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Stop into Gristworkz for a stellar cup of Blue Tile coffee and a robust breakfast sandwich, a creation by chef Danny Leal.
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26 Essential Coffee Shops in Houston

Where to sip the strongest espressos, iciest cold brews, and yes — those pumpkin spice lattes

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Stop into Gristworkz for a stellar cup of Blue Tile coffee and a robust breakfast sandwich, a creation by chef Danny Leal.
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Finding the perfect cup of coffee or tea in Houston isn’t a difficult task. The city boasts a plethora of haunts that serve up excellent cold and hot brews, chai, and toddies — ideal for caffeine on-the-go or leisurely sipping. But for some, it’s not just about the drink, but the ambiance, too.

When work-from-home has lost its charm, opt to settle in at one of these coffee house hangouts, where the snacks and atmosphere are given just as much attention as the beans. These coffee spots range from time-honored gems to new nooks that are undeniably hip.

Looking for a late-night study locale, the perfect spot to caffeinate whilst writing that breakthrough novel, or a place to have a boozy chat with your squad? Refer to our map of the 26 essential coffee shops in Houston.

The now-closed Throughgood, Tipping Point Heights, 2nd Cup, and Cavo have been removed to make way for new additions and veteran coffee shops, like Blue Tile Coffee, The Coffee House at West End, Campesino, La La Land Kind Cafe, Little Dreamer Coffee, Oso Coffee Co., Xela, and more.

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Slowpokes

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Slowpokes, and others, are welcome to perk up — or wind down — at this attractive coffee house which serves coffee, beer and wine, gourmet eats, and pastries from local purveyors like Angela’s Oven and Sinfull Bakery. Pair your Americano with a ham and brie croissant in the morning. Or, stop by in the late afternoon for happy hour from 4 p.m., during which draft beers are $4 and wines by the glass are $5. Be sure to try its monthly specials, including October’s Booberry Latte made with blueberry, white mocha, espresso, and your choice of milk, and the caramel apple cider made with apple juice, butterscotch, and cinnamon.

Luce Coffee Roasters Ella, Headquarters

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Have your coffee and watch it be roasted, too, at this Garden Oaks standout. Here, Luce Coffee roasts its brew onsite. Score your java at the first-floor counter, then snag a seat on the mezzanine level overlooking the entire operation.  

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This Garden Oaks gem has a drive-thru for easy to-go orders but it’s essential to take a step inside to experience the aesthetically-pleasing space, where cushion-lined banquettes and plush furniture pepper the room. Go for the coffee and beverages, but stay for mouthwatering eats like the Japanese egg salad sandwich and PB&J overnight oats. 

Tenfold Coffee Company

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The roastery isn’t just for show at Tenfold Coffee — this bar roasts its own brew and offers a fine atmosphere in which to enjoy it. The industrial-style space is softened with the addition of tall, leafy plants. Likewise, floor-to-ceiling windows that illuminate the interior with the morning light, make it a hot spot for the work-from-home crowd.

Wild | Coffee | Bar | Dispensary

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Part coffee house, part cocktail bar, and part CBD dispensary, a visit to this Heights shop is like a walk on the wild side to say the least. The Bali-inspired space, with walls covered in lush tropical greenery, houses a bar on one end — where hot and iced coffee, as well as cocktails can be purchased — and a CBD shop on the other, with plenty of comfortable seating in between. For a little taste of everything, try the coffee-based Buzz Wild frozen and add booze or a hemp-infused elixir. 

Wild dispensary and cocktail-coffee bar’s bud bar.
Wild offers coffees, hemp-infused elixirs, and cocktails.
Wild Concepts

Roast & Brew

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Though expresso-based beverages and breakfast fare like buildable omelets and bagels are a surefire staple here, European influence reigns over the food and drink menu at this Heights cafe. Greek frappes are served alongside falafel and hummus, gyro sandwiches, meatballs with tzatziki, and glass cases stocked with spanakopita. Beyond the morning fare, there’s a daily happy hour from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., with $2 off wines by the glass and 20 percent off bottles on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 

Boomtown Coffee

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This quintessential Heights coffee shop is the archetype for fellow craft coffee shops in Houston when it comes to roasting artisanal beans in small batches. Definitely try the Mayan mocha, milk and honey latte, and fried egg tacos.

