Whether you’re looking for an inspiring place to work, a spot to grab a quick bite, or just a place to satisfy a caffeine craving, Cleveland has you covered. Perennial favorites have expanded to multiple locations, while each year more independent coffee shops pop up across the Greater Cleveland area.
Keep reading to learn all about the best coffee shops to visit in Cleveland – and no, you won’t find a Starbucks on this list!
17 Great Local Coffee Shops in Cleveland
Because I have my favorites and others have theirs, I’ve asked some fellow female bloggers and caffeine addicts from Cleveland to submit some of their favorites to this list, too.
I’ve grouped this list by rough location, but otherwise it’s not in any particular order.
1. Phoenix Coffee Co.
We can’t talk about coffee in Cleveland without mentioning Phoenix Coffee Co. Phoenix has been roasting coffee in Cleveland for more than 25 years, and now has 5 cafe locations across the city. They roast coffee beans from all around the world in small batches, and sell their blends for fairly reasonable prices both online and in all their cafe locations.
You can find Phoenix cafes downtown (1700 E. 9th Street), in the Warehouse District (826 W. St. Clair Ave.), in Ohio City (3000 Bridge Ave.), in Coventry (1793 Coventry Rd.), and in Cleveland Heights (2287 Lee Rd.).
All their locations serve a wide variety of hot and cold drinks, as well as baked goods from other local spots. A latte is usually my go-to, but Phoenix also does French Presses, tea drinks, and more. If you love an intense mocha, try a Speedball. And fans of iced coffee will like their Toddy, which they describe as being “like rocket fuel for people.”
I’ve been to most of Phoenix’s locations and really like their Ohio City and Lee Road cafes. Their Ohio City cafe has an outdoor patio that’s perfect for sunny days, and their Lee Road location is light and airy and a great place to work.
2. Rising Star Coffee Roasters
Another of Cleveland’s homegrown coffee roasters, you’ll find Rising Star coffee on offer in cafes all across the city. They’ve been roasting coffee locally for less than a decade, but have grown extremely quickly – there are now 5 Rising Star cafe locations around Cleveland.
Rising Star has locations in Ohio City (1455 W 29th St.), Little Italy (2187 Murray Hill Rd.), Lakewood (13368 Madison Ave.), Shaker Heights (3401 Tuttle Rd.), and downtown inside The Arcade (412 Superior Ave.), along with a roastery at 3617 Walton Ave.
My favorite location is their original one, inside the old Ohio City Firehouse in Hingetown (on W 29th). The inside is covered in a colorful mural, and one wall completely opens up to an outdoor patio during the summer months.
Go for an espresso or latte here – they’re all delicious and come served with a cup of seltzer water.
3. Pour Cleveland
530 Euclid Ave., Cleveland (downtown)
If it’s a hip downtown coffee shop you’re looking for, look no further than Pour. This is a very popular spot on Euclid Avenue that’s busy all the time (seriously, I’ve never been in when there weren’t lots of people there). Seating is communal at large tables, and their specialty is (unsurprisingly) pour overs and espresso.
Pour is a multi-roaster shop, sourcing coffee from roasters all over the world. Because of this, the coffee they have on offer rotates frequently.
I love popping in here when I’m downtown, but I will say that it’s not my favorite spot to try to work since it’s always so busy!
4. duck-rabbit coffee
2135 Columbus Rd, Suite B, Cleveland (Duck Island)
Tucked away on Columbus Road not far from the West Side Market, duck-rabbit is an unassuming little coffee shop that you don’t want to miss. It shares a building with Forest City Brewery in a neighborhood known locally as Duck Island.
duck-rabbit is a craft coffee roastery that aims to help people appreciate coffee in the same way they might appreciate a fine wine. The menu is small, but the flavors are big. I personally really like their cold brew!
If you’re looking for a quiet place to work and get your caffeine fix in Tremont/Ohio City, duck-rabbit is worth a visit.
Note: duck-rabbit will be moving to a new location (4160 Lorain Ave.) in Ohio City sometime in July 2020.
2180 W 11th St, Cleveland (Tremont)
Moving over to Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood, LOOP is a local favorite. It’s a coffee shop AND record store in a refurbished house, complete with outdoor patio that is well-used during the summer months.
