Brooklyn is high on the list when it comes to having the highest caffeine intake per capita with a café or coffee shop on almost every corner. While there are regular chains like Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts, there are also plenty of independent third-wave coffee shops around from farm-to-table roasteries to Scandi-style cafés with designer décor and coffee to match. Whether you are you looking for the most robust espresso or an electrifying cold brew, here are some of the best spots for your caffeine fix in Brooklyn. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Café Grumpy – Greenpoint
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Café Grumpy Greenpoint is a hip local coffeehouse chain and spacious café next door to the Café Grumpy Roastery that serves a range of house-roasted brews in a relaxed setting. Established in 2005 by two women, the independently-owned Certified Women-Owned Business Enterprise focuses on community, sustainability, and social responsibility, ethically sourced beans from artisans around the globe, and roasting them locally. A dedicated team of friendly dedicated baristas creates and serves a range of coffee and specialty drinks, and freshly baked pastries and other sweet treats are available to pair with the coffee menu.
193 Meserole Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222, Phone: 718-349-7623
2.Coffee Project NY
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The East Village’s Coffee Project is an independently-owned coffee shop that takes coffee to a new level. Established by Chi Sum Ngai and her partner Kaleena Teoh in 2015, the 3,725 square-foot Coffee Project NY features New York State’s only Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) Premier Training Campus, which offers certified classes to coffee industry professionals wanting to further their education and advance career opportunities. The café serves innovative coffee drinks such as delicious pour overs and deconstructed lattes, Nitro Coffee, and Project One, which comes with a glass of sparkling water and a little waffle cookie.
239 E 5th Street, New York NY 10003, Phone: 212-228-7888
3.Hungry Ghost Coffee
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Founded by Turkish immigrant Murat Uyaroglu in 2012, Hungry Ghost Coffee first opened on the corner of Flatbush and 6th Avenues in Prospect Heights and quickly expanded to Fulton Street in Fort Greene and another nine locations throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan. The cafés provide a warm and welcoming gathering spot for the community and serve the highest quality Stumptown Coffee and healthy farm-to-table fare from partnered businesses such as Ovenly and BKLYN Larder. The coffee menu offers a variety of standard coffee such as americano, single and double espresso, cappuccino, macchiato, and latte, along with several teas, and juices.
781 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217, Phone: 718-797-3595
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Roots Cafe is a cash-only coffee shop based in a long and narrow space that serves all-day breakfast and lunch and fantastic coffee. The café serves locally-roasted coffee from Ithaca-based Forty Weight Coffee Roasters, run by Andrew Ballard and Matt Marks, who are committed to ethical, responsible, and transparent business practices. In addition to the regular coffee favorites, Roots also has an expansive list of teas and specialty drinks like the Yoo-Hoo with espresso and iced coconut Americano. Light bites range from breakfast burritos and sandwiches to fresh salads, and a small, but charming patio offers alfresco dining and poetry readings on warm summer nights.
639A Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215, Phone: 929-301-5535
Southside Coffee is a casual neighborhood café in South Park Slope that serves delicious coffee, pastries, and sandwiches. The coffee menu features coffee such as Intelligentsia espresso, PT’s Coffee Roasting Co. and Counter Culture drip, French Press, and filtered Clever Dripper, along with americano, single and double espresso, cappuccino, macchiato, and lattes. A food menu of light fare includes freshly-baked muffins, scones, and cookies from Lot 2, as well as flaky croissants from Balthazar. Southside Coffee has comfortable indoor seating and a small outdoor area for alfresco-style dining and coffee drinking.
654 6th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215, Phone: 347-599-2884
6.Bluestone Lane DUMBO Coffee Shop
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Located at 55 Prospect Street, Bluestone Lane’s DUMBO Café is based on the new pioneering development called DUMBO Heights campus. Nestled in the heart of a thriving, active community, the café features blue-vein polished concrete flooring, stylish décor with brass trimmings on white oak, and stunning white Carrera marble bar serving a variety of freshly brewed coffee, specialty coffee drinks, cold-pressed juice, and sodas. The café serves an all-day menu of seasonal, health-oriented fare with innovative twists such as Avocado Smash, Bacon Egg Roll, and classic Birther Muesli.
