Holborn Grind – London, England

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London

Holborn Grind is one of the many “Grind” coffee shops in London. They have several other locations – London Grind, Soho Grind, Shoreditch Grind, etc. – and each of them has something unique about it. Some commonalities include cool neon signs with different quotes, delicious pastries/cakes, and amazing coffee. Each of them also turns into a cocktail bar at night; London Grind has one of my favorite drinks ever – the Clover Club. We stopped here at Holborn Grind after having lunch at the Chicken Shop (blog post coming soon!), and enjoyed yummy drinks and stellar views. We’d recommend sitting at the countertop by the window so you can enjoy looking at the cute surrounding buildings.

 

Fábrica Coffee Roasters – Lisbon, Portugal

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Located just a street away from the main square in Chiado, Fábrica was one of the coolest coffee shops we found. We stopped there for breakfast one morning and liked it so much that we went again on our last day in Lisbon. With lots of different pockets of seating and eclectic decor, this place has the coffee shop vibe down perfectly. The baristas were also extremely friendly and helpful – we’d definitely recommend a visit!

LXFactory – Lisbon, Portugal

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One of the most unique places we visited in Lisbon was LXFactory, an eclectic collection of restaurants and shops housed in an old industrial complex. There you can find everything from an independent magazine shop (located in a repurposed shipping container) to a tattoo parlor, a boutique that carries solely wooden products (think phone cases, wallets, watches, etc.), and a bookstore with books stacked from floor to ceiling – on three floors! There are a million wonderful things we could say or photos we could share to show just how cool this place is, but here are a few of our favorites. If you go to Lisbon, this should be on your must-see list!

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Hello, Kristof – Lisbon, Portugal

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We went to Portugal this week and had an amazing time! While we were there we found some really cool places that we’re so excited to share with you! The first is Hello, Kristof, the cutest little coffee shop that houses a collection of awesome independent magazines like Kinfolk, Cereal, and Lagom (just to name a few). It’s located in the Bairro Alto neighborhood of Lisbon, which is full of cool restaurants and bars. We ordered a cinnamon roll and croissant with our coffee and hot chocolate and spent some time perusing their magazine collection – the perfect way to start our day of exploring!

 

El Pastór – London, England

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Authentic Mexican food is hard to find in London. Luckily, this taqueria just opened a few weeks ago near Borough Market. They don’t take reservations, and we waited over two hours to get a table on a Thursday night, but it was worth it! They make fresh tortillas on a daily basis, and their tacos are all sold individually, giving you the opportunity to try a bunch of different ones. We’d highly recommend the carnitas – delicious! And the guac was to die for.

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Flat Iron Square – London, England

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This weekend, we discovered the coolest little market in London – Flat Iron Square. This truly is a hidden gem. We couldn’t believe how quiet it was, especially with it being so close to the perpetually-packed Borough Market! Under a bridge archway is an outdoor bar with live music, and about 10 different artisan food stalls are tucked away inside, with everything from ramen to pizza and Mexican food. On Sundays, they host a flea market with curated vintage finds. This is definitely not a place to miss!

Benugo – London, England

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At first glance, Benugo may seem like any ordinary coffee shop. However, take a closer look and you’ll see that this place has a little something to it. There are two things that make this place great: the sandwiches and the cellar. Walk inside and you can order coffee and choose from a fully stocked case of delicious sandwiches. Then go downstairs to find yourself in a literal cave with a bunch of seating where you can spend a few minutes or hours. If you’re in Covent Garden, this place is definitely worth a visit.