Our Favorite Coffee Shops and Cozy Spots
2809 Hennepin Ave
Located in a Victorian-style house from 1877, Uncommon Grounds has a unique and cozy vibe met with delicious coffee drinks and one of the best chai teas in the city. Comfy emerald green couches from the old L’Etoile Restaurant in St. Paul and intimate tables along with lush plants, retro floor lamps and interesting art on the walls make you feel like you’re being welcomed into someone’s house. Grab a coffee and stay a while.
1424 W 28th St
Recently renovated, Isles is the perfect spot to cozy up with a great cup of coffee (their own blend!) and their iconic bigger-than-your-face cinnamon buns. Be prepared to share. Made with real ingredients and baked right in front of you in their open kitchen, these buns are the real deal. “Sweet as Grandma” and the perfect spot to get your caffeine and sugar fix. For a smaller treat, try their cookies or puppy dog tails.
200 N. 1st St
Need an Instagram worthy coffee spot? Head to Bachelor Farmer Café in the trendy Warehouse District. A pillar of the Bachelor Farmer establishments (the Nordic-inspired Bachelor Farmer restaurant and Marvel Bar, the speakeasy underneath), the café is known for their chic, modern décor, bright space, delicious selection of pastries and photo-worthy coffee creations.
North Loop: 514 N 3rd St
Uptown: 1414 W 28th St
Get your morning caffeine buzz from this casual, artsy coffee shop with locations in the North Loop and Uptown. Grab a sandwich or a tasty beverage and find a table or cozy up on one of their leather sofas. They even offer live music so check their Facebook page to see what they’ve got going on this week!
3753 42nd Ave
Café by day, wine bar by night. Okay, so this isn’t just a coffee shop, but the adjacent wine bar, fantastic menu and live music got Riverview Café on the list. Grab your coffee and morning pastry, or opt for something a little heartier with their quinoa salad, delicious sandwiches, and warming soups. Check their schedule for live music events. Swing by the wine bar in the evening to cozy up by the fireplace and try a wine flight and cheese plate.
Whittier: 2451 Nicollet Ave S
Uptown: 2404 Hennepin Ave S
Northeast: 945 Broadway St NE
North Loop: 907 Washington Ave N
Accessibly located in different yet charming areas around the Twin Cities, four of the five Spyhouse cafes call Minneapolis their home. Each has its own intimate and welcoming atmosphere, with a variety of coffee drinks, made from their own roastery, and other non-caffeinated options. From quaint brownstone buildings, a restored brick and timber warehouse, an old antique store and a modern urban oasis, each Spyhouse location is a picture perfect stop for a quick drink or an afternoon of lounging. Pair your drink with a one of their scrumptious snack options, take a seat and kick back for a while.
East Lake: 4021 East Lake Street
One of three Dogwood cafes, this chic Minneapolis location prides themselves on their quality-focused roasting. Booths and small tables are among their modernized seating selection, with lamps, couches and a swanky pink espresso machine to set a comfortable contrast. Grab something from their bakery case and browse their sale items on the retail wall!
Freight House: 201 3rd Ave S
North Loop: 337 N Washington Ave
Loring Park: 329 West 15th Street
With over 15 Minneapolis locations, this Twin Cities based chain has plenty of cozy shops for you to choose from. Stop by one of our three favorites and get your day started with a delicious breakfast and a cup of their daily (in-house!) roasted coffee. Their menu has plenty of options to satisfy any morning, afternoon or evening craving. A majority of Dunn Brothers’ Coffee shops are independently owned by local members of the community, making for a homey and uniquely Minnesota atmosphere in each location.
Uptown: 822 W Lake St.
Lowry Hill: 2401 Lyndale Ave S
Looking for a fresh and modern vibe? Urban Bean is your answer. These bold coffee shops offer a crisp white interior with minimalist décor and industrial design. Perfect for your next Instagram, most in-house espresso drinks are accompanied by an animal cracker! Set up shop and let productivity take the reins or grab a brew with your bestie linger as long as you want.
65 Main St SE
Named after Oscar Wilde, this Northeast café embodies Wilde’s ahead-of-his-time eccentric tastes. The cozy location is a place you can comfortably come to alone or with friends to enjoy a latte or glass of wine by their 1900’s fireplace on a Chesterfield couch. Menus offer breakfast, lunch and dinner featuring an array of choices.