The gems and secrets of travelling continued a few weeks back for me, when I visited East Timor for the first time. I was keen to find out about the industries that they have there. Money has to come from somewhere and sadly tourism isn’t bringing enough money in just yet. East Timor however has some oil resources and more impressively, GREAT COFFEE. It’s coffee time on Thirsty Thursdays as I checked out a few coffee spots in Timor Leste, rounded up nicely to a top 5.
So during my week in the country, as well as checking out the best sights in Dili and the Jesus Statue at Cape Fatucama, I decided to try East Timorese coffee in a few different places and here’s my take on it – yes East Timor coffee is excellent.
1. $1 Coffee in Peace Coffee, Dili
This cool coffee shop offers a fresh hot cup of coffee for only $1 US. Not only is it a bargain, but the coffee shop is an awesome place to relax. It’s not far from the parliament or the football stadium and can be found on Jacinto de Candido street.
Not only is it cheap, but good staff and a nice decor make this my number one tip for drinking coffee in Dili.
2. Pricey Coffee in Sky Bar/Panorama, Dili
The Sky Bar also appeared in my best bars in Dili post and no wonder – the views are epic – in fact it’s the highest bar in the city. For coffee the coffee was also excellent, but I must warn you – it’s around $3 US for the cheapest cup, so definitely not the backpacker’s option!
3. Coffee and Toastie in the Hotel Timor, Dili
I stayed in the backpackers place but I thought I’d check out the posh Hotel Timor to see what a swanky place in Dili is like. When I entered the lobby, I fancied a coffee and a toastie in the cafe there. It was $2.50 US for a cup and $3.50 US for a toastie.
4. Free Coffee in the Backpackers Hostel
I stayed in the excellent East Timor Backpackers Hostel and they provided free tea and coffee, so essentially you don’t need to spend any extra cash to try the local coffee. A good way to relax in the afternoon in their beer garden.
5. Coffee and Breakfast on Atauro Island
While staying in Dili, I also took a trip across to the awesome Atauro Island. Awesome might well be the most over used word in travel blog history, but if you check out my post on touring Atauro Island hopefully you’ll agree.
So when you’re in East Timor, make sure you try the local coffee – it’s ace. I met a New Zealand girl when I was there and she was actually working on a research project up in the coffee plantations so tours can also be organised, alas on this trip I was there just to chill out and take in the top sights in Dili.
Videos from my Timorese coffee experiences in East Timor: