I once heard someone say “A bad day with coffee is better than a good day without it.”
People love coffee and so do I. In fact, coffee is such a staple in my daily life that I made it a mission to try out every independent coffee shop in my hometown of Cincinnati.
Once I started my research, I was shocked to discover just how many different coffee shops there were around the city. Some were small cozy shops, others were multi-level shops with tons of seating, some specialized in baked goods, others offered to infuse a bit of alcohol into your drink, and one even had a resident bunny in their courtyard that you could pet.
Simply put, Cincinnati has an impressive variety of coffee shops. Whether you’re interested in finding a place to get some work done, looking for a place to meet a friend, seeking out a place to enjoy a caffeinated beverage, or searching for a spot to host a meetup, Cincinnati has coffee shops sprinkled throughout the city where you can do all of these things.
In this post, I share over 45 different coffee shops worth visiting around the Queen City. Best of all, each of these shops offer better coffee selections than Starbucks.
Map of Coffee Shops
The map below shows the locations of every coffee shop mentioned in this post.
1215 Wine Bar & Coffee Lab
One of the most unique places to grab a cup of Joe in Cincinnati is 1215, a self-designated “wine bar and coffee lab.” This place has a fantastic laid-back, cozy atmosphere, the employees are friendly, and the coffee is delicious.
There’s a good amount of seating inside with plenty of stools at the bar, several tables in the center of the shop, and a couple of tables facing the windows that offer a good spot for people watching.
Since 1215 is located right in the heart of OTR, this means you can grab a morning brew and walk around to check out all of the other cool shops and restaurants in the area as well.
Address: 1215 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Website: 1215 Wine Bar & Coffee Lab
Apricot Coffee House
Located in the heart of Pleasant Ridge, Apricot Coffee House is a small but mighty coffee shop. Due to being the only coffee shop in the neighborhood, this spot is usually pretty busy and offers limited seating. Despite this, their coffee is excellent and their selection of baked goods is impressive.
Stop in for the high quality coffee and stay for the inviting atmosphere.
Address: 3138 Losantiville Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45213
Website: Apricot Coffee House
Next up on the list is Avenue Brew, a coffee shop located right across the Ohio River in Bellevue, Kentucky. This shop offers a great environment, friendly and knowledgeable staff, and a wide selection of both drinks and pastries.
This is a popular place to get some work done thanks to the plentiful amount of seating and the free wi-fi, but it’s also a great place to grab a drink, sit outside, and enjoy some people watching.
Address: 310 Fairfield Ave, Bellevue, KY 41073
Website: Avenue Brew
Situated in Hyde Park Square, Awakenings is an independently-owned shop that offers both wine and coffee. The shop has a great atmosphere and the staff have been friendly and helpful each time I’ve stopped in. The coffee itself is rich and flavorful and you really can’t go wrong with any item on the menu.
This is a great place to get some work done because of the plentiful amount of seating and free wi-fi. This is an especially neat spot to check out during the holiday season because the windows within the shop offer an excellent view of Hyde Park Square when it’s covered with Christmas lights and other festive decorations.
Address: 2734 Erie Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208
Bean & Barley
Next up on the list is a relatively new coffee shop located in O’Bryonville called Bean & Barley. This is one of the most unique shops in Cincinnati because it offers both beer and coffee, indoor and outdoor seating, and is multi-leveled.
This is an excellent spot to grab a coffee in the mornings (or any time of day, really) and a beer in the evenings. Featuring both a side patio, a back patio, and an outdoor beer garden in progress, this is the perfect place to grab a drink and sit outside when the weather is nice. The staff typically opens the street-facing windows as well during the spring and fall to let in a breeze.
Bean & Barley also makes for a great place to get some work done because they have plenty of seating on both the first floor and the lower level along with free wi-fi. Plus, it’s centrally located near East Walnut Hills, Hyde Park, and Evanston which means it’s only a short drive from several neighborhoods on the east side.
