As the largest city in Kentucky, Louisville is rich in history and culture. Crowds flock to the city during late spring to watch the Kentucky Derby and throughout the year to visit its many museums, including the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory which produces baseball bats. However, what some might be surprised to learn is that Louisville is home to a vibrant coffee shop industry. Each cafe is unique in its menu and decor which helps it to stand out from the crowd. Coffee lovers will find numerous options to stop by at while in the city which range from cozy shops to hip modern ones. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Please & Thank You
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Please & Thank You is a small-batch bakery and coffee house that has three locations throughout Louisville. The coffee shop offers many intriguing coffee mixes created by their baristas, like the honey boy (espresso with milk, honey, and cinnamon), butterscotch latte, harvest moon latte, and ganache latte. For those who might not be in the mood for coffee, Please & Thank You also has some teas available. The bakery serves a handful of goods which range from chocolate chip cookies to brownies. You’ll also find some pre-packaged baking mixes for sale. Diners can sit inside the shop or order their drinks and snacks to go.
800 East Market Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40206, Phone: 502-553-0113
2.Sweet Surrender Dessert Cafe
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Sweet Surrender Dessert Cafe has been serving Louisville for over 25 years and is renowned for its impressive homemade desserts that are made with fresh and local ingredients. The cafe offers a variety of desserts customers can choose from, like cake slices, truffles, cupcakes, and pies. There are also a few gluten-free and vegan options. The menu is always rotating allowing customers to try something new each time they visit. In addition to sweet treats, Sweet Surrender Dessert Cafe also sells locally roasted coffees, teas, and coffee blends from Cappuccine, like turmeric, chai, and chocolate pumpkin. The cafe is closed on Sunday and Monday.
1804 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky 40206, Phone: 502-899-2008
3.Adrienne & Co.
Adrienne & Co. first began in 1973 in New York City before later relocating to Louisville. Known for its high-quality yet affordable items, this bakery and cafe serves a variety of delicious snacks and dishes, including breakfast sandwiches, chicken avocado melts, potato soup, and spaghetti. You’ll find plenty of sweet treats as well, such as muffins, cupcakes, pies, brownies, and donuts. Adrienne & Co. also serves fresh coffee and to-go espresso drinks. Customers can attend one of the many events Adrienne & Co. hosts throughout the year, such as classic car cruises. The cafe is open Monday through Sunday although times will vary.
1212 S Fourth Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40202, Phone: 502-792-9299
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4.Base Camp Coffee
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Base Camp Coffee is situated inside Quest Outdoors which sells equipment for explorers of the world. Base Camp Coffee serves a variety of drinks which range from refreshing iced lattes to warm macchiatos. This coffee shop also creates its own special blends for events and holidays, such as CBD coffee, and can blend custom orders as well. The baristas are also trained in latte art and can design beautiful milk foam art on your drink. Base Camp Coffee uses beans from local coffee roasters and sells fresh goods from nearby bakeries, such as bagels and muffins. The shop is open from Monday to Sunday.
4600 Shelbyville Road, Louisville, Kentucky 40207, Phone: 502-290-4589
Bean is dedicated to finding and serving the best coffee beans and drinks. It was created by Billy Seckman who looks at roasting coffee as an art. Because of this, those visiting the shop will be able to watch Seckman at work roasting beans in the back of the shop thanks to an opening in the wall. Customers will also find plenty of mouthwatering coffee blends, such as Big Dog (a mix of coffee, vanilla, and cocoa), Organic Nicaragua Paraiso (coffee with lemon, almonds, and dark chocolate), and Panama Indian Baru (coffee mixed with cherries and chocolate shavings). In addition to this, Bean also serves sandwiches, bagels, pastries, and salads.
1138 Goss Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky 40217, Phone: 502-785-4079
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Blackbeard Espresso was founded in 2013 by Stephen Young and Adam Temple after they decided to change their careers and become entrepreneurs. They soon bought an old bread delivery truck and transformed it into a coffee-on-wheels mobile. Blackbeard Espresso’s popularity grew, and in 2018, it opened its first brick-and-mortar shop in the heart of Louisville. This company serves a handful of different drinks, such as lattes and cappuccinos. You’ll also discover plenty of baked goods to munch on while sipping on your beverage. There is a shop where you can buy coffee beans and mugs. Blackbeard Espresso is open from Monday to Saturday.
718 W Main Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40202, Phone: 502-618-0004
7.Crave Cafe & Catering
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This family-owned cafe was created in 2006 and sells a variety of local favorites for lunch, such as sliders, sandwiches, soups, and salads. Customers will also find a large selection of coffee drinks to try out, including espresso and lattes. There is an array of teas to choose from as well. Besides its quaint cafe, Crave Cafe & Catering also has a food truck that drives through the city so you can grab a bite to eat if you’re unable to travel to its cafe. As its name suggests, the company also has a catering service which can serve more than 50 people for an event.
