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14 Exceptional Coffee Shops in Minneapolis and St. Paul

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Whether popping in on the way to work or lingering with friends over a seasonal latte, nothing kicks off the day like a solid cup of coffee — and an indulgent pastry doesn’t hurt either. From hidden gems on University Avenue, to iconic shops in Cathedral Hill, to indie coffee companies with locations across Minneapolis and St. Paul, the Twin Cities are teeming with neighborhood shops welcoming the weary masses. Here’s a list of excellent coffee shops to explore.

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Cafe Ceres

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Pastry chef Shawn McKenzie’s airy, chic shop in the former Penny’s space in Linden Hills serves her much-loved treats, like Turkish bagels with labneh and za’atar, seasonal muffins, and chocolate chip tahini cookies. From the drinks menu, try Mediterranean-influenced beverages, like the ras el hanout latte and the orange cardamom latte.

Misfit Coffee

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If you’ve been in a bit of a latte rut lately, head over Misfit for a shake up. Try a whiskey-influenced coffee “cocktail”  — the “Whiskyoto” features Kyoto coffee brewed with whisky barrel chips, burnt sugar, sweet corn, and black pepper. Find the Misfit trailer around Minneapolis for a taste of the lavender plum latte or the cold brew colada.

Five Watt Coffee

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When Lee Carter and Caleb Garn founded Five Watt in 2014, they catalyzed the coffee-as-cocktails trend in the Twin Cities. Using the shop’s own bitters line, baristas concoct unique flavor combos like the beloved Kingfield, made with Five Watt coriander bitters and vanilla. Choose any of the four locations: Each one has a unique vibe, but all are equally welcoming.

The Get Down Coffee Company

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Houston White — owner of the Houston White brand, which focuses on Black excellence — and Dogwood Coffee owner Dan Anderson have come together in the Camden neighborhood (also known as Camdentown, as White is reimagining it) to create this Black-owned, Black-led coffee shop. The sense of community is palatable here. Try the creamy sweet potato latte or a golden macchiato — baked goods from farmers market darling Quince Mpls Market are served daily.

Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea

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This coffee shop is gorgeous — a dreamy vignette of plants, glowing signage, and wooden swings. Fairgrounds might be forgiven if they slacked on their menu offerings, considering the build-it-for-the-gram-and-they-will-come mentality nowadays. But the entire menu is top-notch, with unique drinks like Power Flower milk tea elixir or a cherry cordial cortado.

Inside the coffee shop, there’s a large, lit-up “F”
A light-filled North Loop coffee shop
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Carma Coffee

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What do auto repair and coffee have in common? Not much, but that didn’t stop the owners of Good Carma Auto Repair from opening an adorable cafe in an empty building across the street from their repair shop. Matching the customer-focused ethos of the auto shop, Carma is bright and cheerful year round, making it an ideal spot to hang out while your car gets a tune up. Try a chai latte or a cold brew blended with ice cream.

Wildflyer Coffee

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Wildflyer is a nonprofit coffee shop in the former Peace Coffee space on Minnehaha Avenue. In addition to pouring great coffee (think creamy miels and nitro cold brews), Wildflyer provides employment opportunities to young people facing housing insecurity through a four-month work program that offers skill-building experiences, from barista training to resume writing and interview skills.

The red brick exterior with a black and white sign on a snowy day
The newly opened Wildflyer Coffee serves serious brews alongside a dose of uplifting the community
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Dogwood Coffee

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Dogwood’s insistence on sourcing from small farmers and co-ops pays off in luscious, well-executed pours: Try the spumoni latte, made with pistachio sugar crumble and cherry, or a rich cortado. Each of the three Dogwood shops features clean, modern lines and simple decor —  the newest addition in Northeast Minneapolis has a vast patio with an industrial urban vibe.

