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Whether you’re on your way to the office or meeting up with a client before work, St. Louis has plenty of spots to grab a quick cup. The scene here has been expanding over the last decade with more roasters and cafes now than ever before. From perfectly-pulled espresso shots to the quintessential pour-over, this city can provide. Here are some of the best spots in St. Louis for your morning caffeine fix:
The Mud House
Location: 2101 Cherokee St., St. Louis, MO
The Mud House is great for both a grab-and-go kind of day or for sitting and enjoy your coffee. People come here for the delicious coffee and tasty food offerings. They brew local Blueprint Coffee and rotate between other top roasters like Counter Culture Coffee, Olympia Coffee, Bows & Arrows, Sightglass Coffee, and Madcap Coffee. If you like a pastry with your coffee, they’ve got a case full to choose from. And if you’re looking for something heartier, their breakfast burrito is a popular choice. If you find yourself needing an afternoon pick-me-up, they also serve lunch. The vibe at this shop is hip yet cozy, with brick walls, bookshelves with old typewriters, and some mounted animal heads.
Comet Coffee and Microbakery
Location: 5708 Oakland Ave., St. Louis, MO
At Comet Coffee, they not only brew delicious coffee, but they double as a bakery with a micro kitchen in the back. Their pastry case is full of freshly-baked treats, including their famous croissants. The coffee rotates from roasters all over the world, providing a range of flavors from nutty to fruity and sweet. Their shop is tucked away in the first floor of an office building on Oakland Ave. where you can smell the aroma of their delicious sweets. The space is small, so it’s a good spot to grab a quick coffee and sweet on the go.
Catalyst Coffee Bar
Location: Art Saint Louis, 1223 Pine St., St. Louis, MO
Catalyst is a multi-roaster coffee bar located downtown, making it a convenient option for professionals in the area. They serve from some of the top roasters including Arcade Coffee Roasters and local Community Beans Coffee Roasters. If you’re in the mood for a soothing cup of tea, they also carry blends from Big Heart Tea. What makes this place unique is that it doubles as an art gallery. They’re an extension of the nonprofit Art Saint Louis, and inside the space, you can explore the current exhibit while you wait for your coffee. This calm and creative spot is a great place to grab a quick coffee or post up for a client meeting.
Location: 3700 S. Jefferson Ave. St. Louis, MO
If you’re local to St. Louis, then Sump Coffee probably needs no introduction. This hip and minimal shop is the perfect spot to grab a coffee or espresso that won’t be overly sweetened or fancy. They roast and sell beans, so you can take Sump coffee home as well. For those mornings when you want someone else to make your latte though, this shop is a popular choice. While the coffee here isn’t necessarily a bargain, you’re paying for the quality and care that goes into each cup.
Locations: 6225 Delmar Blvd. St. Louis, MO & 4206 Watson Rd. St. Louis, MO
Blueprint’s coffee is so good that it’s served in many other coffee shops around St. Louis. If you want to go straight to the source, visit their roastery located in Delmar Loop or their new 2018 location on the south side of town. In each, you’ll find a modern coffee bar with carefully crafted brews, espresso drinks, and some experimental carbonated coffee drinks. They also offer pastries and snacks if you’re looking for a little more than coffee. At the Delmar location, you can grab a seat at the bar with a great view of the huge coffee roaster in the back. Their new Watson location is unique in that it’s in a former auto repair shop, giving it a vintage vibe.
Coffee drinkers have endless options in St. Louis. To help you narrow it down, these spots won’t disappoint. While some stick to their one favorite shop, it’s fun to branch out and try some new roasters and baked goods. Do you have a favorite coffee shop in St. Louis? Share with us in the comments.