5 Cozy Coffee Shops to Discover
With fall finally here, a visit to these five coffeehouses will add a bit of warmth to your weekend. Discover a new hangout—or rediscover an old favorite.
1. Hartford Coffee Company
Tucked away just west of South Grand on its namesake street, this casual café has been a local favorite since 2004. Surrounded by neighborhood homes, the front patio is a relaxing place to enjoy the weather and take in the passersby. Inside, Hartford Coffee Company patrons will be studying, writing, reading the Sunday paper or catching up with friends under a main wall lined with an eclectic selection of local art for sale. In the back play area, families corral their toddlers while enjoying caffeinated pick-me-ups. The extensive menu is available all the time, so you can opt for the simple breakfast bagel of your dreams or stop in over lunch for a sandwich and soup. Pick up some beans on your way out—the coffee company also roasts a variety of blends in-house.
2. Kitchen House Coffee
Paul Whitsitt recognized a need for a neighborhood coffee shop in Tower Grove East and eventually created Kitchen House Coffee, an urban farm and café. As an urban farmer himself, Whitsitt cooks with herbs and produce from the garden whenever possible and sources all of the coffee, tea and pastries from locally owned businesses—there are even egg-laying chickens in the backyard. Coffee is provided by local roasters Blueprint and Stringbean. The sandwiches are served on Companion bagels, and the smoothies are made with organic ingredients as available.
3. Shaw’s Coffee
Located in the center of The Hill, Shaw’s Coffee is the neighborhood hotspot for a latte, biscotti and coffee date with a good friend. Every corner is teeming with locals who have been going to Shaw’s for their coffee since 1999. The company roasts its own coffee using beans from the Americas, Africa and the Pacific Rim. They’re dark-roasted in a traditional European style and sold both in-house and online. The building originally served as an old bank and, in a fun architectural quirk, there is still a back room full of safes for customers to sit in. The coffee is strong, the ambiance is cozy, and the quiche and biscotti come from the neighborhood.
4. Maypop Coffee & Garden Shop
Half nursery, half coffee shop, Maypop is the perfect hideaway for plant-lovers and coffee enthusiasts alike. The owners transformed a 19th-century home in Webster Groves into a cozy café. The shop serves Blueprint Coffee, Big Heart Tea, food from the Living Room and French pastries from Like Home Café and Bakery on the weekends. There is a large greenhouse that fills with natural light when the sun is out, complete with a diverse selection of flowers, plants, herbs and produce.
5. Shameless Grounds
Located near Benton Park, this spunky cafe is known for its sex-positive library full of erotic reads. Shameless Grounds is a radically inclusive space, welcoming of those who identify with any sexuality and identity. The menu is full of ice-cream drinks, coffees, alcoholic beverages and a food menu full of promiscuously named breakfast plates and sandwiches. There’s also a spacious back patio perfect for basking in fall foliage.
Feature image courtesy of Hartford Coffee Company.