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The list features cafes in all corners of the world, from Vienna, Amsterdam, Lisbon, Buenos Aires, Istanbul, Swansea, and many more.

Created by The Telegraph, the list was made to shine a light on the importance of cafes, describing the quaint spots as “the window on the world”, allowing you to “see ordinary people – locals as well as visitors – coming and going, taking time out.”

Among the esteemed list, two London cafes were lucky enough to be named, with Bar Italia and Algerian Coffee Stores gaining special mentions.

You can see the full list of the most ‘beautiful’ cafes in the world via The Telegraph.

The London cafes named ‘most beautiful’ in the world

Bar Italia on Frith Street took the third spot on the list, with its key praise aimed at its impressive espresso.

Described as a “narrow counter-style” that reminds goers of “the West End coffee boom of the Fifties”, Bar Italia has a traditional Italian theme.

First opening in 1949, the cafe uses a “beautiful old Gaggia machine, with red and white Formica bar” to help create the perfect coffee.

The space features a mix of football memorabilia and Italian Tricolore that is said to make the perfect “shrine to a bohemian Soho that has elsewhere been gentrified into oblivion”.

On the online review site TripAdvisor, Bar Italia has a rating of 4/5 as one guest shares: “There is just something about the simplicity and authenticity of this that I love. It’s almost a slight step back in time which fills me with nostalgia.

“The bar serves amazing coffee and treats for those on the move or have little time.”

The second London cafe named on the list is Algerian Coffee Stores on Old Compton Street.


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The cafe first opened its doors in 1887 and is described by the Telegraph as “quirky, tiny, intensely aromatic”.

Only offering a standing room or takeaway, Algerian Coffee Stores might be small in size but has plenty of options with 80 bean varieties along with the choice of mokas, spices and grinders.

On Tripadvisor, Algerian Coffee Stores has a rating of 5/5 with one happy guest sharing: “This place is a gem. Perhaps it’s more of a national treasure. On the one hand, it has a wonderful sense of history. On the other, it has such a fantastic range of coffees, teas, chocolates and accessories. This is something special.”

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