The World's Most Expensive Cities for a Cup of Coffee

Would you pay $6.40 for a cup of coffee?Getty Images
50. Bucharest, Romania ($2.24).Getty Images

Is there anything more universal than a simple cup of coffee?

You meet up with friends for a coffee, with business people for a coffee—even people who don’t drink coffee will make plans with people to “go for a coffee.” Depending on where you live, that plan can be expensive or dirt cheap.

How about a trip to Lisbon, Portugal, where you can grab a cup of java for just 74 cents? Or Rome, where you will pay just under $1 for a hit of caffeine? If you’re an addict, places like this make financial sense for a trip (three cups a day is going to add up).

But sadly, not every place is this cheap. Some places (which will be revealed in the countdown) ask as much as $6.40 for a coffee. At that price, two cups of coffee a day for a week is going to cost you almost $90 a week. Not scary enough? Two cups of coffee a day for a year will set you back more than $4,600.

That could buy you a pretty decent holiday to Europe.

In this list, we reveal the most expensive coffee cities based on figures from UBS, which regularly analyzes cost of living expenses.

Thankfully, here in the United States, the highest average price in a city is $3.93. Not exactly cheap, but not nearly as extortionate as the top 10. What is that city, you ask? Again, you’ll have to click through to find out.

Because this list only focuses on most expensive, here are the top 10 cheapest cities for coffee:

  1. Lagos, Nigeria ($0.62)
  2. Lisbon, Portugal ($0.74)
  3. Rome ($0.99)
  4. Mumbai, India ($1.06)
  5. Milan ($1.33)
  6. Cairo ($1.36)
  7. Istanbul ($1.41)
  8. Johannesburg ($1.49)
  9. Sao Paulo ($1.50)
  10. New Delhi ($1.52)

Without further delay, here are the 50 most expensive:

49. Montreal, Canada ($2.38).Getty Images
48. Nicosia, Cyprus ($2.38).Getty Images
47. Prague, Czech Republic ($2.41).Getty Images
46. Warsaw, Poland ($2.50).Getty Images
45. Vilnius, Lithuania ($2.54).Getty Images
44. Mexico City ($2.58).Getty Images
43. Panama City ($2.60).Getty Images
42. Lyon, France ($2.72).Getty Images
41. Tallinn, Estonia ($2.74).Getty Images
40. Chicago ($2.76).Getty Images
39. Amsterdam ($2.82).Getty Images
38. Frankfurt, Germany ($2.82).Getty Images

Is there anything more universal than a simple cup of coffee?

You meet up with friends for a coffee, with business people for a coffee—even people who don’t drink coffee will make plans with people to “go for a coffee.” Depending on where you live, that plan can be expensive or dirt cheap.

How about a trip to Lisbon, Portugal, where you can grab a cup of java for just 74 cents? Or Rome, where you will pay just under $1 for a hit of caffeine? If you’re an addict, places like this make financial sense for a trip (three cups a day is going to add up).

But sadly, not every place is this cheap. Some places (which will be revealed in the countdown) ask as much as $6.40 for a coffee. At that price, two cups of coffee a day for a week is going to cost you almost $90 a week. Not scary enough? Two cups of coffee a day for a year will set you back more than $4,600.

That could buy you a pretty decent holiday to Europe.

In this list, we reveal the most expensive coffee cities based on figures from UBS, which regularly analyzes cost of living expenses.

Thankfully, here in the United States, the highest average price in a city is $3.93. Not exactly cheap, but not nearly as extortionate as the top 10. What is that city, you ask? Again, you’ll have to click through to find out.

Because this list only focuses on most expensive, here are the top 10 cheapest cities for coffee:

  1. Lagos, Nigeria ($0.62)
  2. Lisbon, Portugal ($0.74)
  3. Rome ($0.99)
  4. Mumbai, India ($1.06)
  5. Milan ($1.33)
  6. Cairo ($1.36)
  7. Istanbul ($1.41)
  8. Johannesburg ($1.49)
  9. Sao Paulo ($1.50)
  10. New Delhi ($1.52)

Without further delay, here are the 50 most expensive: