Cincinnati may not be high on the list of well-known coffee cities, but as one of the fastest-growing cities in the midwestern United States, the Queen City has a lot to offer specialty coffee lovers and java aficionados. Home to a burgeoning craft beer scene, the city's coffee scene has followed suit with local roasting companies and coffee cafés popping up everywhere. From highly curated multi-roaster coffee shops to homegrown coffee roasting companies, here are some of Cincinnati's top spots for a great cup of joe. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Mom 'n 'Em Coffee & Wine
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Located in Camp Washington, Mom ‘n 'Em Coffee & Wine is a locally-owned and operated café and wine bar that serves freshly brewed coffee and specialty coffee drinks, wine, and handcrafted cocktails, along with fresh pastries, breakfast bites, tinned fishes, and other deli items. Owned by brothers Tony and Austin Ferrari, the café is dedicated to their mother Theresa Ferrari and features beautiful murals on the side of the building. Their menu serves a selection of coffees, teas, craft beers, and casual wines, and has a cozy interior with stylish décor.
3128 Colerain Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45225, Phone: 513-886-0591
2.Newberry Bros. Coffee
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Newberry Bros. Coffee is a unique café and bistro that is home to the Prohibition Bourbon Bar that features the largest collection of bourbon and rye whiskeys in the world. Newport's original coffee roaster, Newberry Bros. Coffee, serves organic, Fair-Trade coffee and Espresso, which is roasted in small batches on-site each week, along with freshly baked pastries and other light fare. The Prohibition Bourbon Bar prohibition-era speakeasy-themed bar that serves a wide variety of bourbon and rye whiskeys, along with a great selection of Scotch, Irish and Japanese whiskeys, cocktails, wine, and beer.
530 Washington Ave, Newport, KY 41071, Phone: 859-261-9463
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3.1215 Wine Bar & Coffee Lab
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1215 Wine Bar & Coffee Lab is a homey, brick-walled café and self-designated "wine bar and coffee lab that serves a variety of specialty coffee, wines from around the world, small plates of light fare and freshly baked goods in a cozy, laid-back atmosphere. The café features plenty of seating at tables and tools at a full-service bar, and large windows that flood interiors with natural light and offer views onto the sidewalk. Located in the heart of OTR, the café is ideally placed for grabbing a coffee and browsing the surrounding shops.
1215 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Phone: 513-429-5745
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4.Awakenings Coffee Roasters
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Situated in Hyde Park Square, Awakenings Coffee Roasters is an independently-owned shop that offers specialty coffee drinks and casual wines in a laid-back, friendly atmosphere. Boasting an art-filled space with ample seating with a bright and cheerful ambiance, Awakenings serves a wide variety of coffee and specialty sips like americano, espresso, latte, cappuccino, pour-over, drip coffee, and nitro. There is complimentary wireless Internet for digital nomads, comfortable seating for relaxing with a book, and fantastic views of Hyde Park Square.
2734 Erie Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208, Phone: 513-321-2525
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5.BLOC Coffee Company
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Located in East Price Hill's Incline District, BLOC Coffee Company is a minimal, yet spacious coffee shop that partners with neighborhood development center BLOC Ministries to support disadvantaged families and children, and local roaster Deeper Roots Coffee to offer excellent coffee all day. Dedicated to helping the surrounding community through education and involvement, BLOC Coffee Company a truly invested community establishment and features large windows that allow lots of natural light into space, creating a light and bright atmosphere. There is complimentary wireless Internet for digital nomads and plenty of comfortable seating for relaxing with a book.
801 Mt Hope Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45204, 45205
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6.Carabello Coffee Company
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Located just across the Ohio River in Newport, Carabello Coffee Company is an open and spacious coffee shop that serves a wide range of coffee, specialty coffee drinks, and freshly baked pastries, and other sweet treats. The shop is divided into three different areas – a casual coffee bar, a full-service bar serving cocktail-like coffee creations, and space at the back of the shop for coffee-roasting. Owned by Justin and Emily Carabello, Carabello began a small operation in a garage and has grown into a bustling coffee shop that serves organic, farm-direct Fair Trade coffee. The café has indoor and outdoor seating, hosts bar takeovers from local and regional roasters, and offers coffee training courses.
