7 St. Louis Coffee Shops For Hardcore Coffee Fans

You don’t just love coffee; those who know you might call it an “obsession,” an inexorable quest to find the perfect roast. If you’re seeking that early morning pick-me-up or to jump-start the day, look no further than St. Louis’ diverse array of independent coffee shops that run the gamut across the city.

Will that be cold brew, pour-over or French press? 

Photo credit: Sump Coffee

Photo credit: Sump Coffee

Sump Coffee: Located near St. Louis’ Cherokee Street, Sump Coffee has quickly garnered an avid following of devoted coffee fanatics. Sump’s dark, moody decor is reflective of the way coffee-lovers should order their coffee: black—no questions asked. In addition to its brick-and-mortar location, Sump also offers an online coffee subscription service for out-of-town visitors who can’t get enough of their delicious java.

Photo credit: Blueprint Coffee

Photo credit: Blueprint Coffee

Blueprint Coffee: Drop into Blueprint Coffee in The Loop for a taste of some of the most inventive coffee drinks in the city, like an espresso tonic. If your taste is more traditional, Blueprint’s pour-over coffee options will certainly do. Don’t forget to peruse the coffee shop’s array of at-home coffee accessories during your visit, which includes everything from Chemex glassware to coffee-related magazines.

Photo credit: The Mud House

Photo credit: The Mud House

The Mud House: Venture into The Mud House on Cherokee Street and you’ll instantly feel at home in this coffee shop’s familiar details and quaint artwork. Partake in the eatery’s selection of local and imported coffees ranging from light to dark roasts, hearty blends on any given day. Visiting on a weekend? Be prepared to come early, as this go-to spot for locals quickly fills up.

Photo credit: RISE Coffee

Photo credit: RISE Coffee

Rise Coffee House: Recently renovated and redesigned, The Grove’s RISE Coffee House is the perfect spot to host a morning meeting or all-day work session—with coffee in hand, of course. In addition to its local specialty coffees, RISE also cooks up seasonal dishes and sustainably crafted baked goods throughout the day.

northwest coffee

Photo Credit: Northwest Coffee Roasting Company

Northwest Coffee Roasting Company: With shops in the Central West End and Clayton, Northwest Coffee is a unique coffee roasterie with two cozy neighborhood locations. Stop by Northwest’s Central West End location to get an up-close-and-personal look at the team’s artisan coffee roasting process and enjoy the shop’s open-air vibe, with a garage door that’s frequently left open on sunny days.

Photo credit: Kaldi's Coffee

Photo credit: Kaldi’s Coffee

Kaldi’s Coffee: Originally opened in 1994 in St. Louis’ Demun neighborhood, Kaldi’s Coffee has expanded to nearly 20 locations, including shops in Kansas City and Atlanta. Stop by a Kaldi’s location near you to savor the coffee label’s rich lattes, refreshing iced coffees and classic roasted-bean blends.

Photo credit: Park Avenue Coffee

Photo credit: Park Avenue Coffee

Park Avenue Coffee: With five locations throughout the city, Park Avenue Coffee still calls its original Lafayette Square location home. Situated just a hop, skip and a jump away from Lafayette Square Park, Park Avenue offers a picturesque coffee shop setting and delicious beverages. Don’t miss the coffee spot’s Cubano, which packs a punch with strong espresso extracted with a sprinkle of raw sugar.

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