19 Excellent Twin Cities Coffee Shops

19 Excellent Twin Cities Coffee Shops


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by Alex Lodner Updated Mar 9, 2020, 9:00am CDT

Whether popping in on the way to work or lingering with friends over a seasonal latte, in today’s crazy world, nothing soothes like coffee or tea- and indulgent pastries don’t hurt either. From hidden gems to iconic stalwarts to mini empires, our Metro is teeming with coffee shops welcoming the weary masses.

Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

If you’ve been in a bit of a latte rut lately, head over to Misfit in the artsy neighborhood of Whittier for a java shake up. Try one of the unique coffee “cocktails” from the Whisyoto menu — created with Kyoto coffee brewed with burnt sugar and a long list of enticing, out of the box ingredients like sherry beet reduction or rosemary sage tea.

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In a sun-drenched space that also houses blown glass lighting creators Hennepin Made, Parallel offers more than coffee and tea. Its kitchen produces remarkable plates, including a colorful line up of toasts, salads and soups. The Holden Room next door has a busy calendar with fun events like fashion shows and wellness classes.

A table set with a green plant, cup of coffee, pastry, and a Dwell magazineCool space for a cupParallel [Official]

With six locations, Spyhouse is a freelancer’s mecca. The drinks are solid and offerings from local purveyors like Black Walnut Bakery help maintain blood sugar levels as entrepreneurs and students lean over the laptops for hours. Each location is unique in design, but with a common thread of a respectful nod to the community in which it resides.

Another reason to love Spyhouse CoffeeSerious coffee and great beans to brew at homeJoy Summers/Eater Twin Cities

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Lee Carter and Caleb Garn founded Five Watt in 2014, bringing the notion of coffee as a cocktail to the Twin Cities. Using their own bitters line, baristas concoct unique flavor combos like the beloved Kingfield, with Five Watt Coriander Bitters and Black Hawaiian Sea Salt. 

The founders’ passion for local music manifests itself through Radio Five Watt, a 24 hours a day stream from the Northeast Minneapolis location.

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The room is gorgeous a dreamy vignette of plants, glowing signage and wooden swings. Fairgrounds might be forgiven if they slacked on their menu offerings considering the build-it-for-the-gram-and-they-will-come mentality nowadays. But the coffee, tea and grub menu is top notch, with unique drinks like Flower Power Milk Tea and charcoal elixirs and a robust breakfast sandwich lineup.

Inside the coffee shop, there’s a large, lit-up “F”A light-filled North Loop coffee shopRebecca Slater/Eater Twin Cities

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Owner Matt McGinn arguably changed the iced coffee scene in the Twin Cities with his hand bottled cold brew. The black cans of nitro cold brew are now ubiquitous around the metro, found in over 200 retail establishments. But the shop on Chicago Avenue has maintained its independent soul, and serves the best nitro pour in town.

Crepes are having a bit of a moment, and the offerings at Penny’s are top-notch. The Jian Bing, a Chinese street crepe filled with cheese and topped with cilantro, peanuts and sriracha mayo is a must-try, and the matcha drinks are some of the best in town.

Penny’s Coffee Linden Hills via Instagram

What do auto repair and coffee have in common? Not much, but that didn’t’ stop owners of Good Carma Auto Repair from opening an adorable café in an empty building across the street from their repair shop. Matching the customer focused ethos of their auto shop, Carma offers a wide variety of treats, including many vegan options. The space is bright and cheerful year round, making it the perfect spot to hang out while your Audi gets a tune up.

Where some shops may be moody or cozy, Peace Coffee is loads of fun- even the name of their Wonderland Park location says so. But don’t let the bright colors and touches of whimsy fool you, these guys are dead serious about the quality and sourcing of their product.

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Dogwood’s meticulous sourcing pays off in luscious, perfectly executed drinks every time, and partnering with local favorites like Rustica Bakery and Gray Duck Chai is always a good idea. The newest Northeast location offers a vast patio for a comfortable urban setting.

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Workhorse is located in the oft-overlooked neighborhood off University Avenue and Highway 280. Its charms are not to be missed, including The Smallest Museum, built into a vintage fire-hose cabinet outside the front door. The house made switchel is a local favorite during the spring and summer months. 

The quirky name – meaning “romantically idealistic”- reflects the Highland Park’s shop’s desire to offer respite in a world full of worry, real or imagined. The nitro bar, one of the first in the Twin Cities, is enough reason to stop by. Try the dreamy Marko Polo, foamy nitro cold brew, half & half and house made caramel and vanilla syrups.

