Ohio’s state capital is not only packed with romantic things to see and do – stroll along the city’s Scioto Mile on the banks of the Scioto River or explore the American and European paintings and a sculpture garden at the Columbus Museum of Art – but it also has a plethora of cozy cafés, trendy coffee shops, global chains and tried-and-true roasters to grab a great cup of coffee. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Bottoms Up Coffee Co-op
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Bottoms Up Coffee Co-op is a community coffee shop that supports local charities by donating 10% of their sales to maternal- and child health-related needs in the Franklinton area. Located down West Broad Street in Franklinton, the café is naturally lit and decorated in natural colors, has several counters and tables, and offers co-working space for distance-based workers. The coffee menu features a variety of espresso and specialty drinks made with Brioso Coffee, including cappuccinos, cortados, drip coffee, pour overs, and Canary Island-style drinks. The café also serves a vegan-friendly selection of farm-to-table fare.
1069 W Broad St, Columbus, OH 43222, Phone: 614-706-2443
2.Fox in The Snow Cafe
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The Fox in the Snow Café is a quaint Italian Village café with a striking fox mural that is famous for its exceptional Italian coffee and mouthwatering sweet treats. Based within a renovated garage with large windows that flood interiors with natural light, the flagship bakery and café boast warm décor and wood furnishings, and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. The café has gained national acclaim for its high-quality coffee, which is supplied exclusively by Tandem Coffee Roasters from Portland, Maine, and its rustic, made-from-scratch baked goods that include cinnamon rolls, chocolate brownies, sticky buns, and galettes.
1031 4th St., Columbus, OH 43201
3.Stauf’s Coffee Roasters
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Stauf’s Coffee Roasters is a micro-roaster with six locations around the city that roast their beans in-house and sell a variety of wholesale coffee beans and tea. Established over 30 years ago, the long-standing coffee stalwart serves breakfast and lunch and has seven locations spread across the city, each of which exudes their character and atmosphere but serves high-quality coffee and freshly baked goods. Stauf’s Coffee Roasters uses exclusively gas-fired coffee roasters to roast their coffee using the best specialty grade green arabica beans available and sell a variety of coffee brewing equipment.
705 Hadley Drive, Columbus, OH, 43228, Phone: 1-800-7-STAUFS
© Kafe Kerouac
Kafe Kerouac is laid-back hangout with a neighborhood vibe that hosts poetry nights, comedy shows, and art exhibits, and serves outstanding coffee. Named after world-renowned American author and poet, Jack Kerouac, the indie coffee shop offers locally roasted, house-brewed coffee made with Fair-Trade brews, as well as a selection of local and imported craft beers and wines by the glass and bottle. The café has shelves packed with books for customers to read, board games, artworks adorning the wall, vinyl records for sale, and an area for stand-up comedy, live music, and poetry slams.
2250 N High St., Columbus, OH 43201, Phone: 614-299-2672
© Coffee Underground
Coffee Underground is a laid-back community space founded by the Indianola Church that offers a welcoming spot for drinking fantastic coffee, specialty coffee drinks, light fare, and live music. The café serves local roaster, One Line Coffee, in a variety of forms from americano, espresso, and cappuccino, as well as handcrafted specialty drinks, tea, and juices. Several different clubs and groups use the coffee shop space for gatherings, including study nights, game nights, book clubs, and more.
2141 Indianola Ave, Columbus, OH 43201, Phone: 614-725-1805
6.Global Gallery Coffee Shop
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The Global Gallery Coffee Shop is part coffee shop, part art gallery and part retail store that serves high-quality, Fair-Trade coffee, showcases artworks from local artists, and sells a variety of handcrafted products from clothing to jewelry. Founded in 1991 and located on North High Street, the marketplace-cum-coffee shop is a community-centric place both locals and visitors can enjoy great coffee drinks made with beans sourced from Fair-Trade farms, shop for local products, and buy some local art. The Global Gallery Coffee Shop is also at the Clintonville’s Summer Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings.
