Coffee and Charlie are practically two peas in a pod. And HANDS DOWN, the best thing about living in New York so far has been all of the RAD coffee shops. I’m no Starbucks dude, but I’ll always walk a few extra blocks to get some local roast. So here WE GO…my TOP FIVE coffee spots in NYC:
Joe and the Juice in Bryant Park // Sure they’ve got trendy juices, but they BLAST Yeezy and Chance the Rapper at 9AM. Their coffee card brings your lattes down to $2.50 a drink (say what?!) and it happens to be right next to the wonderful Bryant Park. Ditch that “venti” language and order their PINK latte cause they only go by colors.
Bluestone Lane in Bryant Park // Conveniently located right next to my work, their coffee is pure, creamy goodness. From their photogenic avocado toast to their iconic blue cups, you can’t beat it. Their location in the Upper East Side allegedly features some baristas with Aussie accents, but the friendly staff at this location has me coming back multiple times a week. Praise their cinnamon sugar doughnut.
Maman in SoHo // Tucked away in the heart of SoHo is this simplistic, homey coffee spot. From their life-changing White Chocolate Pretzel Cookies to their darn good coffee (honestly, my favorite in all of NY). They brew Toby’s Estate and you’ll be all about their rabbit flower pots tucked away in the back. Great for reading, writing and the Instagram.
Happy Bones in SoHo // It’s ALL over Instagram. And a blogger straight up had a crew of four people helping her do a photoshoot at the table by the window. God, I love America in 2o16. Happy Bones carries those HUGE donuts, the baristas are SUPER friendly, and their latte art is super. I could actually live here. I also want one of their white t-shirts.
Ludlow Coffee Supply in the Lower East Side // Across the street from the infamous Mr. Purple, get ready to feel JIVED. Crazy strong coffee. Laid back vibes. The best place to get coffee with a friend. I’m still regretting that I didn’t try their rainbow Rice Krispy treats, but I’ll be BACK. 10/10 recommend grabbing an iced mocha before strolling through one of my favorite NY neighborhoods.
From the Royals winning the world series to the rejuvenation and swag-ification of Downtown, Kansas City is booming. Luckily, the coffee scene over the past few years has been upgraded too. Check out the 5 best coffee spots in my hometown below:
Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters in Crossroads – In my opinion, the best coffee shop in all of Kansas City. From their rooftop patio to their full bar, Thou Mayest is the perfect place to sketch away or catch up with a friend.
Parisi in Leawood – With their white tables and their sparkling lemonade, it’s the place to get inspired. They also have the BEST dairy-free mocha in town.
The Roasterie in Downtown – You can’t talk about coffee in Kansas City without bringing up The Roasterie. Sign up for a free factory tour when you have an hour and learn how to use a french press at home.
Brew Gallery in Lenexa – After finding this spot through Instagram a few weeks back, it did not disappoint. From their sleek espresso machine to their #postitfortheaesthetic vibes, this place rocks.
Blip Coffee in West Bottoms – Located right next to the haunted houses by the train tracks, Blip makes a mean cup of coffee. Don’t plan on hanging out due to their limited seating, but it’s a great place to swing by before checking out the rest of West Bottoms on First Fridays.
Dallas had me falling in love with coffee. REALLY good local coffee. Four years and I’ve been to every spot Dallas has to offer. With my research complete, here are the five best:
Local Press + Brew in Oak Cliff– Located a few minutes south from Trinity Groves, this small shop takes the crown with Instagram in mind. Complete with superb coffee and flights of fresh juices, it’s a great place to start the day.
The Wild Detectives in Bishop Arts – Practically a book lover’s heaven. With the walls lined with books and live “Shakespeare in the Bar,” this coffee spot is the perfect place to spend any summer night. Plus, Emporium Pies is only a few steps away.
Weekend Coffee in Downtown – Tucked away Downtown in the lobby of The Joule, this gem will not disappoint. From the strong coffee that will have you wired for hours to the big chairs ready for book reading, this find is my weekday favorite.
Ascension in the Arts District – Coffee and a killer Panini? Come here for the perfect lunch date. Enjoy the table service while you gather some inspiration from the locals pitching new ideas or catching up over a cup of their delicious Kyoto Brew.
Houndstooth Coffee on Lower Greenville – When you want just good vibes, great people, and dope coffee, hit up my all-time favorite place in Dallas. Huge tables to work at and mouth-watering donuts Wednesday-Sunday. They just opened a new location in West Dallas, but their Henderson location will always have my heart.
I spent January through March this year in the City of Angels. While I didn’t get a starring role or a killer recording contract, I did fall in love with good coffee. Having spent my college years in Dallas, I was already all about the local coffee scene. But moving out to the West Coast had me falling for a new kind of roast.
The Wheelhouse in DTLA – From their expansive parking lot (a rare find in LA) to their wall of bicycles, it will be one destination you won’t forget. Always make your coffee fancy too.
Alfred Coffee in Silverlake – When you want quite arguably the best cup of coffee in LA, head here. While their WEHO location is full of screenwriters, celebs (hey Kendall and Gigi) and lots of cool ivy, I prefer their Silverlake location. From their wall of mustaches to the friendly locals, just make sure you get the bacon-chive scone.
Go Get Em Tiger on Larchmont – When you want some heart-racing espresso and some avocado toast set your Google Maps to here. Set up like an actual bar, the warm smiles and family-friendly atmosphere give you a break from that LA hustle.
Blue Bottle Coffee in Venice – When it’s a Sunday night, you’d find me strolling along Abbot Kinney in Venice Beach with a cup of their coffee in hand. Even if you hit up the coolest street in LA without making your wallet cry from Rag & Bone or Aviator Nation, grab an iced latte and take a picture of those palm trees in ocean breeze.
Two Guns Espresso in DTLA – Their coffee will have you LIT. Yep, that’s right LIT. Located right in the financial district of DTLA, this coffee stand is one of LA’s best kept secrets.