Following in the footsteps of other cities around the country, Dayton in Ohio has seen a sharp rise of independent third wave coffee shops that focus on sustainable, single-origin sourcing and supporting local farmers and coffee growers. From electrifying cold brews, perfect flat whites, and robust single or double espressos, there are a plethora of cafés, coffee shops, popular chains, and coffee bars from which to choose in and around the city.
© Ghostlight Coffee
Established in 2011, Ghostlight Coffee is a favorite neighborhood spot for great coffee, light bites, and friendly meetings where locals and visitors alike come to sip on locally roasted espresso and coffee drinks, hot chocolate, and mouthwatering pastries. Ghostlight Coffee is a multi-roaster shop that serves a variety of ethically-sourced and hand-selected coffee from some of the finest roasters across the country, including Deeper Roots Coffee from Cincinnati, Brandywine Coffee Roasters, and Onyx Coffee Lab. The café offers a rotating selection of seasonal blends and single-origin coffees and signature house blends such as the Ghostlight dark roast blend and the Gem City light roast blend.
1201 Wayne Ave, Dayton, OH 45410, Phone: 937-985-2633
© Biggby Coffee
Located right behind the largest hospital in Dayton, Biggby Coffee is a regional coffeehouse chain that serves an array of coffee and specialty drinks, healthy smoothies, and a selection of freshly baked goods. The family-owned and operated coffee shop offers over 100 different specialty beverages, including six different brewed coffees, hot chocolate, 12 different types of tea, hot, iced and frozen lattes, Creme Freeze smoothies, fruit- and juice-based creme freezes, and more. The food menu features bagels with several toppings, donuts, muffins, yogurt parfait, and cookies.
418 Warren St, Dayton, OH 45402, Phone: 937-938-5155
3.Boston Stoker Coffee Co.
© Boston Stoker Coffee Co.
Boston Stoker Coffee Co. is a long-standing coffee shop with cafés around the country that serves specialty brews made with locally roasted beans, a variety of teas, light fare, and a range of coffee-making equipment. Founded as a pipe and tobacco shop by Don and Sally Dean in 1973, Boston Stoker Coffee Co. was born when they started offering free, freshly brewed specialty coffee to customers while they shopped. Growing demand led the company to delve further into the specialty coffee industry, and it began locally roasting beans to sell and brew coffee with at their cafés. Today, Boston Stoker operates six coffee shops in the region and serves light fare, such as breakfast sandwiches throughout the day.
34 W 2nd St, Dayton, OH 45402, Phone: 937-223-1224
4.Central Perc European Cafe
© Central Perc European Cafe
Central Perc European Cafe in Oakwood is a European-inspired café that serves traditional English tea in beautiful English teapots and generously sized, heavy ironstone mugs, along with scones and jam and sandwiches. Owned by British couple Mike and Rose, the café exudes an English pub vibe with an order-at-the-counter system and a full menu of espresso-based drinks, specialty lattes, hot chocolate, and Italian sodas. Central Perc European Cafe. The café serves a traditional English Afternoon tea with finger sandwiches, scones and cream, bite-size pastries and an array of beverages.
2315 Far Hills Ave #1513, Dayton, OH 45419, Phone: 937-299-5282
5.Coffee Hub Dayton Metro Library
Coffee Hub Dayton Metro Library is a small café at the Library’s Third Street entrance that offers a cozy space for enjoying a cup of great coffee and a sandwich while browsing the library. A Xenia-based business that recently expanded to the Library location in Dayton, Coffee Hub, serves a menu of coffee drinks including americanos, espressos, lattes, macchiatos, cappuccinos, and seasonal specialty drinks. Coffee Hub also serves light fare such as sandwiches, freshly baked pastries, and box lunches, as well as juices and sodas, and is open all day Monday through Saturday.
215 E 3rd Street Cafe, Dayton, OH 45402, Phone: 937-347-7972
6.Culp's Café at Carillon Historical Park
© Culp's Café at Carillon Historical Park
Located in Carillon Historical Park, Culp’s Café is a charming family-owned restaurant that pays homage to the casual lunch counters and small soda fountains of the early 1900s. The unique eatery features a beautifully restored 1903 Barney & Smith Interurban railcar in which guests can dine in Victorian style and serves an array of classic all-American breakfast dishes and light lunches. Signature dishes include chicken and waffles, gourmet sandwiches, hearty breakfast platters, fresh salads, homemade soups, and traditional soda fountain favorites. The café also serves a variety of coffee, including americanos, espressos, lattes, macchiatos, cappuccinos, and seasonal specialty drinks, and is open for breakfast and lunch daily.
