La Ruche de Bijenkorf – Utrecht

After a wonderful walk along the canal front, there was the hope of coming across an enticing cafe. But all the cafes that were come across looked small and busy. So it was decided just to head to the train station and see where the adventure would go.

Vete-Katten – Stockholm

Vete-Katten has been around for over 90 years and is a well established cafe. A friend described it perfectly by saying that the entrance counter area is like a normal cafe. Then as you walk through the various seating areas and rooms, it is like walking through a big grand house through the generations.

Demel – Vienna

It was hard to choose where to try the famous Sachertorte in Vienna. Should it be had at Hotel Sacher or at Demel? As Lonely Planet describes it “both cafes claim to be a cut above the other; try both and decide”.

Alpenstueck – Berlin

After being impressed by a museum morning at Pergamonmuseum and Neues Museum, it was time for a sit down. Alpenstueck has a restaurant but also during the daytime it has a cafe and bakery just on the opposite side of the cobbled road.

Oliver’s Village Cafe – Belsize Park

To mark the start of an exciting new adventure for a close friend, it was an Afternoon Tea event. Oliver’s Village Cafe is a family run independent cafe away from the high street of Belsize Park. It prides itself on using local produce and producers for its food, including meats, smoked salmon and free range eggs.

Trzesniewski – Vienna

Trzesniewski welcomes you with its colourful display. The main focal point is the rainbow canvas of the open sandwiches which are behind a glass counter. There is so much choice with the great looking and sounding combinations. All of the sandwiches are made on rye bread.

Ursprung – Berlin

Ursprung is hidden away on the lower level of the Dussmann das KulturKaufhaus bookshop. It has a beautiful vertical garden with a fish pond. There is a serenity to this place with the greenery. Ursprung feels like a haven; a world away from the busy street above.

Filmore & Union – Skipton

The historic market town of Skipton has a high street with quaint archways which open out into pockets of shops and a castle at one end of town. Skipton is also home to the well established family chocolatiers, Whitakers, who are famous for the classic mint crisps.

Cafe Amandine – Prague

Cafe Amandine gave a scrumptious French breakfast in Prague. Coffees to start the day off were an Americano and a decaffeinated Espresso. Both came on individual metal trays accompanied with a glass of water, a jug of milk and a surprise treat of a madeleine.