The Coffee Shop You Have To Try In Old North St. Louis
The scent of fresh bread wafts from the space next door to La Mancha, contending with the aroma of coffee for customers’ attention. What was already a difficult breakfast decision—sandwich, waffles or burrito—may feel even harder.
Helmed by owners David and Veronica Holden, this is one determined, resilient little business. The coffeehouse has found its niche as a community gathering spot as Old North continues to evolve. First-time customers might be surprised at the heavy Latin influence on the menus—until they learn that Veronica Holden has family ties to Puerto Rico. Then the delicious smell of homemade empanadillas, burritos and Cuban bread loaves suddenly make sense.
The lunch menu leans toward portable items like sandwiches and wraps, but there’s plenty of reason to hang out and enjoy them in house—especially during weekday happy hour (there’s a selection of beers, sangria and cocktails), or on weekends until 8pm. It’s an ideal place to sit back and observe a neighborhood on the upswing.
La Mancha Coffeehouse
2800 N. 14th St.
This story originally appeared in ALIVE’s sister publication GUIDED SAINT LOUIS: Old North. Pick up your complimentary on newsstands now.
Photo credit: Carmen Troesser