1000 Carillon Blvd, Dayton, OH 45409, Phone: 937-299-2277
7.Curious Styles and Coffee Shop
© Curious Styles and Coffee Shop
Located in a historic building in the charming town of Miamisburg in Ohio that offers locals and visitors a lovely little spot to relax over a great cup of coffee and a freshly baked pastry. Situated within walking distance of the river and the Veteran's Memorial Park, the café serves a wide variety of coffee, including americanos, espressos, lattes, macchiatos, cappuccinos, and seasonal specialty drinks. Light fare and snacks include muffins, cookies, fresh pastries, trail mix, and cakes, a small selection of beers and wines are available.
16 S Main St, Miamisburg, OH 45342, Phone: 937-247-5674
8.Duck Donuts - University of Dayton
© Duck Donuts - University of Dayton
Duck Donuts is a family-owned and operated chain of donut shops that offers a unique build-your-own, made-to-order concept. Owned by Russ DiGilio and his family, the cafés allow patrons to customize their own donuts with icing, sprinkles, and other toppings, which are made fresh when they arrive. Fresh donuts are accompanied by a selection of coffee, including americanos, espressos, lattes, macchiatos, cappuccinos, and seasonal specialty drinks. Duck Donuts is open for breakfast and lunch daily.
1200 Brown St #115, Dayton, OH 45409, Phone: 937-951-2618
9.EPIC Coffee Shoppe
© EPIC Coffee Shoppe
EPIC Coffee Shoppe has two locations in Ohio, namely Kettering and Dayton, that serve fine artisan coffees along with freshly baked pastries and cakes and handcrafted coffee desserts. The café in Dayton has large windows that bask interiors in natural light, modern décor and plenty of comfortable seating, and offers a range of coffee and boutique roasted specialties. Ideal for a casual gathering with friends or a quick morning coffee, the friendly café has something for everyone and is open for breakfast and lunch daily.
22 W Stroop Rd, Dayton, OH 45429
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10.Gem City Catfe
© Gem City Catfe
Gem City Catfe is a quiet café that combines fantastic coffee and delicious fare with cute and cuddly cats. The cat café has a room full of cats that can be cuddled, loved, and even adopted, while you enjoy a cup of coffee and a slice of cake. Gem City Catfe also offers a variety of specialty coffee drinks and handmade sodas, along with mouthwatering croissant sandwiches and assorted pastries and cakes, all of which can be enjoyed in the separate cat lounge, or the comfortable café. Gem City Catfe also has an upstairs art gallery with large tables, cozy chairs, plenty of seating for gatherings, and walls adorned with local artworks.
1513 E 5th St, Dayton, OH 45403, Phone: 937-949-9170
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Based in the Heritage Center, Heritage Coffeehouse is a casual student haunt that provides a laid-back spot for sipping coffee, snacking on fresh pastries, and catching up on some work with complimentary wireless Internet. The café serves a variety of coffee, including americanos, espressos, lattes, macchiatos, cappuccinos, and seasonal specialty drinks, including nitro, Chemex, pour-over, French press, and drip coffee. Open for breakfast and lunch daily; the café also serves a range of freshly baked pastries, sandwiches, muffins, and other snacks.
300 College Park Drive Miriam Hall Room 306 Dayton, OH 45469
12.Kobrick Coffee Co.
Located in the Premier Health Center, Kobrick Coffee Co. is a family-owned and operated business that has been hand-roasting coffee in small batches for over four generations. Founder, Samuel Kobrick takes pride in using Direct Trade, Fair Trade, Certified Organic, and Rainforest Alliance coffee, which is roasted at a Certified Organic and Star K Kosher roastery before being brewed and served in a variety of espresso, blends, and single-origin roasts. The Kobrick barista shop sells a range of house-roasted coffee, local and imported teas, and coffee-related accessories and showcases baristas who are cross-trained as mixologists creating artisan forms of craft coffee and craft cocktails.
110 N. Main Street Lobby-Second Street Entrance, Dayton, OH 45402, Phone: 937-499-9881
© Mysterium Coffee
Mysterium Coffee is a locally-owned and operated small-batch craft roaster in Trotwood that specializes in small batches of freshly roasted coffees sourced from small independent farms around the world. The roastery purchases beans in small micro-lots, which are carefully roasted in small batches in an Artisan 6 fluid bed coffee roaster. Located on Main Street, Mysterium Coffee features custom-roasted premium coffees from countries like Brazil, Costa Rica, Honduras, and Ethiopia. The café’s specialty is using espresso and pour-over brewing processes to enhance the robust character and flavor of each bean, served in a variety of forms. The café also serves loose tea blended by third-generation tea masters, along with healthy smoothies, and homemade brownies and cookies.
486 E Main St, Trotwood, OH 45426, Phone: 937-623-4447
14.Press Coffee Bar
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Press Coffee Bar is a petite café with a casual, laid-back atmosphere that house roasts coffee under the name Wood Burl Coffee and serves a variety of drinks from a stylish espresso bar. The café features minimalist décor and a sleek Scandinavian ambiance with ample seating and complimentary wireless Internet. Press serves four to seven types of single-origin coffees, ranging from single and double espressos to macchiatos and artistic lattes. The coffee menu is accompanied by freshly baked pastries from the Blue Bike Bakery and Evans Bakery in Old North Dayton.