55 Prospect St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, Phone: 718-374-6858
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7.Abbotsford Road Coffee Specialists
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Abbotsford Road Coffee Specialists is a casual neighborhood café and coffee roaster set in an industrial-like space on Sackett Road that serves a range of espresso drinks and light fare. The spacious 2,700square-foot spot boasts 40 seats and plenty of tables and serves coffee made from Australian company Di Bella Coffee beans. The drinks are accompanied by a menu of light fare from sandwiches and salads to freshly baked pastries and other sweet treats, and the coffee shop has an educational space where coffee lovers can take classes from professional baristas on how to make the perfect cup of coffee.
573 Sackett Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217, Phone: 347-384-2862
8.Black Brick Coffee
Black Brick Coffee is a cozy, softly-lit café that serves Stumptown Coffee and Dough donuts in a quiet atmosphere. The low-key café has a warm and welcoming ambiance with vintage décor, a giant swing chair, and a charming back patio for sipping morning coffee outside. The café serves a variety of standard coffee such as americano, single and double espresso, cappuccino, macchiato, and latte, along with specialty coffee drinks like single-origin French presses, nitrox, Chemex, and pour-over coffee. Drinks are accompanied by a selection of freshly baked pastries, mouthwatering donuts, and other baked goods, and the café is open all day, seven days a week.
300 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249, Phone: 718-384-0075
Homecoming is a small, serene, and very stylish florist and gift shop with a coffee corner selling single-origin coffee drinks and fresh pastries. The brainchild of Vanessa Chinga-Haven and Paul Diaz, the café-cum-florist boasts exposed-brick wall, and a sunny interior with beautiful bohemian accents and offers a menu of hot and cold brews, including espresso, cappuccino, macchiato, chai lattes, hot chocolate, several teas, and almond soy milk. Light fare and sweet treats include croissants, cookies, muffins, and donuts by Dough, which are served along with drinks during shop hours.
107 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY 11222, Phone: 347-457-5385
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10.Jessi's Coffee Shop
Jessi's Coffee Shop is a quaint urban café and coffee shop that serves a variety of standard coffee such as americano, single and double espresso, cappuccino, macchiato, and latte, along with several teas, healthy smoothies and a selection of freshly baked pastries, sandwiches, wraps, and other light bites.
223 Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206, Phone: 718-386-3931
11.Playground Coffee Shop
Playground Coffee Shop is a low-key, minimalist coffeehouse is a casual neighborhood spot that serves excellent coffee and specialty coffee drinks and has a section dedicated to showcasing works by local artists. The coffee menu features a variety of standard coffee such as americano, single and double espresso, cappuccino, macchiato, and latte, along with several teas and a selection of freshly baked pastries, and other light bites. Playground Coffee Shop also hosts a variety of events and private functions after store hours, such as community meetings, open mic nights, art exhibitions, and educational courses. Playground Coffee Shop is open all day, seven days a week.
1114 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216, Phone: 718-484-4833
12.Sit & Wonder
Sit & Wonder is a casual, cash-only coffeehouse and social gathering space for the community to come and enjoy great coffee among friends. The café has a beautiful outdoor garden where morning coffee and mouthwatering croissants can be enjoyed or an English-style pot of tea and slice of homemade cake in the afternoon. The café focuses on serving organic, Fair-Trade coffee made from ethically-sourced beans from around the world, along with light fare such as sandwiches, freshly baked pastries, cakes, cookies, and other sweet treats.
688 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238, Phone: 718-622-0299
13.Breukelen Coffee House
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Proudly serving the neighborhood of Crown Heights since 2009, Breukelen Coffee House is a cozy coffeehouse Prospect Park that serves Stumptown Coffee and excellent pastries. Located with walking distance from the Botanic Gardens, the Brooklyn Museum, and Prospect Park Zoo and offers a good spot for a coffee break while exploring the city. The coffee menu has a variety of standard coffee such as americano, single and double espresso, cappuccino, macchiato, and latte, along with several teas, freshly baked goods, and other sweet treats. The café has complimentary wireless Internet and is a quiet spot for getting some work done.
