Luxury high-rises stand side by side with former factories housing art galleries in the once culturally colorful and now rather stylish neighborhood of Chelsea. Home to the elevated park built atop previous railroad tracks known as the High Line and the famous Chelsea Market, the district is also home to modern coffee shops, cozy cafés, and innovative coffee purveyors to meet all coffee needs. Head to one of these hot coffee spots for a great cup of joe.
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Grace Street is a Korean café and coffee shop on W. 32nd Street in New York's Koreatown that serves a variety of coffee drinks and addictive desserts like Korean doughnuts, mochi waffles, and ho-duduk - pockets of fried dough filled with cinnamon caramel. The unassuming café a range of standard coffee drinks like cappuccinos, lattes, macchiatos, americanos, and single and double shot espressos, along with signature seasonal coffee drinks and teas. Surrounded by the hustle and bustle of Koreatown, Grace Street is a great spot to stop for a coffee and a sweet treat.
17 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001, Phone: 917-745-2125
2.La Colombe Coffee
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One of Philadelphia’s most renowned coffee roasting companies, La Colombe Coffee Roasters were the first to introduce rich Italian-style espressos, lattes on tap, and excellent macchiatos to the city’s coffee scene. Boasting five coffee shops in the shop’s hometown of Philly, and several more in other cities, La Colombe has been roasting and serving traditional European coffees since 1994 with five flagship blends. Co-founders Todd Carmichael and Jean-Philippe Iberti pride themselves on creating a coffee brand with a focus on sustainability and socially responsible coffee-growing, enabling support for local farmers and producers. All the locations serve a variety of traditional, hand-poured coffee specialty coffees and espressos along with fresh pastries and other baked goods for breakfast and lunch daily.
601 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001, Phone: 646-885-0677
3.A Little Taste
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Located in the heart of the bustling Flower District, A Little Taste is a European-inspired boutique café that serves freshly roasted coffee and delicious daily delivered local pastries in a chic and inviting setting. Owned by Analisse Taft-Gersten, A Little Taste brings the culture of a Parisian style café to Chelsea with mouthwatering pastries from local bakeries, including Salted Peanut Butter Cookie and Pains Au Chocolat, and a menu of standard coffee, along with specialty coffee drinks like single-origin French presses, nitrox, Chemex, and pour-over coffee. Other light bites on the food menu include Cheddar Mustard Scones and homemade Garden Vegetable Quiche, and the café is open for breakfast and lunch, Monday through Saturday.
148 West 28th Street, New York, NY 10001, Phone: 212-431-1000
Established in 2008, Bean&Bean Coffee is a local family-run coffee roasting company with a bean-first approach that ethically sources specialty coffee beans from sustainable farms in Hawaii, Jamaica, Ethiopia, Guatemala, and Mexico, among others. Beans are freshly roasted daily at the Queens roasting plant and distributed to each of the four coffee shops around town. The coffee menu features standard coffee drinks like cappuccinos, lattes, macchiatos, americanos, and single and double shot espressos, along with seasonal specialty drinks. Milk is sourced from Hudson Valley Fresh, and freshly baked sweet treats and pastries are delivered daily from partners such as Sensible Edibles, Il Laboratorio del Gelato, and Catskill Provisions.
318 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10001, Phone: 646-869-2070
5.Bird & Branch
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Bird & Branch is a casual neighborhood coffee shop owned by a husband-and-wife team that serves as a gathering spot for the community. The coffee shop serves direct-trade, single-origin Saint Frank Coffee, a company that is committed to sustainability, responsibility, and empowerment and offers a job training program for budding baristas and coffee aficionados. The coffee menu features standard coffee drinks like cappuccinos, lattes, macchiatos, americanos, and single and double shot espressos, along with signature seasonal sips like the snowy owl, the puffin, the mockingbird, mulled apple cider, and Iced passionfruit black tea. Light bites and sweet treats include prosciutto fig and cheese twists, yuzu ricotta toast, lemon bombolini, and banana walnut bread, and the café is open for breakfast and lunch, daily.