The Coffee Barr

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If you ever find yourself in the Katy area, take a trip to the Coffee Barr. Housed in a residential home, this cozy shop is run by Penelope Barr, a caffeine-loving mom, who is eager to whip up whatever tickles your fancy and make you feel right at home. Browse the menu, which is full of coffees, teas, frappes, homemade smoothies, and pastries. And if making a decision gets too difficult, try the Magic — a warm, smooth, sweet combination of coffee with butterscotch, caramel, and vanilla syrups, with a hint of macadamia nut and chocolate.

Little Dreamer Coffee

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Small but mighty, Matthew Toomey’s latest “Box” coffee kiosk in Garden Oaks’ Stomping Grounds goes beyond the traditional coffee offerings, with creative and flavorful cold brews, stellar espresso martinis, weekend mimosas, cocktails, and more. Best part? With Houston’s fall weather making a recent appearance, you can chill out with your drink of choice outside thanks to the grounds’ ample seating.

Antidote Coffee

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Hidden in plain sight in the Heights, Antidote features pastries, beer, wine, coffee, and free Wifi — replete with an unassuming environment with indoor and outdoor seating. The menu focuses on drip coffees and fancy brews, including the coveted cajeta latte, made with goat’s milk caramel, and the namesake drink, the Antidote, a brewed coffee with a shot of espresso.

Pura Coffee

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Located in Spring Branch, Pura serves gourmet coffees and teas — along with biscotti, kolaches, croissants, danishes, and cookies. The bright white space is ideal for working, reading, or simply getting that perfect Instagram shot.

La La Land

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If looking for a caffeinated pick-me-up, stop into this bright coffee shop. which hails from LA. The friendly staff will shower you with hellos and compliments, and then spoil you with one of their delicious coffees, including the frothy La La latte, its colorful Lavender Bloom Matcha Latte, and so much more. Be sure to try one of its breakfast toasts — for sweet, go for the toast smothered in Nutella and topped with berries. For savory with a hint of spice, order the Queen toast, which is topped with mashed avocado, cream cheese, everything seasoning, chili flakes, and lemon.

La La Land Kind Cafe’s Purple Rain Matcha iced drink, with a coffee sleeve with the message “just love each other.”
La La Land Kind Cafe puts the emphasis on kindness and good coffee.
La La Land Kind Cafe

Blue Tile Coffee

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Though Blue Tile Coffee technically doesn’t have a permanent storefront yet, owner and coffee connoisseur Jonathan Elkins has taken up residence in the rebranded brewery Gristworkz, serving up silly smooth and rich coffees from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Try the cinnamon and honey Cubano latte made with beans from local roaster Amaya Roasting Co. Pair with one of Gristworkz’ behemoth breakfast sandwiches, and leave full and happy on the inside.

Catalina Coffee

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This cozy spot is a popular destination for laptop warriors, so getting there early to snag a seat is a must. Once settled in, enjoy a raisin roll or rosemary scone, and sip a perfectly-decorated latte. Need an after-work pick-me-up? Catalina is open until 7 p.m. daily.

OSO Coffee Co.

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With limited hours from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Oso’s coffee creations often feel like an extra special treat — and there’s certainly something for everyone. Try its specialty — the horchata iced latte, which can come topped with the pasty of your choice, before venturing off to newer concoctions like the strawberry horchata, which is loaded with fresh strawberries. And if you come with your dog, be sure to spoil them with the loaded puppiccino. Insider tip: Visit on a Sunday morning during the East End Farmers Market, which starts at 10 a.m., and then stroll the esplanade with coffee in hand.

Giant Leap Coffee

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In addition to brewing coffee from Houston-based Amaya Coffee roasters, Giant Leap features kombucha, hot and cold tea, cold-pressed juice, and pastries from Cake & Bacon. You can also find them brewing quality drinks in the East End at Cafe Louie (from which they get some of their delicious snacks). Giant’s specialties include the Black Sesame Latte, with roasted sesame seeds sourced from Osaka, Japan.

Brass Tacks

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This EaDo cafe with a sprawling outdoor oasis reels the crowds in for coffee by day and for cocktails by night. An all-day menu of $3 breakfast tacos, loaded salads, Cuban and banh mi sandwiches, as well as sweet and savory crepes, pair well with either vice. 

XELA Coffee Roasters

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Evolved from a roaster, this straight-forward, funky Second Ward coffee shop stays on the grind, offering warm and iced beverages, plus bottled cold teas and coffee mixes through its walk-up window. When the weather is nice, stay a while — savor a cortado in its outdoor seating area.