107 E 9th St, Newport, KY 41071, Phone: 859-415-1587
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© Coffee Emporium
Boasting five locations around the city, Coffee Emporium is the oldest operating coffee house in Cincinnati. Each site is spacious and bright with Cincinnati themed art-adorned walls, ample seating, complimentary wireless Internet, and serves a wide variety of coffee and specialty sips like americano, Espresso, latte, cappuccino, pour-over, drip coffee and nitro, and a range of freshly baked pastries and sweet treats. The artisan emporium roasts the highest quality beans in small batches at their roastery and boasts an indoor seating area on the second floor and an outdoor area with tables that are covered by a wooden canopy decorated with green lush foliage.
3316 Erie Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45208
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Collective Espresso is a casual coffee shop with several locations around the city that brew up some of the best coffees around the country with beans from house coffees like Louisville's Quills Coffee Roasters, and an extensive guest roaster program featuring nationally renowned companies, such as Sweet Bloom, Kuma, Madcap, and Hex. The small, but cozy cafés have local baristas working their trade and friendly, welcoming atmospheres and serves delicious pastries from the local bakery, Mainwood Pastry. The calm, light-filled cafés serve a wide variety of coffee and specialty sips like americano, Espresso, latte, cappuccino, pour-over, drip coffee, and nitro and have complimentary wireless Internet.
207 Woodward St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Phone: 513-900-0154
9.College Hill Coffee Company and Casual Gourmet
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College Hill Coffee Company is a warm and welcoming restaurant and coffee shop and relaxed hangout that serves a range of freshly brewed coffee, inventive light fare, and decadent desserts. The unique dining establishment hosts live music on Friday and Saturday nights and features a crafty gift shop that sells packages of locally roasted coffee, a variety of teas, and other coffee collectibles. The coffee menu features regular coffee drinks along with specialty sips like an espresso shake, which features Espresso, low-fat frozen yogurt, chocolate, and whipped cream.
6128 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45224, Phone: 513-542-2739
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10.Deeper Roots Coffee
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Deeper Roots Coffee is a local wholesale coffee roaster that focuses on ethical sourcing and crafting of specialty coffees. Boasting several locations around the city, Deeper Roots Coffee cafés have comfortable, light-filled spaces with ample seating and complimentary wireless Internet, and the roastery on Colerain Avenue offers guided tours and tastings. Director of coffee, Les Stoneham founded the Deeper Roots Development, a development organization that works towards improving the lives of small coffee farmers through ethical and Fair-Trade sourcing.
1814 Race St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Phone: 513-319-3021
11.Highland Coffee House
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Highland Coffee House is a local coffee shop and bar that serves a variety of coffee drinks, fresh sandwiches, and other light fare in a laid-back, relaxed atmosphere. Opened in 1978, the coffee has been providing the neighborhood with delicious coffee, tea, and other hot drinks, along with freshly baked pastries and light fare ever since. Located close to the University of Cincinnati campus, the "hole-in-the-wall" café has comfortable décor, plush couches, and soft lighting and is open every evening until late.
2839 Highland Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45219, Phone: 513-861-4151
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© Hyde Perk
Located in the heart of Hyde Park, Hyde Perk is a locally-owned coffeehouse that serves a wide variety of coffees, teas, and light breakfast snacks. Playing off the name of the neighborhood in which it is located, Hyde Perk offers indoor seating in a cozy space with ample room and complimentary wireless Internet, as well as a full-service drive-thru window for take-aways. Offering an array of regular coffee, hot drinks, and breakfast fare during the day, the café also serves a selection of casual wines and beers in the evenings and hosts live music on the weekends.
3664-B Edwards Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45208, Phone: 513-871-5111
Lola's is a neighborhood coffee house and local pub that serves locally roasted coffee and brewed beers, along with house-crafted specialty cocktails in a relaxed atmosphere. Boasting two locations in Downtown and Hyde Park, Lola's offers a menu full of seasonal-rotating drinks and light snacks and is a great spot to grab a coffee in the morning or a cocktail after work. Both locations have eclectic décor, art-adorned walls, and comfortable décor and has a warm and welcoming ambiance. The coffee menu features a wide variety of coffee and specialty sips like americano, Espresso, latte, cappuccino, pour-over, drip coffee, and nitro, as well as tea and other hot drinks.