359 West 45th Street, New York, NY, 10036, Phone: 917-265-8444
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Hanamizuki Cafe is a minimalist-chic cafe and small oasis in the heart of Herald Square on 29th Street that specializes in contemporary Japanese food such as miso soup and omusubi (rice balls with various fillings). Tucked away and almost out of sight, the tiny eatery boasts a bright, airy space and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and serves a menu of traditional Japanese snacks, soups, side dishes, and sweet treats. Lunch specials include two rice balls, one miso soup, one side dish, and Japanese pickled vegetables, followed by mouthwatering matcha chiffon cakes. The café also serves excellent coffee to enjoy in or take away. Hanamizuki Cafe is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily.
143 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001, Phone: 212-695-5533
7.Citizens of Chelsea
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Established in 2016, Citizens of Chelsea is an Australian-style coffee shop that serves breakfast, lunch, and excellent coffee in a friendly and comfortable setting. The coffee shop is bright and clean with ample seating, art-adorned walls and offers a menu of standard coffee drinks like cappuccinos, lattes, macchiatos, americanos, and single and double shot espressos, along with signature seasonal coffee drinks and teas. The breakfast and lunch menu features made-from-scratch dishes prepared using locally sourced ingredients, along with freshly baked pastries and toasts and other delectable goodies. Citizens of Chelsea is a great spot for a quick lunch with friends or a grab-and-go coffee.
401 W 25th St, New York, NY 10001, Phone: 212-372-7663
8.Gotham Coffee Roasters
Founded in 2013, Gotham Coffee Roasters serves single-origin coffees that are curated and roasted by coffee veteran and shop owner Chris Calkins at the Pulley Collective in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The coffee house focuses on serving direct trade coffee and micro-lots from seasonal offerings, and the 450 square-foot coffee shop serves the highest quality coffee to both our retail and wholesale customers and specializes in forming and maintaining partnerships and providing outstanding customer service. Gotham Coffee Roasters offers a menu of standard coffee drinks like cappuccinos, lattes, macchiatos, americanos, and single and double shot espressos, along with signature seasonal coffee drinks and teas, as well as freshly baked pastries and light bites.
23 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011, Phone: 212-255-2972
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HARBS is a Japanese chain café that specializes in Japanese desserts, cakes, and sweet treats, along with exotic teas and coffees served in elegant banquette-lined spaces. Coined from the word ‘herbs,’ which are known for making people smile and relax, HARBS aims to do just that with their delectable food and drinks. In addition to serving mouthwatering cakes and desserts all day, the café also offers a lunch menu with fresh salads, sandwiches, and pasta dishes along with 100% Arabica coffee made from beans that have carefully harvested from all over the world and roasted in Seattle. HARBS also serves imported teas precisely blended by experts in Japan.
198 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011, Phone: 646-336-6888
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10.Intelligentsia Coffee Highline Coffee Bar
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Located in the High Line Hotel, Intelligentsia Coffee Highline Coffee Bar is a trendy outpost of the renowned Chicago-based direct-trade roaster that features a hip café in Chelsea with an industrial-chic setting. The coffeeshop serves the full range of Intelligentsia coffees from direct-trade sources, along with its Kilogram tea line and an exclusive sparkling iced tea, which is brewed in-house. The café also offers a selection of bakery items from Somerville’s Forge Baking Company throughout the day, and Intelligentsia’s coffee training lab is situated next to the café and provides training for caffeine enthusiasts and budding baristas.
High Line Hotel 180 10th Ave at, W 20th St, New York, NY 10011, Phone: 212-933-9736
11.King’s Street Coffee
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Based in a charming blue house on the corner of Royal and King Streets in Downtown Leesburg, King’s Street Coffee has been serving classic coffee shop beverages and light café fare for more than 30 years. Boasting a contemporary, rustic space with comfortable tables and chairs, the casual neighborhood coffee shop partners with Northern Virginia’s Lone Oak Coffee Company to provide a variety of traditional espresso beverages, as well as standard coffee drinks like cappuccinos, lattes, macchiatos, americanos, signature seasonal coffee drinks and teas. King’s Street Coffee serves a wide variety of delicious light bites and sweet treats delivered fresh from local bakers throughout the week.
121 W 30th St, New York, NY 10001, Phone: 212-335-0333
12.LULU COFFEE CO.