764 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238, Phone: 718-789-7070
Charter Coffeehouse is a small neighborhood café with a cozy, casual environment that also features a hair salon where visitors can get a haircut or have their hair styled while sipping great coffee and teas. The café has warm interiors with wood finished and plenty of seating and a pleasant, inviting ambiance. The café serves a farm-to-table menu of delectable dishes prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients from regional farmers and artisanal producers. The coffee menu features a selection of standard coffee drinks such as americano, single and double espresso, cappuccino, macchiato, and latte, along with a variety of teas, iced teas, and chai lattes.
309 Graham Ave #1, Brooklyn, NY 11211, Phone: 347-721-3735
15.Daily Press Coffee
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Daily Press is an unfussy neighborhood spot that serves excellent coffee in a casual space with no pretentions. Boasting two locations in Bed-Stuy and Ocean Hill, Daily Press celebrates the heritage of both historical neighborhoods with spaces where the community can gather and enjoy great coffee, freshly baked pastries, and other light fare in a relaxed, laid-back ambiance. The Bed-Stuy location also serves craft beer and wine, and there is a full service in Ocean Hill that offers craft beers, casual wins, handcrafted cocktails and a selection of burritos, and other snacks.
505 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238, Phone: 347-240-1101
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Based inside an industrial brick building and former warehouse when the neighborhood was a working waterfront district, Devoción Café is a hip, chic café that serves thoughtfully-sourced Colombian coffee. The coffee house boasts steel beams; exposed brick walls flanked with greenery, natural light from a large skylight, and plenty of comfortable seating options, including plush leather sofas. The café has a roasting room where guests can see the beans being roasted to perfection before sipping a variety of coffees from drip, French press, and espresso to pour-over and cold brews. Devoción Café is open for breakfast, lunch, and early dinner, seven days a week.
69 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11249, Phone: 718-285-6180
17.Kos Kaffe Roasting House
Kos Kaffe Roasting House is a bright coffee shop in Park Slope that offers a range of coffee and specialty coffees and quick, well-made breakfasts and lunches. The local café provides complimentary wireless Internet, so it makes for an excellent place to do some work or study and serves delicious breakfast plates such as bacon and feta frittatas, buckwheat pancakes, and biscuit breakfast sandwiches. Lunch dishes range from gourmet sandwiches, masala-spiced chicken salad, and other healthy fare, and breakfast and lunch menus are available all day.
251 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215, Phone: 718-768-6868
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Partners Coffee is a Brooklyn roastery and coffee shop that serves gourmet coffee and offers coffee education classes. Formerly known as Toby’s Estate, which was founded by attorney-turned-barista Toby Smith in 1997, Partners Coffee is now helmed by Australian couple Amber Jacobsen and Adam Boyd and offers locally-roasted coffee from thoughtfully-sourced beans to drink in or take home in bright packaging. The café serves a selection of freshly baked pastries and sandwiches and has a Partners Brew School that offers a wide range of brewing for people wanting to learn how to make the perfect cup of coffee in a variety of methods.
125 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249, Phone: 347-586-0063
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Conveniently located directly on top of the L and G trains in the heart of Williamsburg, Sugarburg is a brick-walled café-bar hybrid with dining tables, cozy booths, and a central bar serving a variety of coffee drinks, craft beers and a selection of light bites. Open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and early evening cocktails, the café’s espresso bar serves a range of standard coffee drinks such as americano, single and double espresso, cappuccino, macchiato, and latte, along with a variety of teas, iced teas, and chai lattes. The full-service bar serves signature cocktails, whiskey, craft beers, and high-end spirits such as tequila.
519 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211, Phone: 917-618-3029
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20.Sweetleaf Coffee & Espresso Bar
Sweetleaf Coffee & Espresso Bar specializes in unique, high-quality espressos from Ritual, Sight Glass, and Stumptown and Counter Culture coffee. Based on Jackson Avenue, the original location for the ever-expanding coffee chain, the café also serves two special iced coffee drinks called the Rocket Fuel – a cold brew spiked with maple syrup, chicory, and milk, and the Voodoo Child – a Vietnamese-inspired iced coffee made with sweetened condensed milk. A hip record room has a vintage turntable and an extensive collection of vinyl that can be enjoyed, and complimentary wireless Internet for digital nomads and students.
