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Your Ultimate Guide To Birmingham Coffee Shops – Recs From A Bham Nower


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Well done drinking too much coffee like research. Photo via Cecilia Wood for Bham Now

In honor of International Coffee Day (Friday October 1), we’re sharing your ultimate guide to Birmingham coffee shops. I consider myself to be a (de facto) expert on our coffee scene, so I’m sharing everything you need to know. Plus, I’ve got you covered with recommendations from Bham Now Instagram Followers. Check it out to get your caffeine fix.

1. Filter coffee lounge

Filter Coffee Parlor - Birmingham coffee shop
Filter Coffee Parlor is one of my favorite places. Photo via Cecilia Wood for Bham Now

Filter is one of my best places to grab a tasty latte and relax for an hour or two. Every time I have a latte or a caffeinated bee, I settle in for a few hours.

  • My recommendation: Honey flower latte
  • Bham Now Audience Recommendations: @ sammikay34 + @ebmalone recommends the caffeinated bee
  • Site: 1927 11th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205
  • Hours: Monday-Friday 7 am-4pm | Saturday-Sunday 8 am-3pm
  • Contact: Website | Instagram | Facebook

2. Red cat

red cat
I can attest to this: Red Cat’s breakfast sandwiches are 10/10. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Red Cat has two locations and you can find me at one of them at least once a week. I find their flavored lattes to be the perfect blend of sweet and refreshing without masking the flavor of the coffee.

  • My recommendation: Iced Burmese Latte
  • Bham Now Audience Recommendations: @bhamcraftbabe recommends the Bengal Latte & @annemaddie_adcock suggests the almond milk matcha latte
  • Site: (Pepper Place) 2901 2nd Ave S # 120, Birmingham, AL 35233 | (Railroad Park) 1701 1st Ave S # 101, Birmingham, AL 35233
  • Hours: (Pepper Place) Monday-Saturday 7 am-6pm | (Railroad Park) Monday to Saturday 6.30 am to 8 pm, Sunday 6.30 am to 6 pm
  • Contact: Website | Instagram | Facebook

3. Cafe Santos

Santos coffee and pancakes
The staff at Santos are always so friendly. Photo via Cecilia Wood for Bham Now

I’m not a big fan of sweet coffee, so I stay away from the frozen drinks of Santos. However, they’re one of my favorite places to grab a cup of black coffee and get to work.

  • My recommendation: Black coffee … and pancakes
  • Site: (Hoover) 1021 Combination Brocks Gap Pkwy 101, Hoover, AL 35244 | (Uptown) 2221 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N, Birmingham, AL 35203
  • Hours: (Hoover) Monday-Sunday 6:30 am-7pm | (Uptown) Monday to Saturday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 6 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Contact: Website | Instagram | Facebook

4. Coffee Seeds Co.

Coffee Seeds Co.
A book and a hot latte seems like the perfect fall day to me. Photo via Cecilia Wood for Bham Now

I have to admit I haven’t been to Seeds in a few years, but it’s a local favorite. I love their shop and its cozy atmosphere. Plus, that coffee cream soda looks amazing, right?

  • My recommendation: Plain latte
  • Bham Now Audience Recommendations: @aubreynm suggests pure black coffee + @chels_balch recommends coffee cream soda
  • Site: 174 Oxmoor Road, Birmingham, AL 35209
  • Hours: Monday-Friday 7 am-3pm | Saturday 8 am-3pm
  • Contact: Website | Instagram | Facebook

5. Wild Roast Coffee

Wild Roast
I prefer my less sweet coffee, but if you’re looking for a drink that looks like dessert, check out Wild Roast. Photo via Wild Roast

The menu at Wild Roast Cafe offers just about any flavor combination possible. If you are looking for plain coffee, their coffee is roasted by O’Henry’s.

  • Bham Now Audience Recommendations: @brittnylyndrs recommend Oat Milk Ice Cream PSL
  • Site: 585 Shades Crest Rd, Hoover, AL 35226
  • Hours: Monday-Friday 7 am-5pm | Saturday 8 am-5pm | Sunday 10 am-5pm
  • Contact: Website | Instagram | Facebook

6. Crestwood Cafe

I’ve only been to Crestwood Coffee a few times, and I have to be honest: I’ve had their hot chocolate every time and it’s always been amazing. Plus, they’re right next to Thank You Books.

  • Bham Now Audience Recommendations: @juliemartinart offers you a cappuccino and a “soy” cookie
  • Site: 5512 Crestwood Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35212
  • Hours: Monday-Friday 8 am-6pm | Saturday-Sunday 8 am-6pm
  • Contact: Instagram | Facebook

7. Domestic coffee

Domestic Satellite Coffee
The Domestic location at Saturn is one of my favorites. Photo via Cecilia Wood for Bham Now

Domestique Coffee is always at the top of the local must-see coffee list, and I don’t blame them. The Domestic to Saturn Satellite location has a fun atmosphere full of board games and bright colors, and of course the coffee is amazing.

