Coffee, coffee, coffee. There is no such thing as ‘too much coffee’, although maybe remind us of that next time we’re about to down our fourth espresso before 10am. Košice is home to some quite magnificent cafes, everything from modern-day hipster cool to old-fashioned charmers, touching every base in between. Add in some delectable sweets and a surprisingly vibrant tea scene, and Košice comes to the fore once more.
Košice might not have a huge amount of cafes that open early in the morning, but this isn’t a bother when you consider Cardio Caffe. Located down one of the many side streets that jut off of Hlavna, this charming little coffee house serves some of the best brews in town that do the job when it comes to a much-needed morning shot of caffeine. Beans, beers, chocolates and more are also available to takeaway, but we’ll take a slow Colombian in the morning any day.
If you’re unsure where to find us in Košice, the chances are we’ll be at Halmi Place. Stroll through the passage off of Hlavni at number 21, take a left before the umbrellas and stroll up the grand staircase, into a co-working coffee-drinking space of breathtaking magnificence. If you close your eyes tight enough, you might just be able to imagine being some sort of grand old noble, but we’re happy to sit with a cold lemonade, hot coffee or whatever else and live in the now. Quite possibly our favourite place in town.
A hyper-stylish spot on Košice’s main drag, Pogo Urban Caffe isn’t afraid to try and tick a whole heap of boxes. The coffees and teas are exactly as coffees and teas should be, while the breakfast options are as vast as they are tasty. Speaking of vast, the cocktail list does not disappoint. Pogo’s interior fits the varied vibe of the place, a calming balance of minimalist chic and plants, plants, plants.
What do you expect from a barista who claims to make the best espresso in the city? We’re not sure if you’d actually expect the best espresso, but that’s what you’re going to get at this little cafe on Dominican Square. Sit in the sun (or the shade) and watch the traders of the morning market go about their business, complete with a fantastic espresso and a bite or two for breakfast.
The sewing table furniture and vintage-obsession might be a little tired at this point, but Šálka Kávy seems to transcend the gimmick with an authenticity that most other places would kill for. It allows the typewriters and pianos to be appreciated for the pieces of historical technology that they are (aesthetically stunning pieces at that), as good quality coffee and plenty of breakfast options are enjoyed.