Coffee has always been a huge part of our culture in the cold north, and that’s true as the snow finally begins to fly. While there have long been fantastic coffee shops with distinctive neighborhood personalities, never before have there been so many serving such a diverse array of ethically sourced beans, sumptuous frothy tops, or businesses taking the food just as seriously as the coffee. These are fantastic shops to order up a cup of something zippy made from the best in beans, brewed with care, and ready curbside.Read More
17 Exceptional Coffee Shops in Minneapolis and St. Paul
Where to find cortados, flat whites, frothy cappuccinos and more
1. Cafe Ceres
Pastry chef Shawn McKenzie’s new shop in the former Penny’s space in Linden Hills is now serving her gorgeous treats alongside an array of beverages, including Turkish coffee.
2. Black Walnut Bakery
Before Sarah Botcher’s incredible baked goods found a permanent home, the only place to source the legendary kougin aman was to find a coffee shop. Now, that her own bakery is serving decadent morning treats and more, the coffee inside this bakery lives up to her high standards.
3. Misfit Coffee
Misfit brews several coffee “cocktails,” made with Kyoto coffee brewed with burnt sugar and a long list of enticing options. Plus, Misfit has added walk-up window.
4. Five Watt Coffee
Lee Carter and Caleb Garn founded Five Watt in 2014, with an irreverent sense of humor and fantastic coffee drinks. Try one of the specialty brews made with a proprietary line of bitters, like the Kingfield, named for the original shop’s location. Made with coriander Bitters and Hawaiian sea salt. Or grab a couple of cans of Big Watt, a tasty cold brew line.
5. Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea
This North Loop coffee shop has added a new app for easy contact free ordering, with curbside pick up. There’s a wide selection of coffee and teas available on tap, including Stumptown, Colectivo, La Columbe, and more.
6. Bellecour Bakery @ Cooks
Minneapolis, MN 55401
This newly permanent pop-up brings a much-needed caffeine and sugar jolt to this neighborhood. Indulge in large, frothy cappuccino to go and don’t forget a bag of pastries.
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7. Penny's Coffee
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Penny’s downtown location has online ordering for easy pick up of their beloved beverages, snacks, and pantry items.
8. Carma Coffee
Minneapolis’ only coffe shop/car repair shop is open and serving, along with a new online ordering system.
Alma’s Cafe is just one more reason to look forward to the weekend. Alex Robert’s impeccable restaurant is now open Friday through Sunday with easy online ordering available of its fantastic coffee drinks and as-good-as-they-come pastries.
10. Wildflyer Coffee
Minneapolis, MN 55406
This brand new shop has opened inside the former Peace Coffee on Minnehaha Avenue. In addition to making a lovely pour over, Wildflyer’s higher purpose is providing job stability and opportunities to youth facing homelessness. Order bulk coffee, gear, or support the endeavor by “buying a chair,” as an investor through the website.
11. Dogwood Coffee
Dogwood’s meticulous sourcing pays off in luscious, perfectly executed drinks every time, and partnering with local favorites like Rustica Bakery and Gray Duck Chai is always a good idea. Plus, Dogwood has also added online ordering.
12. Quixotic Coffee
The quirky name - meaning “romantically idealistic”- reflects the Highland Park’s shop’s desire to offer respite in a world full of worry, real or imagined. The nitro bar, one of the first in the Twin Cities, is enough reason to call ahead for curbside pick up.
13. Roots Roasting
A small shop not far from Macalester College is serious about its coffee. Order curbside delivery of pristine, simplicity in a latte or pour-over cup. What you won’t find are a bunch of flavor syrups or chocolate pumps. Coffee this good, doesn’t need any add ons.
14. Nina's Coffee Cafe
A classic coffee shop in the heart of historic Cathedral Hill. The coffee, treats and service are as built to build new regulars. Stop by for a cup before wandering the gorgeous, historic neighborhood.
15. Claddagh Coffee
The West Seventh shop offers two levels of nostalgic charm, while little sis Wee Claddaugh on Dale and Selby is a modern postage sized marvel. Both are serving curbside with online ordering.
16. Cafe Astoria
Instagram darling Café Astoria is a sun-filled, buzzy shop that caters to families, that has now added spaced out tables on the street outside the small shop. Easily order for takeaway as well, with convenient streetside parking. Open Tuesday through Sunday.
17. Bootstrap Coffee Roasters
Serving curbside and walk up from 7 am to 3 pm every day. Order up cold coffee or steamy lattes to go, along with bags of beans roasted on site.