For many of us, the day doesn’t officially start until we’ve had a cup (or three) of coffee.
Which is why, when we walk out the door, we’re heading directly to a local coffee shop for a morning pick-me-up. But where do you turn when you’re looking to score a snack to go along with your caffeinated beverage of choice? Sure, you could pick up a pastry or cookie almost anywhere (boooo, Starbucks). Healthy snacks, on the other hand, are a little bit harder to come by. Unless, of course, you know where to look.
So when you find yourself craving a good-for-you snack to go with your coffee (or tea!) look no further than these 11 places around Pittsburgh.
This place in Downtown Pittsburgh is doing it right. From the coffee (from Counter Culture) to the food (fresh-made, using local ingredients), Bluebird Kitchen is serving up insanely good American food, in an instant. See that? It is possible to get healthy food in a hurry. And because you don’t have to make a separate stop for your coffee, you’ll save even more time!
Big Dog Coffee comes up huge when it comes to coffee.. High-quality coffee, tea, and espresso. A fireplace. An outdoor patio. They’re even dog-friendly. Plus, they’ll fix you a bowl of organic rolled oats from their oatmeal bar. Top it off with some fresh fruit to start your day off on the right foot.
This coffee shop has managed to become a centerpiece of Polish Hill, while remaining largely unknown to the rest of the city. It’s a hidden gem. Except we’re telling you exactly where it is and urging you to go there…. Especially so if you’re into locally-roasted coffee and healthy eats. Their speciality, other than some legit coffee, is vegan and vegetarian and delicious (all made fresh daily). And don’t forget about Sunday brunch.
If you’re looking for a quiet space to work or a go-to spot to snag a coffee in the East End, look to Commonplace Voluto. Their locally-roasted coffee is second to none. And they’re healthy snack selection is solid as well. The Gluten Free Goat makes regular donut deliveries here. You can’t go wrong with Lithic Granola. Or Naturi’s Greek yogurt. Or the aptly named the “bird bar,” made from fruit, nuts, and seeds. And with Commonplace Coffee set-ups in Squirrel Hill and Mexican War Streets too, you’ll quickly become a regular.
Sure, this spot might seem out of place on this list. But allow us to explain. While other juice bars serve less than stellar drip coffee, Salud (in Shadyside and Sewickley) has taken steps to secure some of the best coffee around. They work with La Prima Espresso to get quality beans and perfect their espresso pulling process. You can even order the Clark Kent, Salud’s take on the Bulletproof Coffee craze. It’s made with coconut oil + grass fed butter and said to give you superpowers. Add absolutely anything from their juice, smoothie, or bowl menu and you’re all set.
Head to Constellation Coffee in Lawrenceville for a meticulously crafted coffee or espresso, served in a space that’s as carefully curated. Trendy enough for you? Hey, we’re hip. And so down that nearly everything is sourced locally. Enjoy your espresso while soaking up some of the sunlight that pours through the massive windows. Add a snack to this stop with sweet treats from Three Fifty Bakery, Relish, and Twenty Four Blackbirds.
Here’s another place to add to the list of surprisingly healthy spots on the South Side. At Delanie’s, they make it their goal to wake up all of Carson Street (if it ever sleeps.) Sure, you can stick to the coffee shop staples like coffee, espresso, and tea. But why do that when you can have fresh juice or a smoothie too? If that’s not your style, check out their fresh made menu items, perfect for the healthiest of eaters.
If you live in Carnegie, or find yourself in the South Hills, plan to swing by this former post office-turned-coffee shop. It’s a cool spot, there’s no doubt about it. The coffee is on-point. We’d like to talk to you about the lunch menu, though. Packed with daily-made sandwiches, salads, and specials. And make a note to yourself: DO NOT MISS SUNDAY BRUNCH (write it in all caps, like that.).
It’s just TOO easy to love the newest fixture on the border of Shadyside and East Liberty. Okay, we see your Verve coffee and Rishi tea, and raise you one thirsty Fitt team. But like ours did, your coffee field trip may turn into a coffee residency. Adda Coffee and Tea house allows you to rent out their communal tables – for a meeting, to scribble on their public chalkboard and even use one of their monitors. Chances are that you’ll work through lunch or dinner. That’s where Adda’s got the hook-up too, friends. They’ve made friends with Bar Marco’s Justin Steel, who’s cranking out small plates like vegan toast creations, grain salad, and power muffins.
Not too far from its neighbors at Adda, Zeke’s Coffee is another go-to spot in East Liberty to grab some caffeine and refuel with a quick snack. Whether you’re in the mood for coffee, tea, espresso, or even just the comfort of a steamy hot chocolate, this Penn Ave. cafe has you covered. Even better, the snack game at Zeke’s certainly does not disappoint. From muffins and gluten-free donuts to breakfast sammies and quiche, the bakery has some salty and some sweet to keep you full, happy, and grinding through your day.
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