3535 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214, Phone: 614-262-5535
7.Brioso Roaster and Coffee Bar
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Brioso Roaster + Coffee Bar is a spacious café in downtown Columbus that was one of the city’s specialty coffee pioneers. Founded by Jeff Davis in 2001, the cafe-roastery has multiple locations around Columbus and serves a variety of coffees, pour-over, batch-brewed drip coffee, and cold brew on tap made with house-roasted beans. Signature coffees include a sweet Ohio Maple Latte and the Ohio Honey + Vanilla Latte, and the café-roastery offers hour-long classes that explore the history of coffee and the coffee-making process.
329 E Long St, Columbus, OH 43215, Phone: 614-754-9511
8.Luck Bros' Coffee House
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Tucked away in Grandview Heights, Luck Bros’ Coffee House is a friendly neighborhood coffee house that brews and serves superb small-batch local coffee in an unpretentious, laid-back setting. The coffee menu features Kyoto-style pour-over, cold brew, and specialty hot and cold espresso drinks, all of which are made with sustainably sourced and locally roasted Fair-Trade beans. The café also serves light fare for breakfast and lunch, as well as fresh donuts from local bakery Destination Donuts every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning.
1101 W 1st Ave., Columbus, OH 43212
9.Bexley Coffee Shop
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The Bexley Coffee Shop roasts its own beans sourced from Paulette’s Ripple Coffee an initiative that uses only beans grown by women farmers. Owners Nikki Ore and Maria Schlegel have created a menu of coffee drinks including brewed coffee, pour-overs, and espresso drinks, along with chai and hot chocolate. The coffee shop also serves and sells Thunderkiss Coffee beans and offers an array of house-made baked goods like scones, coffee cake, and muffins, alongside Sammy’s Bagels, which are produced down the street.
492 N Cassady Ave, Bexley, OH 43209
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10.Hemingway's Coffee Nook
Hemingway’s Coffee Nook is a charming 1920s Parisian-style coffee shop tucked into the lower floor of the 175 on the Park building next to the Columbus Commons. The café has a comfortable and cozy ambiance with elegant décor, a central coffee counter behind which a copper-covered Italian Arduino espresso machine takes center stage, and café tables with chairs. The café serves a menu of coffee drinks like pour-overs, espresso, and cold brew, as well as signature drinks like the Ode to Paris which features French vanilla, whipped cream, and cinnamon.
175 S 3rd St, Columbus, OH 43215, Phone: 614-745-3712
11.Crimson Cup Coffee Shop - Clintonville
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Crimson Cup Coffee Shop – Clintonville is a casual coffee shop with a drive-through on North High Street close to the campus of the Ohio State University. The coffee house has a one-of-a-kind brew bar where baristas create and serve small-batch, single-origin craft coffees brewed by the cup, as well as specialty sips such as nitro cold brew on tap, and innovative, seasonally inspired beverages. The drinks menu also features a selection of loose-leaf teas and iced and frozen drinks, and the café has indoor and outdoor seating, and complimentary wireless Internet.
4541 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214, Phone: 614-262-6212
12.Eat, Purr, Love Cat Cafe
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Eat, Purr, Love Cat Café is a cool and eclectic coffee shop that combines great coffee and cat cuddling. The charming little café serves a variety of freshly roasted and brewed coffee, assorted teas, specialty coffee drinks like cold brew, espresso drinks, and drip coffee, and a variety of beer, wine, fruit-infused drinks, and kombucha. A separate room is home to several cats that patrons can cozy up with and adopt if they feel the need, and the café hosts a variety of cat-related events and other functions throughout the year. Eat, Purr, Love Cat Café is open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week.
3041 Indianola Ave, Columbus, OH 43202
© Double Happy
The West Side’s Double Happy is a walk-up stand on Brown Road that specializes in thick, creamy, and delicious hand-blended milkshakes in a variety of mouthwatering flavors. The stand offers a selection of coffees, creamy milkshakes, and over 25 flavors of homemade ice-cream with cherry and chocolate dipping sauces. Fresh-fruit purees and sweet syrups are used to create and flavor the milkshakes, which are out-of-this-world concoctions that promise to delights like the Brown and Hopkins milkshake made with peanut butter, hot fudge, and chocolate ice cream. The coffee menu offers a full range of coffee drinks, such as cappuccino, lattes, frappes, and espresso made from organic, free-trade Peru penachi beans sourced from a single plantation owned by women.
