10 Best Coffee Houses in Metro Phoenix

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Heather Hoch
Do you want latte art or a brew with your joe? Cartel's got you covered.
When it comes to coffee houses, the environment can be just as important as the coffee they serve. With a variety of scenes, ranging from kid-friendly to crust punk and even bike-obsessed, there's a coffee shop for everyone in Phoenix. Finding the right one for you can be like finding a good pair of jeans-- sometimes it's a struggle until the one that just fits. If you're still on the hunt for your ideal café, here are ten different local coffee shops all around the Valley for you to try first.

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Heather Hoch
Cartel Coffee Lab
Somehow with about three times the seating it used to have, the newly expanded Cartel Coffee Lab off Ash Avenue and University Drive in Tempe is still packed most days. The much-needed addition to space also includes the addition of beer brewed in house. However, we still go to Cartel to get the best locally-roasted coffee in town. It should tell you something when Joseph Gordon Levitt and Adrian Grenier are known to pick up armfuls of beans from Cartel when stopping into town. Plus a bunch of other local coffee houses use Cartel roasts for their brews. We say, just go to the original and soak in the alluring aroma of roasted coffee for yourself.

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Heather Hoch
Giant's delicious honey vanilla latte keeps us coming back.
Giant Coffee
Three words: Honey vanilla latte. Matt Poole's bright and open coffee shop across from the Phoenix Art Museum uses Four Barrel Coffee and Straus Milk from California to craft one of the most flavorful latte experiences we've ever had. Add on some McClendon's Select local honey and you have a drink, served hot or iced, that is seriously craveable. We also like that they use cocktail shakers to fully-combine and mix all of the elements of a drink together so you aren't left with a syrupy mess at the bottom of your cup.

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Heather Hoch
Come for the coffee at The Coffee Shop and stay for the cupcakes.
The Coffee Shop
We don't know where Gilbert would be without Agritopia. The farm-centric stretch of land near Ray and Higley roads is home to Joe's Farm Grill and The Coffee Shop. The homey coffee house is not one you'll have to worry about looking super cool or fitting in, unlike many of its competitors. This is an especially good thing to know once you've tried their pastries and cupcakes because there's no way to look cool while jamming baked goods in your mouth in rapid succession. Just give in.

Location Info

Cartel Coffee Lab

225 W. University Drive, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Giant Coffee

1437 N. 1st St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

The Coffee Shop

3000 E. Ray Road, Building 2, Gilbert, AZ

Category: General

Jobot Coffee

918 N. Fifth St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Press Coffee Roasters at Scottsdale Quarter

15147 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Inside the Bungalow

48 N. Robson St., Mesa, AZ

Category: General

Songbird Coffee & Tea House

214 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Trailhead Bike Shop and Cafe

6829 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Lola Coffee

1001 N. 3rd Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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4 comments
melberman
melberman

Check out Shine Coffee! It's delicious and adorable.

rickyleepotts
rickyleepotts

I am just glad you listed Cartel. I recently went to their downtown location. Not as fun as the location in Old Town, but the coffee is still good. Big fan of their beers, too.

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