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The Best Cafes And Coffee Shops In Birmingham, Alabama

The Best Cafes And Coffee Shops In Birmingham, Alabama

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Updated: 21 November 2016
We all need a caffeine fix from time to time, whether it’s in the morning before work or after lunch for a little pick-me-up. Check out some of these shops in Birmingham, Alabama, which offer you not only refreshing brews and tasty roasts, but an overall great experience to accompany your cup of joe. Read our list for details on the best spots.

The Satellite at Saturn Birmingham

Come to this unique coffee shop for an experience that is literally out of this world! The Satellite at the Saturn Birmingham is an outer space-themed venue with retro decor and neon, orange colors serving up some of the best coffee and pastries in the area. Its located within the Saturn, which serves Birmingham as a concert venue and event space. The Satellite teams up with Stumptown Coffee to bring you tasty brews, and they also feature pastries from local bakeries, such as Baking Bandits. The environment is hip and unique, making it the perfect spot to chat with friends or finish up on work (they have free WiFi and USB chargers built into the bar). In addition to their signature roasts and espresso drinks, we recommend trying the coffee soda or the frozen Primm’s cup.

Saturn Birmingham, 200 41st Street South, Birmingham, AL, +1 (205) 703-9545

Seeds Coffee Company

This coffee shop provides Birmingham with deeply satisfying brews and a place to mingle with other members of the community or partake in some downtime reading or writing. Seeds Coffee Company has meticulous methods for offering hand-crafted coffee and artisan brews, and you can surely taste all of the effort in their roasts. Seeds has plenty of space to study, and often hosts local bands for live music nights. When you visit, try their almond latte, cold brew, hot chocolate, or teas to experience the quality of Seeds.

Seeds Coffee Company, 174 Oxmoor Road, Birmingham, AL, +1(205) 259-6405

The Red Cat

You can’t get a much cooler coffee shop than one inspired by none other than cats! The Red Cat is an artsy spot located in a brick-walled venue featuring signature specialty drinks and quality, house-made food items. Their specialty drink names are all inspired by feline friends, such as the Bengal or Burmese, and customers especially recommend the Havana Brown latte or the Russian Blue latte. Their espressos are also wonderful, and for a bite, try their authentic Greek offerings, such as their spanakopita or their Greek salad. If you happen to stop by on a Saturday morning, you must try their crepes, they’re ridiculously amazing.

The Red Cat, 2901 2nd Avenue South #120, Birmingham, AL, +1(205) 616-8450

Octane Birmingham

If you want to enjoy tasty coffee and treats in a trendy yet friendly spot in the city, stop by at this location in the Homewood neighborhood of Birmingham. Octane coffee serves up a lot of great roasts and yummy pastries, and in addition to coffee, has craft and local beers on tap and wine and cocktails prepared by experienced bartenders. Choose from sandwiches, salads, and pastries to accompany your beverage, we strongly suggest the phenomenal brown sugar cookie. For your caffeine fix, go with their iced coffee on a hot day, and their cappuccino or dark roast on cooler ones.

Octane Birmingham, 2821 Central Avenue, Homewood, AL, +1(205) 969-1177

Church Street Coffee and Books

Attention all bookworms: there’s a really cool spot in Birmingham where you can enjoy your favorite caffeinated drinks and your favorite books, too! Church Street Coffee and Books combines the best of both worlds by featuring fresh roasts from Octane Coffee’s beans and awesome selections of literary favorites. They also have a great team of pastry chefs and bakers that prepare a lot of treats, such as biscotti, muffins, and their famous ‘breakup cookie’, a gooey, chewy chocolate chip cookie. Try their vanilla latte, pumpkin chai latte, or hot chocolate, and if you’re on a vegan or gluten-free diet, your options here are plenty.

Church Street Coffee & Books, 81 Church Street, Mountain Brook, AL, +1(205) 870-1117