1280 Brown Rd, Columbus, OH 43223
© Grandview Grind
Located in the Grandview Center, Grandview Grind is a traditional coffee house that serves a sizable coffee menu featuring the standard range of coffees such as lattes, espresso, specialty drinks, and smoothies. The spacious café is bright and light with a curved counter, comfortable seating, café tables and chairs, and an inviting atmosphere. Coffee is freshly brewed using local coffee suppliers such as Brioso, Backroom, Thunderkiss, Luck Bros, Boston Stoker, and Denver-based Novo, and delicious local treats from local bakeries like Patisserie Lallier.
1423 Grandview Ave, Columbus, OH 43212, Phone: 614-485-9005
15.Java's Carnegie’s Cafe
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Located on the first floor of the Main Library, Java's Carnegie’s Café is a small café that serves a wide variety of both cold and hot espresso-based and coffee drinks, iced coffee, smoothies, and teas. Deli items such as freshly prepared sandwiches, salads, and sides are available from Freedom A La Cart, along with an assortment of bagels, brownies, muffins, and cookies from Sammy's.
Public Main Library, 96 S Grant Ave, Columbus, OH 43215
16.Community Grounds Coffee & Meeting House
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Community Grounds Coffee & Meeting House is a casual space in the Ganthers Place neighborhood in the South Side of Columbus that serves a variety of freshly brewed coffee, tea, and light bites. The café serves as a gathering place for the community and hosts events, classes, and provide rental opportunities for special events. The café serves high-quality, freshly brewed coffee from sustainably sourced coffee beans, made-from-scratch food such as gourmet sandwiches, salads, baked goods, and pastries. The café also hosts fund-raising for various charities around town.
1134 Parsons Ave, Columbus, OH 43206, Phone: 614-725-0124
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© Colin's Coffee
Located in the Golden Bear Center, Colin's Coffee is a typical neighborhood coffee shop with comfortable seating, large glass windows that flood the interiors with natural light and offers views into the bustling mall, and complimentary wireless Internet. The coffee menu offers standard freshly brewed coffee such as americanos, espressos, cappuccinos, and lattes, as well as signature drinks like the Foglifter, and the iced Polar Blast. The food menu features fresh bagels from the Eastside's Block's Bagels, fluffy scones from My Sweet One Bakery, and gourmet sandwiches with a variety of toppings. The indie café has both indoor and outdoor seating.
3714 Riverside Dr, Columbus, OH 43221, Phone: 614-459-0598
18.German Village Coffee Shop
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The German Village Coffee Shop is a bustling, old-school diner on Thurman Avenue in the historic German Village neighborhood on the south edge of downtown Columbus that serves breakfast and lunch every day. Opened in 1981, the long-standing eatery has a classic diner atmosphere with a long counter and turning stools, dining booths with leather seats, and an open grill. The café serves a wide range of comfort fare like omelets, pancakes, and French toast, chicken-fried steak, club sandwiches, burgers and grills, and a variety of daily specials.
193 Thurman Ave #2629, Columbus, OH 43206, Phone: 614-443-8900
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© Hopewell Café
The Hopewell Café is a gathering space that offers flexible space for digital nomads and serves classic coffee drinks from Brioso Roastery. Spread over 10,000 square feet, the space features shared lounge spaces, work desks, and tables, meeting and conference rooms, and a full-service café that offers a menu of standard coffee drinks like cappuccinos, lattes, macchiatos, americanos, and single and double shot espressos, along with seasonal specialty drinks and hand-selected tea offerings. Daily pastries from Angry Baker are delivered fresh every day.
130 E Chestnut St, Columbus, OH 43215, Phone: 614-407-4854
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20.Mission Coffee Co.
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Based in a converted garage on Price Avenue in the popular arts district of Short North, Mission Coffee Co. is a trendy coffee spot that serves high-quality coffee from all around the world. A pioneer of Columbus’s emerging coffee scene, the café has hand-crafted artisanal communal tables, comfy couches, and a garage door wall that can be opened in summer. Professional baristas create coffee creations using the highest quality coffee, including Mission’s signature espresso and mocha, and delicious freshly baked delights like muffins and sweet treats are available to enjoy with the hot drinks.
