Tired of the usual? Get your caffeine kick at any of these zany coffee shops around the world.
Ortigas Center, Manila, Philippines
Inspired by Seoul’s quirky coffee-shop culture, this café is a welcome break from the usual coffee joints that pepper the Ortigas central business district. Inside, funky vintage pieces, like typewriters and old cameras, and wooden chairs anchored to the ceiling give the effect of anti-gravity. Sip on peculiar beverage choices—Peanut Butter Latte or Purple Potato Latte (a drink made from sweet potatoes)—while Korean pop plays in the background.
Taft Avenue, Manila, Philippines
Café Noriter’s environs more closely resemble a playground than a café. In every corner of this Korean-inspired art café are little wooden toy dolls climbing tiny ladders or sitting on top of shelves. An area with pillows and low tables beckons you to kick off your shoes and sip on smoothies and frappuccinos.
Sweet Spot Ice Cream and Café
Davao City, Philippines
If crocodile encounters in Davao Crocodile Park don’t get you on your toes, the coffee in its café shack will. For around Php150, you can enjoy a cup of civet coffee, one of the world’s most expensive coffees. Know, however, that the beans come from an unusual source: the droppings of the cat-like palm civet. Other notable offerings include civet coffee ice cream and an exotic ice cream made from crocodile eggs and durian!
One on One Bike
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Get your bicycle tires pumped while you wolf down caffeine in One on One Bike—the prime venue for cyclists who need their adrenaline going before a lengthy ride. Grab a bite while your bike’s tuned up, or browse their gallery of cycling-related art.
SIP, KITTY, KITTY
Neko no Mise (Cat’s Store)
In Neko no Mise, Japan’s first cat café, people pay to pet furry felines every day. Cozy up to a cup of coffee while a clutter of cats wait for you to rub their backs. Order a latte, flip through a manga, or surf the Internet—but don’t expect to get any work done. Cats here crave lots of attention, and that business report would get in the way.
Located inside the Urban Design Center Kashiwa-no-ha, this café looks pretty ordinary at first glance. But prepare to be thrown aback once you order. The secret: you get what the person ahead of you ordered. If you’re in on the game, you can either be a generous benefactor—treating those that come after you with a feast—or be a cheapskate and buy a glass of orange juice. Either way, you’re in for a surprise!
Sip a cup of Joe while sitting on a john, which is exactly where owner Wang Zi-Wei developed the concept for this unsettling café. In this latrine-inspired coffee shop, plops of chocolate ice cream and brown curries are served in toilet-bowl-shaped dishes, while drinks are served in plastic toy urinals.n