Baltimore is packed with some fantastic spots to enjoy good coffee and freshly baked pastries.
Food trends come and go, but good coffee never goes out of style, and new places for sipping java are popping up everywhere. Whether you’re searching for quick caffeine fix, or a fancy French press to start your day, here are Charm City’s top java joints that offer everything from a quick cuppa to pretty pour-overs.
1. Dovecote Cafe, Baltimore
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Nestled in Reservoir Hill, Dovecote Café is a vibrant community-based gathering spot and food oasis with bright, colorful murals and a bustling, welcoming atmosphere. Named after a medieval birdhouse, the Dovecote Café has comfortable sofas and armchairs, wooden sharing tables and soft lighting and serves a menu of freshly baked treats, pastries and cakes, gourmet sandwiches, and daily soup. The walls of the coffee shop are adorned with beautiful wallpaper, contemporary murals, and local artworks, and twin glass porches at the front of the café provide cozy sunny nooks in which curl up with a book and a steaming mug of coffee. Dovecote Café is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and early dinner.
2501 Madison Ave #1f, Baltimore, MD 21217, Phone: 443-961-8677
2. 3 Bean Coffee, Baltimore
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3 Bean Coffee is a cozy, brick-walled counter-serve café in the Federal Hill neighborhood in South Baltimore that serves craft coffee drinks and freshly baked pastries, homemade quiches, and other sweet treats. Overlooking the Inner Harbor, the craft coffee shop focuses on the three beans that are in their drinks – namely coffee, cacao, and vanilla – and serves a variety of coffee, loose-leaf teas, and seasonal-based specialty drinks, along with sweet pastries, pies, cakes, and cookies. 3 Bean Coffee is open for breakfast and lunch daily.
209 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21230, Phone: 410-575-4032
3. Artifact Coffee, Baltimore
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Artifact Coffee is a rustic coffeehouse based in a reclaimed factory building that serves locally sourced and seasonal light bites for breakfast, lunch, and early dinner. Located in the restored Union Mills complex across the Light Rail tracks from Woodberry, the new seven-day a week casual stop-in for breakfast, lunch, and early dinner serve a variety of creative and innovative menus. The Morning Kitchen menu features a smorgasbord of breakfast options such as egg sandwiches, oatmeal, grilled cornbread, dried fruit, and cream and Pullman toast, toasted English muffins, and split biscuits with Five Seeds honey and homemade jam. Orders are taken at the counter and service is quick and friendly. Artifact Coffee is open Monday through Saturday for breakfast, lunch, and early dinner.
1500 Union Ave, Baltimore, MD 21211, Phone: 410-235-1881
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4. Baby's on Fire
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Baby's on Fire is a bustling neighborhood spot that serves freshly brewed coffee, gourmet paninis in an inviting ambiance. Based in a beautifully restored Mount Vernon carriage house, the vibey record-shop café is owned by musicians David and Shirlé Koslowski, who bring their passion for music to the table by selling rare and vintage vinyl. The casual restaurant has a bright dining space with red accents, and album covers adorning the walls, black tables and bins of new and used vinyl records for sale dotted around. Breakfast and lunch menus feature a variety of pressed sandwiches and gourmet paninis, fresh salads, and pasta dishes, along with pastries from Belgium and bagels from New York, all of which are served in disposable containers. Freshly brewed coffee from Stumptown Coffee Roasters is always on the go, along with espresso drinks like Americano, macchiato and cafe au lait, and handcrafted soda. Baby's on Fire is open for breakfast and lunch daily.
1010 Morton St, Baltimore, MD 21201, Phone: 443-885-9892
5. Bird in Hand
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Located in Baltimore’s Charles Village, Bird in Hand is a casual café-bookshop that is a popular go-to gathering spot for neighborhood locals and students from Johns Hopkins University. The café-shop is a collaborative project from Woodberry Kitchen and The Ivy Bookshop and serves craft coffees and teas, delicious home-baked pastries, sandwiches, and sweet treats, and features over 2,500 books to browse and to buy. Bird in Hand exudes a laid-back, relaxed vibe and is open for breakfast, lunch, and afternoon tea daily.