Address: 2005 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45208
Website: Bean & Barley
BlaCk Coffee Lounge
Next on the list is one of the newest coffee shops to pop up in Cincinnati: BlaCk Coffee Lounge. Located downtown, this spot has everything you could hope for in a coffee shop: friendly staff, excellent coffee, plenty of seating, and an awesome interior decorated with a mural, paintings, and other artwork.
Address: 824 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Website: BlaCk Coffee Lounge
BLOC Coffee Company
Located in East Price Hill’s Incline District sits BLOC Coffee Company, a spacious and minimal coffee shop known for being an excellent place to hang out and get some work done, meet with a friend over a cup of coffee, or simply stop in and grab a cup of Joe before heading to work.
The large windows on two sides of the shop allow for tons of natural lighting to enter in which makes this shop seem even bigger than it actually is. There are also a couple tables situated outside that are nice to sit at when the weather is nice.
After grabbing a drink here, be sure to head across the street to get a scenic view of Downtown Cincinnati in the distance.
Address: 801 Mt Hope Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45204
Website: BLOC Coffee Company
Bow Tie Cafe
Next up on the list is Bow Tie Cafe, a coffee shop located in the upscale neighborhood of Mt. Adams. With plenty of seating, friendly staff, and an inviting atmosphere, this shop has it all.
This is a popular spot to swing by in the mornings for a cup of Joe as well as a great place to get wraps, paninis, and salads in the evening along with a glass of wine.
The free wi-fi combined with plenty of seating also makes this an excellent spot to get some work done.
Address: 1101 St Gregory St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Website: Bow Tie Cafe
Carabello Coffee Company
Located just across the Ohio River in Newport sits Carabello Coffee, a spacious and inviting coffee shop known for their excellent drinks, friendly baristas, and warm atmosphere.
The shop is divided into three different areas – a typical coffee bar, a bar in the middle with cocktail-like coffee creations, and a space for actual coffee roasting in the back.
Carabello is typically packed in the mornings and weekends because it’s such a cool place to visit. Whether you’re interested in stopping in to get some work done, meet up with friends over a cup of Joe, or simply grab a drink on your way to work, Carabello is the perfect spot for all of these activities.
Address: 107 E 9th St, Newport, KY 41071
Website: Carabello Coffee Company
Next up on the list is Cheapside Cafe. Located Downtown, Cheapside is one of the most aesthetically-pleasing shops in the Queen City. As soon as you walk in you’re met with the site of white walls and floors complimented with wooden accents.
One of the best parts about Cheapside is the plentiful amount of seating along the bar, at various tables, and also on the outdoor patio. This makes it a great place to get some work done or meet up with some friends over coffee and light snacks.
Along with the seating, the coffee and the food is fantastic. Be sure to check out their breakfast sandwiches if you do decide to stop in. You won’t be disappointed.
Address: 326 E 8th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Website: Cheapside Cafe
Coffee Emporium – Hyde Park
Next up is Coffee Emporium located in the upscale neighborhood of Hyde Park. This shop stands out from the rest purely because of the different seating arrangements it offers. There are tables situated in both the front, side, and back of the shop, along with an indoor seating area on the second floor of the shop.
The seating in the back is especially nice during the warmer months because it features an outdoor area with tables that are covered by a wooden canopy-like structure decorated with foliage and plants.
The free-wifi makes this a great spot to grab a drink, sit outside, and get some work done on a laptop.
Address: 3316 Erie Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45208
Website: Coffee Emporium
Coffee Emporium – OTR
Next on the list is Coffee Emporium located in Over-The-Rhine. This is one of the most popular coffee shops in OTR because it offers a spacious, warm atmosphere combined with an awesome food and drink menu.
With plenty of seating and free wi-fi, this is also a popular place to stop and spend several hours in to get some work done.
Address: 110 E. Central Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Website: Coffee Emporium
Located in the heart of Madeira sits Coffee Please, a popular neighborhood coffee shop known for their excellent coffee and wide variety of baked goods and other treats.
The soups and sandwiches on the menu make for some excellent choices if you’re in the mood for a light lunch and they even sell their own beans that you can purchase and take home to recreate their coffee yourself.
