Lincoln, Nebraska, is nestled in America’s heartland, and is also home to some of the best coffee shops in the country. With a slew of roasteries like Rebelbean Roasters, Canyon Coffee Roasters, and The Coffee Roaster, it’s easy to see and taste why the coffee in Lincoln rivals coffee anywhere. Lincoln’s, coffee shops believe in giving back to the community as well, with not for profit shops like The Foundry Community, The Bay Coffee/Bar Venue, and Gianna’s Java and Gelato, providing support for the local community. Whether you live in Lincoln, or are passing through, a visit to one of its many coffee shops is a must. These are 25 of the best coffee shops in Lincoln.
1.Bagels & Joe
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Bagels and Joe in Southeast Lincoln is the city’s first independent bagel shop, open since 1993. The ambience is modern and welcoming with a neutral color palette, wood floors, and contemporary furnishings. The shop serves Canyon Coffee Roasters coffees exclusively and sells coffees by the bag too. Bagels and Joe serves a memorable variety of hot and cold coffees and teas. Guests can also expect over a dozen kinds of bagels with a wide choice of hand-blended cream cheeses. Fresh fruit smoothies, lemonade fusions, and iced teas are also on the menu, along with an assortment of salads and sandwiches. Bagels and Joe opens daily at 6 a.m.
4701 Old Cheney Road, Lincoln, NE, Phone: 402-423-7797
2.Canyon Coffee Roasters
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Wholesaler sells packaged coffee and coffee beans to businesses, individuals, and organizations. Coffee shop is Bagels & Joe.
4701 Old Cheney Road Suite G, Lincoln, NE, Phone: 402-617-3960
3.Crescent Moon Coffee
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Crescent Moon Coffee in Lincoln has been a local fixture in historic Haymarket for nearly two-decades. This expansive, underground coffee shop offers patrons a comfortable urban hideaway with industrial style ceilings and exposed brick walls. The coffee shop also hosts local artists and musicians on a slightly elevated stage, including open mic nights for writers. They have an extensive menu of food items, like homemade soups, panini sandwiches, and delectable crepes. Crescent Moon features an array of hot and iced drinks. Some of the offerings include fruit smoothies, espresso shakes, a daily brew, and blended cocoa. Hours are 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., except Sundays when they open at 9 a.m. and close at 10 p.m.
140 North 8th Street, Lincoln, NE, Phone: 402-435-2828
© Cultiva Labs
For the ultimate connoisseur of coffee and chocolate, there is no better place than Cultiva Labs in Lincoln. This quaint amarillo colored building is home to the roasting operation of Cultiva. With only a smattering of tables indoors by the large windows and two-picnic styled tables outdoors, this cozy space is truly for those who want a better cup of coffee than the usual diner and for a great piece of decadent chocolate. With no formal kitchen here, Cultiva Labs offers diners a handful of tasty goodies. Their aromatic coffees are sourced from countries like Costa Rica, Columbia, and Nicaragua.
2510 Randolph Street, Lincoln, NE, Phone: 402-975-2664
© Destinations Coffeehouse
Housed in what was originally an auto shop, Destinations Coffeehouse is now an exquisitely renovated venue for those who crave coffee, good company, and delicious teas. This beautifully refurbished brick building features roll-up garage bay doors with glass, allowing for views of the city in inclement weather, exposed bricks walls throughout, and polished, hardwood floors. The interior décor also has ceiling fans, suspended lights, and exposed piping and HVACs. The Coffeehouse provides an unlimited refill of their house blended coffee. They also serve an array of hot and cold teas, fruit smoothies, and Ghirardelli Chocolate hot chocolate.
1345 New Hampshire Street, Lincoln, NE, Phone: 531-500-4885
6.Gianna's Java and Gelato
© Gianna's Java and Gelato
Gianna’s Java and Gelato on O Street is a major supporter of Catholic Social Service programs in Lincoln. Inside this mauve accented, contemporary stone building lies a spaciously designed coffee, gelato, pastry shop. The eclectic interior has brass, chandeliers, track lights, and a unique shaped ceiling. Offering a place of comfort and warmth, the interior features a stone fireplace, large, comfortable seats, and windows placed high to the ceiling. Besides the wonderful gelatos sold here, Gianna’s offers breakfast sandwiches, cinnamon rolls, muffins, and soups, salads, and sandwiches for lunch. Flavored lattes, cappuccinos, and chai lattes are just some of the drinks served.
