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Cute Cafes in Paris, Amsterdam, Vienna and Other European Cities

Cute Cafes in Paris, Amsterdam, Vienna and Other European Cities

The dreamiest spots to sip a drink in Europe

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Across Europe, cafe culture is a vital part of daily life. It’s a place for family, friends and colleagues to socialize, relax, people-watch and enjoy a snack, coffee or perhaps a glass of wine or beer. In cities big and small from Paris to Helsinki to Mykonos, cafes line cobblestone streets, historic buildings, scenic squares and peaceful waterways. If you’re dreaming of relaxing with an espresso or cappuccino in a charming city, here are some of the cutest European cafes.

Paris, France

Paris, France

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Flowers drip off the dreamy Maison Sauvage cafe in Paris.

Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria

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Vienna draws coffee lovers and history buffs alike with its storied coffeehouse culture and world-renowned museums and palaces, such as the Hofburg.

Milan, Italy

Milan, Italy

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People can stop for a cup of coffee on the Piazza del Duomo in Milan, with a view of one of the most beautiful places of worship in the world.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Many restaurants, bars and cafes line the famous canals that snake through the city of Amsterdam.

Porto, Portugal

Porto, Portugal

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Colorful houses provide a charming backdrop for the outdoor cafes at historic Ribeira Square in Porto, Portugal.

Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest, Romania

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Rainbow-colored umbrellas help keep cafe patrons cool on a street in Bucharest, Romania.

Bruges, Belgium

Bruges, Belgium

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Grote Markt square in Bruges, Belgium, is famous for its colorful buildings lined with cafes. During the winter months, the medieval city transforms into one of the world’s most magical Christmas towns.

Mykonos, Greece

Mykonos, Greece

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The stunning blue waters surrounding Mykonos, Greece, make the perfect backdrop for cafes, bars and restaurants.

Gdansk, Poland

Gdansk, Poland

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The old town streets of Gdansk, Poland, are dotted with cafes, bars and restaurants.

Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck, Austria

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Part of the magic of Austria’s incredible mountain towns like Innsbruck are the colorful cafes where you can warm up with a coffee, tea or something stronger.

Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg, Germany

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The cafes and restaurants in Nuremberg are some of the best places to take in both the old and new architecture of the German city.

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

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The Rialto bridge, one of the most amazing man-made marvels in the world, spans the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy, and is a great place to stop for coffee. 

Uppsala, Sweden

Uppsala, Sweden

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This cafe along the river in Uppsala, Sweden, lets patrons enjoy scenery straight out of a fairytale.

Athens, Greece

Athens, Greece

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Japan might be famous for having some of the quirkiest coffee shops in the world, but Greece has some amazing spots of its own, including this whimsical wonderland in Athens.

Skaret, Sweden

Skaret, Sweden

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If a peaceful garden and charming cottage is a more ideal setting than a bustling city square, The Lundgren Girls cafe in Skaret, Sweden, might be ideal.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark

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The Nyhavn canal district is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Copenhagen, Denmark, with plenty of cafes.

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

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Imagine drinking your morning coffee at one of the cafes on the Old Town square in Prague, Czech Republic.

Linz am Rhein, Germany

Linz am Rhein, Germany

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The cafes on the Marktplatz in Linz am Rhein, Germany, are surrounded by classic Bavarian architecture.

Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich, Switzerland

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Zurich, Switzerland, is one of the most romantic cities in the world thanks to its adorable restaurants and cafes, including this one along the Limmat River near Fraumunster church.

Oslo, Norway

Oslo, Norway

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Cafes draped in flowers line Karl Johans Gate, the main pedestrian street in Oslo, Norway.

Paris, France

Paris, France

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The cafe culture in Paris is famous for attracting artists and intellectuals from around the world.

Hoorn, Netherlands

Hoorn, Netherlands

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A former weighing house has been transformed into a quaint restaurant on Roode Steen square in downtown Hoorn, Netherlands.

Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw, Poland

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The cafes and restaurants of the old town market square in Warsaw, Poland, attract locals and tourists alike.

Skopelos, Greece

Skopelos, Greece

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The narrow streets on the island of Skopelos, Greece, still manage to squeeze in plenty of cozy cafes.

Cudillero, Spain

Cudillero, Spain

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Cudillero is a tourist destination in Spain with plenty of cafes with amazing views.

Stavanger, Norway

Stavanger, Norway

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Multicolor wooden houses, balloons and colorful bunting all add a whimsical flair to the cafes in the old town area of Stavanger, Norway.

Melnik, Czech Republic

Melnik, Czech Republic

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Known for its historic chateau and local wine, Melnik, Czech Republic, also has numerous cafes where people can enjoy the quaint city views.

Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki, Finland

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Cafe guests on the Senate Square terrace in Helsinki enjoy the incredible view of Helsinki Cathedral in the background.

Riga, Latvia

Riga, Latvia

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The brick streets and cute cafes in the old town center in Riga, Latvia, make it feel like it's frozen in time.

Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden

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In Sweden, friends, family or colleagues meet for coffee or tea in a tradition called fika. In Stockholm, Stortorget Square is a scenic spot to stop.

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

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This cafe on Bruhl terrace in Dresden, Germany, is a scenic spot for a cup of coffee.

Saint Petersburg, Russia

Saint Petersburg, Russia

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The black and white interior of this cafe in Saint Petersburg, Russia, makes for a cool photo-op.

Vilnius, Lithuania

Vilnius, Lithuania

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Due to the travel restrictions of the coronavirus pandemic, the city of Vilnius, Lithuania, has hosted events in which it transforms different areas to feel like different parts of the world. In this case, the city’s streets are meant to look like Italy. Italy is just one of the destinations Americans are dreaming of traveling to once the pandemic is over.

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