Nina’s Coffee Cafe
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.
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. The second location recently opened on Selby, and it makes a great stop when checking out neighboring boutiques.
The Black Dog
This artsy Lowertown hangout is known for its live music, but you’ll get a great latte here, too. After you’ve explored CHS Field, Union Depot or Mears Park—all within two blocks of Black Dog—sit out on the patio and enjoy your coffee.
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.
We know the skyways can be intimidating, but Perkalat is a great incentive to explore the second floor. If you’re up for an extra challenge, visit Perkelat on a Friday; if you win the challenge of the day, your drink will be free.
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.
Really? We’re putting Dunn Bros.on the list? Absolutely, because this popular coffee chain started in Saint Paul. The first shop opened up on Grand Avenue, and now the chain serves coffee throughout Minnesota, Iowa and North Dakota and operates one store in Texas.
Mojo Monkey Donuts
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.
Swede Hollow Cafe
Cahoots Coffee Bar
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.
Caydence Records & Coffee
Caydence is for those who like their caffeine with a side of vinyl. The combo coffee shop/music store features a variety of specialty drinks and baked goods.
Salty Tart may be the new kid on the Saint Paul block, but ten-time James Beard nominee Michelle Gayer has been serving up delightful baked goods and delicious coffees in Minneapolis since 2008. Her second location in Lowertown's Markethouse Collaborative space certainly does not disappoint.
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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