Warm Up at a Local Coffee Shop

By Erica Wacker

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.

Northeast Minnesota

Brewed Awakenings coffee shop Grand Rapids winter
Brewed Awakenings, Grand Rapids


Lake Superior Bakehouse 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 Co., which also features free WiFi, a fireplace room and certified Fair Trade coffees.

International Falls

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.


A great place to gear up for a day on the slopes or trails, Fika Coffee opened in 2016 and specializes in small batch, sustainable coffee sourced from around the globe.

Northern Grounds coffee shop in Ely_Lucy Hawthorne
Northern Grounds, Ely / Lucy Hawthorne


After checking out the country's largest Dala horse, drop by The Fish House for a freshly brewed cup of coffee, sandwich or baked goods made with locally sourced ingredients.

Central Minnesota


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.


A newcomer to downtown Crosby, Mixed Company serves Minnesota-made coffee from Duluth Coffee Co., smoothies, sandwiches and breakfast fare on Main Street.


Kristi's Coffee Corner offers espresso drinks, made-from-scratch caramel rolls and muffins, and free WiFi. 

Little Falls

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.

Sauk Centre 

Found on the town's original Main Street, Jitters Java Cafe is a cafe, coffee shop and wine bar serving five unique brews daily, with live music and light fare in the evening.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Area

Cafe Astoria Campfire Latte
Cafe Astoria, St. Paul


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 the Uptown, Whittier and Northeast neighborhoods), Verdant Tea Bar and Tasting Room (Seward neighborhood), 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.

St. Paul

Discover Instagram-worthy beverages at Cafe Astoria near downtown St. Paul. This cozy shop is serving up tasty beverages that are almost too pretty to drink. If you are looking for something sweet, try the campfire latte complete with a toasted marshmallow. Ask your barista about the secret menu to discover the 24K latte with real gold leaf or the rainbow peppermint mocha with colors that change daily. If you're hungry, try one of the delicious crepes, smoothie bowls or pastries.


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.

Southern Minnesota

The Interchange coffee shop, Albert Lea
The Interchange, Albert Lea


One of Minnesota's newest coffee shops, The Coffee Nest in downtown Jackson makes and serves fresh pastries, soups and a full range of tasty beverages.


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.

Red Wing

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.


With locations downtown and in the Winona Mall, Blooming Grounds Coffee House serves gourmet pizzas in addition to coffee drinks, breakfast and lunch items. Other cafes in this college town include Blue Heron Coffeehouse, Mugby Junction and Acoustic Cafe.

Northwest Minnesota


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.

Fergus Falls

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.

Park Rapids

Bella Cafe is both a coffee shop and a wine bar that also serves sandwiches and other house-made eats.

Detroit Lakes

La Barista is the place to go for coffee, sandwiches and catching up with friends. Enjoy free WiFi at this cozy spot in Washington Square Mall.