SUMMER PICKS | Beachfront Cafes Around the World
Photo: The Boathouse Balmoral Beach, Sydney, Australia
During summertime, thoughts naturally turn to spending time at the ocean, relaxing at a pleasant beachfront café while engaging in carefree conversations with friends and family. What all of the top beachfront cafés around the world have in common is a stylish, beautiful aesthetic, amazing views, and, of course, world-class food and drinks. Here is a closer look at some of the best beachfront cafes around the world, each of them evocative of the DUFMOD brand.
Salt Plage at Christophe Harbor, St. Kitts & NevisIf you’ve ever been overwhelmed by a sense of travel wanderlust, then you’ve probably dreamed of hanging out beachside at an incredibly exotic and secluded beachfront café where it’s just you, majestic waterfront views and a gorgeous sunset. The Salt Plage in St. Kitts is the very definition of what a chic beachfront café should look like, complete with some of the finest craft cocktails in the entire Caribbean. Salt Plage is a “dock and dine” café, meaning that you can pull up alongside the café in your Caribbean yacht and enjoy a refreshing meal of champagne and ceviche, all while enjoying an absolutely jaw-dropping sunset. (And, if a Caribbean yacht is currently out of the question, American Airlines, Delta and United all fly nonstop to this tropical destination from several U.S. cities.)
The Boathouse Balmoral Beach, Sydney, Australia
There is something wonderfully bohemian about hanging out at this Down Under favorite, which has the right mix of low-key charm and hearty comfort food. Enjoy a vegan brunch by the water, or just ask the barista to pour you an espresso and daydream about surfing at Bondi Beach. The Boathouse routinely wins accolades from travel publications like Condé Nast Traveler, which recently named it one of the top beachfront cafes in the world. The Boathouse is acclaimed for its fresh, modern Australian cuisine and top beachfront views. As an added bonus, The Boathouse rocks an absolutely awesome Instagram feed (@theboathousegroup_), filled with scenes of flowers, rustic furniture and absolutely adorable Aussie toddlers.
La Guingueta, Barcelona, SpainLa Guingeta is perhaps the best example of how the city’s most-acclaimed chefs are flocking to the Barcelona waterfront. Situated right on the Barcelona boardwalk and Bogatell Beach, La Guingeta is the newest venture from Carles Abellan, one of Barcelona’s most famous chefs. La Guingeta specializes in fresh pressed juices, salads, small dishes and designer sandwiches. After a delightful light bite and pick-me-up cortado, you will be re-energized to enjoy the rest of your Mediterranean vacation. Travel + Leisure magazine has tabbed La Guingeta as one of the best waterfront restaurants in Barcelona, although we still prefer to think of La Guingeta as a romantic seaside chiringuito.
Palmeiras Beach Club, Coconut Grove, Florida
Miami Beach, with its frenetic nightlife scene, offers a unique sliver of Florida beachfront life. However, if your idea of relaxation is hanging out on an upscale private island with tropical vibes and tiki torches - not making a scene at the hotels and bars along Ocean Drive or Collins Avenue – then the Palmeiras Beach Club at Grove Isle is a great place to spend a day or night while visiting Miami Beach. The beach club is inspired by Ibiza, St. Tropez and Mykonos, and includes an on-site spa. Enjoy a pressed juice or espresso based drink early in the morning, and then head into Miami later for a day of browsing art or handcrafted artisanal wares at the city’s thriving gallery scene.
Each of these beachfront cafes offers a perfect retreat from the everyday world, transforming any beach vacation into something absolutely sublime. Pack away your swimsuit and towel in your DUFMOD beach bag made from all-natural, 100% organic seagrass, put on a stylish bohemian straw hat, and prepare to be transported way to paradise when you visit one of these beachfront cafes.