Downstairs, you can order a coffee (they roast beans in-house), tea, or tasty baked treat and browse a selection of art by local artists. Upstairs, there are a few tables and a decent record collection.
For those remote workers out there like me, note that LOOP can get busy (meaning tables near outlets get snatched up quickly), and that there’s always music playing – so bring headphones if you can’t work with that much background noise.
2366 W 11th St, Cleveland (Tremont)
Get your Tremont caffeine fix at Civilization, located in the historic Flandermyer Drug Building, which was built in 1881. This small but bustling spot, situated right on the edge of Lincoln Park, is full of “regulars,” including a group of elderly men who meet up every day to caffeinate and gossip.
Though the baristas seem to know everyone, don’t be intimidated by the shop’s largely local presence: They welcome newbies and out-of-towners, too, and plenty of those regulars – myself included – are more than happy to share tips about the food, beverages, and wifi situation (only the front and back two tables have outlets!)
Civilization has a great little patio for people-watching during the summer, and it’s cozy inside during the colder months, decorated for every season and holiday.
Perhaps most importantly, Civilization’s prices are low and their coffee, brewed at nearby City Roast, is strong. Pro-tip: Grab a bag of the aromatic banana nut-flavored coffee ($16/pound) to replicate your Civilization experience at home.
7. affoGATO Cat Cafe
761 Starkweather Ave, Cleveland (Tremont)
Okay, okay, so affoGATO isn’t necessarily known for its coffee – it’s known as being the first cat cafe in Cleveland. But while people are much more likely to come in to play with the cafe’s adoptable kitties, affoGATO also serves up some great coffee.
Not only does this spot have super punny drink names (like the “Cafe Au Lay-on-your-Keyboard”), but it also serves up a unique house blend by Rising Star called the “Get Off The Counter Blend.”
Come for the cats, stay for the coffee.
8. Gypsy Beans
6425 Detroit Ave., Cleveland (Gordon Square)
The cafe itself is artsy and a nice place to work (there’s plenty of seating), and they offer a nice selection of coffee drinks and pastries. I especially love their “Passport Lattes,” which are named after cities around the world. (My favorite so far is the Provence, in case you were curious.)
9. Six Shooter Coffee
16021 Waterloo Rd, Cleveland (Collinwood)
If you’ve noticed some enticing smells coming from the Waterloo area lately, you’ve got Six Shooter Coffee to thank. They aim to further the coffee culture in Ohio through their locally micro-roasted beans.
Six Shooter sources high-quality beans from all over the world and roasts them in small batches. Their small and spunky shop aims to support local artists as well as the local community.
Along with great coffee, you can also find Bearded Buch (Kombucha) on tap, bagels from Cleveland Bagel Co., vegan treats from Poison Berry Bakery, and more.
– Words submitted by Jen Picciano. Follow her at @jenpicciano.
As of mid-2020, Six Shooter has also teamed up with Cleveland Biscuit Heads to offer up delicious breakfast sandwiches, too.
10. Brewella’s Coffee, Crepes & Collectibles
16806 Madison Ave, Lakewood
So, if I’m being honest, I think Brewella’s is probably my favorite cafe in Cleveland. It’s located in Lakewood (which is home to several awesome coffee shops, as you’ll see), and just has such a cozy and relaxed vibe.
The cafe itself is full of character, and the menu focuses on both coffee and crepes. Their set coffee menu is pretty standard (espresso, latte, cold brew, etc.), but they always have a seasonal specialty or two to try.
Go for breakfast/brunch, and then stick around to hang out or get some work done.
11. The Root Cafe
15118 Detroit Ave, Lakewood
The Root Café, located on Detroit Road in Lakewood, is a vegetarian and vegan coffee shop with a focus on community. They created their space to accommodate all kinds of people in a friendly, art-filled environment. This mindset is evident through their use of as many locally grown organic ingredients as possible and their commitment to composting food waste.
If you aren’t already impressed by The Root, know that their coffee is not to be taken lightly either. Everything from their drip coffee to their lattes is delicious and of a very high quality. They even use beans from local roasters, including Rising Star and Duck-Rabbit.
Finally, you should also check out their incredibly tasty food offerings. See if you can pass up the drool-worthy vegan pastry display at the front counter without indulging in a cinnamon roll (my favorite!). They also have a full tasty vegan and vegetarian food menu, from which I highly recommend the avocado toast and hangover cure breakfast wrap.