10-93 Jackson Avenue, Queens, NY 11101, Phone: 917-832-6726
21.The West Brooklyn
West Brooklyn is a rustic-industrial hangout that provides a comfortable, sustainable space for local creatives to showcase their works. Inspired by and named after Brooklyn-born iconic actress Mae West, The West was established in 2010 to offer a welcoming place for the district’s community of talented and progressive artists to eat, work, and be entertained. Open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and early evening cocktails, the café serves as a space for creatives and freelancers to work during the day and serves a selection of standard coffee drinks such as americano, single and double espresso, cappuccino, macchiato, and latte, along with a variety of teas. It transforms into an intimate bar and live music venue by night and offers signature cocktails, craft beers, and high-end spirits.
379 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211, Phone: 718-599-1704
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22.Blue Bottle Coffee
Located in the historic Lewis Steel Building on North 4th Street, Blue Bottle Coffee is a multi-roaster coffee chain that specializes in roasting, brewing, and serving artisan coffee using classic coffee-crafting devices. Once known for steel manufacturing, Williamsburg is now a leader in the arts, crafts, and creative scene, and Blue Bottle Coffee fits right in. Boasting a beautifully restored 1958 Faema Urania espresso machine, a vintage Probat roaster, a La Marzocco espresso machine, and Japanese Kyoto-style ice-coffee drippers, the trendy café serves a variety of standard coffee, along with specialty coffee drinks like single-origin French presses, nitrox, Chemex, and pour-over coffee.
76 N. 4th Street, Store A, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Sey Coffee is a sleek, lightwood-laden café in Bushwick with stylish Nordic-style décor and lots of greenery. The inviting space is bright and airy and is an ideal spot for brunching or lunching with friends or catching up on some work and serves a selection of espresso drinks made with single-origin coffee, potent cold brews, flat whites, lattes, and pour-overs. Established by Lobin Polk and Lance Schnorenbergthe, the brains behind Brooklyn-based Lofted Coffee, Sey (yes, spelled backward), is well known for its Nordic-style coffee, which his roasted in-house and served by professional and friendly baristas.
18 Grattan Street, New York, NY 11206, Phone: 347-871-1611
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24. Furman's Coffee
Furman’s Coffee is a cozy counter-serve café that serves freshly brewed coffee and specialty coffee drinks, a variety of teas, and light fare such as sandwiches, wraps, salads, and fresh-baked pastries. The coffee menu has a variety of standard coffee such as americano, single and double espresso, cappuccino, macchiato, and latte, along with several teas, freshly baked goods and other sweet treats, and the café is open all day, seven days a week.
547 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216, Phone: 207-232-2930
25 Best Brooklyn Coffee Shops
- Café Grumpy – Greenpoint, Photo: Café Grumpy – Greenpoint
- Coffee Project NY, Photo: Viacheslav Iakobchuk/stock.adobe.com
- Hungry Ghost Coffee, Photo: Hungry Ghost Coffee
- Roots Cafe, Photo: silvana/stock.adobe.com
- Southside Coffee, Photo: Kittiphan/stock.adobe.com
- Bluestone Lane DUMBO Coffee Shop, Photo: Bluestone Lane DUMBO Coffee Shop
- Abbotsford Road Coffee Specialists, Photo: Abbotsford Road Coffee Specialists
- Black Brick Coffee, Photo: sinhyu/stock.adobe.com
- Homecoming, Photo: Homecoming
- Jessi's Coffee Shop, Photo: kittipong/stock.adobe.com
- Playground Coffee Shop, Photo: Alexander/stock.adobe.com
- Sit & Wonder, Photo: barameefotolia/stock.adobe.com
- Breukelen Coffee House, Photo: Korn V./stock.adobe.com
- Charter Coffeehouse, Photo: weerachai/stock.adobe.com
- Daily Press Coffee, Photo: Evgenia Parajanian/stock.adobe.com
- Devocion, Photo: Devoción
- Kos Kaffe Roasting House, Photo: taira42/stock.adobe.com
- Partners Coffee, Photo: Farknot Architect/stock.adobe.com
- Sugarburg, Photo: Sugarburg
- Sweetleaf Coffee & Espresso Bar, Photo: Patcharanan/stock.adobe.com
- The West Brooklyn, Photo: nalinratphi/stock.adobe.com
- Blue Bottle Coffee, Photo: ahirao/stock.adobe.com
- SEY COFFEE, Photo: chettarin/stock.adobe.com
- Furman's Coffee, Photo: methaphum/stock.adobe.com
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