Address: 6930 Miami Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45243
Website: Coffee Please
Collective Espresso – Northside
When you conjure up an image of a “hipster coffee shop,” odds are you’ll think of something that resembles Collective Espresso located in Northside. The shop is located on the corner of a street that is only accessible by foot.
Despite being one of the smallest coffee shops in Cincinnati, they’re known for producing some of the highest quality coffee around. This location is especially neat because they have a small outdoor patio area along with a glass covered shop that offers a snug seating arrangement.
They have free wi-fi so it’s possible to use this as a place to get some work done, but most people use this location as a one-stop shop for a drink on their way to work.
Address: 4037 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45223
Website: Collective Espresso
Collective Espresso – OTR
Along with a Northside location, Collective Espresso also has location in Over-The-Rhine. This spot is also fairly small but just as popular as their Northside location and just as well known because their coffee is so good.
Address: 207 Woodward Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Website: Collective Espresso
College Hill Coffee Company
Next up on the list is College Hill Coffee Company, one of the most warm and inviting coffee shops you can find around the Queen City.
What sets this shop apart is the friendliness of their employees, the cozy chairs, and the amount of custom-made arts and crafts that you can walk around and look at within the shop.
This shop also has free wi-fi and plenty of seating, so it’s another great place where you can hang out and get some work done.
Address: 6128 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45224
Website: College Hill Coffee Company
Deeper Roots – Findlay Market
Next up on the list is one of the most well-known specialty coffee roasters in Cincinnati: Deeper Roots. Their location next to Findlay Market, the largest farmer’s market in Cincinnati, makes it a convenient place to stop in before or after exploring the market.
What makes this shop particularly unique is their layout: As soon as you walk in, you see that there is a kitchen island-style counter where the baristas work that connects to a larger table where customers can sit.
Along with the seating in the main room, there’s a back room with some additional seating and tables along with a cool side alley where you can sit and enjoy your coffee when the weather is nice.
It goes without saying, but the quality of the coffee at Deeper Roots is unrivaled throughout Cincinnati. In fact, many other shops throughout the city actually use Deeper Roots to source their coffee.
Address: 1814 Race Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Website: Deeper Roots
Deeper Roots – Oakley
Along with their Findlay Market location, Deeper Roots also has a shop in the trendy neighborhood of Oakley. This shop features a full-length coffee bar, several high-top and low-top tables for seating, and free wi-fi for those who want to hang out and get some work done.
This shop is friendly and inviting just like the Findlay Market location, and it’s not uncommon for people to pop in and buy a bag of coffee to take with them that they can brew themselves at home.
Address: 3056 Madison Road, Oakley, OH 45209
Website: Deeper Roots
Fairfield Market Wine & Coffee Bar
Next up is one of the most aesthetically-pleasing coffee shops on the list: Fairfield Market. Located across the Ohio River in Bellevue, Kentucky, this shop is a hip and cozy place to check out. The well-placed plants along with the large windows give off a positive vibe from the second you walk in.
Fairfield Market offers a wide variety of brunch items, coffee and tea, and an impressive selection of wines. So, no matter what you’re looking for, this shop likely has something for you.
Address: 700 Fairfield Ave, Bellevue, KY 41073
Website: Fairfield Market
Highland Coffee House
If you’re looking for a coffee shop that caters to eccentric folks, then you have to check out Highland Coffee House. Located just off the University of Cincinnati campus, Highland is referred to by many as a “hole-in-the-wall” coffee shop that serves both alcohol and caffeine.
They’re open from 5PM to 2:30AM every day of the week, which means this isn’t a place that you’ll be able to get your morning brew at, but it’s certainly a place where you can spend your evening.
Address: 2839 Highland Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45219
Website: Highland Coffee House
Next up on the list is one of my personal favorite coffee shops: Hyde Perk. Playing off the name of the neighborhood that it’s located in, Hyde Perk is a cozy coffee shop with a welcoming vibe located in the heart of Hyde Park.
Known for their wide variety of coffees, teas, and breakfast snacks, this shop has something for everyone. You don’t even have to go inside to get a drink since they’re one of the few coffee shops in the Cincy area that has a full-service drive-thru window.
