While Arizona’s capital city has always been associated with desert hikes, golfing and luxurious spas, there’s another reason to be here and that’s the brimming café culture. Gradually, this cultural hub has assumed the reputation of the ‘Coffee Capital’ of the Southwest and for good reason!
10 Must-Visit Cafes in Phoenix
With baristas whipping up some of the best coffee concoctions in town, there’s no way you can afford to give these 10 exquisite cafés a miss!
1. Sip Coffee and Beer Garage
If you can’t choose between that cup of joe and a mug of beer, here’s where you need to head! There are two locations you can visit – one is in Old Town Scottsdale, while the drive-thru with a sit-down space is also in Phoenix’s Arcadia vicinity. If you are a coffee aficionado, you can take your pick from seasonal or limited-edition brews, and there are some local varieties available too! Sip on some coffee with a range of breakfast items or perfectly grilled panini.
2.Cartel Coffee Lab
One of the most renowned local coffee companies, Cartel Coffee Lab has a plethora of outlets in Phoenix, including a huge space at the Phoenix Sky Harbour International Airport. It is fascinating how each outlet differs from the other in terms of the ambience! The brews available here are strong and smooth and serve as the perfect kickstart for your day!
3.La Grande Orange Pizzeria
While this isn’t a typical coffee shop, the Grande Orange Pizzeria is always teeming with crowds! Make a stop for that piping hot cup of coffee or dig into freshly-baked goodies here. If you aren’t in the mood for a takeaway, there’s enough seating to catch up with friends or even go solo. On your way home, you can grab some nibbles with several options available even for those who prefer vegan or gluten-free options.
4. The Refuge
One of the best coffee shops in Phoenix, this is a place you would definitely want to take refuge in! It serves dual purposes – it’s a coffee shop by day and a wine bar by night. Their specialty, Café Esperanza, sells like hot cakes, so either go for a single serving or take that entire bag home! You can also grab some breakfast goodies, with the hummus plate and some sandwiches being the popular picks!
5. Luci’s Healthy Marketplace and Coffee Bar
Another favourite haunt for locals living in Phoenix is Luci’s Healthy Marketplace that has been around for over eight years. It’s more of a neighbourhood café, but often sees independent professionals, students and even hikers make a stop. You can choose to order some breakfast and lunch or grab a cup of coffee or tea. If juices and smoothies float your boat, then there are enough options too! Don’t miss the marketplace for a wide selection of healthy foods, dips, sauces and even some beer and wine.
6. Lux Central
Situated on the popular Central Avenue in Phoenix, this outlet is preferred by hipsters. There’s both indoor and outdoor seating and the ambience here is laidback! Make sure you try their strong and aromatic coffee with some freshly baked goods. If you aren’t much of a coffee person, you can always choose to order some tea, beer or wine!
A popular hangout in downtown Scottsdale, this place is a must for both coffee and automobile enthusiasts. It is a coffee garage that sells some great auto souvenirs and you can also spot some great collector cars parked outside. There’s also an outdoor patio that has a relaxed feel.
Must Try: Coffee and Tea, Sandwich
Location: 7105 E 1st Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Timings: 7am – 2pm
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8.The Henry Coffee Bar: XV
This coffee shop located on the busy Camelback Road in Phoenix is a favourite of coffee lovers! It isn’t uncommon to spot office professionals grab coffee or some baked goodies on the go. Those who have some time can stop by for a leisurely meal or coffee. You can pair that coffee cup with some delectable Quinoa Breakfast Burrito, Flower Child Scramble or the popular Carrot Cake Pancakes!
9. Press Coffee Roasters
There are several outlets in Phoenix, though the most popular ones are at Scottsdale Quarter and Phoenix Sky Harbour International Airport. If you are interested in learning the nuances of coffee making, they should be your go-to people, since they regularly offer tours and cupping classes.
10. The Coffee Shop at Agritopia
This coffee shop is one of the best crowded cafes in Phoenix, and also among the best ones! While their coffee is popular, they are also famous for their extensive breakfast and lunch menu, which includes burritos, omelettes, sandwiches and fish tacos. Oh, and the cupcakes are to die for!
11. Songbird Coffee and Tea House
While it’s the name that first catches your attention, it is their freshly brewed coffee that will keep you coming back here! This coffee shop in North Phoenix is equally popular for its house-baked pastries and has some vegan options available too!
Now that you know all about the café culture in Phoenix, what’s stopping you? Plan that trip and make a stop at these best cafes in town. Don’t miss out the chance to witness an incredible experience by customizing your Phoenix Tour Package with TravelTriangle.
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