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The Best Cafes In Sacramento, California
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The Best Cafes In Sacramento, California

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Updated: 26 November 2016
If you’re a coffee lover looking for great quality roasts, you’ll fall in love with the coffee shops and cafes in California’s capital city, Sacramento. From downtown to midtown, hip and cozy cafes flourish, serving up beautiful lattes, deliciously unique concoctions, and tasty pastries. Join us as we explore the best of the best in Sacramento.

Old Soul Co.

Opened in 2006 by friends-turned-business-partners Tim Jordan and Jason Griest, Old Soul Co. is situated in the heart of midtown Sacramento, inside a huge ex-warehouse with exposed brick walls adorned with local art. The cafe makes everything from scratch every day of the week. It roasts its own craft coffee and bakes its own artisan breads and other baked goods. Patrons love the relaxed, homey atmosphere with tons of seating, both communal and regular tables, and comfy couches. Favorite menu items include the pumpkin muffin and the delicious chocolate chip cookies. They also serve great sandwiches, flaky croissants, and delicate flavorful quiches.

Old Soul Co., 1716 L St, Sacramento, CA, USA, +1 916 443 7685

Temple Coffee Roasters

A coffee-centric, quality-focused, retail and wholesale purveyor, Temple Coffee Roasters strives to be the leader in coffee excellence by providing the best customer service as well as educating and supporting its communities in both Sacramento and Kenya. Temple’s goal is to be sustainable not only economically, but also socially and environmentally. Cafe patrons appreciate the inner coffee-geekiness of the staff, who encourage wholesale customers to help spread the coffee-collective. The cafe serves up multiple espressos, both blend and single-origin, as well as rare coffees in a French press and pour over, all prepared by friendly, knowledgeable baristas. Visitors love to relax with a newspaper, study for classes, or chat with friends in the spacious interior or outdoor patio while enjoying great coffee and decadent home-baked goods.

Temple Coffee Roasters, 1010 9th St, Sacramento, CA, USA, +1 916 443 4960

The Naked Lounge Coffee House

Located next to Fremont Park, The Naked Lounge Coffee House is nicely situated in midtown Sacramento. Visitors enjoy sipping on one of their unusual coffees and espressos while sitting outside on the patio and watching people walk by or relaxing inside and admiring the pieces of art on the walls. Favorites here include the Mocha Thai, made with Ghirardelli and Mexican barra chocolate and espresso with a touch of condensed milk and a canopy of whipped cream, the Mexican hot chocolate, and the Kerouac, comprised of four shots of espresso and condensed milk shaken in a martini shaker and served in a martini glass. Frequented largely by hipsters and students reading, studying, or catching up with friends, the cafe is full of nice little coffee tables and comfy couches, and it is even dog-friendly.

The Naked Lounge Coffee House, 1500 Q St, Sacramento, CA, USA, +1 916 442 0174

Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters

Offering coffee that represents the best in both quality and integrity through sustainable farming practices, Chocolate Fish Coffee is Sacramento’s authentic New Zealand-style coffee roaster with a coffee bar downtown and a combined roastery and coffee house in East Sacramento. Since 2010, Chocolate Fish has been traveling to the farms of its producers and building relationships with the farmers in order to learn what goes into growing and processing the tastiest beans. Its name comes from a fish-shaped confection that is indigenous to New Zealand, and recognized as a thank you or a reward for a good deed. Encouraging conversation rather than camping out for hours on the internet, the cafe has no WiFi and provides newspapers as well as an open, inviting, and modern space. Their most popular drink is the light and sweet white mocha, but patrons also love the cold nitro coffee on warmer days and watching the coffee being roasted in the demonstration room.

Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters, 4749 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, CA, USA, +1 916 451 5181

Fluid Espresso Bar

Bringing life to an empty corner of downtown Sacramento, Fluid Espresso Bar was established in 2006, and provides an extensive menu of beverages and locally roasted coffee to the area. Later, they also added a micro-bakery to the shop, tapping into over 35 years of baking experience to create Sacramento’s smallest bakery. Using fresh, high quality ingredients including seasonal and local fruits whenever possible, Fluid Espresso Bar has a delicious selection of European and Mexican inspired pastries, as well as coffees from all over the world. The coffee selection includes light to dark roasts, single origin, fair trade, organic, micro lots, and women’s co-ops such as the ones from Rwanda and Colombia. They use high quality ingredients like Ghirardelli and Ibarra chocolates, Torani and Monin syrups and more in order to create custom drinks. Their most popular pastry is called “the best thing ever,” and it is a delicious cross between a croissant and a cinnamon roll.

Fluid Espresso Bar, 1230 N St, Sacramento, CA, USA, +1 916 444 2737