And not only is this a great shop to stop at in the morning and early afternoon, but it’s also a popular place for grabbing a glass of wine in the evening and for listening to some live music on the weekends.
Address: 3664-B Edwards Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45208
Website: Hyde Perk
I AM Coffee
If you’re looking for a great place to grab some breakfast, a coffee, or some other caffeinated drink and enjoy it in a laid-back setting, I AM Coffee located in the heart of St. Bernard is an excellent place to do so.
Along with the excellent food and drink choices, I AM Coffee has plenty of seating and fast wi-fi, which makes it a great place to hang out and get some work done.
Address: 4728 Vine St, St Bernard, OH 45217
Website: I AM Coffee
Iris Book Cafe
If you love coffee shops with books, artwork, vegan food, and outdoor patios, then you’ll love Iris Book Cafe. Located on the edge of Pendleton and OTR, this coffee shop is one of the most unique in the Cincinnati area.
As soon as you walk in, the first thing you notice is that the interior is decorated with shelves and tables that are lined with books and the walls are lined with photos and artwork. So, it’s not much of a surprise that this shop gives off the vibe of a small, inviting library.
There’s also an outdoor patio with a good amount of seating, which is a great place to get some work done or simply sit outside and enjoy a coffee when the weather is nice.
Address: 1331 Main St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Website: Iris Book Cafe
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One of the best places to get coffee downtown is Kitty’s Coffee. The service is reliably great, the drinks are excellent, and the baked goods are delicious. If you get a chance to stop by Kitty’s, be sure to try out their homemade banana bread along with their homemade muffins – you won’t be disappointed!
Address: 120 E 4th St #5, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Website: Kitty’s Coffee
La Terza is a coffee roasterie located in Lockland. Although their location does have a small seating area, most people don’t visit this shop to hang out enjoy a cup of coffee.
Instead, since La Terza is a roasterie that provides the beans for many other coffee shops in Cincinnati, they’re known for offering tours of their roasterie so coffee lovers can get a behind-the-scenes look at the process that goes into making coffee.
Check out this page for a list of events and classes hosted by La Terza throughout the year.
Address: 611 Shepherd Dr #17, Cincinnati, OH 45215
Website: La Terza Coffee
Left Bank Coffeehouse
Left Bank Coffeehouse is an independent coffee shop located on the “left bank” of both the Ohio and Licking Rivers, in Covington, Kentucky.
What sets Left Bank apart from other coffee shops is the fact that they have so much character packed into one tiny shop. Their employees are friendly, their coffee is fantastic, and their vibes are welcoming.
With both indoor and outdoor seating, books available for purchase along their back wall, and gorgeous tile art throughout the shop, there’s a lot to love about Left Bank.
Address: 701 Greenup St, Covington, KY 41011
Website: Left Bank Coffeehouse
Lola’s – Downtown
Next up on the list is Lola’s, a coffee shop that serves as a great place to meet up Downtown. This is a popular place to grab coffee in the morning and also a nice place to visit in the evening when they function mostly as a bar.
With an excellent menu full of seasonal-rotating drinks, this is a fun place to visit during different times of the year just to try out different drinks they offer.
Address: 24 W 3rd St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Lola’s – Hyde Park
Along with their Downtown shop, Lola’s also has a second location they opened in Hyde Park. This location has a bit more seating than their Downtown shop, plus the inside is incredibly eclectic with photos and paintings hung all over the walls.
Address: 3425 Erie Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208
Next up on the list is Lookout Joe, Mt. Lookout’s neighborhood coffee shop. Located in the heart of the Mt. Lookout town square, this shop is wildly popular among locals. With both indoor and outdoor seating, this shop is a great place to meet up with a friend for coffee or simply hang out with your laptop and get some work done.
Along with their variety of caffeine-infused drink selections, Lookout Joe is also known for their delicious breakfast menu options including donuts, muffins, and other baked goods.
