by xm3

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Café del Arco
Murcia, Spain
Designed by Clavel Arquitectos

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Photo: Masao Nishikawa

Starbucks Coffee
Dazaifu, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan
Designed by Kengo Kuma and Associates

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Photo: Jeroen Musch

Noorderparkbar
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Designed by Bureau SLA and Overtreders

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Photo: masaki ishitani

Fab café
Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Designed by Naruse-Inokuma Architects

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Photo: Toshiyuki Yano

Cafe/Day
Numazu, Japan
Designed by Suppose Design Office

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Castro Café
New Delhi, India
Designed by Romi Khosla Design Studios

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Cafe Pavilion
Düren, Germany
Designed by AMUNT

Bonus!

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Café Boo Bah—a cafe just for kids
Brookyln, New York (of course)
Designed by I-Beam Design

Bonus-er!

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Photo: Dave Tacon/Al Jazeera

Cat Time, cat cafe
Osaka, Japan

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One response to “Top 10 Contemporary Cafés

  1. So true how it’s a part of our culture.. and all over the world, yet. I can’t believe that Starbucks in Japan! The cafes above in the Netherlands and Spain might be my favorite. Very cool!!

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