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J&S is the quintessential neighborhood cafe with tight seating that invite conversation and community. During the warmer months, the vast backyard feels much like any neighborhood get-together, but with better coffee. J&S carefully sources from small farmers around the world and was the first to offer a brew bar, where patrons can choose from a robust line up of beans, brewed on the spot, one cup at a time.

When Mudslingers first opened on a busy intersection in Roseville, there were doubters. An independent coffee drive thru? In Minnesota? That’s so…risky. But the tiny shop that could proved them wrong. The lines of cars waiting for their morning jolt move quickly and efficiently, and the smiling baristas handing out the delicious drinks and smoothies are enough to make any Monday better.

It doesn’t get classier than Nina’s, in the heart of historic Cathedral Hill. A recent update did not detract from the old soul of Nina’s, and the coffee, treats and service are as impeccable as ever. There is something very special about the space, filled with nooks and crannies to nestle into.

The West Seventh shop offers two levels of nostalgic charm, while little sis Wee Claddaugh on Dale and Selby is a modern postage sized marvel. The difference is not just in vibe, but also in offerings. While big sister serves a full lunch menu utilizing organic ingredients, Wee Shop is the place to go for a quick but decadent treat like the Nutty Mick, with melted hazelnut ganache and creamy steamed milk.

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Instagram darling Café Astoria is a sun-filled, buzzy shop that caters to families, Millennials and hospital staff from clinics across the street. Owner Leah Raymundo’s creativity shines through with picture perfect offerings like the not-so-secret 24K latte.

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What Caydence lacks in space, it more than makes up for in heart. Rows and rows of vinyl record bins harken back to simpler days, and cozy seating beckon to stay and listen to music while sipping on the over-the-top Polyphia with peanut butter and cardamom or the lovely East Cider with whipped cream. The back room comes alive at night, with a lineup of local musicians creating an intimate community vibe in this Payne Avenue shop.

The beloved shop in adorable downtown White Bear Lake began its life as a coffee truck, so it made sense that in 2019’s Minnesota State Fair, The Anchor House was a huge success with its new mobile unit across from the Horticulture Building, with lines snaking around the block for the Mini Donut Latte. Luckily, there is no need to wait for the 2020 fair to indulge in their terrific drinks and pastries as the bricks and mortar shop remains as popular as ever.

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2401 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405

If you’ve been in a bit of a latte rut lately, head over to Misfit in the artsy neighborhood of Whittier for a java shake up. Try one of the unique coffee “cocktails” from the Whisyoto menu — created with Kyoto coffee brewed with burnt sugar and a long list of enticing, out of the box ingredients like sherry beet reduction or rosemary sage tea.

145 Holden St N, Minneapolis, MN 55405

A table set with a green plant, cup of coffee, pastry, and a Dwell magazineCool space for a cupParallel [Official]

In a sun-drenched space that also houses blown glass lighting creators Hennepin Made, Parallel offers more than coffee and tea. Its kitchen produces remarkable plates, including a colorful line up of toasts, salads and soups. The Holden Room next door has a busy calendar with fun events like fashion shows and wellness classes.

907 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Another reason to love Spyhouse CoffeeSerious coffee and great beans to brew at homeJoy Summers/Eater Twin Cities

With six locations, Spyhouse is a freelancer’s mecca. The drinks are solid and offerings from local purveyors like Black Walnut Bakery help maintain blood sugar levels as entrepreneurs and students lean over the laptops for hours. Each location is unique in design, but with a common thread of a respectful nod to the community in which it resides.

3745 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409

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Lee Carter and Caleb Garn founded Five Watt in 2014, bringing the notion of coffee as a cocktail to the Twin Cities. Using their own bitters line, baristas concoct unique flavor combos like the beloved Kingfield, with Five Watt Coriander Bitters and Black Hawaiian Sea Salt. 

The founders’ passion for local music manifests itself through Radio Five Watt, a 24 hours a day stream from the Northeast Minneapolis location.

120 3rd Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Inside the coffee shop, there’s a large, lit-up “F”A light-filled North Loop coffee shopRebecca Slater/Eater Twin Cities

The room is gorgeous a dreamy vignette of plants, glowing signage and wooden swings. Fairgrounds might be forgiven if they slacked on their menu offerings considering the build-it-for-the-gram-and-they-will-come mentality nowadays. But the coffee, tea and grub menu is top notch, with unique drinks like Flower Power Milk Tea and charcoal elixirs and a robust breakfast sandwich lineup.

330 2nd Ave S #210, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Owner Matt McGinn arguably changed the iced coffee scene in the Twin Cities with his hand bottled cold brew. The black cans of nitro cold brew are now ubiquitous around the metro, found in over 200 retail establishments. But the shop on Chicago Avenue has maintained its independent soul, and serves the best nitro pour in town.