  • Bham Now Audience Recommendations: @ginnywages recommends cold brew of Dominican Republic with oat milk, @ bgram19 recommends cortado made with oat milk
  • Site: (Satellite) 200 41st St S, Birmingham, AL 35222 | (Panache) 1024 20th St S, Suite 103, Birmingham, AL 35205 | (Domestic Coffee Roasters) 3017 6th Ave South. Birmingham, Alaska, 35233
  • Hours: (Satellite) Monday 7 am-4pm, Tuesday-Saturday 7 am-6pm, Sunday 8 am-4pm | (Panache) Sunday-Thursday 7 am-4pm, Friday-Saturday 7 am-6pm | (Domestique Coffee Roasters) Monday-Friday 9 am-4pm
  • Contact: Website | Instagram | Facebook

8. Baba Java

I haven’t had a chance to try Baba Java for myself, but our TikTok manager, Tira Davis, has given it rave reviews. According to Tira, the Autumn Spice Latte “had a good balance of nutmeg and cinnamon and was pleasant and creamy.”

  • Tira’s recommendation: Autumn spice latte
  • Bham Now Audience Recommendations: @ hay.woods suggests the vanilla latte
  • Site: 4730 Chace Cir # 124, Birmingham, AL 35244
  • Hours: Monday-Friday 6:30 am-6pm | Saturday 8 am-6pm
  • Contact: Website | Instagram | Facebook

9. O’Henry

O'Henry's Honey Cinnamon Latte
O’Henry’s Honey Cinnamon Latte is amazing. Photo via Cecilia Wood for Bham Now

I live right across from O’Henry’s and love having a hot latte as I walk around the neighborhood. If you don’t like super sweet drinks stick with their black iced coffee… the Iced Coffee royale (with cream and sugar) is extremely sweet in my opinion.

10. Café Innova

I’ve only been to Innova Coffee once, and their setup is a prime place to people watch and sip a frozen drink. I tried their coffee soda with orange, and it was a fun flavor combination, but I would try something different next time I go.

  • Bham Now Audience Recommendations: @mguanipa recommends Innova Coffee’s London Fog
  • Site: 4700 Colonnade Pl, Birmingham, AL 35243
  • Hours: Monday-Friday 6:30 am-5pm | Saturday 7 am-3pm
  • Contact: Website | Instagram | Facebook

11. Church Street Coffee and Books

Church Street Cafe and Books
Nothing like a trip to Church Street Coffee & Books. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

A cozy cafe where I can sip a latte and read a book? Sign me up. Their coffee is locally brewed and their hot lattes aren’t too sweet, but if you want to satisfy your sweet tooth, their frozen lattes should do the trick.

  • My recommendation: Vanilla milk
  • Site: 81 Church Street, Mountain Brook, AL 35213
  • Hours: Monday-Sunday 6 am-6pm
  • Contact: Website | Instagram | Facebook

12. Heritage Café

Heritage Café in Ensley
Look for the bright yellow door on the side of the building, if you are looking for coffee. Photo via Sharron Swain for Bham Now

I haven’t had the chance to experience Heritage Coffee yet, but my colleague Bham Nower Sharron has nothing but good things to say about their drinks and their friendly staff.

13. Warning coffee

Warning Cafe, Birmingham
A cafe that photographs so well? Please and thank you. Photo via Bham Now

Caveat Coffee is one of my favorite places to hang out with a friend, although their large, open spaces are too distracting for me to focus on too much work. I think they have one of the creamiest lattes in Birmingham, and they have La Colombe on tap lattes as well.

  • My recommendation: Vanilla Iced Latte
  • Site: 2832 Linden Ave, Homewood, AL 35209
  • Hours: Tuesday-Friday 7:30 am-4pm | Saturday-Sunday 9 am-4pm
  • Contact: Website | Instagram | Facebook

14. Developer

The location of downtown Revelator. Photo by Matthew Niblett

Revelator is known locally (and nationally) for its roasts. I appreciate their minimalist environment, but their coffee isn’t sweet if that’s what you’re looking for in a drink. Next time I go I will have the choice of the barista as they know their cafe.

  • Site: 1826 3rd Ave N # 101, Birmingham, AL 35203
  • Hours: Monday-Saturday 7 am-6pm | Sunday 7 am-3pm
  • Contact: Website | Instagram | Facebook

15. Weird: the café-bar

Weird: The Coffee Bar is ideally located in the city center and turns into a bar in the evening. Their drink menu includes unique options like pistachio, honey, guava, and orange blossom.

  • Site: 217 22nd St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
  • Hours: Monday 8 am-11pm | Tuesday 8 am-12pm | Wednesday-Friday, Saturday 8 am-2am | Sunday 4 pm-11pm
  • Contact: Website | Instagram | Facebook

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What’s your favorite cafe in Birmingham? Tag us @BhamNow and let us know.

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