11 E 33rd St, Baltimore, MD 21218, Phone: 410-814-0373
6. Ceremony Coffee Roasters - Mt. Vernon
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Ceremony Coffee Roasters is a trendy coffee shop chain with several locations in and around the city that serves creative coffee concoctions, seasonal coffee specialty drinks, and a small selection of sweet treats. Located around the corner from Baltimore’s Washington Monument and the Walters Art Museum, Ceremony Coffee Roasters – Mount Vernon is a bright and airy neighborhood spot that draws a creative and arty crowd who come to sip top-quality coffee made with beans from around the world. Globally-inspired coffee is made with beans from Ethiopia to Guatemala and can be enjoyed with sweet pastries and other light snacks. Ceremony Coffee Roasters – Mount Vernon is open for breakfast, lunch, and early dinner daily.
520 Park Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201, Phone: 443-835-1659
7. Common Ground
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Common Ground is a hip gathering spot that serves house-roasted coffee and grab-and-go fare in a buzzing, trendy atmosphere. The inviting Hampden hangout features a bright and welcoming space with hand-painted murals on the walls, and artsy chalkboard menus highlighting the daily specials and serve freshly brewed Ceremony Coffee Roasters and Zeke’s Coffee. Freshly baked goodies to pair with the coffee include a variety of homemade muffins like lavender honey and pumpkin cream cheese, along with other light fare, and specialty drinks are popular like the masala-chai latte and the chai, peanut butter, and banana smoothie. Common Ground is open for breakfast and lunch daily.
819 W 36th St, Baltimore, MD 21211, Phone: 410-235-5533
8. Daily Grind
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Located on the waterfront of Baltimore’s Fells Point neighborhood, the Daily Grind is casual coffee shop that serves freshly brewed, house-roasted coffee and a selection of light fare. Inspired by the surrounding historic colonial port neighborhood and boasting beautiful harbor views, the community café has indoor and outdoor seating and showcases artworks by local artists the walls. In addition to serving award-winning coffee, the restaurant also offers freshly baked pastries, gourmet bagels and sandwiches, homemade soups, and mouthwatering desserts. The Daily Grind is open for breakfast, lunch, daily.
1720 Thames St, Baltimore, MD 21231, Phone: 410-558-0399
Jabali is a cozy dog-friendly café that serves fresh, house-roasted coffee and easy bites for breakfast and lunch. The tiny hole-in-the-wall coffee shop has two dog-friendly seats outside and serves light snacks like granola, yogurt, freshly baked pastries, and muffins, and a variety of flatbreads along with a list of coffee drinks, teas and soft drinks. Jabali is open daily for breakfast and lunch.
737 S Bond St, Baltimore, MD 21231, Phone: 443-831-2862
10. Baltimore Coffee Shops: Koba Cafe
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Koba Café is an airy, brick-lined hangout adorned with local artworks and exuding a laid-back homey vibe where locals gather for great coffee and light fare. Taking pride in being an inviting neighborhood spot where both locals and visitors can gather, Koba Café has two floors where guests can enjoy coffee and chat or a quiet space to study in the upstairs lounge. The café serves a range of standard and specialty coffees, espresso, lattes, and macchiatos, as well as tea and soft drinks, along with fresh pastries, sandwiches, salads, wraps, and homemade soups. Koba Café is open for breakfast and lunch daily.
644 E Fort Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230, Phone: 410-986-0366
11. Order & Chaos Coffee, Baltimore
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Order & Chaos Coffee is a creative coffee joint owned by Matt Doud and Ed Callahan, who run a local advertising agency, Planit that specializes in boutique coffee brews, smoothies, and decadent sweet treats like house-made Belgian-style Liège waffles. Located in the Federal Hill neighborhood next to the office of Planit, the bustling coffee shop is a hive of activity and always packed with trendy hipsters and ad agency types sipping double espressos and lattes. Don’t miss the Café Gommosa - espresso over marshmallows and the Turmeric Pumpkin-Spice Latte, which is served in the fall. Order & Chaos Coffee is open during office hours for breakfast and lunch.
1410 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21230, Phone: 410-244-1111
12. Pitango Gelato Fells Point
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Founded by Italian Noah Dan in 2007, Pitango Gelato Fells Point is a casual café that serves a variety of coffee and specialty drinks, and several flavors of homemade gelato in a laid-back, inviting space. The family-owned restaurant has six locations around the country and uses fresh locally-sourced ingredients such as milk, eggs, and fruit from Pennsylvania’s Spring Wood Organic Farm to prepare the gelatos and sorbets, as well as light breakfast and lunch fare. The café also serves a range of standard and specialty coffees, espresso, lattes, and macchiatos, as well as tea and soft drinks, and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, daily.