257 Wayne Ave, Dayton, OH 45402, Phone: 937-286-4585
15.Tastefully Roasted Coffee
© Tastefully Roasted Coffee
Founded in June 2017 by baristas with a passion for great coffee, Tastefully Roasted Coffee is a local, neighborhood coffee shop with cozy nooks and quiet corners, comfy couches and plush armchairs, large and small tables and bar seating. The coffee menu features a variety of classics and rotating specials made with fresh, locally sourced beans, brewed to order and full of character and taste, paired with an array of breakfast, lunch, and snack options, and freshly baked pastries and other sweet treats. Located on Oakwood Avenue, the friendly community spot offers complimentary wireless Internet and is ideal for catching up on work.
6 Oakwood Avenue, Dayton, OH 45409, Phone: 937-813-3311
16.Third Perk Coffeehouse & Wine Bar
© Third Perk Coffeehouse & Wine Bar
Third Perk Coffeehouse & Wine Bar is a stylish café and wine bar with a sophisticated ambiance that serves high-quality coffee and specialty coffee drinks and boutique wines. The café boasts a bright, modern space in which coffee-lovers can enjoy a variety of regular coffee drinks like espressos, lattes, cappuccinos, pour-overs, and drip coffee, all made with locally-roasted coffee beans. The café offers a selection of freshly baked and made-from-scratch pastries from BakerBaker, including croissants, Danishes, muffins, and desserts, and the wine bar offers a variety of local and imported beers, casual wines, and handcrafted cocktails made with high-end spirits. Third Perk Coffeehouse & Wine Bar is open for breakfast and lunch daily.
46 W 5th St, Dayton, OH 45402, Phone: 937-223-7375
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© Wholly Grounds
Wholly Grounds is a friendly neighborhood coffee shop and café on Wayne Avenue that serves traditional and specialty coffee drinks, espresso, bag, and loose-leaf teas from tea producing countries like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and healthy smoothies. The coffee menu serves a variety of signature coffees and specialty drinks and traditional offerings like mochas and lattes, using various brew methods such as pour-overs, Chemex, and espressos. The casual café has a warm and welcoming atmosphere with comfortable seating, warm wooden accents, and complimentary wireless Internet, and serves a small menu of light, made-from-scratch fare such as freshly baked pastries, egg croissants, sandwiches, and salads.
825 Wayne Ave, Dayton, OH 45410, Phone: 937-349-5807
18.Winans Fine Chocolates & Coffees
© Winans Fine Chocolates & Coffees
Winans Fine Chocolates & Coffees is a family-owned business in its fourth generation that has been producing and selling handmade premium chocolates, freshly roasted coffees, and artisanal gifts since the late 1800s. Hand-selected coffee beans sourced from around the world are locally roasted in Ohio and served and sold in retail stores across the Midwest, along with handcrafted products and gift baskets. The coffee menu features several blends, single origins from around the world, flavored coffee, and seasonal coffees such as the Oreo Frap and the Buckeye Frap, all of which are roasted fresh every week using a small batch roaster to ensure roast consistency.
6735 Miller Ln, Dayton, OH 45414, Phone: 937-890-0705
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18 Best Dayton Coffee Shops
- Ghostlight Coffee, Photo: Ghostlight Coffee
- Biggby Coffee, Photo: Biggby Coffee
- Boston Stoker Coffee Co., Photo: Boston Stoker Coffee Co.
- Central Perc European Cafe, Photo: Central Perc European Cafe
- Coffee Hub Dayton Metro Library, Photo: Prostock-studio/stock.adobe.com
- Culp's Café at Carillon Historical Park, Photo: Culp's Café at Carillon Historical Park
- Curious Styles and Coffee Shop, Photo: Curious Styles and Coffee Shop
- Duck Donuts - University of Dayton, Photo: Duck Donuts - University of Dayton
- EPIC Coffee Shoppe, Photo: EPIC Coffee Shoppe
- Gem City Catfe, Photo: Gem City Catfe
- Heritage Coffeehouse, Photo: New Africa/stock.adobe.com
- Kobrick Coffee Co., Photo: magdal3na/stock.adobe.com
- Mysterium Coffee, Photo: Mysterium Coffee
- Press Coffee Bar, Photo: Farknot Architect/stock.adobe.com
- Tastefully Roasted Coffee, Photo: Tastefully Roasted Coffee
- Third Perk Coffeehouse & Wine Bar, Photo: Third Perk Coffeehouse & Wine Bar
- Wholly Grounds, Photo: Wholly Grounds
- Winans Fine Chocolates & Coffees, Photo: Winans Fine Chocolates & Coffees
- Cover Photo: Witthaya/stock.adobe.com