Best Coffee Shops in New York

Whenever we travel, we always look for the best neighbourhood cafes and coffee shops to spend our mornings in. We’ll sit, plan our day (our next meals), and wander for hours. Here’s my list of the best coffee shops in New York City!


Happy Bones, Soho

394 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

Happy Bones Coffee Shop New York

Happy Bones was one of the first coffee shops Johnny and I stumbled upon when we were roaming in Soho the first time we visited the city years ago, and ever since, it’s been one of our favourites. It’s also usually the very first spot we visit once we land!

It’s a small shop, just a few spots for seating, with lots of regulars coming in and out. The pastries are delicious, the coffee (Counter Culture) is always good (when you ask for a flat white or cortado, you don’t get a latte), and the interior is always inspiring with rotating artwork on its white brick walls. 

A delight to Instagrammers—the perfect latte art, white marble tables, and cement floors makes it tough to take a bad photo here. 

Cha Cha Matcha

373 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

Cha Cha Matcha Cafe New York
Cha Cha Matcha Cafe New York

If coffee isn’t your fix, let Cha Cha Matcha keep you caffeinated – it’s right across the street from Happy Bones. Pink walls paired with palm tree wallpaper gives off a Beverly Hills vibe, attracting loads of locals and tourists alike, even celebs like Virgil Abloh and Gigi can be found sipping on cups here. 

Enjoy a warm or iced cup of matcha, matcha ice cream, and some other fun snacks while  snapping all the photos you can of their neon signs, colourful wall art, and snagging a spot on their patio.

Sweatshop

232 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

sweatshop coffee shop williamsburg
sweatshop coffee shop williamsburg
sweatshop coffee shop williamsburg

A sucker for a good neon sign, Australian-inspired everything, and even better iced coffee, Sweatshop is my favourite cafe in Brooklyn. With its tucked away patio, floor to window ceilings, fun cups, and also outfitted with a quirky line of retail items (tops, mugs, tote bags, and more), it’s hard not to love. 

This spot is mostly visited by locals, with lots of people taking meetings here, working on laptops, and enjoying a really good looking breakfast (avocado toast, brekkie rolls, acai bowls, and more). 

Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Madison Square Park

30 W 8th St, New York, NY 10011

stumptown coffee roasters new york
stumptown coffee roasters new york

Stumptown is a popular chain, with locations in cities across the US, and 3 locations in New York, but still maintains a very cozy vibe. We sat on their patio and happily watched families enjoy their weekend morning rituals, and students getting their life together, while sipping on our cortados and reading the plethora of magazines they have available.

With a long list of single origin coffee to be served, and a ton of breakfast items to choose from, make this your first stop before heading out for your weekend brunch (because you know you’ll probably be waiting in line).

Toby’s Estate, Greenwich

44 Charles St, New York, NY 10014

tobys estate coffee new york
tobys estate coffee new york

This Brooklyn based coffee roaster has 4 locations in New York, but we usually only visit their one in Greenwich. With its high ceilings, both bar seating and smaller tables, this shop has plenty of seating (and light for photos). 

They serve up quick breakfasts (avocado toast) and great coffee. Sit outside on one of their benches and people watch (Greenwich is one of our favourite neighbourhoods), or just grab a coffee to go—it’s good. 

Ludlow Coffee Supply

176 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

This coffee shop’s our new ‘spot’ in New York. After visiting for the first time on our last trip, we fell in love, and regretted having breakfast elsewhere before coming here. Opened by restauranteur, John Seymour, they serve up some really great ‘snacks’, and a mean cup of coffee. 

It’s a spacious cafe, you’re almost guaranteed to find a seat, with beautiful decor and large windows. We brought a bag of coffee beans back home with us, and it’s been one of our favourite roasts to have on weekend mornings. 

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