Poignant photos of the last of Mumbai’s iconic Irani cafes

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 16 April 2014

Mumbai is famous for many things, and one of those things is its street-corner ‘Irani cafes‘ which ‘sprouted up in the late 18th and early 19th centuries due to an influx of Persian immigrants’. They sell ‘sugary milk tea and bun-muska (freshly baked bread lathered with butter)’, where actors, workers and out-of-work youth spent loads […]

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Owl cafes are now a thing in Japan

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Wednesday 6 November 2013

Those with ornithophobia, turn away now—here is your worst nightmare. Lovers of Harry Potter, owls and quirky cafes, this one’s for you! We’ve all heard about the cat cafes and dog cafes all over Asia, but what about the newest trend—owl cafes! Known as ‘fukurou’ in Japan, these hangouts are all the rage and serve owl themed foods and drinks, and of course, serve plenty of good times with a bunch of real owls perched around the place.

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Best coffee in Chicago? The La Colombe Cafe

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By Kevin T. Stein in Cool Travel on Wednesday 1 August 2012

Warehouse district! Restaurant corridor! Warehouse district! Restaurant corridor! Either way you look at it, Randolph and Halsted in Chicago is one of the best areas to store your … whatever, or find the newest and best places in the city to eat. But even better than that, you can spend a long and quiet afternoon sipping what is undoubtedly the best coffee you’ve ever tasted served by the friendly and eclectic staff.

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Chicago’s Bittersweet Cafe serves tasty works of art

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By Kevin T. Stein in Cool Travel on Thursday 19 July 2012

Is rap music ‘music’? Is pop art ‘art’? Here’s another insoluble: suppose a pastry chef uses flour, water, sugar, chocolate, frosting, and other yummy fixins to create a cake. When the cake is presented, is it a piece of art?

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Belljar cafe in Sydney’s Newtown

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By Zac in Cool Travel on Thursday 3 March 2011

Amongst the most important luxuries in my life are great coffee, chilled atmosphere, and compelling design. The guys at Belljar coffee, in Sydney’s Newtown, have combined them perfectly into their new cafe in Alice street, just off bustling King street.

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Amsterdam’s Stumptown Coffee Roasters

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By The Urban Grocer in Cool Travel on Wednesday 14 April 2010

Attention all hipsters: Stumptown Coffee Roasters are setting up shop in the land where cafes rein king: Amsterdam. Adding to its Portland, Seattle, and New York locations, this all-too-trendy coffee boutique is due to open its European doors on 1 May.

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‘SNice in Brooklyn

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By The Urban Grocer in Cool Travel on Friday 26 March 2010

Sometimes vegan cuisine leaves you feeling like you have been eating drywall. The food at ‘SNice, a vegan delicatessen in Brooklyn’s Park Slope is different– tasty treats that just happen to also be vegan. There is no shortage of quotation marks on the menu. ‘Meatball parmesan’ subs, sesame ‘chicken’ wraps, and bagels with ‘cream cheese’ describe the dish to the uninitiated, but after one bite, you’ll go from Omnivore’s Dilemma to Vegan Evangelist.

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Melbourne’s 65 Degrees cafe

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By The Urban Grocer in Cool Travel on Thursday 18 March 2010

Craving for some stellar joe while traipsing around Melbourne? Then 65 Degrees is definitely your cuppa. Set to add to the already funky Melbourne cafe scene, this recently opened coffee joint boasts friendly service, a laid back atmosphere, and, most importantly, what those-in-the-know are calling some of the best cup of coffee the city has on offer.

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New York’s 71 Irving Place Cafe

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By Fernanda Cohen in Cool Travel on Wednesday 17 December 2008

71 is the kind of place which is small enough to miss, but once you see it, you realize everyone somehow knows about it. It’s set three steps down from the sidewalk level, and it’s always packed, except for week late nights and mid-mornings. Even though their service is not the friendliest — like any […]

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Diner, Williamsburg

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By Ilana Kohn in Cool Travel on Monday 8 September 2008

On those rare occasions when I feel the need to treat myself to an absolutely mind (and wallet) blowing meal, I love to come here. The restaurant is housed in an old diner (the old trailer style diners) which makes for some fun ambiance. Plus, the menu changes every week, so there’s never a written […]

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Grom: real Italian gelato in New York

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By Yuko Shimizu in Cool Travel on Tuesday 2 September 2008

Passionate about gelato? The second best to going to Italy is going to Grom. More than $4 for a small cup? A long line? It’s so worth it, trust me. They opened a store in ice cream battleground, the West Village, but my choice is the more quiet and chilled Upper West Side store. A […]

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Café, Cookies and Ice Cream

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By Fernanda Cohen in Cool Travel on Friday 8 August 2008

This café, cookie shop, ice cream place in Cobble Hill Brooklyn is all about flavor, aroma and family. Their cookies and ice cream are absolutely to-die-for, and the place is so well-designed, painted in vintage colors with old family pictures printed on the walls, that you’ll want to indulge yourself for more than just a […]

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Bar Oviso

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By Huna Amweero in Cool Travel on Thursday 31 July 2008

On my recent visit to Barcelona, my love for Animal Farm led me to the Plaça de Geroge Orwell. There I discovered Oviso. The tiny café features hand painted walls and low wooden benches, where inhabitants enjoy great coffee for €1 and discuss music, beer, photography and the hordes of tourists that bustle just beyond […]

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Flavours of Lakhoum

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By Zolton in Cool Travel on Tuesday 10 July 2007

Look closely at the froth of this latte and you’ll see a portrait carved out amongst the grains and milk. It’s a truly a work of art and it’s a feature of the coffee served at Richmond, Melbourne cafe Flavours of Lakhoum. Check, please!

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