Best cafes in Queenstown to get a flat white (and other caffeinated treats)

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Those that seek the best cafes in Queenstown will be glad to know that there are many worthy candidates here. The following five are our personal favorites, so don’t be shy, try them out when visiting the Adventure Capital of the World.

1) Vudu Café and Larder

Boasting a perfect view of Lake Wakatipu and the sawtoothed ranges of The Remarkables behind it, Vudu Café and Larder is an offshoot of the original Vudu Café that exists further uptown. Possessing a sophistication that would be more at home in a big city, this coffee shop’s industrial style ambiance makes for a spot where any self-respecting hipster would feel at home.

In addition to being able to prepare flat whites and almost any variant of coffee or tea available under the midday sun, breakfast and lunch are also served here, with each dish being prepared with organic and/or free range ingredients.

2) Joe’s Garage

Once a cafe that was hidden away in the most innocuous of places – a former post office sorting room – Joe’s Garage has become a mini-empire around Queenstown and New Zealand.

In spite of this, it has remained true to its grounded roots, playing groovy music and offering down to earth homemade food that complements its responsibly sourced coffee beans from choice destinations around the globe.

3) Boat Shed Café

Those looking to get up close and personal with Lake Wakatipu’s shore will love spending time at the Boat Shed Cafe, as its patio seating hangs over this stunning natural gem, and with plenty of gourmet bistro cuisine complementing its perky java creations, you’ll have the perfect place for an afternoon answering e-mail with a strong French press, or a causal dinner meeting with friends and family.

4) Red Rock Bar Cafe

Want a place that can double as a spot where you can let your hair down at night in addition to being a spot where you can lounge with a lively cuppa during the day? The Red Rock Bar Cafe offers a pub like atmosphere in which to enjoy your coffee, so if you are into consuming your java in a social setting, this establishment will suit you well.

5) The Tin Goose Cafe

This quaint cafe is well hidden within the quiet back streets of Queenstown, well away from the busy thoroughfares in this popular tourist town. With free wi-fi being hard to come by throughout much of New Zealand, patrons from abroad will be happy to know that this establishment offers this service, as well as great lunches that go well with the roasts on offer here.

Cafes for digital nomads in Saigon

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With an exploding entrepreneurial culture and an internet infrastructure that is in the running for having the fastest speeds in the region, Saigon has become a hub for digital nomads seeking a big city destination at close to Chiang Mai prices.

The following cafes for digital nomads in Saigon will help you keep your productivity in overdrive in environments that are inspiring, while enjoying coffee that is world class.

1) M2C Cafe

Located on Ly Tu Trong in District 1, M2C is a stylish option for those seeking an inspiring environment in which to produce high quality writing. With modern design elements mixing with some of the frothiest cappuccinos that you have ever tried, it is no wonder that this spot has quickly become popular among the trend following youth of Saigon, as well as countless expats and digital nomads.

2) Thoai Vien Cafe

While the heat and humidity can make sitting outside in Saigon a dicey prospect at certain points of the year, it is actually quite pleasant during the dry season.

At times like this, head to garden terraces at places like the Thoai Vien Cafe, as there is no better place to get some serious work done than in a spot where fountains and lush greenery create a setting of serenity.

While most of these types of cafes are rare in tourist heavy District 1, Thoai Vien is a rare exception to this rule … find it at 159 Nguyen Van Thu.

3) The Workshop

Serving as a popular place for local professionals and foreign entrepreneurs to kick out a ton of work in a supportive environment, The Workshop has become a locus of activity in the short time that it has been open over the past year or so.

The drink that keeps their clientele coming back for more: their outstanding espresso and aeropress coffees, as the kick that comes from the best beans to come out of the Vietnamese hills fuels these ambitious workers to produce their best possible effort on behalf of themselves.

4) Sorrento Cafe

If spending time in Thoai Vien has you looking to experience more garden cafes, head out to District 10 to experience wonder that is Sorrento Cafe.

Their courtyard, filled with greenery, reflecting pools and decorative rock gardens will provide you with the solace to calm your mind when your work projects become too much to bear.

Additionally, the cheery staff will provide you with the opportunity for cultural exchange that you sought by traveling overseas in the first place.