New York Coffee Guide: Where To Caffeinate In NYC!

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Researching New York coffee shops for your trip?

Friends and family are constantly travelling to New York City and they’ll often ask me to for a list of recommendations for things to do and places to eat and drink. In the past, I would visit New York at least once a year, if not more. It was time for me to write a post about my favourite New York coffee shops. This is not the be all end all post for coffee (I spend most of my time in Manhattan) but a list of great cafes I go to when I visit.

*Updated May 2017

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My Favourite 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 serve a great thick avo on toast as well as acai bowls and other yummy pastries. It can get crazy packed but during the weekdays after the morning coffee rush, you should still be able to snag a seat.

Flat White Two Hands - New York Coffee

Two Hands New York

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.

Happy Bones

Happy Bones - New York Coffee

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

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.

Gimme Coffee

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

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

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 Cortado

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

Cafe Grumpy

On my latest trip to New York, I was staying near the Fashion District. On Google Maps I found Cafe Grumpy just 1 block away from my hotel. Phew…because my hotel coffee was awful. Cafe Grumpy has several locations around Manhattan as well as Brooklyn and even Miami.

New York Coffee - Cafe Grumpy

Inside Cafe Grumpy

Cafe Grumpy

My latte from Cafe Grumpy

Stumptown

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

Stumptown Ace Hotel

Lavazza

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

Lavazza at Eataly NYC

Little Collins

On Lexington Avenue in Midtown is another Aussie cafe called Little Collins (Little Collins is a street in Melbourne). My hotel was about a 15-minute walk away but no other coffee shop was closer. It’s a tiny cafe so not somewhere to work but but great quality coffee.

Little Collins - New York Coffee Guide

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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