While Indianapolis tends to conjure images of speeding cars and crazy crowd, the city offers an incredible array of delicious farm-fresh food, specialty craft cocktails, and locally roasted brews. From cozy cafés to independent third-wave coffee houses, the Circle City is seriously jazzed on java, even hosting the ever-growing Caffeine Crawl, a coffee-centric pub crawl-style tour that takes place in cities across the country. Whether you want a super-convenient drive-through for a grabbing a quick cup to relaxing over a skinny caramel macchiato in a tiny, hole-in-the-wall spot with friends, here are some of the top coffee shops in the city.
1.Bee Coffee Roasters
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Bee Coffee Roasters is a small-batch coffee roaster in downtown Indianapolis that roasts their own beans and serves in Bee's two locations and at local farmers' markets. One of the first specialty coffee roasters in Indy, Bee's, is owned by leaders in the local coffee community, Bj Davis and Andy Gilman, who focus on using ethically sourced beans and providing education and support to the city’s growing java culture. Gilman heads up the League of Lattes, which is a monthly latte art competition for baristas held at various coffee shops around the city. The cozy coffee shop boasts bright décor and is ideal for a leisurely cup or an artfully made espresso with friends.
201 S Capitol Ave #110, Indianapolis, IN 46225, Phone: 317-426-2504
© Bovaconti Coffee
Based in a beautifully preserved historic building dating back to the 1850s that once housed the classic Bovaconti Jewelers, Bovaconti Coffee is a retro, old-world café on Virginia Avenue that traditional Italian coffee. Owned by Justin Jones of Georgia Street Grind and Minda Balciusn, the java gem pays homage to the rich history of the previous Italian jeweler by serving entirely made Italian coffee in an elegant atmosphere. The café boasts gorgeous vintage-style interiors with painted tile ceilings, exposed brick, and custom tile work, reflecting the historic character of the building and the rich Italian heritage of the neighborhood. The café has a progressive coffee program featuring single-origin coffees with two signature blends – the Georgia Street Grind House Blend roasted by Danville’s Arcane Coffee and the Bovaconti Signature blend – which can be enjoyed in-house or purchased to take home.
1042 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46203, Phone: 317-222-1855
© Café Mansión
Café Mansión is a casual coffee house at the historic Central State Mansion that serves locally roasted coffee and delicious sweet treats. Based within the beautifully preserved 67-room Central State Mansion that was once the Administration Building for Central State Hospital, the café boasts vibrant vintage décor and a charming ambiance. The café serves handcrafted coffee and espresso drinks, a variety of teas, fresh juices, and sweet treats such as freshly baked pastries, which can be enjoyed in a lovely atmosphere overlooking a pretty wooded grove and gardens.
202 Steeples Blvd suite a, Indianapolis, IN 46222, Phone: 317-737-2560
4.Calvin Fletcher's Coffee Company
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Calvin Fletcher’s Coffee Company is a family-owned and operated neighborhood coffee shop in the Fletcher Place neighborhood that is a gathering place for the community to get together and enjoy great coffee. Boasting walls adorned with frequently rotating local art, the coffee shop roasts their beans in-house, as well as uses Jameson Coffee beans roasted in Greencastle and serves a variety of coffee from standard Americanos and cappuccinos to espresso-based drinks. Father-son duo Doug and Jeff Litsey donate all the profits from the café to non-profit groups around the city, and visitors get a discount when they bring their own mug.
647 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46203, Phone: 317-423-9697
5.Coal Yard Coffee
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Coal Yard Coffee is a cozy café just off Irvington’s main drag that began an art gallery that served the occasional coffee and has grown into a bustling coffee shop serving standard coffee drinks, espressos, pour-overs, and Indy-roasted Brickhouse Coffee. Visitors can kick-back on plush sofas and comfortable chairs with specialty sips like a Mystique Meringue with honey and ginger or a Bellatrix boasting Szechuan pepper, vanilla, and whipped cream. Coal Yard Coffee is a popular community gathering place right on the Pennsy Trail that hosts live music, poetry slams, monthly comedy nights, and game nights, as well as occasional food trucks.