802 S Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231, Phone: 410-236-0741
13. Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse
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Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse is a cooperative-run bookstore and coffee shop that sells fair trade coffee, vegetarian and vegan foods, and books. Named for anarchist Emma Goldman, Red Emma's is a worker-owned collective that has been open since 2004 and is a popular gathering spot for coffee-lovers, anarchists, and bibliophiles. The café serves light meals and coffee drinks throughout the day, boozy beverages in the evenings, hosts arts and reading events throughout the month, and prides itself on being sustainable, animal-friendly, and a safe space for people to gather and share their views.
3128 Greenmount Ave, Baltimore, MD 21218, Phone: 410-601-3072
14. Baltimore Coffee Shops: Vent Coffee Roasters
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Vent Coffee Roasters are Baltimore-based coffee roasters and in-house roaster at the Argosy Café in downtown Baltimore that serves a variety of coffees ranging from single-origin Aeropress coffee and house blends from a drip brewer to a classic espresso menu. The café also serves green beverages from local importers such as Direct Origins Trading and Keffa Coffee, along with a selection of light fare such as freshly baked pastries, sandwiches, and fresh salads. The Argosy Café is open for breakfast and lunch daily.
Union Collective, 1700 W 41st St #480, Baltimore, MD 21211, Phone: 443-681-9410
15. Zeke's Coffee, Baltimore
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Zeke's Coffee is a family-owned, small-batch coffee roastery that had humble beginnings in a small warehouse in 2006 with a tiny retail space up front and a single roaster in the back. Today the cafe and roastery has locations in Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and Washington, DC, and continues to serve a variety of air-roasted coffee with distinct regional flavors, along with a selection of sandwiches, salads, and freshly baked pastries. The unique 10-year-old java joint features local-themed blends like ‘Shot Tower Espresso,’ ‘Little Italy Blend,’ and ‘Herring Run Roast’ and has extensive wholesale operation and online coffee sales, as well as its label of ‘Z Cups’ for a single-cup brewing system. Zeke's Coffee is open for breakfast and lunch daily.
4719 Harford Rd, Baltimore, MD 21214, Phone: 410-254-0122
16. Coffee Shops Near Me: Lucky's Coffee, Ice Cream and Candy
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Located in the heart of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Lucky’s Coffee, Ice Cream & Candy is casual café that serves Starbucks coffee and blended coffee drinks, premium soft ice cream, and locally made Taharka Brothers ice cream, bulk candy by the pound and a variety of cold beverages. The brick-lined café serves a variety of Starbucks coffee, cappuccino, latte, and frappuccino drinks, along with locally-made ice-cream, to-die-for milkshakes, and a selection of candy and gift bags. Lucky’s Coffee, Ice Cream & Candy is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and early dinner.
601 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202, Phone: 410-752-2500
17. The Bun Shop, Baltimore
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A well-known haven for students in Baltimore, the Bun Shop is a modern-industrial café with two city locations that is renowned for serving strong coffees and late closing hours. The loft-style, late-night restaurant features gold-leaf designs on the floor, eclectic couches, individual and communal tables, old library cabinets, and a beautiful, wall-size baroque mirror. The hipster café offers a menu of globally-inspired fare such as Paraguayan empanadas, Piroshki, Cornish pasties, and Asian pork buns, along with a variety of hot and iced teas and coffees and specialty drinks like chilled Vietnamese coffee, traditional Chinese yuan yang, and house iced green tea with ginkgo. The Bun Shop is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and late-night drinks and is a bring-your-own-booze spot.
239 W Read St, Baltimore, MD 21201, Phone: 410-989-2033
Dooby’s is a Korean-inspired café in Mount Vernon that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a casual, relaxed setting. The restaurant serves breakfast every day until 11h00 and features classic and unusual dishes such as Granola & Yogurt, omelets, hash browns, Chorizo Burritos, Steak & Egg Sandwiches, Sausage & Egg Sandwiches, and Spicy Egg & Cheese Sandwiches. Brunch specials include Challah French Toast, Pork Belly Eggs Benedict, and Brunch Burgers with fries. Seasonal pastries are baked fresh every morning, including muffins, banana nut bread, scones and jam, honey oat granola bars, and freshly brewed coffee and tea.
802 N. Charles St. Baltimore MD 21201, Phone: 410-609-3162
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