100 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Penny’s Coffee Linden Hills via Instagram

Crepes are having a bit of a moment, and the offerings at Penny’s are top-notch. The Jian Bing, a Chinese street crepe filled with cheese and topped with cilantro, peanuts and sriracha mayo is a must-try, and the matcha drinks are some of the best in town.

520 NE Lowry Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55418

What do auto repair and coffee have in common? Not much, but that didn’t’ stop owners of Good Carma Auto Repair from opening an adorable café in an empty building across the street from their repair shop. Matching the customer focused ethos of their auto shop, Carma offers a wide variety of treats, including many vegan options. The space is bright and cheerful year round, making it the perfect spot to hang out while your Audi gets a tune up.

3262 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406

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Where some shops may be moody or cozy, Peace Coffee is loads of fun- even the name of their Wonderland Park location says so. But don’t let the bright colors and touches of whimsy fool you, these guys are dead serious about the quality and sourcing of their product.

4021 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

Dogwood Coffee

Dogwood’s meticulous sourcing pays off in luscious, perfectly executed drinks every time, and partnering with local favorites like Rustica Bakery and Gray Duck Chai is always a good idea. The newest Northeast location offers a vast patio for a comfortable urban setting.

2399 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55114

Workhorse is located in the oft-overlooked neighborhood off University Avenue and Highway 280. Its charms are not to be missed, including The Smallest Museum, built into a vintage fire-hose cabinet outside the front door. The house made switchel is a local favorite during the spring and summer months. 

769 Cleveland Ave S, Saint Paul, MN 55116

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The quirky name – meaning “romantically idealistic”- reflects the Highland Park’s shop’s desire to offer respite in a world full of worry, real or imagined. The nitro bar, one of the first in the Twin Cities, is enough reason to stop by. Try the dreamy Marko Polo, foamy nitro cold brew, half & half and house made caramel and vanilla syrups.

1518 Randolph Ave, St Paul, MN 55105

J&S is the quintessential neighborhood cafe with tight seating that invite conversation and community. During the warmer months, the vast backyard feels much like any neighborhood get-together, but with better coffee. J&S carefully sources from small farmers around the world and was the first to offer a brew bar, where patrons can choose from a robust line up of beans, brewed on the spot, one cup at a time.

2154 Lexington Ave N, Roseville, MN 55113

When Mudslingers first opened on a busy intersection in Roseville, there were doubters. An independent coffee drive thru? In Minnesota? That’s so…risky. But the tiny shop that could proved them wrong. The lines of cars waiting for their morning jolt move quickly and efficiently, and the smiling baristas handing out the delicious drinks and smoothies are enough to make any Monday better.

165 Western Ave N, St Paul, MN 55102

It doesn’t get classier than Nina’s, in the heart of historic Cathedral Hill. A recent update did not detract from the old soul of Nina’s, and the coffee, treats and service are as impeccable as ever. There is something very special about the space, filled with nooks and crannies to nestle into.

459 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102

The West Seventh shop offers two levels of nostalgic charm, while little sis Wee Claddaugh on Dale and Selby is a modern postage sized marvel. The difference is not just in vibe, but also in offerings. While big sister serves a full lunch menu utilizing organic ingredients, Wee Shop is the place to go for a quick but decadent treat like the Nutty Mick, with melted hazelnut ganache and creamy steamed milk.

180 Grand Ave Saint Paul, MN 55102

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Instagram darling Café Astoria is a sun-filled, buzzy shop that caters to families, Millennials and hospital staff from clinics across the street. Owner Leah Raymundo’s creativity shines through with picture perfect offerings like the not-so-secret 24K latte.

900 Payne Ave, St Paul, MN 55130

What Caydence lacks in space, it more than makes up for in heart. Rows and rows of vinyl record bins harken back to simpler days, and cozy seating beckon to stay and listen to music while sipping on the over-the-top Polyphia with peanut butter and cardamom or the lovely East Cider with whipped cream. The back room comes alive at night, with a lineup of local musicians creating an intimate community vibe in this Payne Avenue shop.

4742 Washington Square, White Bear Lake, MN 55110

The beloved shop in adorable downtown White Bear Lake began its life as a coffee truck, so it made sense that in 2019’s Minnesota State Fair, The Anchor House was a huge success with its new mobile unit across from the Horticulture Building, with lines snaking around the block for the Mini Donut Latte. Luckily, there is no need to wait for the 2020 fair to indulge in their terrific drinks and pastries as the bricks and mortar shop remains as popular as ever.

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