11 Price Ave, Columbus, OH, Phone: 614-300-0648
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21.Roaming Goat Coffee
Roaming Goat Coffee is a café and roastery that serves the highest quality Arabica coffees sourced from coffee-growing farms from around the world. Named after a legendary Ethiopian goat herder that discovered coffee when his flock ate the berries from a coffee bush, Roaming Goat Coffee is central Ohio's premium full-service coffee roaster and provides wholesale coffee beans to retail stores and cafes around the city. The neighborhood coffee shop serves freshly roasted and brewed coffee in a variety of forms from espresso drinks to cold brew, along with locally sourced donuts from Destination Donuts and delicious pastries from Pattycake Bakery. Roaming Goat Coffee café also serves as a gallery for local artists.
849 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215, Phone: 614-294-2489
22.One Line Coffee at Capitol Square
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Located in Specialty Shoes on High Street in the Short North neighborhood, One Line Coffee specializes in only single-origin, non-blended coffee, and pour-over and cold brew methods. Boasting two locations in Columbus, One Line Coffee works directly with coffee farmers to support fair trade and sustainability and serve a rotating menu of organic coffee from Costa Rica to Guatemala which is locally roasted at their facility in Heath. The café also serves a selection of loose-leaf teas and local baked goods and sweet treats and hosts brewing workshops and public cupping sessions.
41 S High St, Columbus, OH 43215, Phone: 614-754-8356
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23.Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea Bridge Park
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Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea Bridge is a local chain serving freshly brewed coffee, loose-leaf tea, and a selection of smoothies and milkshakes. The café was founded to celebrate diverse coffee cultures from around the world with a focus on sustainably sourced ingredients and globally influenced beverages. The unique spot on Bridge Park Avenue in Dublin serves a full coffee menu featuring both standard and specialty coffee drinks, an extensive premium tea selection, and high-end signature drinks, along with fresh, light fare from local vendors including sandwiches and donuts from Sammy’s Bagels and Tupelo Doughnuts, quiche from Katzinger’s Deli, and sweet treats from Birdie’s Gluten-Free Baked Goods.
4587 Bridge Park Ave, Dublin, OH 43017, Phone: 614-389-6119
23 Best Columbus, Ohio Coffee Shops
- Bottoms Up Coffee Co-op, Photo: Bottoms Up Coffee Co-op
- Fox in The Snow Cafe, Photo: Fox in The Snow Café
- Stauf’s Coffee Roasters, Photo: Stauf’s Coffee Roasters
- Kafe Kerouac, Photo: Kafe Kerouac
- Coffee Underground, Photo: Coffee Underground
- Global Gallery Coffee Shop, Photo: Global Gallery Coffee Shop
- Brioso Roaster and Coffee Bar, Photo: Brioso Roaster + Coffee Bar
- Luck Bros' Coffee House, Photo: Luck Bros' Coffee House
- Bexley Coffee Shop, Photo: Bexley Coffee Shop
- Hemingway's Coffee Nook, Photo: leszekglasner/stock.adobe.com
- Crimson Cup Coffee Shop - Clintonville, Photo: Crimson Cup Coffee Shop - Clintonville
- Eat, Purr, Love Cat Cafe, Photo: Eat, Purr, Love Cat Café
- Double Happy, Photo: Double Happy
- Grandview Grind, Photo: Grandview Grind
- Java's Carnegie’s Cafe, Photo: Java's Carnegie’s Café
- Community Grounds Coffee & Meeting House, Photo: Community Grounds Coffee & Meeting House
- Colin's Coffee, Photo: Colin's Coffee
- German Village Coffee Shop, Photo: German Village Coffee Shop
- Hopewell Cafe, Photo: Hopewell Café
- Mission Coffee Co., Photo: Mission Coffee Co.
- Roaming Goat Coffee, Photo: GCapture/stock.adobe.com
- One Line Coffee at Capitol Square, Photo: One Line Coffee at Capitol Square
- Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea Bridge Park, Photo: Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea Bridge Park
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