Campesino Coffee House

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This cozy coffee shop in Montrose is a must for a reason. With quirky, comfy decor that makes you feel right at home, Campesino offers a range of tables, mini booths, and couches — perfect for working, writing, sipping coffee, or savoring a conversation. Aside from the horchata iced coffee, juicy agua de jamaica, and range of coffees infused with Latin flavors, you’ll also find a delicious variety of freshly made pastries and Salvadorian-style tamales, which are perfect after literally working up an appetite.

Blacksmith

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This Montrose cult-favorite churns out some seriously perfect roasts from Greenway Coffee’s David Buehrer and his merry band of skilled baristas. Sit down with a creamy flat white while nibbling (or in this case, gobbling down) a plate of Vietnamese steak and eggs, plus warm, flaky biscuits.

Segundo Coffee Lab

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Open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday (and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays), this East End coffee shop boasts great coffee and comfortable seating in a warehouse-like setting, making it a perfect place for working or unwinding. Try its variety of specialty coffees, including its La Mexicana, a combination of honey, cinnamon, vanilla, and espresso, and its new candy corn latte — the perfect way to get in the Halloween spirit. Need a brain break? Grab your drink to-go and browse the nearby shops.

Common Bond Bistro & Bakery - Montrose

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In addition to fresh-baked loaves, picture-perfect breakfast plates, and oversized morning pastries, Common Bond has java down pat. Its full coffee bar boasts selections like chai lattes, cappuccinos, and macchiatos. Drinks can be enhanced with flavored syrup or built with almond, coconut, soy, or nut milk. Visit the full-service coffee shop or take a convenient lap through the drive-thru at one of the on-the-go locations.

This beloved Montrose coffee house is open daily and offers a cozy European atmosphere, complete with wine, beer, and Greek snacks. Split over two levels, there are plenty of corners to get comfortable in while enjoying the old-world ambiance and excellent coffee (and booze) selection.

DUO Coffee & Pilates

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Part coffee shop, part workout studio, Duo offers guests a place to caffeinate and carb-load before (or after) a sweat-inducing pilates session. Enjoy traditional cappuccinos, lattes, and cortados that are best complemented by pastries from the wildly creative bakery Koffeteria. Skipping the workout? No sweat — Duo is open to all.

BlendIn Coffee Club

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At Blendin, coffee is both an art and a science. Co-owner Weihong Zhang took his background in biochemistry and applied it to coffee roasting and brewing. Now, his shops in Sugar Land and the Montrose area offer a smorgasbord of traditional espresso, latte, teas, and drip coffee — all brewed the customer’s way, whether it be French press, Aeropress, or a different method. And in addition to its clean, minimalist decor and peaceful ambiance, the pastries are a hit.

The Coffee House at West End

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Looking for a change of scenery or a working space with a view? Housed in a former church, this beautiful, bustling coffee shop offers three floors of seating to choose from, plus a charming rooftop. The drink offerings also won’t disappoint, with traditional espresso options, drip coffee, teas, and specialty coffee and tea combos. Check out its fall menu, with newer additions like the cranberry sparkling black iced tea, pumpkin spice latte, and a Cinnamon Maple “I Will” latte, made with maple syrup, espresso, cinnamon sprinkle, and milk.

Slowpokes

Slowpokes, and others, are welcome to perk up — or wind down — at this attractive coffee house which serves coffee, beer and wine, gourmet eats, and pastries from local purveyors like Angela’s Oven and Sinfull Bakery. Pair your Americano with a ham and brie croissant in the morning. Or, stop by in the late afternoon for happy hour from 4 p.m., during which draft beers are $4 and wines by the glass are $5. Be sure to try its monthly specials, including October’s Booberry Latte made with blueberry, white mocha, espresso, and your choice of milk, and the caramel apple cider made with apple juice, butterscotch, and cinnamon.

Luce Coffee Roasters Ella, Headquarters

Have your coffee and watch it be roasted, too, at this Garden Oaks standout. Here, Luce Coffee roasts its brew onsite. Score your java at the first-floor counter, then snag a seat on the mezzanine level overlooking the entire operation.  

Sunday Press

This Garden Oaks gem has a drive-thru for easy to-go orders but it’s essential to take a step inside to experience the aesthetically-pleasing space, where cushion-lined banquettes and plush furniture pepper the room. Go for the coffee and beverages, but stay for mouthwatering eats like the Japanese egg salad sandwich and PB&J overnight oats. 

Tenfold Coffee Company

The roastery isn’t just for show at Tenfold Coffee — this bar roasts its own brew and offers a fine atmosphere in which to enjoy it. The industrial-style space is softened with the addition of tall, leafy plants. Likewise, floor-to-ceiling windows that illuminate the interior with the morning light, make it a hot spot for the work-from-home crowd.

