- Shyla Watson
One of the best things about coffee is that there’s never a bad time to have some. Read our list to discover the best cafes and coffee shops in Louisville, Kentucky.
Please & Thank You
Please & Thank You is wholesome and retro. The coffeehouse is a quaint addition to the Louisville neighborhood, providing patrons with a cozy environment. In addition to the cafe, there is a walk-up window and bakery called Hot Coffee. Come here when you need your fix in a pinch. The bakery makes such delicious goods that Please & Thank You offers a BIY, or bake-it-yourself, option. Take home ready-to-bake mixes for their chocolate chip cookies, brownies, waffles, and more. And now, tasty treats aren’t the only thing you can take home. From the same creative minds that brought you Please & Thank You comes Mr. Friendly, a retro record store. The same music that creates such a stellar ambiance at the coffee shop can now be created in your very own living room.
800 East Market St. Louisville, KY, USA, +1 502 552 0113
You know a place takes their coffee seriously when they roast it themselves. Arrive in the morning for rich, fresh roasted coffee, sourced from all over the world. If you can’t break away from the office to pick up a cup, no worries. Quills will come and brew at an on-site location of your choosing. They also roast for other coffee shops and restaurants, and sell bags of coffee at certain grocery stores, so no matter where you go in Louisville, Quills is never too far away. Check out the special merchandise available, including travel mugs and shirts. Now everyone will know that you’re crazy about Quills.
930 Baxter Ave. Louisville, KY, USA, +1 502 742 6129
If you’re looking for a cozy place to spend a peaceful Sunday afternoon, look no further than Highland. First and foremost, their drinks are delicious. Try specialty coffee drinks like their double honey cinnamon latte, or cool off with vegan protein smoothie. Highland offers a very eclectic menu, of both drinks and food. Munch on a snack like a muffin or scone, or fill up on one of their delicious paninis. They also offer vegan and gluten-free versions of many of their menu items. Secondly, the atmosphere is idyllic. There are cozy booths in the back, tables nestled under the window, creative tabletops, and colorful art pieces along the wall. This is a great place to spend the afternoon reading or catching up on work.
1140 Bardstown Rd. Louisville, KY, USA, +1 502 451 4545
Coffee isn’t the only breakfast beverage; Gralehaus has found a way to make beer one too. Instead of a champagne mimosa, sample their popular beer mimosa. Or, be adventurous and try their beer infused with espresso. There are numerous creative drinks, in addition to many types of beer. However, if you’re leaning to the more traditional side, stick with their delicious coffee. No matter what drink you order, everything pairs perfectly with their gourmet breakfast menu. Enjoy their biscuit and duck gravy, lamb sausage with grits, ham and egg crepes, and more. The interior is a cozy place to enjoy the morning, as is the quaint outdoor patio.
1001 Baxter Ave. Louisville, KY, USA, +1 502 454 7075
An exotic cup of coffee is much cheaper than a trip around the globe, but that doesn’t mean it has to be any less amazing. Sunergos serves coffee roasted from Ethiopia, Costa Rica Kenya, Brazil, Colombia, and Guatemala. The flavors range from fruity to nutty, and even chocolaty. For all the coffee lovers out there, Sunergos will have anything your heart desires. Sip on a steaming cup of deliciousness at one of their three Louisville locations. You’ll love it so much, you’ll want to start your own coffee business. If you decide to, Sunergos can help. The local coffee retailer not only sells equipment wholesale, but also offers consulting/training to aspiring entrepreneurs.
2122 S. Preston St. Louisville, KY, USA, +1 502 634 1243