30 Greater Cincinnati Coffee Shops You've Got to Try
From cappuccinos to Americanos or the simply perfect piping hot cup o' joe, there are plenty of top-notch local options for coffee fiends in the Queen City. Looking to skip Starbucks to support your local coffee shop? We’ve got you covered. Or, should we say, "caffeinated." Scroll through for some Queen City caffeine inspiration.
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5001 Kenwood Road, Madisonville
A coffee shop, roastery and bakery all in one, Mad Llama Coffee makes all their breakfast sandwiches, pastries, soft-serve and coffee in house. Their Llama Bread, a marbled pound cake, is a popular menu item.
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824 Elm St., Downtown
This coffee shop is from the owners of BlaCk OWned. Their popular house “Wakanda” blend is a mix of Ethiopian, Rwandan and Brazilian beans. They also offer tons of espresso drinks like cappuccinos, lattes and macchiatos which can all be made with non-dairy milk alternatives. If you're hungry, they also have a small menu of pastries and other eats.
1814 Race St., Over-the-Rhine; 3056 Madison Road, Oakley; 338 W 4th St., Downtown
Deeper Roots started as a roasting company in 2011 and has since become a Cincinnati staple with three locations across the city. Their first coffee bar, located in Oakley, offers cozy vibes and is the perfect place to sit, relax, get some work done or just chat with friends. All their coffee bars offer traditional coffee and espresso drinks plus a rotating list of unique signature drinks. The Honey Bear (a latte made with honey and cinnamon) is always a classic.
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110 E. Central Parkway, Downtown; 3316 Erie Ave., Hyde Park
A Queen City staple with two locations, Coffee Emporium has been serving artisanal roasted beans for decades (they're the city's oldest coffee house) and offers up some of the best breakfast pastries in Cincinnati. Lunch options are simple and hearty, with daily homemade soups. A hip, laid-back atmosphere makes it feel like you're at a book club meeting with 20 of your friends.
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306 Greenup St., Covington
As the name suggests, Roebling Point is both an indie bookstore and community coffee shop. Owner Richard Hunt likes to refer to it as a "third place" that space that isn't work or home but feels just as comfortable. Roebling Point has created its niche by providing fair-trade, organic coffee in addition to books and by sharing profound quotes on the chalkboards on the building's exterior. Multiple rooms house a customer-influenced book inventory. Fiction and non-fiction works rest among local authors, poetry, children's books and a handful of classics.
4310 Whetsel Ave., Madisonville; 3128 Colerain Ave., Camp Washington
Camp Washington coffeeshop Mom 'n 'em Coffee & Wine opened a second location in Madisonville in June. Named “Best Coffeeshop in Ohio” by Food & Wine
magazine earlier this year, the popular coffee shop and wine bar offer delivery and pick-up for their delicious drinks. Join the coffee and/or wine club and get monthly deliveries of the drink of your choice.
324 Ludlow Ave., Clifton
Sitwell's Act II is a coffee shop, bar and restaurant that hosts everything from live music to poetry readings and more. Their food menu ranges from quiche to banh mi and empanadas. They also offer pastries and bagels plus a traditional coffee menu and a full-service bar.
207 Woodward St., Over-the-Rhine; 4037 Hamilton Ave., Northside
Inspired by some of the best espresso bars and coffee shops in the country, this big-city-style coffee bar offers cool blends like cortados and espresso lemonade. There's no pretense; just really, really good coffee
4181 Hamilton Ave., Northside
Sidewinder Coffee is a Northside independent coffee shop and roastery that focuses on sourcing its beans from small farms. Their coffee options range from the typical Italian espresso drinks to Mexican lattes, plus they offer a large range of tea and specialty cocktails. They also serve up smoothies and a small food menu that ranges from tuna salad to bagels.
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801 Mount Hope Ave., East Price Hill
The shop primarily serves locally roasted Deeper Roots coffee. They also offer an all-day breakfast menu featuring items such as their Chipotle Egg Deluxe (egg, goetta, havarti, red onion, microgreens and Sriracha on an English muffin) and pastries either baked in-house or brought in from local bakeries. The majority of the coffee shop's proceeds go to BLOC Ministries, an organization that helps with job placement for formerly incarcerated people and supports safe houses for female sex workers, drug recovery programs and after-school programs for children in the neighborhood.
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3018 Harrison Ave., Westwood
Muse Café offers up cafe items plus a sizable food menu that includes breakfast, lunch and cheese plates. Owner Shawnteè Stallworth Schramm has created a selection of cocktails named after the nine Greek muses: mythological goddesses considered the source of human creativity, especially poetry and music. You can enjoy cocktails, coffee drinks and a choice of wines by the glass or bottle while listening to acoustic, jazz or blues performances most evenings.