The best coffee shops in 50 Cities across America’s
There’s one dark liquid that’s keeping this nation from falling apart, and that’s coffee. And if there’s one day to get buzzed, it’s today: National Coffee Day. Go out there and grab a cup.
To help you find some local gems, we teamed up with location intelligence company Foursquare to compile a list of the top-rated coffee shops in 45 big cities in the United States. Even if you’re not around a huge city in America, it’s likely you’ll still have a handful of good coffee shops in your town. So fear not if you’re not near a Blue Bottle or Intelligentsia — plenty of local coffee shops still sling a good latte.
Read on to see if your local shop made it into the list.
BIRMINGHAM, AL: THE RED CAT
BIRMINGHAM, AL: THE RED CAT Neoteotihuacan / Foursquare
Address: 2901 2nd Avenue S (Ste 120)
Customers of the Red Cat love the place’s specially named lattes and well-made soups and sandwiches. The place gets packed, even on weekends.
FAYETTEVILLE, AR: ONYX COFFEE LAB
FAYETTEVILLE, AR: ONYX COFFEE LAB Chava B/Foursquare
Address: 2418 North Gregg
Onyx has kombucha on tap and pour-overs. The company even sells its own line of beans online.
SCOTTSDALE, AZ: DUTCH BROS. COFFEE
SCOTTSDALE, AZ: DUTCH BROS. COFFEE Sara A/Foursquare
Address: 1422 North Scottsdale Road
Dutch Bros. Coffee is an old-fashioned drive-through coffee shop that started out in 1992 in southern Oregon with a single espresso pushcart. In addition to coffee, tea, and smoothies, they also sell their own line of energy drinks.
SAN DIEGO, CA: BIRD ROCK COFFEE ROASTERS
SAN DIEGO, CA: BIRD ROCK COFFEE ROASTERS Vonatron L./Foursquare
Address: 5627 La Jolla Boulevard
Reviewers say Bird Rock makes a great Chemex-brewed coffee. The shop also offers small-batch roasts for purchase.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA: RITUAL COFFEE ROASTERS
SAN FRANCISCO, CA: RITUAL COFFEE ROASTERS Joel H/Foursquare
Address: 432 Octavia Street
Ritual Coffee Roasters operates in a small shipping container in San Francisco’s Mission District. In the same lot, you can grab pizza, beer, and ice cream — practically heaven for anyone who loves comfort food.
SANTA BARBARA, CA: HANDLEBAR COFFEE
SANTA BARBARA, CA: HANDLEBAR COFFEE Esther G/Foursquare
Address: 128 East Canon Perdido Street
Started by two professional cyclists in 2011, Handlebar roasts all of its coffee in-house. The coffee shop is a popular stop for cyclists in the area.
LOS ANGELES, CA: INTELLIGENTSIA COFFEE & TEA
LOS ANGELES, CA: INTELLIGENTSIA COFFEE & TEA Noah W/Foursquare
Address: 1331 Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Intelligentsia is a name you’ll see passed around if you ever read about third-wave coffee. Their LA location is housed in an industrial-looking facility, with plenty of seating around the coffee bar.
DENVER, CO: HUCKLEBERRY ROASTERS
DENVER, CO: HUCKLEBERRY ROASTERS Luke B/Foursquare
Address: 4301 Pecos Street
Huckleberry Roasters is a well-rated, well-lit, and quiet cafe in the Denver area. That makes it perfect as a study spot.
STAMFORD, CT: LORCA
STAMFORD, CT: LORCA Aleks K/Foursquare
Address: 125 Bedford Street
The founder of Lorca grew up in Spain drinking cortados and eating churros, and after a bout of unemployment in New York, she went back to Spain to learn how to make churros in a small shop. That’s why you’ll see churros often paired with cortados here.
WASHINGTON, DC: LA COLOMBE TORREFACTION
WASHINGTON, DC: LA COLOMBE TORREFACTION Cesar C/Foursquare
Address: 924 N St NW Rear (Blagden Alley)
La Colombe Torrefaction is a chain of high-end coffee shops with locations in New York, DC, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Boston. From the outside, their DC location looks like it was carved from an old fire station.
JACKSONVILLE, FL: BOLD BEAN COFFEE
JACKSONVILLE, FL: BOLD BEAN COFFEE Heather S. / Foursquare
Address: 869 Stockton Street # 1-2
Reviewers call Bold Bean one of the best roasters in Florida. The company operates a roastery and two cafes in the state.
