The Twin Cities are no stranger to gourmet coffee, best known internationally as the home of famed coffee chains Caribou Coffee and Dunn Brothers Coffee, two of the United States' most prominent roasters. Beyond the big brands, the Minneapolis and St. Paul region's rich independent coffee scene mirrors its diverse brewing and culinary scene, offering a wide variety of established and up-and-coming micro-roasters for coffee lovers to choose from.
Staples like Dogwood Coffee Company brew their own coffees and specialty blends for other area cafes, while cafes like Anelace Coffee highlight regional and national favorites as part of multi-roaster programs. Many cafes partner with other ventures within the Twin Cities' cultural scene, from the combined storefront of Angry Catfish Bicycles and Cafe to the 24/7 internet radio of Five Watt Coffee's Radio Five Watt.
1.Dogwood Coffee Company
© Dogwood Coffee Company
Dogwood Coffee Company is one of Minneapolis' most acclaimed roasting companies, offering several locations throughout the Twin Cities area, including cafes in Northeast Minneapolis, East Lake, Uptown/Calhoun Square, and St. Paul. The roaster, which also maintains a roastery and several cafes across the border in Winnipeg, Manitoba, crafts a variety of made-to-order specialty beverages at all of its locations, ranging from single-origin espressos and pourovers to honey miel and maple lattes. Unique tea beverages craft from Spirit Teas are also served, including cascara teas and sparkling matchas. The cafe also partners with regional producers Rustica Bakery, Ames Honey, and Sweetland Orchard to serve up a variety of pastries and cafe delights.
4021 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406, Phone: 612-886-1585
© Quixotic Coffee
Quixotic Coffee is a European-style cafe in St. Paul's Highland Park neighborhood, owned and operated by Matt McGinn and Jake Nelson. The cafe is named after a John Cleveland quote about Don Quixote, which asserts that most modern stress is exacerbated by personal fear, an ode to the cafe's philosophy of helping diners slow down and relax with a cup of its velvety, satisfying coffee. Beans are provided by Bootstrap Coffee Roasters, fueling drinks such as the cafe's unique nitro cold brew lattes, infused with ingredients such as chocolate milk and housemade caramel syrup. Direct-from-farm Rishi Teas are also served, along with Treefort sodas, fresh-squeezed orange juice, and superfood smoothies. Diners can also pair beer and wine selections with cafe fare such as banana Nutella toasts, apple gouda paninis, or Thai-style chicken wraps.
769 Cleveland Ave S, Saint Paul, MN 55116, Phone: 651-699-5448
© Penny's Coffee
Penny's Coffee offers two locations in Minneapolis' North Loop and Linden Hills neighborhoods, serving up made-from-scratch food and beverages alongside pastries from local bakery Rose Street Patisserie. The company is committed to community involvement and accountability, paying all of its employees living wages and sourcing high-quality ingredients from a variety of local purveyors. Decadent coffee beverages are available for dine-in or to go, including single-origin espresso drinks prepared with syrup flavors such as lavender and salted caramel and turmeric-infused golden lattes available with oat or almond milk. A full menu of cafe fare includes jian bing-style Chinese crepes, coconut kale salads, and signature breakfast sandwiches prepared with Lowry Hill Meats sausage. Local craft beers and ciders are available on tap, along with white, red, and sparkling wines by the glass.
100 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55401, Phone: 612-295-9761
4.Five Watt Coffee
Five Watt Coffee offers three locations in Minneapolis' Kingfield and Northeast district and within the Keg and Case Market. The cafe, which was founded in 2014 by owners Caleb Garn and Lee Carter, serves up one-of-a-kind coffee and espresso-based beverages prepared with unusual ingredients such as cocktail bitters and chicory syrup, always remaining on the cutting edge of third-wave coffee innovation. Beer, wine, and low-alcohol-proof cocktails are also available at the cafe's Northeast location, which is located on East Hennepin in the city's Beltrami neighborhood. The cafe is also a hot spot for Twin Cities-area music aficionados, broadcasting its internet-based Radio Five Watt independent radio station out of its Northeast location 24 hours a day.