2241 O Street Suite T, Lincoln, NE, Phone: 402-327-6202
7.Indigo Bridge Books & Cafe
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Located on P Street in historic Haymarket, Indigo Bridge Books and Café in Lincoln, is a nonprofit, independently owned coffee shop and bookstore. Situated in a refurbished brick building in downtown Lincoln, this café embodies warmth and comfort with large pane windows, comfortable chairs, and rows and rows of new and used books. The shop’s comforting vibes continue with a reading and play area for kids, complete with a faux tree, stuffed animals, and an assortment of toys. Indigo Bridge serves just a sampling of baked goods, with the real draw being its featured drinks like espressos and cappuccinos.
701 P Street #102, Lincoln, NE, Phone: 402-477-7770
8.LaMar's Donuts and Coffee
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Spanning five states and 25 stores, Lamar’s Donuts and Coffee in Lincoln offers patrons at least 48 different kinds of donuts. The interior design of this mom and pop shop features tile floors, floor to-ceiling windows, and recessed lighting. The spacious interior also has wooden tables and chairs, large display cases, and high stools, which are perfect for looking out the windows. Opening every morning at 4 a.m. except on Sunday (5 a.m.), LaMar’s bakers are up even earlier to start on the fresh-baked goods that are sold here. Besides the mouthwatering donuts, the shop offers fresh, piping hot coffee and refreshing cold drinks.
1601 Q Street Suite F, Lincoln, NE, Phone: 402-477-5554
© Lincoln Espresso
For over two decades, Lincoln Espresso has been a staple in this community for good coffee, food, and company. This quaint, homey coffee shop on 16th Street, provides patrons a comfortable space to relax and enjoy coffee and to spend time with friends and love ones. The interior has comfortable couches and armchairs to relax in, neutral colored walls with bright paintings, and tables and chairs for dining. Lincoln Espresso has a drive thru window for customers who need to make a quick stop. The shop offers real fruit smoothies and candy bar flavored drinks like Kit Kat, Snickers, and Twix bars.
112 South 16th Street, Lincoln, NE, Phone: 402-438-0650
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10.Meadowlark Coffee & Espresso
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Reopening under new ownership in 2017, Meadowlark Coffee and Espresso in Lincoln has brought back community and a hometown feeling to this establishment. The interior of this venue offers patrons a place of cheerfulness with bright colored walls, blonde wood tables and chairs, and suspended lights. The interior also has hardwood floors, large, leather couches and chairs, and a row of bookshelves stacked with books, games, and magazines. Open daily at 6 a.m., Meadowlark serves breakfast, and sandwiches and soup at lunch. Meadowlark serves sustainable organic coffee to ensure every cup is responsibly sourced.
1624 South Street, Lincoln, NE, Phone: 402-470-0391
11.Method Cycles & Craft House
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Method Cycles and Craft House in Lincoln, part bike shop, part coffee and craft shop, offers a unique concept that appeals to biking enthusiasts. Located in a contemporary brick building with a rustic interior, the shop features industrial-chic style with concrete flooring, exposed brick walls, and a mixture of suspended lights. The interior also showcases a stone bar with wood countertop, exposed wood ceiling, and large windows that allow natural light. This bike-friendly shop provides ample space for bike parking out front. Teas, smoothies, coffees, and craft beer are among the available beverages here.
416 South 11th Street, Lincoln, NE, Phone: 844-807-7035
12.Mo Java Cafe and Roasting Co.
© Mo Java Café and Roasting Co.
Located just around the corner from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Mo Java Café and Roasting Co. is a must place to try when in this part of town. This spacious coffee shop offers patrons room to relax and a place to commune with friends. Customers can expect wood floors, suspended lights, a neutral color palette, dark wood tables and chairs, ceiling fans, and stools to dine at the counter. Mo Java is not your run-of-the mill coffee house serving culinary delights like white chicken pizza and chicken bacon blue. Drink specialties include hot and cold coffees.
