If you only have time to make one coffee stop while you’re in Saint Paul, you should probably go to Cathedral Hill and grab something from Nina’s Coffee Cafe. Author F. Scott Fitzgerald lived in this neighborhood and frequented the shops on Selby Avenue, so it’s a must-see for any literature lover.
Bootstrap Coffee Roasters
Roasting coffee in Saint Paul since 2014, Bootstrap moved to its West Side location in 2019 and opened its coffee bar offering a variety of coffee, pastries and other goodies.
Yellowbird Coffee Bar
Nina's isn't your only coffee destination on Selby Avenue. Yellowbird opened in 2019 and serves up Truestone coffee, P.J. Murphy's baked goods and more.
Roundtable Coffee Works
This St. Anthony Park coffee joint is self-described as a "cute li'l coffee shop and roastery," and we don't disagree.
On Marshall Avenue, there’s a family-run, European-inspired coffeehouse that’s dedicated to connecting growers, makers and community. Kopplin’s is a great hideaway for coffee aficionados, and it’s a great spot to find local artwork and coffee accessories.
Now you have two locations to try one of the cutest coffee shops in the city. The original Claddagh Coffee is on West 7th, and you’ll fall in love with your first cup. Their smaller second location on Selby, Wee Claddagh, makes a great stop when checking out neighboring boutiques.
Caydence is for those who like their caffeine with a side of vinyl. This no-frills coffee shop/music store features a variety of specialty drinks and baked goods.
Thanks to its proximity to three universities, Coffee Bene is a popular stop for college kids in the area. One of the most popular drinks here is the Chaider, a Chai tea and apple cider blend, that will make any rainy or snowy day much cozier.
One of Saint Paul’s most popular coffee shops is Groundswell in the Hamline-Midway neighborhood. Whether you like coffee, pastries, lunch, brunch or dinner, you’ll find something to love at Groundswell.
If you’re a no frills, no whip, no skinny, no sugar-free vanilla coffee-drinker and you just want a strong cup for a small price, check out Mojo Monkey Donuts. Any size for a $1 can’t be beat and Costa Rican Terrazu and Sumatra French Roast make for delicious flavors. Bonus: They have donuts!
When you’re checking out Highland Park, you’ll want to fuel up at Quixotic Coffee, a place that allows you to treat yourself without being ridiculously priced. Like most of the Highland Park boutiques and specialty shops, this place is incredibly Instagramable—make sure your phone is charged.
If you're in the mood for a lively coffee spot with quirky decor and a garden patio, then Cahoots on Selby is for you. Cahoots prides itself on being a place of inclusion and lets customers provide input on the shop's interior design.
A coffee fanatic favorite in Minneapolis, Spyhouse has finally made its way to our side of the river. Pop in for a cup at this cozy shop in Mac Groveland to see what all the hype is about.
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