5547 Bonna Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219, Phone: 317-929-1297
6.Coat Check Coffee
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Named for its location in the former coat check room at the historic Athenaeum Theatre on Mass Avenue, Coat Check Coffee is a casual coffee counter serving gourmet coffee, handmade macarons, and pastries made from scratch. Combining the ambiance of a historic Indianapolis landmark with expertly-roasted coffee and delicious snacks, Coat Check Coffee promises a unique experience for historians and coffee lovers alike. The menu features standard coffee drinks, espressos, pour-overs, and macchiatos, as well as specialty sips like their famous Butterscotch, Pistachio, or Ginger lattes.
401 E Michigan St, Indianapolis, IN 46204, Phone: 317-550-5008
7.Commissary Barber & Barista
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Commissary Barber & Barista combines barber services and great coffee in a brick and mortar store on East New York Street in the heart of Indianapolis. Owner of Brick & Mortar barbershop and Commissary Barber & Barista, Brandon is a licensed barber and avid coffee-lover who shares his two passions with Indy locals. The barbershop offers a variety of hair-styling services, and customers can sip on a variety of espresso drinks while relaxing under the shears, including signature sips like the Yama cold brew, which is made with Tinker Ethiopian coffee that tastes like kiwis and green apples. Commissary Barber & Barista is open all day, daily.
304 E New York St, Indianapolis, IN 46204, Phone: 317-730-3121
8.Copper Moon Coffee
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Named for the rare natural phenomenon that only occurs for a moment when the Sun, Earth, and a full moon perfectly align, Copper Moon Coffee serves uniquely smooth and perfectly roasted coffees made with ethically-sourced 100% organic Arabica coffee beans from coffee-growing countries around the world like Peru, Rwanda, and Ethiopia. Owned and operated by the Gutwein family since 2005, the coffee company serves its Certified Organic and Fair-Trade coffees at their flagship World Café in Lafayette prepared using state-of-the-art superior roasting equipment to ensure the perfect cup of coffee. Signature blends include Sumatra Dark Roast and Hawaiian Hazelnut, and a selection of light fare such as toasted sandwiches, croissants, and muffins are available.
4729 Meijer Ct, Lafayette, IN 47905, Phone: 765-607-1550
9.CUPS Coffee Bar
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Located in downtown Indianapolis, CUPS Coffee Bar is a locally-owned and operated coffee shop chain with three locations around the city that has been helping Indianapolis wake up in the morning with freshly brewed coffee, teas, and fresh juices for the past 20 years. The friendly, coffee chain serves a variety of traditional and specialty coffee drinks, including americano, cappuccino, macchiato, and espresso-baked sips, as well as pour-overs, cold brews and brewed teas. Signature coffee drinks include Turtle Mocha, Nutty Buddy, White Chocolate Mocha, Caramel Sensation, and Black Forest Mochas with berries. CUPS Coffee Bar is open all day from Monday through Friday.
201 N Illinois St # 150, Indianapolis, IN 46204, Phone: 317-507-9928
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10.Dry Bones Mud House
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Located in The Union 525, Dry Bones Mud House offers a unique coffee shop experience with specialty coffee brews locally roasted by Tinker Coffee House and freshly baked pastries and lunch dishes. The friendly neighborhood café serves as a gathering spot for the community to come together and enjoy great coffee and good conversation with friends. Aiming to provide a high-quality and unique specialty coffee experience for both locals and visitors with an array of outstanding coffee made from ethically sourced, organic, and Fair-Trade coffee beans from around the world. The drinks menu is paired with a selection of light fare such as fresh-baked pastries and lunch bites like gourmet sandwiches and fresh salads. Dry Bones Mud House is open for breakfast and lunch daily.
