We all love a bit of caffeine, so discover the top coffee shops in the city, with the best taste and atmosphere!
What would cities do without their cafes? Coffee shops are where the students and employees pick up a drink and grab a corner table to do some work. Or they pick up a drink and rush off to their appointment. Cafes are for first dates, for friends to hang out, and in general great places for sharing art and conversation. So it's time to get to know the real Cincinnati with their best coffee shops. Discover the best brews and chillest environments in the city, starting with the following coffee shops.
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Take a seat in this bright and open space with one of Carabello Coffee’s signature drinks. Image courtesy of Carabello Coffee’s Facebook.
107 E 9th Street
This one is a little outside of the city, but what a great find! Carabello Coffee has a bright and large space for customers to sit with their purchases. A great place to bring your laptop and get some work done! Make sure to try their freshly roasted craft coffee, and test your experience of taste with their Analog Coffee Bar, where barista and customer work together to find a coffee unlike anything you’ve tried before.
“I came here for the first time last week, and honestly have not stopped thinking about it since. The inside is charming, with lots of seating, flowers on each table and plenty of natural light. The rooms to either side of the bar are great places to work…” - Yelp Review
Try one of Caffe Barista & Deli’s highly rated sandwiches, or grab and go with a gourmet coffee. Image courtesy of Caffe Barista & Deli’s website.
231 West 4th Street
Caffe Barista & Deli is less known for their gourmet coffee, and more so for their out-of-this-world sandwiches. Whether you need breakfast, lunch, or dinner, Caffe Barista & Deli has the perfect sandwich for you. They also have meats, dairy products, snacks, frozen foods, and more so you can do some quick grocery shopping. This place is perfect for stopping by for a quick coffee, and grabbing a sandwich for later too!
“You can't beat a well made sammich. You simply can't. Sammiches have existed for as long as bread and cheese has been around and I fully respect a place that takes that craft and just does it well…” - Yelp Review
Order a hot coffee or a wine at 1215 Wine Bar & Coffee Lab. The drinks are equally amazing here. Image courtesy of Wine Bar and Coffee Lab’s Facebook.
Over the Rhine
1215 Vine Street
Whether you’re a wine drinker or a coffee enthusiast, or maybe both, 1215 Wine Bar & Coffee Lab is perfect for you. They combine the best of both worlds with a focus of brewing handcrafted coffee by the cup, as well as serving fine wines. Or if you can’t decide between the two, you can spike your coffee with alcohol such as whiskey, rum, and kahlua. 1215 Wine Bar & Coffee Lab is a great spot to sip your favorite drink while socializing with friends!
“This was the perfect place for an after dinner cappuccino with my hubby on date night. Service was great, fast, friendly and helpful. We really enjoyed the relaxed, welcoming feel of the place.. and our Irish coffee and maple cappuccino were delish.” - Yelp Review
You’ll fall in love with the taste of their coffees, teas, bagels, and croissants, and their cozy sitting area threatens to put you in completely-relaxed mode. Image courtesy of Lola's Facebook.
24 W 3rd Street
This spot is great for picking up a drink and bagel to go, quick as delicious! Or you can stick around and enjoy the cozy environment of Lola’s. If you choose to settle down here with your laptop and coffee or tea, you’ll be rewarded with the enticing smell of freshly baked pastries and bagels. Lola’s also provides a comfortable seating area for city goers to work or socialize. It’s the perfect place to relax or go to for a quick pickup!
“How was today the first time I've worked from this place? What I can assure you is that it won't be the last. The small coffee shop was cozy and inviting. The open storefront and outdoor seating made it feel truly inviting…” - Yelp Review
1206 Broadway Street
At Urbana Cafe, they keep the coffee simple but delicious. Their goal is to give you the refined Italian coffee experience, as each blend of coffee is inspired by authentic Italian expressos. Urbana Cafe wants to bring you coffees from all around the world, such as Indonesia (Bali), South and Central America, Africa, and Southeast Asia. Savor the flavors of your coffee and pastry in their seating area, which is cozy are great for intimate conversation or as a workspace.
“This is one of my favorite coffee spots on earth. Five star atmosphere, five star service, five star coffee. I usually get the iced vanilla latte which isn't my regular coffee order but I really enjoy it here…” - Yelp Review
Deeper Roots Cafe has a bright and inviting space for you to plant down and do some work, or socialize with friends as you nurse that amazing cup of coffee. Image courtesy of Deeper Roots Cafe’s Facebook.
3056 Madison Road
Deeper Roots Cafe has made it their mission to not only improve the quality of coffee, but also to work behind the scenes of coffee bean production. They are working with the Espresso Guild to improve the quality of life of Guatemalan farmers, and to improve their product. They’re looking to make an impact on the coffee industry and how it is done, and they need your support! Enjoy a cup of coffee at Deeper Roots Cafe, and help the cause!
“A fine cuppa. Friendly folks and excellent brew. I had a honey bear. Honey is not usually anything like I would ever want in my brew, but this was truly delicious. Everyone was pleasant, but businesslike, the line was 3 or 4 deep…” - Yelp Review
In a rush but need that caffeine fix? The Kidd Coffee Co. Nitro Bar is the pit stop you’ve been looking for. Image courtesy of The Kidd Coffee Co. Nitro Bar’s Facebook.
441 Vine Street
Need a coffee quick and on the go? Stop by The Kidd Coffee Co. Nitro Bar for something delicious to take on the way to your destination. And you have to try their specialty drinks, such as their Nitro Latte and Nitro Cold Brew. These drinks are infused with nitrogen, and these drinks have 50% more caffeine than a cup of coffee. Sounds like a must try to me!
“I read all the reviews that said the service was fantastic and the nitro was not to be missed. Well guess what? Spot on. The two folks working there could not have been nicer and Olivia helped me decide what I wanted…” - Yelp Review
Coffee and tea -- and we can’t forget hot chocolate too -- are beverages everyone enjoys immensely, to the point that we are having these types of beverages every day. You may brew your choice of caffeine at home, or pick it up on the way to work, but coffee shops are a chance to slow down and appreciate the flavors. Visit some of these coffee shops to gain a new experience on the taste of coffee. These coffee shops are also great for getting work done or meeting up to catch up with friends. So if you need to get out of the house, or take a break from the stress, visit an amazing coffee shop in Cincinnati near you.