If you are a coffee lover, discovering new coffee shops can be an exhilarating and rewarding experience. While Islamabad is not the first name that comes to mind when discussing food, it has its fair share of the best coffee shops.
Numerous coffee shops can easily win the title of ‘best coffee shop in Islamabad’. Before discussing the latest edition to Islamabad’s coffee scene, here are some tips to help you discover the best coffee spots in any city.
Discovering the Best Coffee in Town
1. Ask for Recommendations
The first thing you should do is ask around for recommendations. If you are staying in a hotel, ask your receptionist. If you are only visiting the city for a day, you may even ask random pedestrians.
You may even ask your co-workers or friends who know about the city and love coffee. The baristas at other coffee shops can help you further. Ask around until you have a list of at least five coffee shops.
2. Check Online Reviews
If you want to be spontaneous, you can visit each of the five coffee shops and try the taste for yourself. If you don’t want to waste money and wish to play it safe, go to Google or Google Maps and search the coffee shops.
Read the reviews to determine the coffee shop’s quality, variety, and overall ambiance. We highly recommend that you check out the pictures in the review to assess what type of environment to expect.
3. Visit Specialty Coffee Shops
While you can grab a quick cup of coffee at a coffee chain or any other café, their taste is not up to par. We highly recommend visiting specialty coffee shops. With the ever-increasing popularity of coffee in Islamabad, there are multiple shops that specialize in coffee alone.
One notable example is Coffee House (more on it later). Specialty shops have high-quality beans and handmake your coffee rather than rely on machines. This personalized touch and superior quality are what make them stand out.
4. Explore Different Neighbourhoods
Lastly, like any other city, Islamabad has different zones. Each zone has a different culture and vibe. For example, if you are visiting I-8, you will get a much different vibe than visiting G-9 or G-10.
Likewise, a coffee shop in upscale sectors like F-6 or F-7 offers a much more luxurious experience.
5. Try Something New
When you find a coffee shop you want to try, go for a new product. Who knows, a little bit of experimenting can help you find a new favorite. You may ask the barista to help you decide on their shop’s specialty.
So, finding the best coffee shop in town is all about time and effort. Don’t rush into your decision; conduct thorough research before finalizing your decision. The above tips will help you discover a new and worthy coffee shop without much hassle.
Coffee House – Latest Addition to Islamabad’s Coffee Scene
Now, let us talk about Coffee House. You may not be familiar with this name as it opened only recently. In such a short span, it is quickly becoming a favorite for coffee lovers. What makes Coffee House so popular?
Firstly, Coffee House offers a lot of variety. Although it is a specialty shop, it offers snacks and desserts, which improve the experience. If you are looking for a small sandwich to go with your coffee or an up-size burger, Coffee House does not disappoint.
We recommend having breakfast in the Coffee House as the omelet is quite tasty while the croissants are fresh.
Most coffee shops in Pakistan don’t have knowledgeable baristas. The shops usually hire an individual with little experience and then train them to use the machines. Coffee House is an exception.
The barista knows coffee and can help you decide which coffee suits your style.
Another standout point about the Coffee House is its ambiance. While it is smaller when compared with other coffee shops in Islamabad, the ambiance is unmatched.
In other coffee shops, you will see people from different walks of life. You may even notice teenagers with vapes which can easily ruin a person’s mood. Coffee House is located on I-9 and is surrounded by software houses and other offices.
Walking into the Coffee House, you will get a professional yet relaxing vibe. You can use the Coffee House as a platform to network with professionals. You may find a good job opportunity or a business lead.
A coffee shop is out of reach for the average Pakistani due to high prices. As you can see from Figure 2, Coffee House is an exception. The prices are quite reasonable.
It concludes our brief guide on discovering the best coffee in town and a review of Coffee House. We highly recommend you visit this place to experience something quite different.