Workhorse Coffee Bar

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Workhorse is located in the Saint Anthony Park neighborhood near University Avenue and 280, right on the Green Line. Its charms are not to be missed: Look for The Smallest Museum in St. Paul, a micro museum that hosts rotating art exhibits, built into a vintage fire-hose cabinet outside the front door. Workhorse’s house-made switchel, a vinegar-based drink, is a local favorite during the spring and summer months.

Quixotic Coffee

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This Highland Park coffee shop’s quirky name — which means “romantically idealistic”— reflects Quixotic Coffee’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 reason enough to stop by. Try the dreamy Marko Polo: foamy nitro cold brew, half-and-half, and house-made caramel and vanilla syrups. 

 

Mudslingers Drive Thru Coffee MN

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When Mudslingers first opened on a busy intersection in Roseville, there were doubters. An independent coffee drive thru? In Minnesota? But the tiny shop proved them wrong: Lines of cars waiting for their morning jolt assemble at Mudslingers daily. Stop by for the “Mother’s Helper,” made with caramel, vanilla, and amaretto, or a peach pear smoothie.

Nina's Coffee Cafe

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It doesn’t get classier than Nina’s, in the heart of St. Paul’s historic Cathedral Hill. This shop has an old soul — it’s filled with nooks and crannies to nestle into, and lined with soaring windows that flood the space with light. Be warned, it’s hard to leave Nina’s: Come for the espresso and stay for the paninis on the dinner menu.

Cafe Astoria

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Instagram darling Café Astoria is a sun-filled, bustling shop that serves specialty drinks (like the “Bee Sting,” made with wildflower honey and bee pollen), creamy smoothies, and light daytime dishes like crepes and salads. Co-owner Leah Raymundo’s creativity shines through on the “Secret Menu,” which features lattes and matcha pours with rainbow foam. 

Caydence Records & Coffee

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What Caydence lacks in space, it makes up for in heart. Rows and rows of vinyl record bins harken back to simpler days, and cozy seating beckons customers to stay and listen to music. Sip indulgent drinks like the “Polyphia,” made with peanut butter and cardamom, or the caramel creme brulee latte. The back room here comes alive at night —  a lineup of local musicians creates an intimate community vibe in this Payne Avenue shop.

Cafe Ceres

Pastry chef Shawn McKenzie’s airy, chic shop in the former Penny’s space in Linden Hills serves her much-loved treats, like Turkish bagels with labneh and za’atar, seasonal muffins, and chocolate chip tahini cookies. From the drinks menu, try Mediterranean-influenced beverages, like the ras el hanout latte and the orange cardamom latte.

Misfit Coffee

If you’ve been in a bit of a latte rut lately, head over Misfit for a shake up. Try a whiskey-influenced coffee “cocktail”  — the “Whiskyoto” features Kyoto coffee brewed with whisky barrel chips, burnt sugar, sweet corn, and black pepper. Find the Misfit trailer around Minneapolis for a taste of the lavender plum latte or the cold brew colada.

Five Watt Coffee

When Lee Carter and Caleb Garn founded Five Watt in 2014, they catalyzed the coffee-as-cocktails trend in the Twin Cities. Using the shop’s own bitters line, baristas concoct unique flavor combos like the beloved Kingfield, made with Five Watt coriander bitters and vanilla. Choose any of the four locations: Each one has a unique vibe, but all are equally welcoming.

The Get Down Coffee Company

Houston White — owner of the Houston White brand, which focuses on Black excellence — and Dogwood Coffee owner Dan Anderson have come together in the Camden neighborhood (also known as Camdentown, as White is reimagining it) to create this Black-owned, Black-led coffee shop. The sense of community is palatable here. Try the creamy sweet potato latte or a golden macchiato — baked goods from farmers market darling Quince Mpls Market are served daily.

Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea

Inside the coffee shop, there’s a large, lit-up “F”
A light-filled North Loop coffee shop
Rebecca Slater/Eater Twin Cities

This coffee shop is gorgeous — a dreamy vignette of plants, glowing signage, and wooden swings. Fairgrounds might be forgiven if they slacked on their menu offerings, considering the build-it-for-the-gram-and-they-will-come mentality nowadays. But the entire menu is top-notch, with unique drinks like Power Flower milk tea elixir or a cherry cordial cortado.

