The best coffee bars in Rome and Barcelona

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By AdFeatures | Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 08:36

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If there’s one thing you're sure to find easily while on holiday in mainland Europe, it’s an excellent cup of coffee. Being a tea-loving nation, Britain has been comparatively slow in developing coffee bars with proper espresso machines, but in places like Spain and Italy, they have been a regular feature for time immemorial. Here's a look at some of the best cafes to visit whilst in Barcelona and Rome.

Barcelona

When in Barcelona, do as the Catalans do, and if you like something sweet with your coffee, try La Valenciana, located on Calle Aribau next to Universitat Square. This coffee bar specialises in traditional Spanish almond products like turrón, a nougat-like confection that crumbles beautifully with a strong cup of coffee. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could taste some horchata, a drink made from ground almonds or tiger nuts, water and sugar.

For somewhere to relax and linger over a hot, bitter beverage, head to the Liadísimo Café on Guillem Tell. This establishment is friendly and the staff can help you choose from the extensive list of coffee and tea easily, as many of them speak English. Enjoy the great coffee and feel free to stick around and chat with the locals.

Rome

Many people come to Rome for its history, but you may well end up staying for the coffee! If you like a little of both, you will want to visit the legendary Caffé Tazza D’Oro. This post-war establishment reputedly serves the best coffee in Rome, and insiders say that it hasn't changed since it first opened. Have your cappuccino or espresso inside and sit at the long bar; alternatively you can take your cup outside and sit on the Via Pastini. This cafe also sells coffee beans for you to take home.

Caffè Sant'Eustachio, located near the Pantheon, also offers a taste of Roman coffee culture. The coffee roaster dates back to the 1940s, and is used to serve organic and fairtrade brews. The non-sweet-toothed should ask for coffee without sugar, otherwise it will be given to you as standard! Try the pastries with your brew, or take home some chocolate covered coffee beans to nibble on later.

If you’re ready to sample some authentic Spanish or Italian coffee, you can trust Monarch to get you there. One of the longest-running low-cost airlines around, Monarch has been in operation for over 40 years. Getting to Barcelona couldn’t be easier, with flights starting at just £36, whilst flights to Rome are now available from as little as £37.

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