One sunny day in Spring we had a half day to spend before heading to the airport and saying "Good bye" to Provence. Since we were based in Aix-en-Provence and have done quite a lot of sightseeing in the area all the destinations we haven't seen yet were meant to be explored on a day tour, not half day.
I don't have to tell you that Amsterdam belongs to one of those cosmopolitan cities where "off the beaten track" doesn't really work any longer. But even though Amsterdam is international and you hear more English than Dutch at every corner there is still a lot of local flair going on - you just need to know where to find it.
As every modern city filled with international vibes Cologne has gone far developing it’s way in coffee scene. The city has some good coffee roasteries and cafés serving delicious cuppa. I picked my 10 favorites coffeehouses that to my opinion serve the best coffee. Some are old some are new, but all are great. For the detailed guide on what to see and do in Cologne check out the 48 hours in Cologne - things to see and try in Germany liveliest carnival city post.
Whenever I feel like I need fresh air I leave Dortmund hop on a train and in 45 min I’m in Düsseldorf. Less than an hour ride and here I am doing what I love doing most - walking the streets, watching people and visiting my favorite places. There are quite a few which I became attached to during the past years. I also always make sure that there is time for a ramen break, but Japanese theme in Düsseldorf is worth a separate post.
But before hustle and bustle I’d have a coffee and breakfast - nothing beats a good cup and a snack for a good day start.
In case you also prefer to start your day with a good meal and a cup of freshly brewed coffee, or simply need a break when in Düsseldorf, here are 5 favorite places which haven’t failed me yet.