New York Coffee Guide: Where I Get My Coffee When I’m In NYC!

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Are you heading to the Big Apple and looking for New York coffee shops? 

I have friends who are always headed to New York City and they’ll often ask me to for a list of recommendations for things to do and places to eat or drink. I visit at least once a year if not more and decided I need to share a New York coffee shop guide. It’s not the be all end all post for coffee (I mostly spend time in Manhattan) but just a go-to of my favourite spots when I visit.

*Updated May 2017



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Let’s get caffeinated at some New York coffee shops!

Two Hands

One of my New York coffee favourites is a cafe in Nolita called Two Hands. It’s an Aussie cafe on Mott Street (cross streets are Broome and Grand). They server proper flat whites there (it’s run by Australians and they are sticklers about coffee). They also serve a great thick avo on toast as well as acai bowls and other yummy pastries. It gets crazy packed but weekdays post morning rush, you should still be able to snag a seat.

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Happy Bones

Another place that was recommended to me was Happy Bones. It’s run by Kiwis and they are also sticklers about their coffee. Something about those folks in the southern hemisphere and their coffee!! I met a friend and we sat on the bench, talked up a storm, and drank our flat whites.

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Happy Bones NYC Flat White

La Colombe

In Soho, you can find La Colombe. It’s a good go-to place in Soho and they have locations around the city as well.

La Colombe Coffee NYC Soho

Gimme Coffee

I really enjoy Gimme Coffee in Nolita as well. Prior to Two Hands and Happy Bones, I go here. I am still a fan.

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Ninth Street Espresso

If you find yourself on the west side of Manhattan, around Chelsea, Ninth Street Espresso is great and located inside the Chelsea Market.

Ninth Street Espresso NYC

Blue Bird

In the East Village, Bluebird is a cute little shop. Just don’t order the flat white, it’s not a proper one. Other coffees are fine. there.

Bluebird Coffee NYC

Bluestone Lane

In the West Village? I recently went to Bluestone Lane, an Aussie cafe. The flat white was great and I also had a lamington for nostalgia’s sake. The lamington was a bit dry though and I’m not sure if it was because I went in the late afternoon.

Bluestone Lane Coffee

Bluestone Lane Coffee

O Cafe

Head to O Cafe on Sixth Ave. They serve my favourite, cortados!!

O Cafe NYC Cortado

Should be in a glass cup with a side of water though!

Cafe Grumpy 

I was staying near the Fashion District on my latest trip to New York and I mapped out cafes on Google and found Cafe Grumpy just 1 block away. Phew…because my hotel coffee was awful. They have several locations around Manhattan as well as Brooklyn and even Miami.

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Inside Cafe Grumpy

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My latte from Cafe Grumpy


There’s a Stumptown in Ace Hotel or on W. 8th. The Ace (Midtown) is a pretty good day coffice.

Stumptown NYC Ace Hotel


In Midtown? Head over to Eataly for yummy eats and some espresso at Lavazza

Lavazza at Eataly NYC

Little Collins

I went to another Aussie cafe called Little Collins on Lexington. I was staying at the Midtown Hilton and it was about a 15-minute walk away.  A little place, so not a coffice, but great quality coffee.

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Saturdays Surf Shop

Hang out in the backyard and drink your coffee there. Oh and there’s cute surfer boys that work there.

Saturdays Surf Coffee

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Other New York coffee
  • I didn’t take any photos when I was a Blue Bottle underneath Rockefeller. It’s in the mall area underneath Rockefeller and they have cafes all over the city and in Brooklyn.
  • Sometimes I love a local bodega coffee because of the cups:

NYC Bodega Coffee

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Where are your favourite New York coffee shops? Please share in the comments!

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