Address: 3181 Linwood Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208
Website: Lookout Joe
Luckman Coffee Company
Next up on the list is Luckman Coffee Company. Known for their delicious and rich flavors, Luckman is a favorite among east-siders purely for the quality of their coffee. You can even purchase their coffee directly online so that you can enjoy their flavors without needing to leave home.
Address: 5200 Beechmont Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45230
Website: Luckman Coffee Company
Lydia’s On Ludlow
If you’re looking for a cozy coffee shop that has an impressive selection of coffees, teas, and light brunch options, look no further than Lydia’s. Located in the heart of the Clifton Gaslight District, Lydia’s is a great place to grab some coffee in the morning and also a great place to catch some live local music in the evenings.
With plenty of seating and free wi-fi, Lydia’s is a popular place for college students to hang out in and get some work done. It’s also a laid-back spot to meet up with some friends over a cup of Joe. The service has always been excellent each time I’ve visited Lydia’s and I’ve found the employees to be both friendly and knowledgeable.
Address: 329 Ludlow Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45220
Website: Lydia’s On Ludlow
Self-designated as “the best local coffee shop named after an angry animal,” Mad Llama is a cute little coffee shop located in Madisonville that is known for their high quality coffee and delicious bagels.
This shop is fairly small and compact, so most people use it as a place to pop in and grab a coffee or a light snack on their way to work in the morning.
Address: 5001 Kenwood Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45227
Website: Mad Llama
Mile 42 Coffee
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Armed with the goal of “creating community through coffee,” Mile 42 Coffee is a coffee shop that opened its doors in Loveland in 2020 and has already gained a reputation as a community gathering spot. The shop is run by a family with deep roots in the community, which lines up naturally with their mission to create a place where friends, family, and neighbors can gather together and enjoy a cup of coffee.
The shop itself is spacious, offering a rustic vibe, plenty of seating, and a welcoming atmosphere that makes it a great place to meet up with friends, get some work done on a laptop, or just enjoy a morning coffee on your way to work. There’s a lot to love about this shop and it’s well worth a visit.
Address: 133 Broadway St, Loveland, OH 45140
Website: Mile 42 Coffee
Mom ‘n ‘Em Coffee
If you’re into coffee shops with murals on the side of their building, then boy do I have a coffee shop for you: Mom ‘n ‘Em Coffee. Located in Camp Washington, this shop serves both coffee and wine, and has an interior that practically begs you to come in and make yourself at home.
Their menu includes a nice selection of coffees, teas, wine and beer, pastries, and (believe it or not) tinned fishes. Visit this spot to see the cool murals on either side of the building and hang around for the quality coffee and perfectly decorated interior.
Whether you’re interested in getting some work done on your laptop or you want to meet up with a friend over a caffeinated beverage, Mom ‘n ‘Em Coffee is truly the perfect place to do so.
Address: 3128 Colerain Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45225
Website: Mom ‘n ‘Em Coffee
Next up on the list is Muse Cafe, a coffee shop located in the heart of Westwood. Known for their mixed drinks, friendly atmosphere, and live music, Muse is a popular place in Westwood for all of the right reasons.
Despite being such a popular place in Westwood, Muse has plenty of seating which means there’s usually a place to sit even during its busier hours. Whether you want to sit and get some work done on a laptop over a cup of coffee or simply hang out and enjoy some wine and live music with friends, you can do both at Muse.
Address: 3018 Harrison Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45211
Website: Muse Cafe
Redtree Art Gallery & Coffee Shop
Located in Oakley sits one of the most unique and spacious coffee shops in Cincinnati: Redtree Art Gallery & Coffee Shop. What makes this coffee shop unique is the fact that it features paintings, drawings, and ceramics by local artists all over the interior of the shop.
Along with the excellent coffee and baked goods on the menu, this shop offers tons of seating and free wi-fi which makes it the perfect spot to show up with your laptop and get some work done.
To get a peek at the interior of the shop along with some of the artwork they feature, be sure to check out their Instagram page.
Address: 3210 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45209
Website: Redtree Art Gallery & Coffee Shop
Roebling Point Books & Coffee
Next up on the list is Roebling Point Books & Coffee, a hybrid between a bookstore and a coffee shop with an impressive selection of both books and coffee. Located just across the Ohio River, this is one of the most popular coffee shops in Covington and for good reason.