525 S Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46225
11.Georgia Street Grind
Tucked away in the lobby of a building along Indy's famous Georgia Street, Georgia Street Grind is a cozy, space-efficient café that offers the perfect place for a quick cup of joe to-go. One of the newest coffee shops in Indianapolis, the small counter-serve coffee spot, offers fresh brews and custom creations of single-origin coffee drinks from local roasters along with light bites and sweet treats. Owner of Georgia Street Grind, Justin Jones, focuses on serving craft coffee drinks, daily blends, and seasonal favorites for breakfast, lunch, and late afternoon coffee breaks. Georgia Street Grind is open all day from Monday through Friday.
1001, 25 W Georgia St #101, Indianapolis, IN 46225, Phone: 317-401-8111
12.Henry's Coffee Bistro
© Henry's Coffee Bistro
Henry's Coffee Bistro is a mellow coffeehouse with warm décor, comfy armchairs, soft lighting, and a homey ambiance that serves a variety of great coffee from cappuccinos and macchiatos to mocha lattes and espresso-style drinks. The café is a cozy and comfortable spot for enjoying great coffee and an assortment of fine teas and a menu of light fare made with locally sourced ingredients, such as sandwiches, salads, and sweet and savory pastries. The friendly neighborhood café is open for breakfast, brunch, and lunch daily.
627 N East St, Indianapolis, IN 46202, Phone: 317-951-0335
13.Hubbard & Cravens Coffee
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Hubbard & Cravens Coffee is a well-known coffee roastery that has been roasting and selling coffee for the past 25 years. Founded in 1995 by Rick Hubbard and Jerry Cravens, the business focuses on seasonal, sustainably raised artisan coffees and teas, which can be enjoyed at several shops around the state, as well as local farmers’ markets. Hubbard & Cravens Coffee offers an excellent selection of coffee made from organic, fair-trade 100% whole bean Arabica coffee, including their own signature blend of coffee made from beans sourced from family-owned coffee estates in Africa, Central, and South America, and Indonesia. The bright, modern coffee shops are open for breakfast, brunch, and lunch daily.
6229 Carrollton Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220, Phone: 317-803-4155
14.Kaffeine Coffee Company
© Kaffeine Coffee Company
Kaffeine Coffee Company is a modern café with contemporary décor and a warm and welcoming ambiance that serves high-quality and top-grade single-origin coffee roasted from beans sourced from around the world and brewing using third wave brewing methods. The Cottage Home artisanal java specialist focuses on providing a unique craft coffee experience with a selection of international single-origin brews, which are served in a modern space with a wood-topped bar and a striking mural of the globe outlining the various coffee-growing regions of the world. Visitors can tuck into a selection of freshly baked pastries and other sweet treats, and the café is open for breakfast, brunch, and lunch daily.
707 Fulton St B, Indianapolis, IN 46202, Phone: 317-201-4882
15.Lincoln Lane Coffee Co.
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Established in 2016, Lincoln Lane Coffee Company is a small coffee shop in the Lincoln Center in Bates-Hendricks neighborhood. The bright blue building on the corner of Lincoln and East Streets serves the colorful and diverse community people of the Bates-Hendricks neighborhood and offers a place where both locals and visitors can come together. The cozy coffee shop serves a variety of traditional and specialty coffee drinks, including americano, cappuccino, macchiato, and espresso-baked sips, as well as pour-overs, cold brews and brewed teas. The drip coffee is roasted by Calvin Fletcher Coffee Co., espresso drinks are roasted by Tinker Coffee Co., and decaf espressos are roasted by Brickhouse Coffee Co.
516 Lincoln St, Indianapolis IN 46203, Phone: 317-737-1537
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Based in a former auto repair shop, Milktooth is a hip bistro and upscale eatery with a charming patio that serves breakfast and brunch in a relaxed and laid-back ambiance. The contemporary eatery features a top coffee program with a state-of-the-art barista station that produces an array of brews such as drip, Toddy cold brew, Chemex, V60, Kyoto cold brew, and espresso drinks. Signature sips include the Canella – a cold brew with condensed milk, cinnamon, coconut milk, and vanilla, served over ice, and the Indiana Weather, which boasts espresso, chilled coconut milk, and hibiscus syrup layered from hot to cold. The eclectic menu also offers delicious treats like yuzu green tea-filled eclairs and grapefruit Dutch baby pancakes, which are perfect accompaniments for the decadent espresso concoctions.
