In recent years, Phoenix has transformed from being a place that simply served coffee to one that celebrates the craft and culture of a top tier brew. With an abundance of specialty coffee shops around the city, drinkers can easily find local micro-roasters or premium roasts from around the world. Whether looking for Mexican coffee, LA’s finest roasts, or coffee straight from the streets of Brooklyn, it’s all right here in Phoenix. Here are 17 spots that make the Phoenix coffee scene sizzle:Read More
15 Essential Phoenix Coffee Shops
Phoenix is known for its scorching temperatures, and the coffee scene that is heating up in its own right
Housed in the larger coffee/hair studio/art Palabra collective, Futuro is a downtown must-visit. The minimalist design of the shop is as stylish as it is commanding. The true star of the show however, are the beans themselves — sourced and roasted by Sey coffee in Willamsburg. Futuro delivers some of the highest quality coffee in Phoenix, with an array of drinks like the sweet almond Mazapan, sugar and Licor 43 spiked Carajillo, and Matcha from Kettl in Brooklyn all served on locally crafted Miro Made ceramics.
Songbird Coffee & Tea House
Nestled in a cute cottage-style house built in 1904, Songbird Coffee stands as a Phoenix classic that has withstood the test of time. Back when 3rd Street in Phoenix was a ghost town, Songbird was already there, serving exceptional coffee. Today, this historic gem finds itself surrounded by a bustling urban streetscape, a testament to the city’s recent evolution. The staff is some of the friendliest around, and the literal cottage-core aesthetic makes it a cozy place to get caffeinated before a day exploring downtown Phoenix.
Spce Coffee in Phoenix is a light-hearted cafe that delivers a range of specialty beverages. From the turmeric and ginger latte Golden Child, strawberry chai, to the vanilla rose-infused Rosie Girl Coffee, their menu is filled with fun surprises. The all-pink establishment and charming decorations add to the playful atmosphere. Located on an up-and-coming stretch of McDowell Road, Spce Coffee is a must-visit destination for caffeine fiends, fans of the color pink and anyone who wants to drink their coffee out of a heart shaped straw.
PIP Coffee + Clay
This ceramic studio/coffee shop is a cozy spot to grab a cup of coffee and try some pottery making. Along with their daily selection of pastries, Pip offers a healthy selection of natural wines and local beers — perfect for those looking to enjoy a boozy coffee shop date. And for night owls, Pip stays open until 8:30 PM every day except Sundays.
Lux Coffee, revitalized by Jeff Fisher in 2005, is a Phoenix darling. They take great pride in their in-house roasted coffee and assortment of freshly baked pastries, all meticulously laid out behind a glass barrier. Lux tends to be busy, so it’s important to anticipate potential wait times, but they are worth it. This bar, work spot, and people-watching destination is a Phoenix staple.
Stepping into this coffee shop tucked inside a gallery, and you’ll feel like you’ve stumbled upon a hidden gem straight out of Silverlake. Set in the historic Bragg Pie Factory building on Grand Ave., Aftermarket emerges as a seamless and exciting new addition to Phoenix’s coffee scene. It is a good place to relax in a chill atmosphere and experience the best of both worlds: superior coffee and captivating art.
Fourtillfour Cafe (Multiple Locations)
Old Town Scottsdale may be known for its nightclubs and high end boutiques, but Four-Till Four is making the case for an Old Town coffee scene. Established by Nico Samaras in 2015, with a sister location in Encinitas, this coffee haven blends his passion for specialty coffee with his love for automobiles. When it comes to their menu, there are no wrong choices, but a standout is the refreshing Matcha Bergamot Lemonade.
Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or simply appreciate the finer things in life, this hidden treasure is ready to cater to caffeine cravings and fuel cycling adventures. Recently relocated from Old Town Scottsdale to its current ultramodern North Tempe location, Regroup offers specialty coffee alongside a state-of-the-art bike shop.
Trans Am Cafe
This eclectic coffee spot on Grand Ave. is a nice spot for a cozy coffee date. The aesthetic is a fun mishmash of styles, reflecting a creative and unique flair. The menu boasts fresh ingredients, resulting in vegan-friendly offerings like (non-bacon) BLTs, nachos, and a tempeh sandwich that won’t break the bank.
Copper Star Coffee
Located in the Melrose neighborhood, Copper Star Coffee has been a revered coffee destination since 2006. Housed in a former auto-body shop, this spot now serves as a coffee haven with a convenient drive through option true to the building’s roots. Their top-notch bagels have garnered prestige as some of the best in Phoenix. As a must-visit coffee experience, Copper Star Coffee delivers both convenience and worthy provisions.
Esso’s roasting operation ensures first-rate beans that are worth taking home with you. The zen atmosphere makes it a great spot to get work done or simply unwind. Plus, the ever-changing local art for sale adds some neighborhood flair. Pro tip: their gorgeous vine-covered front patio welcomes animals and shields from the heat.
Dialog is a spot for the cool kids. Nestled within the trendy Rosevelt Row building at 1001 North Central Avenue Its minimalist chic aesthetic is where coffee innovation meets Arizona flair. With coffee manager Mary Rauhause at the helm, they have created a lineup of unconventional, distinctly Arizona-influenced beverages, like a grapefruit espresso tonic that’s a must try.
Dark Hall Coffee
Located in Phoenix’s Coronado Historic district, Dark Hall Coffee is a celebrated vegan coffee shop and bakery that has carved a distinct niche in the local coffee scene, partnering with local suppliers like Xanadu Coffee Roasters and Cha Cha’s Tea to offer an assorted selection of coffees and teas. Warm autumnal spices to refreshing summer blends, their rotating selection of seasonal drinks are always a hit.
Window Coffee Bar
Window Coffee Bar has secured its status as a treasured local haunt. The owners have successfully cultivated a sense of community in the space, forging relationships with their customers. Their pop tarts are a standout. Be sure to visit their hip new Melrose digs to really feel like a local.
Press Coffee - The Roastery
You can not talk about the Phoenix coffee scene without a nod to Press coffee, founded in 2008 by local newscaster Tram Mai and husband Steve Kraus. With multiple locations across the valley, they offer high-quality coffee and prioritize community engagement. In addition to supporting Arizona charities, Press Coffee emphasizes responsible bean sourcing from coffee farmers worldwide.