Cafes are prevalent in most major cities these days. We all know the popular Starbucks, and of course the beloved Dutch Bros. These are so popular that you can find one at almost any major intersection. If you’ve had enough of the same safe option, why not try one of the city’s amazing independent options? With International Coffee Day taking place on Friday, October 1, independent cafes can offer an experience that turns out to be quite unique, fresher than average, and with better service than chain cafes. Besides being extremely Instagram friendly, visiting an independent cafe means you are supporting a local business. Take a look at our list of the best coffee shops in Metro Phoenix.
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Cartel Coffee Labs
“From seed to cup.” Cartel Coffee Labs offers that unique experience we mentioned earlier about independent coffee shops. With 6 locations in the Phoenix area, this cafe is loved by Phoenician’s. With four different brewing methods, even the pickiest coffee snob has a choice. Also grab some of their delicious pastries when you visit. If you find a beer you’re passionate about, you can register online and have the beans delivered right to your doorstep.
Songbird Coffee and Tea House
For our coffee lovers who dabble in the art of tea, this is your place. âLocally sourced, made with love. Â»Located on Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix. With plenty of espresso options and delicious cold draft brews, there should be options for every mood. Their tea menu is also impressive, including over 25 loose leaf teas. Take their beans home or enjoy a dinner in the experience. Songbird also offers its customers fresh baking options.
Located north 32sd street in the Arcadia district, Provision Coffee offers a delicious experience. Visit with friends and enjoy different options of unique coffee, teas, cocktails and snacks. This cafe is gorgeous and the drinks are what we were talking about when we mentioned Instagram friendly. Some of the unique coffee blends include the Prickly Pear Blend and the Ponderosa Blend.
Located in downtown Chandler, the cafe here has been perfected by years of family farming. These beans are grown on Peixoto farms in Brazil. Enjoy the comfortable and modern shop with friends or a friendly stranger. This company is proud of its community. I would recommend trying a Nitro Float for a crisp, creamy coffee experience. In summer, you can even drink your latte from a coconut!
Dark room cafe
The option of vegan lists is a major force to be reckoned with. Located in Phoenix on 7e Ave and Osborn, this cafe is a favorite among locals. With a web page that could be mistaken for modern art, this shop has a special menu filled with delicious vegan options. Try a vegan cinnamon roll, macaroon, or cookie. Chat with friends in the beautiful space, while sipping your favorite cup of coffee.
Now offering two locations in Phoenix. One on the north 3e Avenue in the city center, and the other brand new location in the Arcadia district. Lola is the perfect example of an independent cafÃ©. His family has been owned and operated since owner Daniel Wayne started with his Espresso Cart downtown. For 10 years now, Lola has been providing a place for the community to come together and enjoy a cup of coffee. Daniel still works behind the bar every day, striving to make the perfect espresso.
Lux has three different locations, North Central Ave, Scottsdale, and Flagstaff, and is one of Arizona’s most iconic independent cafes. With coffee beans grown in Ethiopia, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Panama, Sumatra, and Brazil, even the most discerning coffee drinker should find something they love. Lux offers not only coffee and breakfast, but also a liquor, lunch and dinner menu. Spend the whole day here in good company, or just stop and have your favorite cup of beans.
Xanadu started out as a distribution company that dealt with specialty cafes, restaurants, offices, bars, etc. Recently, Xanadu opened its own cafe in the Garfield neighborhood of downtown Phoenix. Although the store has only been around for 2020, the company has been making delicious coffee shops for over 12 years.
With interesting drinks such as a tonic prickly pear espresso, grapefruit and cucumber latte, and mushroom based coffee, Xanadu is sure to provide a unique experience.
Espresso gold bar
Gold Bar Espresso is located in Tempe. This shop has been independently owned and operated since 1994. It is a great place to listen to live jazz music, study or just have a coffee with your friends. Enjoy a range of espresso drinks, chai, hot chocolate and more. His raspberry chai is a unique but delicious way to enjoy chai tea.
Located on Central Ave north of Camelback inside the modern design store “For the People”. Kream is a modern coffee paradise. The beans are of local and national origin. Organized by expert baristas, this specialty cafÃ© is an experience for the senses. Stop for a shopping break and enjoy a cup of Joe and a pastry.