Wild | Coffee | Bar | Dispensary

Part coffee house, part cocktail bar, and part CBD dispensary, a visit to this Heights shop is like a walk on the wild side to say the least. The Bali-inspired space, with walls covered in lush tropical greenery, houses a bar on one end — where hot and iced coffee, as well as cocktails can be purchased — and a CBD shop on the other, with plenty of comfortable seating in between. For a little taste of everything, try the coffee-based Buzz Wild frozen and add booze or a hemp-infused elixir. 

Wild dispensary and cocktail-coffee bar’s bud bar.
Wild offers coffees, hemp-infused elixirs, and cocktails.
Wild Concepts

Roast & Brew

Though expresso-based beverages and breakfast fare like buildable omelets and bagels are a surefire staple here, European influence reigns over the food and drink menu at this Heights cafe. Greek frappes are served alongside falafel and hummus, gyro sandwiches, meatballs with tzatziki, and glass cases stocked with spanakopita. Beyond the morning fare, there’s a daily happy hour from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., with $2 off wines by the glass and 20 percent off bottles on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 

Boomtown Coffee

This quintessential Heights coffee shop is the archetype for fellow craft coffee shops in Houston when it comes to roasting artisanal beans in small batches. Definitely try the Mayan mocha, milk and honey latte, and fried egg tacos.

The Coffee Barr

If you ever find yourself in the Katy area, take a trip to the Coffee Barr. Housed in a residential home, this cozy shop is run by Penelope Barr, a caffeine-loving mom, who is eager to whip up whatever tickles your fancy and make you feel right at home. Browse the menu, which is full of coffees, teas, frappes, homemade smoothies, and pastries. And if making a decision gets too difficult, try the Magic — a warm, smooth, sweet combination of coffee with butterscotch, caramel, and vanilla syrups, with a hint of macadamia nut and chocolate.

Little Dreamer Coffee

Small but mighty, Matthew Toomey’s latest “Box” coffee kiosk in Garden Oaks’ Stomping Grounds goes beyond the traditional coffee offerings, with creative and flavorful cold brews, stellar espresso martinis, weekend mimosas, cocktails, and more. Best part? With Houston’s fall weather making a recent appearance, you can chill out with your drink of choice outside thanks to the grounds’ ample seating.

Antidote Coffee

Hidden in plain sight in the Heights, Antidote features pastries, beer, wine, coffee, and free Wifi — replete with an unassuming environment with indoor and outdoor seating. The menu focuses on drip coffees and fancy brews, including the coveted cajeta latte, made with goat’s milk caramel, and the namesake drink, the Antidote, a brewed coffee with a shot of espresso.

Pura Coffee

Located in Spring Branch, Pura serves gourmet coffees and teas — along with biscotti, kolaches, croissants, danishes, and cookies. The bright white space is ideal for working, reading, or simply getting that perfect Instagram shot.

La La Land

If looking for a caffeinated pick-me-up, stop into this bright coffee shop. which hails from LA. The friendly staff will shower you with hellos and compliments, and then spoil you with one of their delicious coffees, including the frothy La La latte, its colorful Lavender Bloom Matcha Latte, and so much more. Be sure to try one of its breakfast toasts — for sweet, go for the toast smothered in Nutella and topped with berries. For savory with a hint of spice, order the Queen toast, which is topped with mashed avocado, cream cheese, everything seasoning, chili flakes, and lemon.

La La Land Kind Cafe’s Purple Rain Matcha iced drink, with a coffee sleeve with the message “just love each other.”
La La Land Kind Cafe puts the emphasis on kindness and good coffee.
La La Land Kind Cafe

Blue Tile Coffee

Though Blue Tile Coffee technically doesn’t have a permanent storefront yet, owner and coffee connoisseur Jonathan Elkins has taken up residence in the rebranded brewery Gristworkz, serving up silly smooth and rich coffees from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Try the cinnamon and honey Cubano latte made with beans from local roaster Amaya Roasting Co. Pair with one of Gristworkz’ behemoth breakfast sandwiches, and leave full and happy on the inside.

Catalina Coffee

This cozy spot is a popular destination for laptop warriors, so getting there early to snag a seat is a must. Once settled in, enjoy a raisin roll or rosemary scone, and sip a perfectly-decorated latte. Need an after-work pick-me-up? Catalina is open until 7 p.m. daily.

OSO Coffee Co.