534 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46203, Phone: 317-986-5131
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17.Monon Coffee Company
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Located just off the Monon Trail, Monon Coffee Company is a neighborhood spot in Broad Ripple with comfy décor, a bohemian- village vibe, and complimentary wireless Internet that features multiple chalkboard-sized menus of locally-roasted and freshly brewed coffee and teas, as well as gourmet sandwiches and delicious pastries. Signature brews include the Choo-Choo Brew and the White Zombie, which features white espresso beans, and the café offers a large selection of loose-leaf teas, healthy smoothies, and freezes (iced coffee). Monon Coffee Company is open for breakfast, brunch, and lunch daily.
920 E Westfield Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46220, Phone: 317-255-0510
18.Neidhammer Coffee Co.
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Neidhammer Coffee Co. is a casual neighborhood café in a historic naturally-lit space with rustic-chic décor that serves espresso drinks, traditional coffee, and light fare in a cozy, down-to-earth ambiance. The coffeehouse is a popular gathering place for locals and visitors alike and serves a range of house-brewed coffee from americano and espresso to cappuccino and macchiato, along with specialty coffee drinks, hot and iced teas, and fruit juices. A menu of light fare such as house-made sandwiches, paninis, muffins, cookies, and freshly baked pastries are available, and the café has high-speed wireless Internet. Neidhammer Coffee Co. is open for breakfast and lunch daily.
2104 E Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46201, Phone: 317-602-5642
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19.Nine Lives Cat Cafe
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Nine Lives Cat Café is a quiet café that combines fantastic coffee and delicious fare with cute and cuddly cats. The cat café has a room full of cats that can be cuddled, loved, and even adopted, while you enjoy a cup of coffee and a slice of cake. Nine Lives Cat Café also offers a variety of specialty coffee drinks and handmade sodas, along with mouthwatering croissant sandwiches and assorted pastries and cakes, all of which can be enjoyed in the cat lounge, the café or out on the shady patio. Nine Lives Cat Café is open for breakfast and lunch, Tuesday through Sunday.
1315 Shelby St #1, Indianapolis, IN 46203, Phone: 317-602-5287
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20.Perk Up Cafe
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Perk Up Café is a small, independent coffee shop and roastery in the Broad Ripple neighborhood located right off the Monon Trail. The charming, pet-friendly hangout and home-turned-café serve a variety of international coffee drinks and specialty coffee drinks such as a Raspberry Dirty Hippie and authentic, house-made Koffeeklatch, which is exclusively available on Sunday afternoons. The café also serves an incredible assortment of German artisan bread, pastries, bagels, quiches, and paninis, and is a perfect spot for a casual, friendly meet-up with friends or a light brunch. Perk Up Café is open for breakfast, brunch, and lunch daily.
6536 Cornell Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220, Phone: 317-251-0033
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21.PROVIDER Coffee & Long Drinks
© PROVIDER Coffee & Long Drinks
PROVIDER Coffee & Long Drinks is a contemporary coffee shop that was established by the team behind Coat Check Coffee on Mass Avenue that serves coffee from Ruby Roasters in Wisconsin and Tinker Coffee. The menu features a range of house-brewed coffee from americano and espresso to cappuccino and macchiato, along with specialty coffee drinks, hot and iced teas, and fruit juices. Visitors can also enjoy ‘long drinks’ and creative cocktails, and PROVIDER Coffee & Long Drinks is open for breakfast, brunch, and lunch daily.
1101 E 16th St, Indianapolis, IN 46202, Phone: 317-550-5008
© Quills Coffee
Nestled in the lobby of luxury apartment building, nine on Canal building, Quills Coffee is a sleek café that serves high-level coffee drinks in a stylish and sophisticated atmosphere. Founded in 2007, the café focuses on roasting ethically sourced, seasonal specialty coffees. The brew bar is operated by knowledgeable and talented baristas who are happy to share their passion with customers while they create all manner of coffee drinks from espresso and latte to cold brews and pour-overs using only the finest locally sourced ingredients. The casual, friendly spot is a great spot for grabbing a quick cup and is open for breakfast, brunch, and lunch daily.