24 W 3rd St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Phone: 513-381-3173
14.Lookout Joe: Mt. Lookout Coffee Roasters
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Located in the heart of the Mt. Lookout town square, Lookout Joe, Mt. Lookout Coffee Roasters is a friendly neighborhood coffee shop with indoor and outdoor seating that provides a comfy spot for morning coffee and meeting friends. The café offers complimentary wireless Internet and is an excellent place to catch up on some work or surf the net. The menu features a variety of caffeine-infused drink selections like americano, Espresso, latte, cappuccino, pour-over, and a mouthwatering breakfast menu with freshly baked pastries, muffins and donuts, and sweet treats.
3181 Linwood Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208, Phone: 513-871-8626
15.Mad Llama Coffee Shop
Mad Llama Coffee Shop is a quaint little llama-themed café in Madisonville that serves freshly roasted, high-quality coffee and delicious breakfast items, and sells a variety of llama trinkets. Cozy and comfortable, the little shop draws locals for morning cups of coffee and health fare with fresh home-baked bread, homemade muffins, and other sweet delights. Mad Llama Coffee Shop serves a wide variety of coffee and specialty sips like americano, Espresso, latte, cappuccino, pour-over, drip coffee and nitro, and a range of freshly baked pastries throughout the day.
5001 Kenwood Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45227, Phone: 513-417-8963
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© Muse Café
Muse Café is a neighborhood coffee shop located in the heart of Westwood that is known for serving handcrafted cocktails, freshly brewed coffee and light snacks, and hosting live music, spoken word performances, and gallery shows. The inviting café serves coffee from Seven Hills and Deeper Roots and a menu of food made with locally sourced and organic ingredients ranging from sandwiches and salads to freshly baked pastries. The café serves craft beer, wine, and cocktails in the evening and offers a range of entertainment from art shows to performances.
3018 Harrison Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45211, Phone: 513-906-7743
17.Redtree Art Gallery and Coffee Shop
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The Redtree Art Gallery and Coffee Shop is a creative community coffee shop and art gallery that showcases local art and supports local artists. The comfortable space is warm and welcoming, with plenty of seating and a shop selling a range of art-related items, gifts, and merchandise from scarves and shirts to bags and unique, locally handmade specialty items. The café hosts a changing art show each season and serves artfully roasted craft coffee, specialty coffee drinks, tea and hot chocolate, and freshly baked pastries throughout the day.
3210 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45209, Phone: 513-321-8733
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18.Rohs Street Cafe
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Located in the city's Clifton Heights neighborhood on the outskirts of the University of Cincinnati campus, Rohs Street Café is a beloved specialty coffee shop that serves the University's student body. Open every day of the week except Sunday, the large café is spacious and bright, and shares a space with the church next door, and often hosts live mic nights, music and spoken performances. The café serves Deeper Roots coffee, along with guest roasters such as Delaware's Brandywine Coffee Roasters, Columbus's Mission Coffee, and Vancouver's 49th Parallel. The casual spot is a popular place for students to visit to get some work done on a laptop with complimentary wireless and enjoy great coffee and friendly service.
245 W McMillan St, Cincinnati, OH 45219, Phone: 513-381-7647
19.Sitwell's Coffeehouse Act II
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Based in the Gaslight District, Sitwell's Coffeehouse Act II is an eclectic and spacious coffee shop with art-adored walls and an energetic vibe that is open until midnight every day. Conveniently located within walking distance from the University of Cincinnati's campus, the coffee shop serves an impressive menu of food and coffee-based drinks, making it a popular spot for breakfast, light brunch, and all-day coffee. The café has a full-service bar that serves a variety of casual wines, craft beers, and handcrafted cocktails and hosts live music throughout the week.
324 Ludlow Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45220, Phone: 513-281-7487
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© The BonBonerie
Located in O'Bryonville, the BonBonerie is a charming teapot-adorned bakery that serves homemade cupcakes, cakes, pastries, and cookies, and a light café menu of breakfast, brunch and lunch fare. The cozy bakery and café serve a wide variety of coffee like americano, Espresso, latte, and cappuccino, as well as tea, fruit juices, and other drinks. The café offers complimentary wireless Internet and is an excellent place to catch up on some work or enjoy coffee and cake with friends.
