Explore the best places to grab a cup of joe in upper Manhattan’s trendiest neighborhood
While many of New York City’s neighborhoods are steeped in history and remain unchanged in the eyes of Manhattanites, Harlem is a community in flux, constantly evolving and offering residents and visitors a variety of new restaurants, bars, galleries, boutiques, and more—all while maintaining its historic charm. Whether you want to start your day off right or need an afternoon pick-me-up, pay a visit to one of these hip and happening Harlem coffee shops.
Shuteye Coffee is a relatively new player in the Harlem coffee shop scene, offering passersby a cozy escape from busy W 116th Street. With a charming interior and locally sourced beans from East One (a Brooklyn-based roastery), Shuteye has quickly become a popular spot to grab a coffee and pastry on the morning commute or hunker down on the weekend with a book or some good company. With thoughtfully prepared espresso drinks and delicious light bites, Shuteye is a testament to the new wave of Harlem.
Nearby, you’ll find Double Dutch Espresso, a Harlem staple that retains all the charm it set out to bring to the neighborhood when it opened years ago. Its owners have filled the exposed brick wall space with vintage found objects, making it a unique yet hip place to enjoy a cup of handcrafted coffee and a pastry from the shop’s expertly curated sweets selection.
Serving coffee from local Harlem roaster Plowshares, Sugar Hill Cafe is literally an underground spot on the basement level of a classic apartment building. Despite its location, the space is still flooded with warm natural light, and patrons can interact with knowledgeable baristas committed to their craft. The delicious coffee speaks for itself, as do the pastries, sandwiches, paninis, and sweets that are either made in-house or provided by some of the best local bakeries. If you’re looking for a quaint locale to escape the crowds, Sugar Hill Cafe is worth a look.
Lenox Coffee is a specialty coffee shop that attracts the hipsters of Harlem. Serving a unique lineup of single-origin drip coffees, cold brews, and espresso blends, Lenox Coffee roasts in Red Hook, Brooklyn and is a dream for those looking for a spot offering more than coffee; the place is constantly buzzing with local designers, writers, and other artisans taking advantage of the community’s rich trove of art and culture.
The vibe in The Chipped Cup is what keeps patrons coming back for more. With a cozy atmosphere and eclectic decor, this Harlem coffee spot has friendly staff, delicious brews, and tasty snacks as well as a surprise outdoor space in the back, making for the perfect place to study, read, or just enjoy this cafe’s top-notch ambiance.
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