3745 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409, Phone: 612-259-7519
5.Angry Catfish Bicycles and Coffee
© Angry Catfish Bicycles and Coffee
Angry Catfish Bicycles and Coffee is a unique hybrid coffee shop and bicycle retailer, located in South Minneapolis' residential Standish Erickson neighborhood. The shop, which was founded by owner Joshua Klauck in 2010, uses beans from famed Chicago-based coffee chain Intelligentsia in all of its beverages, including decadent selections such as its popular smoked sea salt mocha. Bicycles from top brands are also sold at the store, including Northern Frameworks, Advocate Cycles, Early Rider, and Twin Six Standard. Cycling enthusiasts can also find apparel from brands such as 45NRTH and Podiumwear or snag gear from Garmin, Mad Alchemy, or Light and Motion.
4208 28th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406, Phone: 612-722-1538
© Peace Coffee
Peace Coffee is the vision of owner Lee Wallace, named as one of Twin Cities Business Magazine's Top 100 People to Know in 2019. The cafe, which was opened to the public in 2010, offers three locations throughout the Twin Cities area in Wonderland Park, Capella Tower, and AT&T Tower and roasts all of its own beans within its roastery facility in South Minneapolis' sustainability-focused Greenway Building. Coffee shop beverages such as the cafe's mint-heavy Johnny Weir latte or ginger and juniper-infused Himalayan Breeze use housemade syrups and milk sourced from local purveyors Autumnwood Dairy, with classic drinks such as pourovers, Americanos, and cappuccinos also available. Pastries from Patisserie 46 and Sift Gluten Free are also served up, including rotating muffins, scones, and bagels.
3262 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406, Phone: 612-877-7760
© Claddagh Coffee
Claddagh Coffee is a cozy, low-key coffee shop offering two locations throughout the Minneapolis region, in the city's West 7th and Selby/Dale neighborhoods. The cafe, which is owned by Mary Hogan-Bard and named after the Irish heart and crown symbol which stands for love and loyalty, opened the doors to its first location in 2011 and expanded its franchise in 2015. Since then, it has been acclaimed as one of the Twin Cities' best coffee shops by major publications such as Minnesota Monthly, Verily Magazine, and the Saint Paul Pioneer Press. Traditional breves, cortados, and shot in the darks brewed with Dogwood Coffee beans pair with specialty lattes such as the espresso and Coca-Cola ice cream float Drop Kick Murphy and the cafe's namesake drink, which is infused with Irish cream and dark chocolate. Health-conscious food options include veggie paninis, red pepper hummus pitas, and spicy black bean burgers.
459 7th St W, Saint Paul, MN 55102, Phone: 651-600-3400
Groundswell is a quaint neighborhood cafe in St. Paul's Hamline Midway neighborhood, opened in 2009 by owner Seth McCoy. The cafe, which expanded to offer in-house bakery services in 2013, gained national acclaim two years later when its head baker Megan Greulich appeared as a contestant on Food Network's annual Christmas Cookie Challenge. Today, it serves up comforting coffee beverages such as honey miel lattes alongside a carefully-curated menu of regional craft beers, fine wines, and non-alcoholic tea and juice options. Creative breakfast fare ranges from pumpkin pie pancakes to Earl Grey-infused waffles, while lunch options include health-conscious plates such as tempeh reuben sandwiches and Korean-style plant-based bratwursts. The cafe is also a partner with local arts organization HWY North, hosting a variety of art-focused events throughout the year, including the Grounds and Sounds music festival.
1342 Thomas Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55104, Phone: 651-645-6466
© Anelace Coffee
Anelace Coffee is a specialty cafe in Northeast Minneapolis' Central Avenue district, offering one of the city's only multi-roaster programs. The cafe carefully selects a rotating variety of single-origin coffees, including favorite brews from regional and national roasters such as Michigan’s Anthology Coffee, Wisconsin’s Ruby Coffee Roasters, and North Carolina's Counter Culture Coffee. Specialty beverages include smooth, simple cortados and lattes prepared with housemade vanilla and cardamom syrups. The company's cold press coffee can also be found on tap at the neighboring Fair State Brewing taproom. A selection of pastries is available daily from several local bakeries, including Nokomis Bakeshop and Aki's BreadHaus.
