Even after four years in New York City, I never get tired of exploring all the coffee shops. It almost seems like a new one pops up every weekend and I'm always on the hunt for someplace new. Here are 15 of the greats that I always find myself returning to.
This coffee shop is still one of my all time favorites in New York for their amazing coffee, delicious menu (don't miss out on their avocado toast!), and their awesome chill beachy vibe. They were inspired by the coffee and beach culture of Australia and brought with them flat whites and magics. My favorite location is their West Village Collective Cafe--the bright turquoise and yellow decor instantly caught my fancy and it's an excellent place for brunch. Their other locations are sprinkled throughout the city and great to checkout as well. Check out a more detailed review here.
I love a great iced latte, and Blue Bottle's New Orleans was a love at first taste. Their pour over drip coffee is awesome as well. I love how they have so many locations (9 in NYC) so I can pop in for a quick fix on weekdays and weekends. I really like to pick up a cup of New Orleans at their Bryant Park location and drink it while people watching at Bryant Park. Their first New York location, Berry Street, in Brooklyn is also worth a visit.
I love this cafe addition to Midtown, which traditionally doesn't have too many cafes apart from the big coffee chains. In addition to coffee, they're known for their awesome in-house baked goods. Don't miss out on their cream puffs, cakes and breads. Their tea latte options, such as lavender and matcha taste just as delicious as they sound. Plus, their decor is adorable and their obsession with alpacas is absolutely infectious! I had a barista make one in my cup as latte art once and I haven't once forgotten about it.
Two Hands is another Aussie cafe that has hit the NYC coffee scene with a bang. It's especially popular with bloggers and fashionistas, you can even chance to come across some of them during NYC fashion weeks. It has cute while upscale design aesthetic, great coffee, and bomb acai bowls. Beware on how busy it can get on weekends and plan to wait to be seated. They also have a restaurant/bar location in TriBeCa.
Usually known for its music and busy dance floor at night, Freehold also is a great coffee shop with a fun vibe, fast wifi, and comfy seats. The space is large and can accommodate plenty of customers. You can come to drink coffee and study and wait until the sun sets and the bar opens. There is also a big outdoor area to get some fresh air and a game room with ping pong and more.
This tiny little cafe in Little Italy packs a lot for its size. Their coffee is extremely high quality and it's always worth a quick visit when I'm around the neighborhood (aka shopping in Soho). I also admire it's minimalist design, which is hardly a surprise since its branding was by one of my favorite designers Lotta Nieminen.
La Colombe coffee is excellent. Out of their 8 locations sprawled across NYC, I love their spacious Noho location, since it can be difficult to find a big cafe space in New York. I feel like I can really breathe and enjoy my coffee in there. It's a great place to meet up to chat with a bigger group of friends. I also love the big windows and bright, airy feel!
Toby's is yet another Aussie coffee shop that must be mentioned. I love their Williamsburg location for its size and airy decor. You may have seen the shelfies on your instafeed, but it doesn't take away from the amazing taste of their coffee. They also have a brew school where they offer different classes, such as a cupping class (where you learn to differentiate coffee quality through its smell and taste) and latte art class. I attended their cupping class and learned a lot from the awesome barista! I also love their West Village location, where they have New York Times scattered around for you to peruse, more detailed review and photos here.
This cafe has been a great addition to Astoria. They take their coffee seriously but still manage to have one of the most friendly and laid back cafe vibes. Their baristas are fun and approachable and I love taking a seat at their coffee bar area to get to know them. My favorite item on their menu is their affogato, it is seriously on point! The owners also work hard to bring the Astoria community together, they feature local artists on their walls and host events at night. I also love their funny dueling tip jars, which change daily, see more photos and details here.
Who can resist this beautiful Brooklyn cafe? It may be a trek out to Bed-Stuy but it's definitely worth it for the coffees, the tasty toasts, and the decor filled with plenty of adorable potted greens. Their food is farm-to-table with fresh, high quality ingredients. Every corner is also super instagrammable, so come ready with your cameras!
I love this cozy spot for its coffee, comfy atmosphere, and most of all, its teas. The front of the shop with its bar tops makes the place seem small, but there's a whole room just behind the curtain with more seating and cozy feels. It's relatively a hidden gem so I've never had to wait for a table here. The food also always hits the spot. It's the perfect place to stop by and hang out on a cold NYC day. They have books on their shelves for your perusal.
Three things come to mind when I think of Greecologies--greek yogurt, coffee, beautiful outdoor space. They recently opened up a spot in East Village, but their gorgeous and spacious location in Little Italy is the real star. This place is perfect for a coffee date or chill hangout with friends. Their coffee is great, but their greek yogurt is amazing, do not miss it! I love how many toppings they offer!
A quiet and well-designed coffee shop in Tribeca with great food options and the cutest decor. They have fluffy lambs on display everywhere, which adds to its whimsical atmosphere that still manages to be upscale. It's a great place to study and get work done. They're super serious about the quality of their beans, make sure to ask your barista about the different options and flavors so you can get it just to your taste!
Stop by this coffee shop if you find yourself in Harlem. This cafe is especially great for studying since they have unlimited wifi, lots of outlets, and plenty of natural lighting filtering in from their big windows. My favorites are their mocha and chai tea latte.
This place is more famous for their matcha lattes than their coffee, but still my favorite go-to is their Matcha Cappuccino. Their Chelsea/West Village also has a beautiful, bright and minimalistic atmosphere that's completely irresistible. The big windows there that face a busy intersection serve as a great people-watching spot.