Warm Up at a Local Coffee Shop
Finding a good cup of coffee is at the top of many travelers' lists as soon as they arrive at their destination. In Minnesota, a local coffee shop is never far away, whether it's on a small town main street or in a big city neighborhood. Grab a good book or a good friend and feel like a regular at any of these cafes around the state.
Jitters in downtown Duluth serves locally roasted French Roast, Columbian, Tanzanian Peaberry and Decaf Sumatran coffees, plus a flavor of the day. A couple blocks down Superior Street, Duluth Coffee Company roasts and brews its coffees on-site.
The kids have their own place to play at Front Porch Coffee and Tea Company, which also features free WiFi, a fireplace room and certified Fair Trade coffees.
A true corner coffee shop in this just-south-of-the-border town, Coffee Landing Cafe earns praise for its welcoming atmosphere, yummy food and great service.
Moondance Coffee House is a local favorite thanks to its bright and cheery interior, comfy chairs, and yummy drinks and treats.
Stop by The Beanery for coffee and pastries in the morning, paninis and soup for lunch, and the espresso and wine bar with live music on Friday nights.
Kristi's Coffee Corner offers espresso drinks, made-from-scratch caramel rolls and muffins, and free WiFi.
The coffee beans used at Zoomski's Midtown Cafe are roasted just a couple blocks away. The cafe also serves a full breakfast menu, baked goods, and wraps and sandwiches for lunch.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Area
One of Travel + Leisure's top 10 coffee cities in the U.S., Minneapolis has no shortage of options for a caffeine fix. Popular spots include Spyhouse (in Uptown, Whittier and Northeast), Verdant Tea Bar and Tasting Room (Seward), and Angry Catfish, which doubles as a bicycle shop.
Mainstreet Coffee Cafe serves small-batch coffees from a local roaster to provide a true "farm to cup" experience.
Kopplin's is king in this twin city, serving specialty drinks made with carefully selected beans and milk from local dairy farms. Other hot spots include Black Dog Coffee and Wine (Lowertown), Nina's Coffee Cafe (Cathedral Hill) and Groundswell (Midway).
Set inside a 100-year-old home, Mocha Monkey has two floors, comfy couches and a cozy fireplace where guests can enjoy a cup of organic Fair Trade coffee, tea, hot chocolate or a bite to eat.
Coffee Choices Eatery & Coffeehouse serves soup daily in the fall and winter in addition to its premium coffee, espresso and teas.
Open daily, Bagels & Brew supplements its menu of fresh-brewed coffees, cappuccinos and hot teas with seasonal drink and food specials. Or try The Daily Grind on Main Street, which exhibits work by local artists and hosts open mic night on Thursdays.
Hanish Bakery & Coffee Shop features a full espresso bar and about a dozen flavors of coffee daily. Don't miss the adjoining bakery, which was voted the best in Minnesota by WCCO viewers for its specialty cakes, Polish paczkis and inventive doughnut flavors like maple bacon.
Awakening Coffee House strives to be a gathering place for all people, and is run by a local ministry. Other cafes in this college town include Blue Heron Coffeehouse, Mugby Junction and Acoustic Cafe.
Downtown Bemidji is home to a few independent coffee shops. Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse serves coffee that's roasted in Duluth; Cantabria Coffee Company and Cabin Coffee House & Cafe are also popular with locals.
City Bakery & Coffee Shop serves fresh Green Mountain coffee, doughnuts and other pastries made on-site. Down the street, Cafe 116 makes everything from scratch and serves locally roasted coffee and loose-leaf teas.
Bella Cafe is both a coffee shop and a wine bar that also serves sandwiches and other house-made eats.
Thief River Falls
Grab a cup of drip coffee or an espresso drink at Wired Bean Coffee House and enjoy free WiFi.