The coffee culture in Baltimore has continued to grow over the last few years, and now sports a strong network of local businesses with a focus on community and quality. Coffee lovers in the city have plenty of places to drink a cuppa, so here are some of the best.
The cool, warehouse-style setting for Ceremony, combined with the top quality espresso drinks and coffee blends, is perfect for meeting friends, a casual date, or just getting your dose of caffeine. Ceremony is especially known for their focus on single origin coffees that have a traceable background and ethical farming methods.
Baltimore chef Spike Gjerde, of Woodberry Kitchen fame, opened Artifact Coffee with a focus on a straightforward coffee program and quality café food. The café is set up in stone textile mills dating back to the mid-1800s and is well worth a visit. They also offer coffee cupping events, Sunday markets, and more.
At Dooby’s you can find coffee all day, breakfast sandwiches, house made pastries and treats in the morning, and Korean-inspired food in the afternoons and evenings. For a sweet caffeine fix, try Dooby’s Korean iced coffee made with sweet red bean and condensed milk. This is another popular spot for Baltimore’s coffee lovers.
A charming local favorite in the Reservoir Hill neighborhood, Dovecote has delicious coffee, baked goods, and sandwiches, but also serves as a community hub for the neighbors. Tufted couches, local art, eclectic wallpaper and friendly workers make this an inviting spot to get a cuppa coffee along with a taste of local culture. Look out for their monthly chef’s dinner series where they invite guest chefs to cook a meal for the community.
The Bun Shop is open from 7 a.m.–3 a.m., making it a great spot to get an early morning or late night coffee fix. It’s a super-popular spot for students to come in and do some studying, but their coffee is no joke either. Plus, they offer savory and sweet buns from all around the world—think empanadas, pierogies, pork buns, guava and cheese flutes, and more—that are a good snack to accompany your coffee.
With in-house roasting by Vent Coffee Roasters, Argosy is a popular coffee shop in downtown Baltimore that also serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. It also has a bar, so you can basically spend all day here starting with coffee in the morning and leading into craft cocktails in the evening.
This craft coffee shop is housed in an industrial-looking location in the Federal Hill neighborhood. The shop’s name stems from the three beans used in their brews: coffee, cacao and vanilla. Stop by and enjoy a lavender latte with a slice of savory or sweet locally-made pie.
Another hit spot from Chef Spike Gjerde, this café plus bookstore is definitely the hipster place where you sip coffee and sit with a book for hours on end. A good selection of coffees and teas along with pastries, sandwiches, and more café fare is an all-around success.
This cute café in the middle of a shopping street in Pigtown is the quintessential mom-and-pop-owned neighborhood spot. Full of character, good vibes, and friendly folks—stop by here for a coffee and a bite to eat.