Inside the coffee shop, there’s a large, lit-up “F”
A light-filled North Loop coffee shop
Rebecca Slater/Eater Twin Cities

Carma Coffee

What do auto repair and coffee have in common? Not much, but that didn’t stop the owners of Good Carma Auto Repair from opening an adorable cafe in an empty building across the street from their repair shop. Matching the customer-focused ethos of the auto shop, Carma is bright and cheerful year round, making it an ideal spot to hang out while your car gets a tune up. Try a chai latte or a cold brew blended with ice cream.

Wildflyer Coffee

The red brick exterior with a black and white sign on a snowy day
The newly opened Wildflyer Coffee serves serious brews alongside a dose of uplifting the community
Wildflyer Coffee [Official]

Wildflyer is a nonprofit coffee shop in the former Peace Coffee space on Minnehaha Avenue. In addition to pouring great coffee (think creamy miels and nitro cold brews), Wildflyer provides employment opportunities to young people facing housing insecurity through a four-month work program that offers skill-building experiences, from barista training to resume writing and interview skills.

The red brick exterior with a black and white sign on a snowy day
The newly opened Wildflyer Coffee serves serious brews alongside a dose of uplifting the community
Wildflyer Coffee [Official]

Dogwood Coffee

Dogwood’s insistence on sourcing from small farmers and co-ops pays off in luscious, well-executed pours: Try the spumoni latte, made with pistachio sugar crumble and cherry, or a rich cortado. Each of the three Dogwood shops features clean, modern lines and simple decor —  the newest addition in Northeast Minneapolis has a vast patio with an industrial urban vibe.

Workhorse Coffee Bar

Workhorse is located in the Saint Anthony Park neighborhood near University Avenue and 280, right on the Green Line. Its charms are not to be missed: Look for The Smallest Museum in St. Paul, a micro museum that hosts rotating art exhibits, built into a vintage fire-hose cabinet outside the front door. Workhorse’s house-made switchel, a vinegar-based drink, is a local favorite during the spring and summer months.

Quixotic Coffee

This Highland Park coffee shop’s quirky name — which means “romantically idealistic”— reflects Quixotic Coffee’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 reason enough to stop by. Try the dreamy Marko Polo: foamy nitro cold brew, half-and-half, and house-made caramel and vanilla syrups. 

 

Mudslingers Drive Thru Coffee MN

When Mudslingers first opened on a busy intersection in Roseville, there were doubters. An independent coffee drive thru? In Minnesota? But the tiny shop proved them wrong: Lines of cars waiting for their morning jolt assemble at Mudslingers daily. Stop by for the “Mother’s Helper,” made with caramel, vanilla, and amaretto, or a peach pear smoothie.

Nina's Coffee Cafe

It doesn’t get classier than Nina’s, in the heart of St. Paul’s historic Cathedral Hill. This shop has an old soul — it’s filled with nooks and crannies to nestle into, and lined with soaring windows that flood the space with light. Be warned, it’s hard to leave Nina’s: Come for the espresso and stay for the paninis on the dinner menu.

Cafe Astoria

Instagram darling Café Astoria is a sun-filled, bustling shop that serves specialty drinks (like the “Bee Sting,” made with wildflower honey and bee pollen), creamy smoothies, and light daytime dishes like crepes and salads. Co-owner Leah Raymundo’s creativity shines through on the “Secret Menu,” which features lattes and matcha pours with rainbow foam. 

Caydence Records & Coffee

What Caydence lacks in space, it makes up for in heart. Rows and rows of vinyl record bins harken back to simpler days, and cozy seating beckons customers to stay and listen to music. Sip indulgent drinks like the “Polyphia,” made with peanut butter and cardamom, or the caramel creme brulee latte. The back room here comes alive at night —  a lineup of local musicians creates an intimate community vibe in this Payne Avenue shop.

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