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CLEVELAND'S BEST COFFEE SHOPS

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UPDATED NOV 11, 2019

For most of us in the city, nothing goes together quite like coffee and Cleveland. While there are plenty of Starbucks around, we prefer the community-focused, locally owned shops and roasters. Check out all the best local coffee shops below!

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LAYNE GIBBONS

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Like their name says, this coffee stop is on the rise. With a focus on relationships, this local roastery knows where their product comes from and wants their coffee to reflect that. Try their pour over or AeroPress methods to find your favorite brew at one of their many locations in Hingetown, Lakewood, Little Italy, Tremont (inside the old Fairmont Creamery building), The Arcade — and while you’re at it, stop by their roastery on Walton Ave.

When it comes to unique coffee shops in Cleveland, LOOP has to be near the top of the list. That’s because they’re part record store, part art gallery, part coffee shop. (We told you this place was unique.) The fact that they’re set up in the trendy Tremont neighborhood doesn’t hurt, either. Walk through the doors and into the cafe on the ground floor. Grab a cup of coffee, check out the art, or head upstairs to scope out the record collection. Coffee, art, and music is all we really need anyway, right?

The sleek, clean design is on point. The baristas are super knowledgeable. And the coffee and espresso is meticulously sourced. That’s how Pour on Euclid Ave. goes about creating a coffee experience that will put a smile on your face. Stop into this local coffee bar for a pour over, then post up to get some work done. The space is inviting and they even have locally-made pastries and bagels to snack on.

Fluffy Duck’s bright and airy space will make you want to stay all day. It’s the perfect place to get some work done while enjoying a fresh cup of caffeine (we’re not picky — any kind of roast will do). Situated on Chester Ave. in University Circle, Fluffy Duck has your basic brew favorites along with fresh-baked beads, sandwiches, and—get this—personal pizzas. Coffee and pizza? #Score.

Coffee and clean eats: that’s what you can expect to encounter at The Root Cafe, a coffee shop and eatery that caters to Cleveland’s vegetarian and vegan community! Their extensive food menu features vegan-friendly and gluten-free meals made from local and organic ingredients. And the coffee bar serves up brews from local favorites like Rising Star and duck-rabbit coffee. Snack healthy in Lakewood while you enjoy your pour over, espresso, or cold brew.

For the past 25 years, this multi-location Cleveland coffee shop has been serving flavored lattes, cappuccinos, macchiatos, and a whole lot more. But what really sets this place apart is that all of their beans are roasted in small batches in the 216. Whatever coffee, latte, or espresso you order here is nothing short of perfection.

duck-rabbit coffee focuses on roasting light beans to create a natural, earthy, and citrus flavored coffee. You might have seen or tasted their creations at other Cleveland spots like The Root Cafe and Tremont Farmers’ Market. If not, you can always stop by their home shop on Columbus Rd.

Here, your coffee experience will be anything but common. This edgy Lorain Ave. coffee shop is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. So if you’re looking for some hot java in the middle of the night, Common Grounds will be open and ready to serve. This spot also has board games and pinball machines, so your coffee break is sure to be a fun one.

Cleveland’s coffee game is strong, and with Passengers Cafe thrown into the mix, the game just got stronger. This little shop is hidden inside West 25th’s Cleveland Hostel and is all about fostering community connections. Bagels, jams, and dairy products are sourced locally whenever possible, and the atmosphere is friendly and inviting. Fitt Tip: the next time you stop by, head up to their roof deck to enjoy your coffee and Cleveland’s beautiful skyline.

Right across from Barrio in Lakewood, Goodkind Coffee is open every day of the week and features flavorful beans and scrumptious cones. Can't do dairy? This coffee shop makes their own almond milk from scratch. Talk about dedication!

With local roaster Rising Star as their main bean supplier, you can sip on Americanos, chai lattes, or a simple cup of joe at Metropolitan Coffee. No matter what you order, it’ll surely kick that caffeine craving. They also bake small bites in a kitchen that’s completely nut-free (whoo!). Fitt Tip: Metropolitan has $12 yoga classes every Tuesday and Thursday night!

If you ask us, Mojo’s Coffee is totally underrated. Hidden in Bay Village, this cafe has every drink you can think of, along with gluten-free snacks to munch on. They also have a long list of frappes and smoothies for anyone who is looking for something chilled. Oh, and did we mention that Mojo’s also offers an entire menu dedicated to vegan eats and drinks?

The aptly-named 5 Points Coffee & Tea in the five points section of West Park is passionate about community and coffee. From signature cold-brews to vegan croissants, this Irish-themed coffee shop has what you need for an afternoon (or anytime) pick-me-up. Fitt Tip: 5 Points offers weekly $10 yoga classes!

As if you couldn’t tell from the name, Old Brooklyn’s Coffee, Coffee, Coffee really loves coffee. They have some of the most unique cups we’ve ever seen, like a Cosmic Powers Latte made with matcha, super-herbs, and milk. And their Cuppadreamo, made with turmeric, local honey, and espresso, is any coffee lover's dream. Trust us — you’re not going to find fun cups like these anywhere else.

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