2030 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45208, Phone: 513-321-3399
21.The Coffee Shop on Wooster
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The Coffee Shop on Wooster is a locally-owned and operated coffee shop with a drive-through that serves coffee brewed with single-origin and flavor roasted coffee beans as well as healthy smoothies, bagel sandwiches, and freshly baked goods. Located in Fairfax just outside of downtown Cincinnati, the café features indoor and outdoor seating and a drive-through section, and serves the highest quality, freshest coffee and espresso creations made with handpicked, single-origin coffee beans and flavored coffee roasts, such as Hawaiian Hazelnut and Highlander Grogg, along with a wide selection of breakfast sandwiches, freshly-baked muffins, pastries, and other wholesome treats.
6110 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45227, Phone: 513-271-3350
22.The Kidd Coffee Co.
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The Kidd Coffee Co. is a friendly, local coffeehouse chain with five locations around town serving offers a menu of hot and cold brews, wines, and light bites. The community coffee shop that is passionate about coffee and serves coffee in a variety of forms, including americanos, espressos, lattes, macchiatos, cappuccinos, and seasonal specialty drinks. Light snacks include freshly baked pastries, muffins, and other sweet treats, and friendly café is ideal for a casual gathering with friends or a quick morning coffee.
441 Vine St suite 2-j, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Phone: 513-381-4300
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Urbana Café is a bright, multi-level coffeehouse serving classic Italian coffee drinks, imported tea, and decadent desserts. The café began off the back of a Piaggio Ape from which owner Daniel Noguera served Italian-style Espresso at the Findlay Market and has grown in two brick-and-mortar cafés in Pendleton and East Walnut Hills. The charming cafés boast comfy décor and ample seating and serve a range of Italian-style espressos and other coffee drinks, along with freshly baked pastries, providing an excellent spot for grabbing a coffee on the way to work or relaxing with friends.
1206 Broadway St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Phone: 513-813-3133
24.Wyoming Community Coffee
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Located in the heart of the Wyoming neighborhood, Wyoming Community Coffee is a popular local hangout with a stylish interior and classic décor, lush plants, shelves filled with books, and art-adorned walls. The shop features comfortable couches, comfortable chairs, wooden chairs, and large windows that fill the space with natural light and provide lovely views. The café offers an impressive menu of high-quality locally-sourced goods and freshly brewed coffee from ethically-sourced beans from coffee-growing regions around the world.
434 Springfield Pike A, Wyoming, OH 45215, Phone: 513-510-4765
25 Best Cincinnati Coffee Shops
- Mom 'n 'Em Coffee & Wine, Photo: Mom 'n 'Em Coffee & Wine
- Newberry Bros. Coffee, Photo: Newberry Bros. Coffee
- 1215 Wine Bar & Coffee Lab, Photo: 1215 Wine Bar & Coffee Lab
- Awakenings Coffee Roasters, Photo: Awakenings Coffee Roasters
- BLOC Coffee Company, Photo: BLOC Coffee Company
- Carabello Coffee Company, Photo: Carabello Coffee Company
- Coffee Emporium, Photo: Coffee Emporium
- Collective Espresso, Photo: Lek/stock.adobe.com
- College Hill Coffee Company and Casual Gourmet, Photo: College Hill Coffee Company and Casual Gourmet
- Deeper Roots Coffee, Photo: Deeper Roots Coffee
- Highland Coffee House, Photo: Highland Coffee House
- Hyde Perk, Photo: Hyde Perk
- Lola's, Photo: Lola's
- Lookout Joe: Mt. Lookout Coffee Roasters, Photo: Lookout Joe: Mt. Lookout Coffee Roasters
- Mad Llama Coffee Shop, Photo: leszekglasner/stock.adobe.com
- Muse Cafe, Photo: Muse Café
- Redtree Art Gallery and Coffee Shop, Photo: Redtree Art Gallery and Coffee Shop
- Rohs Street Cafe, Photo: Rohs Street Café
- Sitwell's Coffeehouse Act II, Photo: Sitwell's Coffeehouse Act II
- The BonBonerie, Photo: The BonBonerie
- The Coffee Shop on Wooster, Photo: The Coffee Shop on Wooster
- The Kidd Coffee Co., Photo: The Kidd Coffee Co.
- Urbana Cafe, Photo: OlegDoroshin/stock.adobe.com
- Wyoming Community Coffee, Photo: Wyoming Community Coffee
- Cover Photo: Farknot Architect/stock.adobe.com
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