The 10 Best Coffee Shops For Writers…And None Of Them Are Starbucks!

*Previously seen on Fine Lines*

By: Nicole McArdle

I asked a group of writers some of their favorite places to get their best writing done. Although I’m a proud Gold Card member, I’m not talking about the corner Starbucks. I asked for the real coffee shops of the U.S. You know, those cozy shops with their own unique flair, filled with regulars and inspiration. Needless to say I was overwhelmed by the responses…

1- Tattered Cover– Located In: Denver, Colorado 

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This little shop is not only cozy but is also a great place to buy your newest read, all while filling up on local treats and organic coffee. Our favorite part, if you bring your own mug there’s a discount!

Must Try Snack While You Write: TC Muffin
Must Try Drink While You Write: Fresh brewed gourmet tea

2- Rhino Coffee Located In: Shreveport, LA

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If you need the great outdoors to spark your inspiration, Rhino Coffee is for you. A coffee place created to fill the need for an independent coffee shop. With homemade food and a comfortable atmosphere, Rhino hopes its coffee makes the day better for their customers.

Must Try Snack While You Write: Rhino Burrito
Must Try Drink While You Write: Iced Lightning

3- Bard Coffee– Located In: Portland, Maine 

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A quaint shop filled with tattered books and amazing coffee, Bard Coffee is the epitome of a writers coffee shop. Best known for their friendly staff , delicious coffee and tasty treats, you’ll often find other writers and bloggers to chat with.

Must Try Snack While You Write: Danish
Must Try Drink While You Write: Hot Vietnamese Coffee

4- Peekskill Coffee– Located In: Peekskill, NY

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An open air space with plenty of unique seating options. This shop is commonly known as “Peekskill’s Living Room” and has been described as the perfect place to grab a bite and get some work done. With a recommended “coffee of the week” and a wide variety of food options, this is one you’re not going to want to miss.

Must Try Snack While You Write: Italian Stallion Crepe
Must Try Drink While You Write: Try the Coffee Of The Week to indulge in coffee from around the world.

5- Grey Dog – Located In: NYC

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Nestled in various parts of the city, there’s no excuse for local writers and readers not to experience what it means to dine at Grey Dog. With an amazing selection of breakfast dishes and strong brewed coffee, Grey Dog is a perfect place to go for those who get their best writing done in the morning.

Must Try Snack While You Write: Challah French Toast
Must Try Drink While You Write: Mexican Hot Chocolate

6- Simply Coffee- Located In: Burbank, CA

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Described as a “charming little shop” owned by local favorite, Gonzalo, Simply Coffee is simply wonderful. Perfect for those who need to get a full days worth of writing and who need a lot of caffeine to do it, the one dollar refills will keep your writing fueled for hours on end.

Must Try Snack While You Write: Le Fremier Panini
Must Try Drink While You Write: Cinnamon mocha latte

7- Blue Moose Café- Located In: Morgantown, WV 

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The Blue Moose Cafe isn’t just your run of the mill coffee house, it is also a cultural center. The shop hosts readings, art events, live music and other activities to bring the community together. Our favorite part? They’ve just added a room where customers can enjoy quiet and sunshine while sipping on gourmet coffee. Blissful.

Must Try Snack While You Write: World’s Best Cookie
Must Try Drink While You Write: Death Charge

8- Central Cafe – Located In: Brooklyn, NY

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A beautiful garden, breakfast all day long, strong coffee and the option to buy beer or wine, what more could a writer ask for?

Must Try Snack While You Write: Green bagel
Must Try Drink While You Write: Nutella Latte

9- Courier Coffee Roasters- Located In: Portland, OR 

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Sit down with your laptop and prepare yourself with what has been described as “quite literally the freshest cup of coffee you’ll get in PDX” Best part? If you feel like doing your writing from the comforts of home, Courier delivers their brew by bike (take the hint Starbucks!)

Must Try Snack While You Write: Muesli
Must Try Drink While You Write: Felchlin Chocolate Mocha

10- Artifact Coffee Located In: Baltimore, MD 

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Equipped with plenty of outlets, a wide selection of music on vinyl and a cozy cottage feel, Artifact has all the makings of great inspiration for your daily writing. As an added bonus, stop by on Fridays at 10 AM for free coffee cupping.

Must Try Snack While You Write: Doughnuts (They make their own!)
Must Try Drink While You Write: Honey Macchiatto

What are some of your favorite coffee shops to write in? 

One thought on “The 10 Best Coffee Shops For Writers…And None Of Them Are Starbucks!

  1. These look like lovely places to do some writing. I must admit, I do most of my outside writing at Starbucks. I’ll have to do some research and find some local cafes at some point. These places just look so nice and cozy. Nice post!


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