MIAMI, FL: PANTHER COFFEE
MIAMI, FL: PANTHER COFFEE Cristian G/Foursquare
Address: 2390 NW 2nd Avenue
Conveniently, Miami-based specialty roaster Panther Coffee is situated on the Miami Art Walk. The Miami New Times included the shop in its Best of Miami list in 2013.
ATLANTA, GA: CHATTAHOOCHEE COFFEE COMPANY
ATLANTA, GA: CHATTAHOOCHEE COFFEE COMPANY Or C./Foursquare
Address: 6640 Akers Mill Road SE
The Chattahoochee Coffee Company sits right next to the river that gives it its name — take a look if you’re ever out there.
BOISE, ID: BIG CITY COFFEE
BOISE, ID: BIG CITY COFFEE Lydier H/Yelp
Address: 1416 West Grove Street
Big City Coffee in Boise serves an extensive pastry collection and has lots of seating. They also have wraps — Foursquare reviewers recommend the bacon wrap and breakfast burritos.
CHICAGO, IL: HERITAGE BICYCLES
CHICAGO, IL: HERITAGE BICYCLES Colleen C/Foursquare
Address: 2959 North Lincoln Avenue
Heritage Bicycles sells both bikes and coffee — basically a perfect storm of hipster fancies. Inside, you’ll enjoy good brews from Stumptown Coffee.
LOUISVILLE, KY: SUNERGOS COFFEE
LOUISVILLE, KY: SUNERGOS COFFEE Amy L/Yelp
Address: 2122 South Preston Street
Sunergos’ interior sports plenty of vintage chairs and couches — perfect for giving the feel of an old home, except with less dust and poor lighting and more caffeine.
BOSTON, MA: JAHO COFFEE ROASTER & WINE BAR
BOSTON, MA: JAHO COFFEE ROASTER & WINE BAR Rubine R/Foursquare
Address: 665 Washington Street
Jaho Coffee Roaster serves both beer and coffee in Boston’s downtown area, close to the scenic Paramount Theater and Chinatown. So if you’re looking for a bite after having a great cup of coffee, there’s no better neighborhood to be in.
ANNAPOLIS, MD: CEREMONY COFFEE ROASTERS
ANNAPOLIS, MD: CEREMONY COFFEE ROASTERS Christina S/Yelp
Address: 2329 Forest Drive
Ceremony Coffee Roasters, formerly known as Caffe Pronto, rebranded this spring. The space, while a little dark and moody, gains a lot of texture from having birch “blinds” by the windows.
BALTIMORE, MD: ZEKE’S COFFEE
BALTIMORE, MD: ZEKE’S COFFEE Tear S. / Yelp
Address: 4607 Harford Road
Zeke’s Coffee supplies many of the coffee shops in Baltimore, but if you want to get a cup straight from the source, they run a well-decorated retail space in the Moravia neighborhood.
GRAND RAPIDS, MI: LANTERN COFFEE BAR AND LOUNGE
GRAND RAPIDS, MI: LANTERN COFFEE BAR AND LOUNGE Caleb F/Yelp
Address: 100 Commerce Avenue SW
While the shop looks small from the outside, reviewers say Lantern Coffee Bar’s basement has plenty of room to do work in.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN: PEACE COFFEE SHOP
MINNEAPOLIS, MN: PEACE COFFEE SHOP Cagla G/Foursquare
Address: 3262 Minnehaha Avenue
Peace Coffee has operated in the area for over 20 years and also holds coffee-making classes in the city.
KANSAS CITY, MO: QUAY COFFEE
KANSAS CITY, MO: QUAY COFFEE Stephen M. / Yelp
Address: 412 Delaware Street Ste B
Located in the center of the city market, Quay Coffee’s rustic and inviting space and excellent espresso drinks make it a favorite.
ST. LOUIS, MO: RISE COFFEEHOUSE
ST. LOUIS, MO: RISE COFFEEHOUSE Aaron L/Foursquare
Address: 4180 Manchester Avenue
Rise Coffeehouse is a cozy, homey cafe in St. Louis’ Forest Park neighborhood. If you’re getting too comfortable, know that it’s in the Grove, where you’re just a skip and a hop away from nightclubs, bars, and shops.
