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.
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. Or wash down your latte with a lager at Northern Grounds Coffee Shop, which serves wine and beer in addition to their expertly crafted 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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, North Loop and Northeast neighborhoods), Birchwood Cafe (Seward neighborhood), Gigi's Cafe (CARAG neighborhood), and Angry Catfish (Standish-Erickson neighborhood), 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.
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.
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.
Hanisch 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.
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.
Located in downtown Moorhead, Moxie Java serves up delicious drinks, pastries, soups, salads and sandwiches. Check out their seasonal menu featuring drinks using flavors like pumpkin, lavender and more. If you're looking for something with a little spice, try the Hot Vanilla White Mocha with espresso, a blend of cinnamon and vanilla syrup, whip cream and cinnamon red hots.
Bella Cafe is both a coffee shop and a wine bar that also serves sandwiches and other house-made eats.
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.
Erica Wacker is a Midwesterner through and through, growing up in Illinois, going to college in Wisconsin, and settling down in Minnesota. She loves to run, travel with her family, and go to concerts to relive her youth.
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