The staff is incredibly helpful and knowledgeable, and you can’t help but feel the urge to visit this spot over and over again to enjoy a warm drink with a book in a friendly atmosphere. There are plenty of comfy couches and chairs inside as well, which makes it extra enticing to sit down for a bit and check out one of the many books on their shelves.
Address: 306 Greenup St, Covington, KY 41011
Website: Roebling Point Books & Coffee
Rohs Street Cafe
Located on the outskirts of the University of Cincinnati campus, Rohs Street Cafe is one of the most beloved coffee shops in Cincinnati.
This is one of the most popular places that students visit to grab a cup of Joe and get some work done on a laptop. The shop features a wide open space with tons of tables and free wi-fi. The staff is always friendly and the service is generally quick as well.
Address: 245 W McMillan St, Cincinnati, OH 45219
Website: Rohs Street Cafe
Sayler Park Coffee
The title for the coffee shop located furthest west in Cincinnati goes to Sayler Park Coffee. As the name implies, this shop is located in the heart of Sayler Park – a neighborhood situated on the west side of the city along the Ohio River. The shop has a welcoming vibe from the moment you walk in, a good amount of seating, incredible prices, and friendly staff.
There’s a lot to love about this coffee shop and it’s easy to see why it’s a favorite community gathering spot. Best of all, they share on their site that 100% of the profits go towards supporting projects and organizations around the neighborhood, so you can feel good about the fact that your coffee habit is supporting a good cause.
Address: 6557 Gracely Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45233
Website: Sayler Park Coffee
If you’re looking for one of the most unique coffee shops in the Queen City, look no further than Sidewinder’s. Located in the heart of the hip Northside neighborhood, Sidewinder’s has an excellent selection of food and drinks, plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, and even has a resident bunny named Violet that you can pet.
Best of all, due to its convenient location, it’s a perfect place to grab a cup of coffee and then explore the unique shops and cafes around Northside.
Address: 4181 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45223
Along with Lydia’s, Sitwells Coffeehouse is another coffee shop located in the Gaslight District. This is one of the most spacious coffee shops in Cincinnati and one of the most eclectic. There are pictures, paintings, and drawings hung up on all of the walls around the shop, which makes the interior a fun place to hang out in.
Sitwells has an impressive menu of food and drinks, which makes it a popular place to meet up with a friend over a light brunch or a coffee. One of the most unique parts about Sitwells is the fact that you can walk in, grab a table, and an employee will actually come up to you to take your order.
Due to its proximity to the University of Cincinnati’s campus, this is a popular place for both students and professors who live in the area to hang out and work in.
Address: 324 Ludlow Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45220
Square Mile Coffee Company
Located in the heart of Mt. Healthy, Square Mile Coffee Company is a coffee shop housed in a historic 1915 gas & service station that was renovated by a local couple and is named after the historic city limits of “one square mile.”
The shop offers both hot and cold drinks including coffee, teas, and espressos, along with several options for breakfast and lunch sandwiches. Their variety of seating options makes it a great place to grab a warm brew with some friends as well as a nice place to get some work done on a laptop with their free wi-fi.
Address: 7420 Hamilton Avenue, Mt. Healthy, Ohio 45231
Website: Square Mile Coffee Company
The 86 Coffee Bar
Next up is The 86 Coffee Bar, a two-story coffee shop located right in the heart of the UC campus. This is one of the best places to hang out in and get some work done on a laptop because of the plentiful amount of seating and the free wi-fi.
The first level features a full bar where you can order a drink and a snack along with plenty of tables where you can sit. The second story features more seating with tables of all varieties, a couch and some comfy chairs, and several tables lined up against a row of windows that offers a nice view of the streetside below.
Address: 2900 Jefferson Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45219
Website: The 86
The Coffee Exchange
Located in Pleasant Ridge, The Coffee Exchange is a coffee shop that recently reopened after the initial building tragically burnt down in a fire in 2018. The new shop features a spacious area with plenty of seating that is ideal for meeting up with friends for a drink, sitting and getting some work done with the help of their free wi-fi, or just swinging by to pick up a cup of Joe to get the day started.