CHARLOTTE, NC: NOT JUST COFFEE
CHARLOTTE, NC: NOT JUST COFFEE Mimi N. / Yelp
Address: 224 East 7th Street
Not Just Coffee is centrally located next to a farmer’s market, where you can grab produce on your way home.
ASHEVILLE, NC: HIGH FIVE COFFEE
ASHEVILLE, NC: HIGH FIVE COFFEE Leo C/Foursquare
Address: 13 Rankin Avenue
With a space as awesome as the place’s name, High Five Coffee serves Counter Culture Coffee, a 21-year-old roastery that’s been involved in direct trade with its coffee suppliers since 2008. High Five has even partnered with Counter Culture to train its baristas at its local training center.
RALEIGH, NC: SOLA COFFEE CAFÉ
RALEIGH, NC: SOLA COFFEE CAFÉ Lisa H. / Foursquare
Address: 7705 Lead Mine Road
Sola Coffee’s huge windows give the space a warm, bright glow that makes it one of the better places in Raleigh to study and do work. They also serve homemade doughnuts, which is probably a good excuse to never leave, ever.
LAS VEGAS, NV: SUNRISE COFFEE
LAS VEGAS, NV: SUNRISE COFFEE Rami J. / Foursquare
Address: 3130 East Sunset Road Ste A
In addition to serving great specialty coffees, Sunrise Coffee also runs a vegan restaurant on the side, complete with wraps and totally milk- and egg-free baked goods.
MANHATTAN, NY: STUMPTOWN COFFEE ROASTERS
MANHATTAN, NY: STUMPTOWN COFFEE ROASTERS Hailey K. / Yelp
Address: 18 West 29th Street
With an established legacy in Portland, Stumptown has spread its high-quality coffee to the East Coast. While the cafe here doesn’t have much in the way of seating, it’s right next to the Ace Hotel, which has some of the best ambience you can get in Midtown.
BROOKLYN, NY: BROOKLYN ROASTING COMPANY
BROOKLYN, NY: BROOKLYN ROASTING COMPANY eremitaasi
Address: 25 Jay Street
Brooklyn Roasting Company is also a locally known roaster that supplies many New York City specialty grocery stores and higher-end chains. The cafe’s DUMBO location has all the charm of an old New York retail space: creaky floors, walls that could use a fresh coat of paint, and certainly a lot of character.
COLUMBUS, OH: MISSION COFFEE CO.
COLUMBUS, OH: MISSION COFFEE CO. Anna P/Foursquare
Address: 11 Price Avenue
Mission Coffee Company sits on a property that used to be owned by a car dealership, but renovated the space while preserving the exposed brick walls and concrete that gave the original place character. One of the most highly rated coffee shops in Ohio, Mission’s baristas know a lot about the coffee, where it comes from, and why it’s made the way it’s made. Ask them anything.
CLEVELAND, OH: RISING STAR COFFEE ROASTERS
CLEVELAND, OH: RISING STAR COFFEE ROASTERS Ashley C/Foursquare
Address: 1455 West 29th Street
With glass-heavy setups and cold brew towers that look like giant hourglasses, Rising Star looks a lot more like an alchemist’s lab than a coffee shop. Rest assured: Their excellent small-batch brews and pour-overs are still coffee, if somewhat magically good.
CINCINNATI, OH: COFFEE EMPORIUM
CINCINNATI, OH: COFFEE EMPORIUM Jessica P. / Foursquare
Address: 110 East Central Parkway
The Coffee Emporium is the oldest-running coffee retailer in Cincinnati. Despite the age, the company’s experimenting a lot with coffee — try their bourbon barrel-aged cold brew.
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK: ELEMENTAL COFFEE ROASTERS
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK: ELEMENTAL COFFEE ROASTERS Trâm Anh L. / Foursquare
Address: 815 North Hudson Avenue
Elemental, one of Oklahoma City’s local small-batch coffee shops, roasts all of its beans in-house. With ample seating in a spacious gallery setting and amazing pour-overs and lattes, it’s no wonder it’s ranked at the top of the city’s coffee shops on Foursquare.
PORTLAND, OR: COAVA COFFEE BREW BAR
PORTLAND, OR: COAVA COFFEE BREW BAR Bill C/Foursquare
Address: 1300 SE Grand Avenue
Portland’s best coffeehouse has a massive amount of space where wood shavings often fly in between coffee grounds. That’s because the bar also shares space with a woodworking shop — so quintessentially Portland.