With limited hours from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Oso’s coffee creations often feel like an extra special treat — and there’s certainly something for everyone. Try its specialty — the horchata iced latte, which can come topped with the pasty of your choice, before venturing off to newer concoctions like the strawberry horchata, which is loaded with fresh strawberries. And if you come with your dog, be sure to spoil them with the loaded puppiccino. Insider tip: Visit on a Sunday morning during the East End Farmers Market, which starts at 10 a.m., and then stroll the esplanade with coffee in hand.

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Giant Leap Coffee

In addition to brewing coffee from Houston-based Amaya Coffee roasters, Giant Leap features kombucha, hot and cold tea, cold-pressed juice, and pastries from Cake & Bacon. You can also find them brewing quality drinks in the East End at Cafe Louie (from which they get some of their delicious snacks). Giant’s specialties include the Black Sesame Latte, with roasted sesame seeds sourced from Osaka, Japan.

Brass Tacks

This EaDo cafe with a sprawling outdoor oasis reels the crowds in for coffee by day and for cocktails by night. An all-day menu of $3 breakfast tacos, loaded salads, Cuban and banh mi sandwiches, as well as sweet and savory crepes, pair well with either vice. 

XELA Coffee Roasters

Evolved from a roaster, this straight-forward, funky Second Ward coffee shop stays on the grind, offering warm and iced beverages, plus bottled cold teas and coffee mixes through its walk-up window. When the weather is nice, stay a while — savor a cortado in its outdoor seating area.

Campesino Coffee House

This cozy coffee shop in Montrose is a must for a reason. With quirky, comfy decor that makes you feel right at home, Campesino offers a range of tables, mini booths, and couches — perfect for working, writing, sipping coffee, or savoring a conversation. Aside from the horchata iced coffee, juicy agua de jamaica, and range of coffees infused with Latin flavors, you’ll also find a delicious variety of freshly made pastries and Salvadorian-style tamales, which are perfect after literally working up an appetite.

Blacksmith

This Montrose cult-favorite churns out some seriously perfect roasts from Greenway Coffee’s David Buehrer and his merry band of skilled baristas. Sit down with a creamy flat white while nibbling (or in this case, gobbling down) a plate of Vietnamese steak and eggs, plus warm, flaky biscuits.

Segundo Coffee Lab

Open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday (and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays), this East End coffee shop boasts great coffee and comfortable seating in a warehouse-like setting, making it a perfect place for working or unwinding. Try its variety of specialty coffees, including its La Mexicana, a combination of honey, cinnamon, vanilla, and espresso, and its new candy corn latte — the perfect way to get in the Halloween spirit. Need a brain break? Grab your drink to-go and browse the nearby shops.

Common Bond Bistro & Bakery - Montrose

In addition to fresh-baked loaves, picture-perfect breakfast plates, and oversized morning pastries, Common Bond has java down pat. Its full coffee bar boasts selections like chai lattes, cappuccinos, and macchiatos. Drinks can be enhanced with flavored syrup or built with almond, coconut, soy, or nut milk. Visit the full-service coffee shop or take a convenient lap through the drive-thru at one of the on-the-go locations.

Agora

This beloved Montrose coffee house is open daily and offers a cozy European atmosphere, complete with wine, beer, and Greek snacks. Split over two levels, there are plenty of corners to get comfortable in while enjoying the old-world ambiance and excellent coffee (and booze) selection.

DUO Coffee & Pilates

Part coffee shop, part workout studio, Duo offers guests a place to caffeinate and carb-load before (or after) a sweat-inducing pilates session. Enjoy traditional cappuccinos, lattes, and cortados that are best complemented by pastries from the wildly creative bakery Koffeteria. Skipping the workout? No sweat — Duo is open to all.

BlendIn Coffee Club

At Blendin, coffee is both an art and a science. Co-owner Weihong Zhang took his background in biochemistry and applied it to coffee roasting and brewing. Now, his shops in Sugar Land and the Montrose area offer a smorgasbord of traditional espresso, latte, teas, and drip coffee — all brewed the customer’s way, whether it be French press, Aeropress, or a different method. And in addition to its clean, minimalist decor and peaceful ambiance, the pastries are a hit.

The Coffee House at West End

Looking for a change of scenery or a working space with a view? Housed in a former church, this beautiful, bustling coffee shop offers three floors of seating to choose from, plus a charming rooftop. The drink offerings also won’t disappoint, with traditional espresso options, drip coffee, teas, and specialty coffee and tea combos. Check out its fall menu, with newer additions like the cranberry sparkling black iced tea, pumpkin spice latte, and a Cinnamon Maple “I Will” latte, made with maple syrup, espresso, cinnamon sprinkle, and milk.

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