Address: 6041 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45213
Website: The Coffee Exchange
The Main Cup
Next up on the list is The Main Cup, a coffeehouse located in downtown Milford that is hands down the most popular place to grab a cup of coffee and some brunch in the neighborhood.
This spot is a great place to meet some friends over a light meal or a coffee, but it’s also a good place to stop and get some work done. The Main Cup has a friendly atmosphere and the service is reliably great. Plus, there’s usually plenty of free street parking along the road near the shop.
Address: 18 Main St, Milford, OH 45150
Website: The Main Cup
One of the most hidden coffee shops in the Cincinnati is Trailhead Coffee, a coffee shop situated inside the Reser Bicycle Outfitters in Newport. This shop is especially unique because they have a ride-up window where you can literally ride up to the window during the warmer months and order a drink.
Some of the favorites at this shop include the Brownpow, a strong Americano, and the Cafe Miel, a latte with honey and a dash of cinnamon.
Address: 648 Monmouth St, Newport, KY 41071
Website: Trailhead Coffee
Urbana Cafe – East Walnut Hills
Some of the best coffee in Cincinnati can be found at Urbana Cafe, which has two locations. Their first shop is located in East Walnut Hills and is unique because it intentionally has no wi-fi, which encourages you to stop in and enjoy a drink with a friend without accessing the internet.
Because of their lack of wi-fi, this obviously isn’t a great shop to stop in to get some work done, but it’s a fantastic little place to grab a cup of Joe on the way to work or to hang out in and have a conversation with a friend or two over a beverage.
Address: 2714 Woodburn Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45206
Website: Urbana Cafe
Urbana Cafe – Pendleton
Urbana Cafe also has a location in Pendleton that is more geared towards people looking to get some work done since it has more seating and free wi-fi.
This spot has a unique layout with several tables, a couple bar stools, and a second floor that’s perfect for anyone looking to get some work done on a laptop. Just like their East Walnut Hills location, this shop also offers an excellent selection of coffees, teas, and baked goods.
Check out this site for a neat 3-D tour of the shop.
Address: 1206 Broadway Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Website: Urbana Cafe
Village Coffee Shop
Village Coffee Shop is the hometown favorite coffee shop for Newtownians. With a variety of coffees, espressos, lattes, teas, and smoothies, this shop has something for everyone. They also serve breakfast and lunch entrees all day long, which makes this the perfect place to stop in for a bite to eat and a delicious drink.
Address: 7397 Main St, Newtown, OH 45244
Website: Village Coffee Shop
White Oak Coffee House
One of the coziest, friendliest coffee shops in the Queen City can be found out on the west side in White Oak: White Oak Coffee House. With a list of delicious, locally-sourced pastries along with a variety of coffees and teas, this shop has something for everyone.
The shop itself is fairly small but there’s still plenty of seating and the large windows make the shop feel larger than it actually is. If you find yourself on the west side of the city, be sure to pop in to this coffee shop for a cup of Joe and a scone.
Address: 5935 Cheviot Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45247
Website: White Oak Coffee House
Wyoming Community Coffee
Last but not least is one of my favorite coffee shops in all of Cincinnati: Wyoming Community Coffee. Located in the heart of the Wyoming neighborhood, this shop is incredibly popular among the locals and for good reason. The interior has some wonderful decorations with plenty of plants, books, and art along the walls that feels inviting from the moment you walk in.
The layout of this shop is also unique with couches, comfy chairs, round wooden tables, a long wooden table, and seats situated along the front window.
This shop has an impressive menu of both food and drinks and the service is always quick and friendly. Whether you’re interested in meeting up with a friend over a cup of coffee or you’re looking to get some work done, this is the perfect spot to do both. Plus, during the warmer months there are several tables located out front with umbrellas that make for an excellent place to enjoy the weather along with a snack and a drink.
Address: 434 Springfield Pike A, Wyoming, OH 45215
Website: Wyoming Community Coffee