Though I like to travel and explore new places, I am a homebody through and through. Nothing gives me joy like sitting down on my window sill, freshly brewed coffee in hand, enjoying the solitude of my mornings. Sometimes you need to venture out to get a change of scenery, though. One of the simplest joys, for me, is to find places outside that feel like home. And that’s exactly what DUCKS Coffee Shop has become for me.
A place to sit down with someone and talk about the happenings in your life. Yet, cosy and quiet enough to be alone if you need to. The smell of freshly brewed coffee embracing you once you open the door. The taste of delicious baked goods on your tongue, while you work away on your laptop. Somewhere that offers you the company of people, and yet lets you bathe in solitude if you need to. It might just be a cafe for some – but it is so much more for me.
I’m a writer. And a dreamer. I love being alone.
However, I’m my most creative when I’m out, sitting in a cafe, typing up my stories on my laptop, scribbling in my journal, dreaming myself someplace else. I cannot work indoors when the sun is shining, but don’t have my own balcony. It’s so distracting to me. That’s why I often go to a Ducks Coffee Shop, order an iced latte and grab a seat in their nice and spacious outdoor area. I put in my headphones and work away, sipping on my favourite drink, and enjoying a breeze of fresh air on my skin.
My happy place
When I’m feeling quite blue, I grab my bag and walk to the cafe around the corner. I order my coffee and take a seat at the window. Slowly sipping on my coffee, I watch the people outside. The ones hurrying to their jobs. The girls who chat and laugh, throwing their head back. The couple that’s too in love to care. The old couple, still holding hands. The children, finding joy in the littlest things. And that’s when I realize that there’s a bit of me in all of them. And I start to write. Sitting in a cafe has the same effect on me, that airports have. That clash of people, going on about their lives, carrying the weights of their lives on their shoulders, the hope, and longing in their eyes. The diversity and sheer magnificence of life.
My love for coffee fuels not only my body but also my creativity. That hasn’t always been the case, though. I would say that coffee is a huge part of the Austrian cultural narrative. I remember feeling oh so grown-up when I met my friends in the city and ordered myself a coffee. Big latte with lots of foamed milk, vanilla syrup and sugar. Not at all my cup of tea now. It wasn’t about the drink itself, however. These coffee dates were – and still are – the perfect opportunity to catch up, gossip, and talk about your lives. When I meet friends it’s ALWAYS going out for a drink – most of the time coffee, sometimes Spritzer.
DUCKS Coffee Shop, the home away from home
When I came to Graz I didn’t only have to make new friends but also had to go out and find myself a new meeting spot. One that’s personal, and yet not too familiar. Someplace that offers you privacy, but also makes you feel like home. And that I found myself in the Ducks Coffee Shop. I already told you about my love for that cafe in my “3 Coffee Hotspots in Graz” post a couple of weeks back. However, I felt like this shop needed its own post as well. When I’m meeting up with friends, I always take them there. When someone on Instagram asks me about the best cafe in town, I always point them towards Ducks coffee shop. I simply adore going there and would be lying if I’d tell you that I wasn’t there at least once or twice a week.
When I’m meeting up with friends, I always take them there. When someone on Instagram asks me about the best cafe in town, I always point them towards Ducks coffee shop. I simply adore going there and would be lying if I’d tell you that I wasn’t there at least once or twice a week.
Usually, I order myself a large soy cappuccino. In summer it’s iced latte with soy milk. Accompanied with either one of their cute cupcakes, or the best apple crumble cake in town. When I’m working from the cafe, I’d order me a vegan or veggie sandwich with homemade lemonade. A friend of mine recently went for the fruit tea and adored it. As for the prices, you can have a look at the huge wall featured in the pictures. Usually, it’s not as busy as some other cafes in town and will let you work away in peace and quiet. If it’s sunny, you can also sit down outside – bless!
What’s your home away from home? Do you also have that one special coffee shop that you always go to?
*Many thanks to DUCKS Coffee Shop for letting us shoot some pictures and always comforting me with warming coffee and delicious cakes. This post isn’t sponsored in any way – Alina and I simply went there and asked whether they’d allow us to take a day to shoot some content in their cafe so we could offer you great pictures, as well as, recommend you our favourite place to be in Graz
**Big thank you, also to Alina for taking these utterly beautiful pictures. You rock girl!!