PHILADELPHIA, PA: ELIXR COFFEE ROASTERS
PHILADELPHIA, PA: ELIXR COFFEE ROASTERS Brian S/Foursquare
Address: 207 South Sydenham Street
If you walk into Elixr during the warmer months, you’ll probably see the shop’s huge Kyoto drip tower slowly dribbling water onto coffee grounds for a day-long cold brew batch. Give that a try, and if it’s out, reviewers recommend the pour-over.
PITTSBURGH, PA: TAZZA D’ORO CAFE & ESPRESSO BAR
PITTSBURGH, PA: TAZZA D’ORO CAFE & ESPRESSO BAR Gregory W/Foursquare
Address: 1125 North Highland Avenue
Reviewers of Tazza D’Oro recommend the espresso and the view of the great city scenery. The chain also operates on Carnegie Mellon University’s campus.
PROVIDENCE, RI: THE SHOP
PROVIDENCE, RI: THE SHOP Brian / Foursquare
Address: 460 Wickenden Street
With decor and styling as minimalist as its name, customers of The Shop praise it for making splendid espresso drinks and stocking local baked goods.
NASHVILLE, TN: THE FROTHY MONKEY
NASHVILLE, TN: THE FROTHY MONKEY Matthew H/Yelp
Address: 2509 12th Avenue South
This quirky coffee spot in Nashville has a wall of crocheted monkeys to fit its name. The Frothy Monkey also serves beers alongside the usual breakfast and lunch fare.
AUSTIN, TX: MOZART’S COFFEE
AUSTIN, TX: MOZART’S COFFEE Christina T/Yelp
Address: 3825 Lake Austin Boulevard
Seated on a dock right next to the Colorado River in Austin, Mozart’s views and waterside breezes are worth your visit just as much as the coffee.
HOUSTON, TX: AGORA
HOUSTON, TX: AGORA William M. / Foursquare
Address: 1712 Westheimer Road
Agora serves much more than coffee — true to Greek palates, it also has a selection of wines, beers, Greek yogurts and cheeses. The place itself is cozy and dark, perfect to read magazines or books in if you have a few hours to spend.
DALLAS, TX: ASCENSION
DALLAS, TX: ASCENSION Jenna A/Foursquare
Address: 1621 Oak Lawn Avenue Ste A
Ascension Coffee is one of Dallas’ premiere coffee shops, and it roasts all of its beans — sourced directly from farmers — in-house. Foursquare reviewers recommend the iced cortado, chicken paninis, and lattes.
PARK CITY, UT: ATTICUS COFFEE, BOOKS AND TEAHOUSE
PARK CITY, UT: ATTICUS COFFEE, BOOKS AND TEAHOUSE Bahigh A/Foursquare
Address: 738 Main Street
Atticus might seem crowded, as it’s used as a bookstore, event space, and cafe, but you won’t want to miss out on Park City’s most-recommended lattes, biscottis, and sandwiches. Also, as it’s one of the only bookstores on this list, it’s a great place to hunker down and wind into a long book.
RICHMOND, VA: LAMPLIGHTER ROASTING CO.
RICHMOND, VA: LAMPLIGHTER ROASTING CO. Peter C. / Foursquare
Address: 116 South Addison Street
Lamplighter looks like a casual, vintage pit stop in the middle of Richmond, but the coffee shop was actually started in 2009. Customers recommend their eccentric sandwiches (maple sriracha sausage!) and their espresso drinks.
SEATTLE, WA: MILSTEAD & CO.
SEATTLE, WA: MILSTEAD & CO. Roland L. / Yelp
Address: 900 North 34th Street
Customers at Milstead love the shop’s friendly baristas and huge selection of coffees and pastries. If you’re looking to hunker down to work for the day, come early.
MILWAUKEE, WI: ANODYNE COFFEE ROASTING CO
MILWAUKEE, WI: ANODYNE COFFEE ROASTING CO Rachel F/Yelp
Address: 2920 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
Anodyne’s beautiful brick-walled space does quadruple duty as a coffee bar, venue space, cupping lab, and roastery. If you’re there, give the shop’s specially bottled nitro cold brew a try — they’ve been working on it for four years.