Founded in 2016, LÜLÜ COFFEE CO. is a locally-owned and operated café and coffee house that serves a variety of coffee drinks such as americano, single and double espresso, cappuccino, macchiato, and lattes, all of which are made using illy coffee beans, along with several teas, and a selection of freshly baked pastries, sandwiches, salads, and other light bites. The friendly, neighborhood café has comfortable seating, bright lights, and complimentary wireless Internet and is an excellent spot for catching up on work or having a coffee with friends.
59 W 30th St, New York, NY 10001, Phone: 212-444-2178
13.Luna Coffee Shop
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Luna Coffee Shop is a mellow coffeehouse with a handcrafted menu of farm-to-table breakfast and lunch fare and a wide range of different coffee and specialty coffee drinks. The friendly, neighborhood café serves a variety of coffee drinks such as single and double espresso, americano, cappuccino, macchiato, and lattes, along with several teas and a selection of freshly baked pastries, sandwiches, salads, and other light bites. The coffee shop has comfortable seating and complimentary wireless Internet and is an excellent spot for working or meeting with friends.
121 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001, Phone: 347-413-4032
14.Old Country Coffee
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Old Country Coffee is a quaint café with a spacious and airy setting that serves freshly baked cakes, scones, muffins, and pastries, along with a range of espresso drinks and tea. The cozy coffee shop has wooden décor and furnishings, large windows that light the interiors and offer views onto 34th Street, and country-style trinkets and items on shelves along the walls. The coffee menu features a variety of traditional, hand-poured coffee specialty coffees and espressos, along with fresh pastries and other baked goods for breakfast and lunch daily.
455 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001, Phone: 646-861-2171
Located in the Made Hotel, Paper Coffee is a casual hotel gathering spot that serves the highest quality coffee, tea, and baked goodies in a cozy, laid-back vibe. The charming coffee shop has warm wooden décor, comfortable banquettes, and communal tables, expansive windows that light the interiors and offer street views, and beautiful tiled floors. The coffee menu features a variety of traditional, hand-poured coffee specialty coffees and espressos, along with fresh pastries and other baked goods for breakfast and lunch daily.
44 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001, Phone: 212-213-4429
16.Seven Grams Caffe
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Seven Grams Caffe is a contemporary café and coffee shop with three locations around New York City that specialize in creating and serving the perfect espresso and gourmet espresso drinks. Featuring stylish, minimalist spaces with Nordic-style décor and white finishes, the cafés serve an array of fragrant espressos and decadent baked goods, all of which are made in-house. Professional baristas create the perfect cup of Italian coffee using seven grams of ground premium coffee (hence the name), which can be enjoyed with artisan baked goods made in-house, from scratch, and freshly baked daily.
275 7th Ave, New York, NY 10001, Phone: 212-727-1777
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17.Starbucks Reserve Roastery New York
The Starbucks Reserve Roastery New York is a massive roastery is Seattle-based coffee Starbucks chain’s high-end version of the regular coffee shop. The Reserve Roastery is large and spacious and caters to more upscale clientele with trendy bars selling handcrafted cocktails, and gourmet deli-style fare. The multi-level space spans 23,000-square-feet and is the largest working coffee roasting plant in Manhattan, producing freshly roasted thoughtfully sourced beans all day, and freshly baked pastries are sourced from a local Brooklyn commissary. Specialty drinks are served from a 60-foot bar on the mezzanine known as the Arriviamo Bar and include nitro draft latte, hazelnut Bianco latte (espresso with hazelnut praline-infused), and espresso-based ganache. Other attractions at the Roastery include a 10-foot, 2,000-pound copper siren sculpture, and an ornate fireplace.
61 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011, Phone: 212-691-0531
18.Stone Street Coffee Company
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Stone Street Coffee Company is a tiny café with a counter and a walk-up window that specializes in ethically-sourced small-batch coffee and freshly baked pastries. The artisanal café serves a variety of traditional espresso beverages, as well as standard coffee drinks like cappuccinos, lattes, macchiatos, americanos, signature seasonal coffee drinks, and teas. Light bites range from freshly baked pastries, cakes, muffins, and sandwiches, which are delivered fresh from local bakers throughout the week, and food and drinks can be savored in the café or taken away.