2250 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky 40206, Phone: 502-896-1488
8.Day's Espresso & Coffee
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Day’s Espresso & Coffee first opened its doors in 1994 and is a popular spot with locals thanks to its laid-back atmosphere. Visitors can step inside where they’ll find a huge menu filled with plenty of options to drink or eat, although this coffee shop is best known for its espresso which can also be blended into lattes or cortados. There are also a handful of milk-alternatives available for drinks, such as almond or soy milk. The cafe is kid-friendly and offers choices that might appeal more to them, such as hot chocolate. During the fall, Day’s Espresso & Coffee also offers hot apple cider that’s blended with spices.
1420 Bardstown Road, Louisville, Kentucky 40204, Phone: 502-456-1170
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Modeled after traditional European coffee shops, Fante’s Coffee is designed to not only serve customers the best coffee available, but be a place for the community to congregate. Fante’s Coffee began in the early 1970s and offers a variety of coffee flavors from local roasters, such as bourbon-infused beans, Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, and espresso. It also sells some holiday flavors like pumpkin pie and Christmas chocolate truffle. Fans of the coffee shop will find plenty of merchandise for sale in its store which includes coffee beans, shirts, and mugs. Fante’s Coffee is open every day of the week although times vary.
2501 Grinstead Drive, Louisville, Kentucky 40206, Phone: 502-454-0543
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10.Heine Brothers' Coffee
Heine Brothers’ Coffee boasts of numerous locations throughout Louisville which are situated in areas such as Douglass Loop, Main Street, and Frankfort Avenue. This coffee shop only serves organic options and works with coffee farmers around the world to not only promote fair trade, but find incredible coffee bean flavors as well. Customers will discover plenty of blends available which include Mocha Java, Mountain Dream, and Mexico Maya Vinic. In addition to coffee, Heine Brothers’ Coffee also serves a vast selection of tea. Patrons can enjoy their fresh beverage in its cafe or take it to go. You’ll also find a small shop which sells brewing equipment, local honey, and mugs.
516 W. Main Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40202, Phone: 502-568-6339
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11.Highland Coffee Company
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The Highland Coffee Company sells countless coffee beverages which helps everyone to find something that will match their preferences. Featuring a large coffee sculpture on its roof, this coffee shop offers both a spot indoors to enjoy your order and a charming patio outdoors that is covered in plants and twinkling lights. The Highland Coffee Company offers non-dairy and organic options and is one of the only places in the area to serve draft nitro-cold coffee. In addition to this, the shop also serves homemade sandwiches, cookies, and cakes. Visitors can stop by its small library and grab a book to read while enjoying their beverage or baked good.
1140 Bardstown Road, Louisville, Kentucky 40204, Phone: 502-451-4545
12.J-Town Beach House
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J-Town Beach House is located in Louisville’s Gaslight Square District and sells coffee from Quills Coffee, a local roaster that creates interesting blends, and homemade ice cream from The Comfy Cow. The coffee available ranges from simple black coffee to elaborate lattes and cappuccinos. You’ll find plenty of brews to choose from, including a house blend. If you’d like to grab a sweet treat to enjoy with your coffee, you’ll also discover plenty of ice cream flavors to choose from which include bourbon, strawberry, Georgia pecan, cookie dough, and mint chocolate chip. J-Town Beach House is also home to the Beach House Bookshop which offers used books and hosts writing workshops.
10317 Watterson Trail, Jeffersontown, Kentucky 40299, Phone: 502-526-6017
13.JW Cafe & Bakery
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This cafe and bakery is on the eastern edge of the city and serves a variety of delicious coffee drinks and sweets. Some coffee blends you’ll find here include Ethiopia Misty, Guatemala Sebastian, and Batch Brew. Patrons will also discover many classic coffee favorites, such as lattes, mochas, and flat whites which can be made with milk or a milk alternative. Besides coffee, the JW Cafe & Bakery also has tea and smoothies. The pastries sold (cookies, brownies, cakes, pies) are homemade and are changed every day so there’s always something new to try. This cafe and bakery is open from Monday to Saturday.
2301 Terra Crossing Blvd #105, Louisville, Kentucky 40245, Phone: 502-907-5248
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The KMAC Cafe is situated inside the KMAC Museum which is a massive building dedicated to art. The beverages sold at the cafe are handcrafted by its baristas to provide you with the perfect drink. Its menu changes periodically, but usually offers miele espresso, lattes, peppermint mocha, hot chocolate espresso, and cappuccinos. Guests will also find a small amount of tea options to try which feature flavors such as jasmine, chai, and mint. There are a few treats and snacks available which change daily. The cafe offers views of bustling Main Street and is heavily decorated with colorful pieces of art.
