In time cupsoul searching adventures, what has become increasingly evident is that a coffee shop affiliated with, or wholly containing a roastery, predicts good coffee. Though not the case 100% of the time, those that fit the description tend to embody a certain dedication to coffee excellence and ambiance. Again, not a rule, but a clue.
Ceremony Coffee Roastery & Espresso Bar in Annapolis does embody this dedication. I’ve frequented this location numerous times and each time am impressed with the quality of service, cleanliness, and liveliness so tangible in the space. As evident from the pictures, Ceremony’s drink selection is varied and innovative, never to leave the patron bored or disappointed with lackluster recipes.
This past weekend, visiting Nashville was magical. More specifically, the coffee at Crema Coffee Roasters showcased coffee-making as an art. From bean to brew, to that first taste on the lips, Crema treats coffee like a jewel begging to be extracted, revealed and polished. This time, the jewel isn’t set in a ring, it’s set for awe (and photographs) inside of a coffee mug. Please, let it “sparkle” and sip it slowly to appreciate its craft.
There is a deep attachment and love in my family for French culture — for not only the language but the country, fashion and the food. If there was a way that this post could be hidden from just my mom, who I want to surprise with this cafe, it would be done. Given that she may find it in her travel books regardless, it’s time to share an absolutely excellent example of French food in Tel Aviv: Da Da & Da Cafe on Rothschild Boulevard.
Da Da & Da is part of the Institute Français here in TLV, and its location is impeccable. Not a far walk from Independence Hall and main attractions on Rothschild, this is an essential cafe to stop by when in the city.
If the term “film noir” conjures old Hollywood black and white crime flicks, with a certain je ne sais quoi of mystery and sexiness that pulls you in for more, the European bistro Café Noir in Tel Aviv, has been justly named.
It was early morning that I sat down in the indoor porch area of Café Noir, alone and by a window, sightseeing over the cross streets. The seating area and bar weren’t yet busy; it was right before the brunch and lunch rush and I wanted to get a prime spot at this Tel Aviv establishment. Early morning light seeped through the windows, illuminating sliding glass doors into the main dining room’s wooden tables.
It’s been far too long since I’ve written a review, and a bit longer since I felt this inspired. But today, I sit in Nahat coffee shop in Tel Aviv and I feel extremely strongly to write and share this beautiful place with the city.
Nahat Cafe is a brand new coffee shop located extremely close, if not next to, Dizengoff Square. It’s so new, that they are still completing some tasks inside and hanging things up. Trust me, this place is worthy of a visit now, because soon, I predict there won’t be seats inside…
At Nahat, the windows are huge and let abundant light inside, where patrons can sit at a beautiful wooden bar with black and cedar-colored chairs. The bar is decked with welcoming green plants. As you sit, it’s easy to look outside at the pretty patio with more patrons relaxing, sipping coffee, and smoking cigarettes in the sunshine. It’s very European, or shall I say, Mediterranean — it’s Israeli at it’s best moments. Something out of a movie.
The design inside is eclectic but clean. It’s like art in itself: geometric shapes and colorful paint, with very crisp details that makes the space feel fresh and airy. It has an upbeat vibe, complimented by the great lounge music that is more “summer rooftop” than “smoky-winter.” Small bags of coffee for sale adorn the walls, and a very cool lamp hangs from the ceiling over the coffee bar. It’s just a positive, artsy, place. A coffee shop that could easily be translated to many world capitals: DC, Paris, Milan, New York.