2649 North 48th Street Suite D, Lincoln, NE, Phone: 402-464-4130
13.NuVibe Juice & Java
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On Pioneer Woods Drive, NuVibe Juice and Coffee in Lincoln offers award-winning coffee and refreshing smoothies. Inside, this aesthetically designed, modern coffee shop showcases vibrant and colorful walls, recessed lighting, and polished, hardwood floors. The interior also has an ornate ceiling, large counter space, and expansive windows, allowing in natural sunlight. NuVibe offers an array of iced and hot drinks, like café au laits, Americano and latte espressos, and real fruit smoothies, such as strawberry, banana, peach, and orange. Besides its award-winning coffees, this shop offers made fresh-made muffins, scones, energy bars, and an assortment of sandwiches and salads.
4131 Pioneer Woods Drive #108, Lincoln, NE, Phone: 402-904-7155
A coffee bar that opens later than most other coffee shops, Reactor Coffee Bar in Lincoln provides patrons a venue to de-stress and to hang out with the people you love. The interior of this modern shop showcases a split-level design, wood floors, exposed brick, and high ceilings. Reactor’s interior also has exposed HVACs, large, suspended lights, and colorful and comfortable couches and chairs. Besides its fresh-made coffees, the shop is also known for its delectable waffles of various styles. A few of the styles are a tuna melt waffle, Rueben waffle, and a Monte Cristo waffle. Reactor is closed Saturday and Sunday.
2124 Y Street #102, Lincoln, NE, Phone: 402-858-4529
Rebelbean Roasters has been operating as a wholesale coffee roaster since its inception but has teamed up with Green Flash Brewery and Tap Room for a unique coffee house and brewery hybrid. Located inside Green Flash on P Street they want to serve every customer all day, whether it’s a mid-morning craft beer or a late-night coffee they have their customers covered. Rebelbean Roasters has two signature coffees, Bold New Brew and Midnight Ride Espresso. Both coffees are 100% fair-trade and are available in local Hy-Vee grocery stores. Customers can expect occasional live music at 7 p.m. The two businesses created a community space that they hope reflects the wants and needs of the neighborhood.
1630 P Street, Lincoln, NE, Phone: 402-975-2285
16.The Bay Coffee Bar-Venue
Finding a place for artists, young skaters, and musicians has always been a struggle, but The Bay Coffee Bar/Venue in Lincoln seems to have solved that problem. Voted Non-Profit of the Year in 2017 by the Lincoln Journal Star, The Bay offers an impressive interior that features industrial flooring, an indoor skate park, and space for a band. The expansive inside also has an industrial-style high ceiling and a wood banquette along a colorfully painted wall. This venue offers patrons a limited food menu, with selections like egg salad sandwiches, smoked hummus bowls, and peanut butter, jelly sandwiches.
2005 Y Street, Lincoln, NE, Phone: 402-310-5215
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17.The Coffee House
The Coffee House on P Street in Lincoln offers a dining and coffee drinking experience like no other. Customers entering this shop are immediately drawn to the high, vaulted ceiling, exposed piping, and feature brick wall. The interior also has several spaces to dine and drink with brightly colored walls and wood shelves that house books and gifts for sale. The Coffee House has an in-house bakery that ensures the muffins, cookies, and pastries served are baked fresh daily. The shop serves a wide variety of hot and cold drinks, like café mocha, chai latte, and iced teas.
1324 P Street, Lincoln, NE, Phone: 402-477-6611
18.The Foundry Community
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The Foundry Community in Lincoln, a not-for-profit hub for organizations in this area, also provides a premier coffee bar that gives 100% of its profits back to Lincoln’s nonprofits. Established in 2015, The Foundry’s interior décor has been renovated to showcase its contemporary design, while maintaining some of its rustic edge. Inside, it has exposed brick walls, exposed brick columns, and suspended lights. Offering event space and meeting rooms for companies at discounted prices with all proceeds going back to the nonprofits. The coffee bar serves breakfast sandwiches, bagels and cream cheese, different flavors of hot oats, and of course, coffee.
211 North 14th Street, Lincoln, NE, Phone: 402-277-8778
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19.The Front Porch
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The Front Porch, housed in the lobby of Cross The Line Church in Lincoln, is a vibrant and fun coffee shop for all ages to enjoy. This unique shop offers an indoor and outdoor play area for kids that allows parents the opportunity to relax and enjoy the company of adults, while the children are playing. The interior of the shop features brightly colored walls, a stone feature counter, and ample space. Serving baked goodies like pastries and muffins, The Front Porch also offers several delicious beverages like iced lattes, cappuccinos, and hot chocolate.