715 West Main Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40202, Phone: 502-589-0102
15.McQuixote Books & Coffee
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McQuixote Books & Coffee is a quaint little shop that is designed to appeal to coffee-loving bookworms. The cafe is nestled inside a dimly-lit room which provides a cozy ambiance for patrons. The coffee sold here is roasted by Good Folks Coffee which creates flavorful blends from beans around the world. In addition to a vast amount of coffee drinks for you to choose from, this coffee shop serves plenty of tea options, such as turmeric, ginger orange, chai, and black dragon oolong. Customers will also find sandwiches and pastries for sale. When you’re done enjoying your coffee or tea, you can stop inside its bookstore which specializes in classic literature and rare editions.
1512 Portland Ave, Ste #1, Louisville, Kentucky 40203, Phone: 502-530-9658
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16.North Lime Coffee & Donuts
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North Lime Coffee & Donuts was formed to help not only bring fresh and high-quality coffee and donuts to the city, but be a place where customers feel welcomed and like family. This hip coffee shop features brightly painted walls that are covered in chalkboards listing the menu. Some coffee beverages sold here include cold brew, French press, cafe au lait, con panna, and mocha. You’ll also be able to add numerous flavors and toppings to your drink. This store offers an incredible amount of donut flavors which range from funnel cake to funkfetti. During the holidays, you’ll find a few seasonal donut flavors as well.
1228 S 7th Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40203, Phone: 502-384-2320
17.Ntaba Coffee Haus
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Ntaba Coffee Haus is a new coffee shop in Louisville and designed to celebrate the founder’s German and South African heritage. Ntaba Coffee Haus serves plenty of coffee selections, most of which are made with beans imported from Africa. Some blends you’ll find here include Tanzanian, Uganda Kapchorwa, and Ethiopian Swiss Water. The shop also sells rooibos tea. If you’d like to grab a bite to eat while here, Ntaba Coffee Haus serves South African meat pies created with flavors like spinach and feta and vegetable curry. Customers can also buy bags of coffee, tea packs, and mugs while here.
2407 Brownsboro Road, Louisville, Kentucky 40206, Phone: 502-871-5082
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Quills Coffee was established in 2007 by Nathan Quillo as a way to help others learn more about the intricate art of roasting and brewing coffee. It has grown to be a staple in Louisville thanks to its flavorful blends and has a handful of locations throughout the city, including in the Northeast Regional Library. Some of the brews offered include blacksmith espresso, namugo, and finca alejandrina. During the holidays, Quills Coffee also creates a few limited-time seasonal blends. In addition to coffee, customers will find an impressive selection of teas which range from jasmine pearl to tangerine ginger. The shop also sells mugs, t-shirts, hats, stickers, and brewing equipment.
930 Baxter Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky 40204, Phone: 502-742-6129
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19.Red Hot Roasters
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Red Hot Roasters is a quirky coffee joint that serves USDA organic coffee beans. It has two locations in the city which each range in their decor and service. Coffee lovers will find plenty of options available to consume, like lattes and flat whites. If you’d like to take some coffee with you to brew later, Red Hot Roasters has a massive inventory of coffee tins for sale. Besides coffee, the shop also has a bakery which creates treats like fresh oatmeal, brownies, cookies, and cinnamon rolls. The bakery occasionally bakes some pet-friendly snacks. You’ll also find apparel for sale inside.
1399 Lexington Road, Louisville, Kentucky 40206, Phone: 502-569-0000
20.Safai Coffee Shop
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Founded in 1998 by Mike and Medora Safai, the Safai Coffee Shop was meant to help spread this couple’s love of coffee into the surrounding community. The coffee shop is covered with fragrant flowers which beckon you to come inside and try some of its latest blends. While customers will find the usual coffee brews here, the coffee shop also serves organic microlot grade coffees which are known for their incredible taste. To help fully bring out the flavor of these beans, baristas will use a pour-over method. In addition to coffee, the Safai Coffee Shop also whips up fresh crepes which come in sweet and savory flavors.
1707 Bardstown Road, Louisville, Kentucky 40205, Phone: 502-384-3555
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Sister Bean’s is a small coffee shop created by Teresa Gailo and Corky Girodo. The shop serves plenty of traditional favorites as well as some unique blends and flavors. Patrons can step inside to order or try the drive-thru for quick service. There’s also a small patio outside customers can use. Besides coffee, Sister Bean’s offers plenty of delicious snacks and meals, including locally-made ice cream, sandwiches, salads, and soups. If you’d like to try something other than coffee, Sister Bean’s sells tea, Italian sodas, and smoothies. This coffee shop is open every day although the times on Sunday are reduced.