2402 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418, Phone: 612-236-4870
10.The Bachelor Farmer Cafe
© The Bachelor Farmer Cafe
The Bachelor Farmer Cafe is the morning-hours cafe of acclaimed Minneapolis fine dining destination The Bachelor Farmer, which serves up seasonal, locally-sourced entrees paying tribute to the North's unique harvest bounties. While fare such as grilled venison and pickled strawberries takes center stage at dinner, morning diners can grab a cup of the cafe's custom Dogwood Coffee North Loop blend brew alongside delicious pastries crafted by head pastry chef Emily Marks. Blueberry, apple, and wild rice porridge is served up during the morning hours, while made-to-order lunch menus focus on open-faced sandwich options such as pork pastramis, smoked salmon sandwiches, and salt-roasted beet and goat cheese sandwiches. A selection of seasonal soups and salads are also available, including favorites such as butternut squash soup with maple and curried walnuts.
200 N 1st St, Minneapolis, MN 55401, Phone: 612-206-3920
© Kopplin's Coffee
Kopplin's Coffee is a bustling neighborhood coffee shop in St. Paul's Merriam Park neighborhood, owned and operated by its namesake Andrew Kopplin since 2006. The European-style cafe is a popular gathering spot for coffee aficionados and neighborhood families alike, serving up smooth house-roasted brews prepared by its in-house Clover brewing machine. Classic coffee shop beverages such as cafe con panna are complemented by decadent specialty drinks such as the cafe's dark mochas, which are prepared with single-origin organic Valrhona chocolate. Teas and chais from Verdant Tea are also served, along with a selection of pastries from regional bakers Patisserie 46 and Rustica Bakery. Cheese plates curated by the St. Paul Cheese Shop are also available throughout the day.
2038 Marshall Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55104, Phone: 651-698-0457
12.Gray Fox Coffee and Wine
© Gray Fox Coffee and Wine
Gray Fox Coffee and Wine is the latest restaurant offering from Danielle and Chris Bjorling, the proprietors of Minneapolis' popular Copper Hen Cakery and Kitchen. The cafe, which is located within a beautiful atrium spot within the TCF Tower, serves up unique beverages such as its signature Millennial Pink Latte, which blends beetroot powder, strawberry, and oat milk with espresso and is served in a rose gold to-go cup. Excellent cafe fare is available to complement drinks, including cold sandwiches filled with ingredients such as turkey, brie, and hummus and a variety of clever panini selections. Meat and cheese boards are also available, along with smoothie bowls and the cafe's signature Fig and the Pig pizza. Beer, wine, and f'rose are available at the cafe's bar.
801 S Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55402, Phone: 612-886-3770
12 Best Coffee Shops in Minneapolis & St. Paul
- Dogwood Coffee Company, Photo: Dogwood Coffee Company
- Quixotic Coffee, Photo: Quixotic Coffee
- Penny's Coffee, Photo: Penny's Coffee
- Five Watt Coffee, Photo: Thongsuk/stock.adobe.com
- Angry Catfish Bicycles and Coffee, Photo: Angry Catfish Bicycles and Coffee
- Peace Coffee, Photo: Peace Coffee
- Claddagh Coffee, Photo: Claddagh Coffee
- Groundswell, Photo: Groundswell
- Anelace Coffee, Photo: Anelace Coffee
- The Bachelor Farmer Cafe, Photo: The Bachelor Farmer Cafe
- Kopplin's Coffee, Photo: Kopplin's Coffee
- Gray Fox Coffee and Wine, Photo: Gray Fox Coffee and Wine
- Cover Photo: clownbusiness/stock.adobe.com