5925 Adams Street, Lincoln, NE, Phone: 531-500-9705
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20.The Harbor Coffeehouse
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The Harbor Coffeehouse in the Piedmont Shoppes in Lincoln is a classic throwback to coffee shops of old. Providing a cozy and warm atmosphere is the vibe one gets when entering this relaxing establishment. The interior offers soft, overhead lights, a ceiling fan, and pristine, white walls. The coziness proceeds with colorful pictures that adorn the walls, wooden chairs and tables, and large windows. Besides the warm atmosphere, the coffee is the reason patrons continue to come here. The Harbor Coffeehouse serves succulent coffee, flavorful specialty drinks like Ghirardelli hot chocolate, strong espressos, along with delicious pastries like scones and muffins.
1265 South Cotner Boulevard, Lincoln, NE, Phone: 402-489-1720
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21.The Mill Coffee & Tea
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Showcasing the historic Haymarket district of downtown Lincoln, The Mill Coffee and Tea on P Street, combines a mixture of its rustic building and contemporary interior to create a soothing environment to indulge in coffee peace. The inside features exposed brick and stone walls, wrought iron chandeliers, and wood floors. The cozy atmosphere also showcases suspended lights, wood walls and shelves with merchandise for sell, and a high, steeple ceiling. Serving a variety of coffee and teas is one reason this café has been open since 1975. A few of the favorites here are Oolong and White Teas and Black Teas.
800 P Street #100, Lincoln, NE, Phone: 402-475-5522
© Coffee Trader
Coffee Trader has been a staple of The Atrium Building for at least twenty years. This quaint downtown coffee shop inside the seven-story high-rise built in 1918 is owned and operated by the same people who opened it two decades ago. The coffee shop and deli also serves breakfast and lunch. Guests will want to try both the chicken salad wrap and the Husker Club sandwich, both customer favorites for lunch. The unpretentious shop offers counter service for both beverages and food. Customers should expect a quick stop ambience with an American flag as the sole décor. Patrons report the shop is law enforcement friendly.
1200 North Atrium Skywalk, Suite 221, Lincoln, NE, Phone: 402-475-2739
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On P Street in Lincoln’s historic Haymarket district, Java Depot has become the downtown area’s trendiest and hippest spot for coffee, bagels, and pastries. This cozy shop oozes comfort and relaxation with its suspended, globe lights, soft colored walls, and large windows allowing for great views of Haymarket. Java Depot’s interior also features a large wall mural dating back to 1908, tables for two, and lounge-style seating. The shop serves a wide variety of mouthwatering muffins that are baked daily. The delicious muffins and bagels go well with the locally roasted coffees. Knowledgeable baristas are on hand to help with coffee selections.
601 P Street Suite 102, Lincoln, NE, Phone: 531-500-2353
23 Best Lincoln, Nebraska Coffee Shops
- Bagels & Joe, Photo: Bagels & Joe
- Canyon Coffee Roasters, Photo: Canyon Coffee Roasters
- Crescent Moon Coffee, Photo: Crescent Moon Coffee
- Cultiva Labs, Photo: Cultiva Labs
- Destinations Coffeehouse, Photo: Destinations Coffeehouse
- Gianna's Java and Gelato, Photo: Gianna's Java and Gelato
- Indigo Bridge Books & Cafe, Photo: Indigo Bridge Books & Café
- LaMar's Donuts and Coffee, Photo: LaMar's Donuts and Coffee
- Lincoln Espresso, Photo: Lincoln Espresso
- Meadowlark Coffee & Espresso, Photo: Meadowlark Coffee & Espresso
- Method Cycles & Craft House, Photo: Method Cycles & Craft House
- Mo Java Cafe and Roasting Co., Photo: Mo Java Café and Roasting Co.
- NuVibe Juice & Java, Photo: NuVibe Juice & Java
- Reactor, Photo: Reactor
- Rebelbean Roasters, Photo: Nitr/stock.adobe.com
- The Bay Coffee Bar-Venue, Photo: viktoriya89/stock.adobe.com
- The Coffee House, Photo: chayathon2000/stock.adobe.com
- The Foundry Community, Photo: The Foundry Community
- The Front Porch, Photo: The Front Porch
- The Harbor Coffeehouse, Photo: The Harbor Coffeehouse
- The Mill Coffee & Tea, Photo: The Mill Coffee & Tea
- Coffee Trader, Photo: Coffee Trader
- Java Depot, Photo: chayathon2000/stock.adobe.com
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