5225 New Cut Road, Louisville, Kentucky 40214, Phone: 502-364-0082
22.Stomping Grounds Coffee Co.
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Stomping Grounds Coffee Co. was founded in 2016 and specializes in numerous types of coffee, including espresso, drip, and cappuccinos. You’ll also find a few interesting blends as well, like the bee charmer and mocha shake. Besides coffee, Stomping Grounds Coffee Co. has tea, hot chocolate, smoothies, and sodas available. They also serve baked goods, like pumpkin rolls and cakes, that are created by local bakeries. This small coffee shop works to produce high-quality drinks at an affordable price and often offers discounts for special events. Fans of the coffee shop can also invest in various types of t-shirts displaying the company's logo.
10019 Dixie Highway, Louisville, Kentucky 40272, Phone: 502-996-7473
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Established in 2004, Sunergos Coffee is situated inside a historic building but features plenty of modern amenities and decor. The coffee shop offers a handful of java blends which include the Guatemala Los Volcanes (mixed with chocolate, hazelnuts, and raisins), Blend B (created with malt, nuts, and citrus), and Brazil Decaf (coffee mixed with cinnamon, malt, and caramel). Customers will also find a few seasonal flavors throughout the year ranging from spicy to fruity brews. Sunergos Coffee offers catering services thanks to its portable espresso bar. It also hosts various coffee events throughout the year, such as a brewing class.
231 South 5th Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40202, Phone: 502-589-3222
24.The Coffee Zone - Westport Village
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The Coffee Zone first opened its doors in 2004 in North Carolina before moving to Louisville in 2016. Situated within a bustling shopping center, The Coffee Zone is known for its laid-back atmosphere and delicious coffee beverages. Some options you’ll find here include drip coffee, espresso, frozen cappuccinos, and flavored lattes. Customers can also order their own flavored blends if they can’t find what they want on the menu. In addition to coffee, there are also homemade muffins, cookies, biscuits, and smoothies for sale. The Coffee Zone is open each day of the week although times will vary depending on the day you visit.
1301 Herr Lane Suite 110, Louisville, Kentucky 40222, Phone: 502-708-1522
Located in Louisville’s Crescent Hill, VINT is a charming coffee shop that features a crackling fireplace and outdoor patio landscaped with vines and flowers. VINT serves free-trade organic coffee from Heine Brothers’ Coffee, a local roaster. This shop also offers wine and pairs its coffee beverages with vintage wine selections. While it serves many plain coffee blends, you’ll also find a few interesting mixes, like white pumpkin lattes. Customers can grab a few snacks to enjoy as well while here which range from muffins to croissants. The shop is pet-friendly and sells a handful of goods for your furry friend, including puppuccinos and dog biscuits.
2309 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky 40206, Phone: 502-894-8060
25 Best Louisville Coffee Shops
- Please & Thank You, Photo: Please & Thank You
- Sweet Surrender Dessert Cafe, Photo: Sweet Surrender Dessert Cafe
- Adrienne & Co., Photo: hakkozan/stock.adobe.com
- Base Camp Coffee, Photo: Base Camp Coffee
- Bean, Photo: Bean
- Blackbeard Espresso, Photo: Blackbeard Espresso
- Crave Cafe & Catering, Photo: Crave Cafe & Catering
- Day's Espresso & Coffee, Photo: Day's Espresso & Coffee
- Fante's Coffee, Photo: Drazen/stock.adobe.com
- Heine Brothers' Coffee, Photo: Lun/stock.adobe.com
- Highland Coffee Company, Photo: Highland Coffee Company
- J-Town Beach House, Photo: J-Town Beach House
- JW Cafe & Bakery, Photo: JW Cafe & Bakery
- KMAC Cafe, Photo: korchemkin/stock.adobe.com
- McQuixote Books & Coffee, Photo: McQuixote Books & Coffee
- North Lime Coffee & Donuts, Photo: North Lime Coffee & Donuts
- Ntaba Coffee Haus, Photo: Ntaba Coffee Haus
- Quills Coffee, Photo: Quills Coffee
- Red Hot Roasters, Photo: Red Hot Roasters
- Safai Coffee Shop, Photo: Safai Coffee Shop
- Sister Bean's, Photo: Sister Bean's
- Stomping Grounds Coffee Co., Photo: Stomping Grounds Coffee Co.
- Sunergos Coffee, Photo: Farknot Architect/stock.adobe.com
- The Coffee Zone - Westport Village, Photo: The Coffee Zone - Westport Village
- VINT, Photo: VINT
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