335 W 9th St, Indianapolis, IN 46202, Phone: 317-426-1431
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© Rabble Coffee
Rabble Coffee is a friendly, locally-owned neighborhood coffee shop that serves excellent coffee from Tinker and has a warm and welcoming ambiance that invites all walks of life to come in and relax. Established in 2015 by Josie Hunckler, her sister, and brother-in-law, Rabble Coffee is the perfect local coffee shop that not only serves amazing coffee but also hosts poetry readings and offers complimentary wireless Internet for Internet-junkies and Instagrammers. The wide selection of coffee and hot drinks is paired with an array of delicious Danishes and homemade quiches, as well as mouthwatering pastries that are delivered fresh each morning.
East, 2119 E 10th St, Indianapolis, IN 46201
© Smash Social
Smash Social is an airy, industrial coffeehouse and ping-pong bar that serves locally roasted coffee, a selection of craft beers and casual wines, and an array of light bites and small plates. The café has several ping-pong tables for customers to use and hosts friendly competitions and special events throughout the month. There is ample space for group gatherings, including small and individual meeting rooms, and plenty of comfortable seating for enjoying all that the café has to offer. Smash Social is a fantastic community gathering spot for friends and family alike and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, daily.
600 E Ohio St Suite B, Indianapolis, IN 46202, Phone: 317-655-7701
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25.Square Cat Vinyl
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Square Cat Vinyl is a trendy, industrial-chic shop in the Fountain Square Cultural District that features a record store selling new and used vinyl records, a performance venue, and a full-service bar offering craft beers, casual wines, creative cocktails, and locally-roasted coffee. Established to be a welcoming communal space for local and traveling musicians, Square Cat Vinyl is a one-of-a-kind store that caters for all needs from coffee to music. A full performance space hosts live shows regularly and a full coffee bar serves a variety of coffee, including espresso drinks all from Tinker Coffee.
1054 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46203, Phone: 317-875-1314
25 Best Indianapolis Coffee Shops
- Bee Coffee Roasters, Photo: Bee Coffee Roasters
- Bovaconti Coffee, Photo: Bovaconti Coffee
- Cafe Mansion, Photo: Café Mansión
- Calvin Fletcher's Coffee Company, Photo: wong yu liang/stock.adobe.com
- Coal Yard Coffee, Photo: Coal Yard Coffee
- Coat Check Coffee, Photo: Mariusz Blach/stock.adobe.com
- Commissary Barber & Barista, Photo: Commissary Barber & Barista
- Copper Moon Coffee, Photo: Copper Moon Coffee
- CUPS Coffee Bar, Photo: CUPS Coffee Bar
- Dry Bones Mud House, Photo: Dry Bones Mud House
- Georgia Street Grind, Photo: chayathon2000/stock.adobe.com
- Henry's Coffee Bistro, Photo: Henry's Coffee Bistro
- Hubbard & Cravens Coffee, Photo: Hubbard & Cravens Coffee
- Kaffeine Coffee Company, Photo: Kaffeine Coffee Company
- Lincoln Lane Coffee Co., Photo: Oran Tantapakul/stock.adobe.com
- Milktooth, Photo: Photocreo Bednarek/stock.adobe.com
- Monon Coffee Company, Photo: Monon Coffee Company
- Neidhammer Coffee Co., Photo: Neidhammer Coffee Co.
- Nine Lives Cat Cafe, Photo: Nine Lives Cat Café
- Perk Up Cafe, Photo: Perk Up Café
- PROVIDER Coffee & Long Drinks, Photo: PROVIDER Coffee & Long Drinks
- Quills Coffee, Photo: Quills Coffee
- Rabble Coffee, Photo: Rabble Coffee
- Smash Social, Photo: Smash Social
- Square Cat Vinyl, Photo: Square Cat Vinyl
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