The mountain views of Niseko are best paired with a soul-soothing cup of coffee at The Day: Mountain Kiosk Coffee Stand. When counter space is scarce, their small deck is a fun perch to revisit your ski runs while looking out on the winter wonderland. Hirafu Welcome Center is right next door and the coffee shack receives and sends off skiers with a recharged spring in their step.
The caffeine will give you a kick for sure, but the enveloping flavors of their roast seeps deep into the palate. The little café is owned by Ihara Hiromasa, a pro-snowboarder, who grew up in nearby Kutchan, just a town over. His collaborator is a former city-slicker turned roaster, and also the man behind Takano Coffee. Their tandem gives Mountain Kiosk the charm and excellence to be Niseko’s best cup of coffee.
One of the three historical Parisian cafés alongside Angelina, 𝗖𝗮𝗳é 𝗱𝗲 𝗙𝗹𝗼𝗿𝗲 in its early days was a hub of poet and painters, gathering on the Left Bank to sip on thick hot chocolate while shaping the future of the artistic scene. Fancy people-watching from the same seats once occupied by figures such as Appolinaire, Descartes and Picasso? "Be prepared to pay for the privilege".
For a regular coffee drinker like me, this place is heaven.
El Union Coffee is well-known for their iced Dirty White and Dirty Horchata, their recipe of the rice-milk based drink with a shot of espresso. Pair it with their equally famous smores and you’re good!