5 Best Coffee Shops in Central/Downtown Phoenix: Quick PHX

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Sarah Hurwitz
Did your favorite Central Phoenix coffee bar make the cut?
Our Quick PHX guide this year showed you a lot of dining, partying, and entertainment options this year, but not everything made the cut into the little pocket guide. From happy hour to day drinking and cocktails, we have some spots that deserve honorable mention for slinging some of the best imbibing options in Central and Downtown Phoenix.

Today we'll show you the best spots for coffee in Central/Downtown Phoenix:

See also: Moka: The Closest Thing You'll Get to Espresso at Home for Under $50

Royal Coffee Bar
After nearly two years, Hayes McNeil's shop of expertly made espresso drinks returns to Downtown inside the Carriage House at Historic Heritage Square.

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Heather Hoch
Cartel's cold brew is a cold, caffeine-packed summer drink.
Cartel
Featuring cold brews and espressos crafted with an attention to detail that borders on obsessive, Cartel is pretty much the ideal for in-house roasted coffee in the Valley.
 
Giant Coffee
Ingredients like Four Barrel Coffee, Straus Milk, and local honey from McClendon's Select, make the Honey Vanilla Latte at Matt Poole's (Matt's Big Breakfast) coffee shop seriously craveable.
 
Shine Coffee
The best part of this caffeine stop in the Willo neighborhood (besides the vanilla bean latte) is its new homey seating area, appropriately called The Living Room.

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Amy Young
Orange juice + espresso = Jobot's sunrise.
Jobot Coffee
If you like your joe with a side of crepes, Jobot has you covered. The Roosevelt Row staple serves Cartel roasted beans until midnight Sunday through Thursday and 24 hours on Friday and Saturday.

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Royal Coffee Bar

14 E. Pierce St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Cartel Coffee Lab

1 N. 1st St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Giant Coffee

1437 N. 1st St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Shine Coffee on Vernon - CLOSED

10 W. Vernon Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Jobot Coffee

918 N. Fifth St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General


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19 comments
bingopirate
bingopirate

Lux, Lola and Songbird all over roast the coffee.  The shops are really cool its too bad the coffee all sucks here. 

Also... I haven't had one good experience at Lola.  Bad service everytime. 

geofforiley
geofforiley

This is laughable.  Lux, Lola & Songbird Coffee & Tea House aren't in the top 5???  Royal has been back in downtown for two months and run a shop in a shack?  Shine is by far one of the worst coffee shops in downtown/midtown Phoenix.  It seems like the owners know somebody at the New Times based on this list.  It's pretty sad more legit coffee shops aren't getting the exposure they deserve.  Jobot?  They use Cartel beans.  Giant?  They don't use a single LOCAL source -- beans and milk from San Francisco/northern California. 

bmcphx
bmcphx

Everyone should be on the list and it should bw the top 82 coffee shops in downtown Phoenix.

Everyone wins and gets a pony!

Ani Singh
Ani Singh

Brendan Haney this made me think of you lol let's try them all haha

Luis Acosta
Luis Acosta

Ugh I'm 4 for 5! Never heard of Shine Coffee

Danny Neumann
Danny Neumann

How can Songbird not be on your list? Never had a better cup of coffee.

michaelhorton
michaelhorton

Lola should be on this list.  Songbird too.

Culiaclan
Culiaclan

Because it's in Central Phoenix/Midtown? Not in Downtown.

Shine shouldn't be on the list. It's in the Willo. It should be replaced with Songbird or Lola, imo.

geofforiley
geofforiley

Try Songbird Coffee & Tea House, Lux & Lola --- these are exquisite coffee shops that weren't even mentioned (for whatever reason).

geofforiley
geofforiley

Because it's awful.  Give Lola, Lux & Songbird a visit. 

Culiaclan
Culiaclan

Not in Downtown. It's in the Melrose.


However, it is a really good coffee shop!

geofforiley
geofforiley

It's gotten to the point where this is mainly someone's personal opinion...they've left off not only Songbird, but Lux & Lola too.

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