Coffee shops are not just for WiFi and coworking. This Fletcher Place coffee shop has walls adorned with local art that rotates frequently to make you feel at home. The staff has a reputation for being friendly and courteous as they serve you a hot cup of coffee or espresso drink from their large menu. Plus your money is going to a good cause, as 100 percent of proceeds are donated back to the neighborhood.
There’s buzz around Bee Coffee Roasters, a coffee shop in downtown Indianapolis that is serious about coffee. Their knowledgeable staff can explain how they roast their own beans and offer advice on picking a brewing method that fits your palate. In the warmer months, order the slightly sweet plum buzz coffee soda.
Located in the former coat check room at the historic Athenaeum Theatre on Mass Ave, Coat Check Cofee is quickly becoming a favorite among locals for their fresh pastries (order the croissant) and strong brew.
Desire a cup of coffee before you head to the shops on Mass Ave? Turn the corner on East for Henry’s, where the menu options are larger than the coffee shop. Fresh baked goods, salads, and sandwiches will have you coming back for lunch or dinner.
Part coffee shop, part afterhours beer and wine bar, Thirsty Scholar cultivates conversation in their modern, dim-lit atmosphere. Merging 1920s and modern vibes, this coffee bar offers local charcuterie and pastries with a sandwich and salad menu of their own inventions.
New in 2014, this auto repair shop turned hip bistro has already has jumped to the top of our must-try list for visitors. In addition to a full brunch menu, their barista station is state-of-the-art, complete with drip, Chemex, V60, Toddy cold brew, Kyoto cold brew, and espresso. Try the "Indiana Weather" for a drink layer hot to cold with espresso, chilled coconut milk, and hibiscus syrup.
Their coffee can be found in other shops throughout town, but Hubbard & Cravens’ own locations showcase their passion for coffee in a variety of well-crafted drinks. Order a french press all to yourself or enjoy it with friends in their cozy Broad Ripple locations.
There’s more than coffee inside this red and black Old Northside corner coffee shop. Clean, white tables draw attention to the large cups of black coffee or plates of sandwiches and salads. Order off the menu by pulling a vintage soda or Nicey Treat popsicle out of the cooler.
When a coffee drink is called “zombie,” you know it’s special. White espresso beans are used at this Broad Ripple hot spot so you can sip three times as much caffeine as regular espresso while you get down to business on the comfortable couches. Friendly staff can help you navigate the multiple chalkboard-sized menus of coffee, teas, sandwiches, and pastries.
The Raspberry Dirty Hippie, a flavored chai latte, is a favored drink at Perk Up, located right off the Monon Trail. You’ll feel as though you are walking into someone’s home when you step into this Broad Ripple home turned cafe. Stop by for authentic, house-made Koffeeklatch, exclusively available on Sunday afternoons.
Mile Square Coffee Roastery is a small-batch, specialty coffee roaster with a cafe on the second floor of the historic Indianapolis City Market. Buy a bag of beans to take home; they’re some of the best in the city and typically roasted within 48-hours of sale date. The Hammer & Anvil Blend is superb and even better when paired with a croissant from Circle City Sweets.
The downtown location is usually filled with a diverse mix of college students in jeans and executives in suits, all enjoying any number of the coffee drinks offered on the wall-to-wall chalkboard. Large windows let you take in the Indianapolis skyline as you munch on a bagel from Shapiro’s and snuggle up in the large, comfy chairs.
Fostering a community of those who appreciate the art of coffee, Quills uses the finest ingredients to create unique and savory blends. It’s a casual, friendly spot to grab a cup of the best brews.
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