April 27, 2018

Cincy's Top 10 Favorite Local Coffee Shops

CityBeat has been in the business of curating the Best Of Cincinnati for more than two decades, highlighting the city’s most outstanding selections in Eats, Shops & Services, Music & Nightlife and more. And the responsibility of selecting these exceptional entities is divided between our readers and staff.

This year, more than 900,000 votes were tallied to determine our Reader Picks — and readers logged on to the ballot site to vote for their favorites in a slew of categories, including Best Local Coffeehouse.

Cincinnati's coffee shop game is strong, almost as strong as that dark stuff they fill your cup up with. Cincinnatian's have big opinions when it comes to where they get their daily fix. Many factors may have come into play when readers placed their votes; proximity to home or work, best pastries, a solid cold brew, whatever the reasoning may be, these are Cincinnati's chosen ones. May their coffee steam guide our path to a perkier morning. 


1. Coffee Emporium | 110 E. Central Parkway, Downtown

2. College Hill Coffee Company | 6128 Hamilton Ave. #1, College Hill

3. Carabello Coffee | 107 E. Ninth St., Newport

4. Deeper Roots Coffee | 3056 Madison Road, Oakley / 1814 Race St., OTR

5. Collective Espresso | 207 Woodward St., OTR / 4037 Hamilton Ave., Northside

6. Lookout Joe | 15 W. Seventh St., Downtown / 3181 Linwood Ave., Mt. Lookout

7. Reality Tuesday Cafe | 1518 Dixie Highway, Park Hills

8. Sidewinder Coffee | 4181 Hamilton Ave., Northside

9. 1215 Wine Bar & Coffee Lab | 1512 Vine St., OTR

10. Luckman Coffee Company | 5200 Beechmont Ave., Anderson / 8298 Clough Pike, Anderson

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No. 3: Carabello Coffee (107 E. Ninth St., Newport). The recently expanded coffee shop serves "coffee and compassion in tandem." Their philanthropic business model gives a portion of profits back to underdeveloped coffee-bean growing communities. They also serve a mean cup of hot cocoa.
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No. 3: Carabello Coffee (107 E. Ninth St., Newport). The recently expanded coffee shop serves "coffee and compassion in tandem." Their philanthropic business model gives a portion of profits back to underdeveloped coffee-bean growing communities. They also serve a mean cup of hot cocoa.
No. 1: Coffee Emporium (110 E. Central Parkway, Downtown). The coffee shop has been treating Cincinnati to their artisan-roasted coffees, premium teas and spicy ciders since 1973. Savor Coffee Emporium’s barista-prepared drinks along with a tasty lineup of grilled panini sandwiches, fresh-baked pastries and hearty quiches.
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No. 1: Coffee Emporium (110 E. Central Parkway, Downtown). The coffee shop has been treating Cincinnati to their artisan-roasted coffees, premium teas and spicy ciders since 1973. Savor Coffee Emporium’s barista-prepared drinks along with a tasty lineup of grilled panini sandwiches, fresh-baked pastries and hearty quiches.
No. 4: Deeper Roots (1814 Race St., OTR). The cafe opened their new location in Findlay Market last year, with coffee, pastries and toast options for everyone, including vegans. Try their cult-favorite Honey Bear latte.
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No. 4: Deeper Roots (1814 Race St., OTR). The cafe opened their new location in Findlay Market last year, with coffee, pastries and toast options for everyone, including vegans. Try their cult-favorite Honey Bear latte.
No. 2: College Hill Coffee Company (6128 Hamilton Ave., College Hill). A cozy spot with dozens of coffees, a large selection of international teas and an extensive menu. The atmosphere is warm and inviting with a vintage piano for impromptu performances and free WiFi.
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No. 2: College Hill Coffee Company (6128 Hamilton Ave., College Hill). A cozy spot with dozens of coffees, a large selection of international teas and an extensive menu. The atmosphere is warm and inviting with a vintage piano for impromptu performances and free WiFi.
No. 5: Collective Espresso (207 Woodward St., OTR // 4037 Hamilton Ave., Northside). There are many ways to get a caffeine fix at Collective Espresso including espressos, macchiatos, cortados, cappuccinos, lattes and mochas.
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No. 5: Collective Espresso (207 Woodward St., OTR // 4037 Hamilton Ave., Northside). There are many ways to get a caffeine fix at Collective Espresso including espressos, macchiatos, cortados, cappuccinos, lattes and mochas.
No. 7: Reality Tuesday Cafe (1518 Dixie Highway, Park Hills). This longstanding Northern Kentucky coffeehouse is a favorite for its from-scratch baked goods.
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No. 7: Reality Tuesday Cafe (1518 Dixie Highway, Park Hills). This longstanding Northern Kentucky coffeehouse is a favorite for its from-scratch baked goods.
No. 8: Sidewinder Coffee (4181 Hamilton Ave., Northside). The shop offers an extensive coffee menu with both alcoholic and non-alcoholic choices along with sandwiches and soups. There's also generally a pet rabbit or two wandering the back patio in warmer weather.
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No. 8: Sidewinder Coffee (4181 Hamilton Ave., Northside). The shop offers an extensive coffee menu with both alcoholic and non-alcoholic choices along with sandwiches and soups. There's also generally a pet rabbit or two wandering the back patio in warmer weather.