Get Work Done At These 10 Coffee Shops In Indianapolis

When piles of work accumulate, it can be a challenge to find the motivation to dig in—but maybe all you need is a change of scenery to let your productivity flow. We’re big fans of coffee shops in those instances, especially when all you can think about is that mound of work, or studying. Below we’ve compiled a list of several community-focused coffee shops in Indianapolis where you can grab a delicious cup of coffee and take on the day.

Thirsty Scholar
Pop into Thirsty Scholar for a refined, elegant atmosphere where you can enjoy a cozy cup of coffee, tea, kombucha and snacks that’ll power you through work, studying or that novel that’s been on your nightstand forever.

Try the hummus plate, burrito or quiche with a chai latte or Macchiato. It’s the perfect place to incorporate a bit of inspiration into your day—as the locale’s Facebook page says, “A Thirsty Scholar is an adventurer of this world, a seeker crossing physical and intellectual maps on a journey to find peace with their unforgotten dreams.”

Hubbard & Cravens
With four locations across Indianapolis, you’re sure to find a Hubbard & Cravens near you where you can enjoy the final result of this specialty artisan-coffee brand that embraces the art and science of coffee roasting. You can also grab a quick bite alongside a huge selection of coffee and tea to choose from—and if you become a believer, you can pick up your own Hubbard & Cravens beans to grind at home at any location.

Coat Check Coffee
If it’s a beautiful, inspiring environment you crave for getting work done, Coat Check Coffee in Indianapolis’ Athenæum must be on your radar. A National Historic Landmark, the ornate building was constructed in 1893 and remains one of best-preserved remnants of the German-American community in Indianapolis. Enjoy delicious coffee and baked goods in a historic, motivating setting.

Kaffeine Coffee
We can get behind this coffee shop’s mantra: “May your coffee kick in before reality does.” Try the Indian Chai or Kaffe Latte, made with specialty artisan beans that won’t break the bank, and grab a window seat looking out onto the streets of Indy. If you get hungry, you can also pick up a healthy bite or snack to help power you through your work.

Bee Coffee Roasters
A quick scroll through this locale’s social media show a penchant for latte art, which elucidates further as you sip past the image sketched in the foam. Enjoy a rotating selection of baked goods, fruit, sandwiches and salads to keep you nourished while tackling your daily goals. So grab a stool, plug in and enjoy plenty of natural light working in this window-lit downtown Indy spot.

Calvin Fletcher’s Coffee Company
While you may not have thought it possible for a coffee company to operate as a nonprofit, Calvin Fletcher’s Coffee Company proves different. This coffee shop has become destination for creatives and artists in the neighborhood as a community gathering spot, and it also happens to be the perfect place to enjoy a delicious cup of coffee, baked goods and select lunch items. Pop in and get inspired by paintings, pottery and woodwork from local artists, and you just might catch a poetry reading or a few songs from an Indy-based musician.

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Quills Coffee
With several locations across Kentucky and Indiana, it’s clear why this coffee shop continues to gather such a loyal following. Expand the limits of your palate with signature drinks and seasonal lattes, like the Autumn Cappuccino and Maple Spice Latte, or warm up with a hot cup of organic tea.

Rabble Coffee
Indy residents who are familiar with this coffee shop will tell you that Rabble Coffee is more of a lifestyle—not just your average corner coffee shop. The community spot makes a conscious effort to support diversity, inclusive events, art, social-justice initiatives and more, creating an energy you can feel when you walk in the door. The coffee is also delicious, with a wide variety of brews to choose from and a number of sandwiches and quiches.

Open Society Public House
If you’re looking for a coffee shop that also boasts a full menu, plus beer, wine and cocktails, we have the perfect candidate for you. Open Society is a slightly more upscale environment where you can work undisturbed—it’s also a great option if you’re looking for a spot to conduct a work meeting with a client or potential employer.

Perk Up Cafe
This independent coffee shop and its cozy armchairs, warm vibe and stylish decor come together to create the perfect environment for getting work done—and a delicious cup of joe doesn’t hurt. Try the German-inspired fare as well, and if you’re in Indy, treat yourself to one of the cafe’s Kaffeeklatsches (the German “coffee time”), where attendees can also choose from a rotating variety of cakes offered by the slice.

Cover image courtesy of Christiana Rivers.

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