12. Goodkind Coffee
15526 Madison Ave, Lakewood
If you like your coffee shops to have a rich, airy design but a relaxing atmosphere, then Goodkind Coffee might be your kind of place. Pictures of relatives don the walls, and patrons can choose to sit at communal tables – you’re invited to feel like family, too.
I like the space at Goodkind a lot (I would totally go there to work for the day), and enjoy the bar-like feel of the place. (In fact, you can sit at the bar, too, and even order cocktail-inspired drinks like their Old Fashioned, which is made with coffee instead of bourbon.)
13. Black Bird Baking Company
1391 Sloane Ave, Lakewood
Nestled on the corner of Sloane and Detroit is my favorite coffee shop to visit. Black Bird Baking Company has delicious hot (and cold) beverages, the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever tasted, and a quaint indoor seating area (plus picnic benches outside for the warmer months).
Their internet connection is strong, plus there are just enough outlets to keep a nice mixture of folks working, people chatting, and kids playing. Order the Bittersweet Mocha! (P.S. If you come after 5 PM, every bakery item is half off!)
14701 Detroit Ave #1, Lakewood
This hip coffee shop in Lakewood does indeed serve up lots of caffeinated beverages (their vanilla lavender latte is a favorite of mine), but also has fresh croissants, crepes, smoothies, salads, and more on offer.
The inside space at Caffeine is high-ceilinged yet cozy feeling, and would make a great place to come and work if you can get here early enough to snag a couch or prime table.
Caffeine only opened in Lakewood in 2019, but has already earned a reputation of being a great local, independent coffee shop.
15. Metropolitan Coffee
4744 Broadview Rd., Cleveland (Old Brooklyn)
A former run-down convenience store has been completely overhauled into a gorgeous and modern (and nut-free!) coffee shop, with plenty of sunny nooks and crannies to curl up in.
Metropolitan Coffee, which opened in Old Brooklyn in 2018, features a full menu of entirely nut-free foods made in-house from completely nut-free suppliers. Their goal is to provide families with a safe place to eat if nut allergies are a concern.
On top of a good cup of coffee (they serve Rising Star Coffee), pastries, and additional daily specials like soup, chili, quiche, cheesy grits, they are also selling local artwork, t-shirts, and more Cleveland-themed goods.
Owner and Old Brooklyn resident Deirdre Faranda also partners with other local businesses and groups to provide a space for events such as pop-up yoga sessions, artist showcases, and community forums.
There is plenty of parking in Metropolitan Coffee’s small connected lot, great seating for meeting up for a cup of coffee or the work-remote folks, outdoor picnic tables during the warmer months, and street views to watch the world pass by.
16. Coffee Coffee Coffee
4193 Pearl Rd, Cleveland (Old Brooklyn)
This trendy, plant-filled coffee-slash-bike-shop in Old Brooklyn serves up exactly what its name states: coffee, coffee, coffee. And it’s not just your grandma’s filter coffee, either. Coffee Coffee Coffee is known for its inventive blended coffee drinks, mixing unique flavors in everything from lattes to coffee-based sodas during the summer months.
CCC’s 24 Hour Cold Brew is a warm-weather favorite of mine, and I love the overall vibe of this spot. On Saturdays in summer, the Old Brooklyn Farmers Market takes place directly across the street.
17. Babe’s Cafe and Bakery
6523 Brecksville Rd., Independence
Babe’s Cafe and Bakery in Independence is named after the sweet and spunky owner. The cafe and bakery is located in a nondescript shopping center, but once you are inside, you can tell right away that this is a great local spot!
The decor is modern and cozy, the coffee is great, and the baked goods are homemade and baked daily. They even serve their iced coffee with homemade coffee ice cubes!
You can get a full breakfast and lunch here too. Take home a bag of flavored popcorn for an extra treat.
The only complaint I have is that they aren’t open enough! They close at 2:30 p.m. during the week, are only open until 11 a.m. on Saturday and are closed on Sunday.
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I know, I know, not every great coffee shop is included here! Stay tuned, because this list is frequently updated.
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Amanda was born and raised in northeast Ohio, and has always been a fangirl of the state. Now, she wants to share her love of Cleveland with the world, highlighting all the best things to do, see, and eat in the CLE.