129 9th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215, Phone: 347-335-0751
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Telegraphe Café is a family-owned and operated café in the trendy neighborhood of Chelsea that prides itself on being a gathering for the community to enjoy excellent coffee, sweet and savory bites, and good conversation among friends. Open year-round, the French-inspired café has warm décor, comfortable seating, and an inviting, laid-back vibe where visitors can sip a variety of coffee drinks like cappuccinos, lattes, macchiatos, americanos, signature seasonal coffee drinks and teas. The food menu features French-influenced breakfast dishes, gourmet sandwiches, and fresh, made-to-order salads.
107 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011, Phone: 212-488-5810
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20.Tianti Books & Cafe
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Based in the Tianti Books store on 8th Avenue, Tianti Café is a peaceful haven in which to escape the hustle and bustle of midtown Manhattan and enjoy browsing a selection of Chinese spiritual literature and a great cup of coffee. The small café serves a variety of coffee like cappuccinos, lattes, macchiatos, americanos, signature seasonal coffee drinks, and teas, along with freshly baked pastries, quiches, gourmet sandwiches, and French-style cookies. Tianti Books also sells DVDs, CDs, and meditation accessories.
535 8th Ave, New York, NY 10018, Phone: 201-897-8788
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21.Variety Coffee Roasters
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Variety Coffee Roasters is a popular coffee chain with several locations around the city, including a café with an old-fashioned storefront on Graham Avenue and a hip new café and barista school corner of 25th Street and 7th Avenue in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. Based in an artisan producer's historic brick warehouse with a charming courtyard, the café is a stone’s throw from the Chelsea Whole Foods and the Fashion Institute of Technology, drawing a trendy, health-conscious crowd. The bustling coffee shops serve a variety of coffee drinks such as americano, single and double espresso, cappuccino, macchiato, and latte, along with a variety of teas, iced teas, and chai lattes.
368 Graham Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211, Phone: 347-599-2351
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Yanni’s Coffee is a locally-owned neighborhood hangout with an inviting atmosphere that serves high-quality coffee along with freshly baked cakes, scones, muffins, and pastries. The quaint café has a spacious and airy setting with wooden décor and furnishings, large windows that light the interiors, and bags of coffee on shelves along the walls. The coffee menu features a variety of traditional, hand-poured coffee specialty coffees and espressos, along with fresh pastries and other baked goods for breakfast and lunch daily.
96 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011, Phone: 646-833-7333
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22 Best Chelsea Coffee Shops
- Grace Street, Photo: Grace Street
- La Colombe Coffee, Photo: La Colombe Coffee
- A Little Taste, Photo: A Little Taste
- Bean&Bean, Photo: Bean&Bean
- Bird & Branch, Photo: Bird & Branch
- Hanamizuki Cafe, Photo: Hanamizuki Cafe
- Citizens of Chelsea, Photo: Citizens of Chelsea
- Gotham Coffee Roasters, Photo: sutichak/stock.adobe.com
- HARBS, Photo: Monkey Business/stock.adobe.com
- Intelligentsia Coffee Highline Coffee Bar, Photo: Intelligentsia Coffee Highline Coffee Bar
- King’s Street Coffee, Photo: King’s Street Coffee
- LULU COFFEE CO., Photo: chayathon2000/stock.adobe.com
- Luna Coffee Shop, Photo: Luna Coffee Shop
- Old Country Coffee, Photo: Farknot Architect/stock.adobe.com
- Paper Coffee, Photo: foxyburrow/stock.adobe.com
- Seven Grams Caffe, Photo: Seven Grams Caffe
- Starbucks Reserve Roastery New York, Photo: knlml/stock.adobe.com
- Stone Street Coffee Company, Photo: Stone Street Coffee Company
- Telegraphe Cafe, Photo: Telegraphe Café
- Tianti Books & Cafe, Photo: Tianti Books & Café
- Variety Coffee Roasters, Photo: Variety Coffee Roasters
- Yanni’s Coffee, Photo: Kris Tan/stock.adobe.com
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