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New Orleans’s Essential Coffee Shops

A wide-ranging mix of the best longtime coffee shops and newcomers caffeinating New Orleans

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New Orleans’s independent coffee shop scene has thrived for over a decade, beginning with the arrival of third-wave shops in the 2010s. In the last few years, neighborhood cafes have become increasingly important to their neighborhoods, offering resources like community printers, running their own community fridge, and hosting weekend art markets and pop-ups.

This map, which could be twice as long, covers a sampling of newcomers and longtime favorites. Whether you’re in need of some spiced cold brew, a frozen drink, a pour-over, a cafe au lait, or just a black cup of joe, these shops have you covered.

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Rue De La Course

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Rue de la Course is considered by many to be New Orleans’s original coffee house, a shop founded in 1990 that once boasted eight local locations. Now there’s just the one all the way Uptown on Carrollton Avenue, housed in a soaring, historic former bank building. It’s still teeming with regulars meeting up for a cup of coffee, and the open-air upstairs full of university students. A great place to people-watch, and it’s open well into the evening.

Just blocks from the river is Zotz’s, a mom-and-pop with a cozy, funky vibe. This is no sleek, minimalist modern coffee shop (all the better): the armchairs are cushy, the cavern-like walls are covered with art, and there are books, games, and doo-dads a’ plenty. Grab a pastry with a classic latte or mocha.

Cherry Coffee Roasters

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After gaining a following with her pop-up run inside of Stein’s Deli, local barista Lauren Fink opened the Cherry Coffee shop on Laurel in 2016, now an Uptown favorite, and a second shop two years later. She’s also since launched her own local roasting operation, but still sometimes features guest roasters.

The Station Coffee Shop & Bakery

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This Mid-City joint is easy to spot from the street with its unusual architecture, but it's what's inside that makes it a must-try. Sweet and savory baked goods made in-house accompany a robust coffee menu, with espresso drinks, Chemex and V60 pourovers. Everything's made with high quality products in house, so you can't go wrong. As a bonus, it’s one of few shops in town that makes it’s own chai blend.

Church Alley Coffee Bar

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Church Alley is a charming community-driven cafe in Mid-City, one that consistently shows up in a big way for its neighborhood. It’s also vastly expanded its food offerings, which include beet and apple salad, tahini avocado toast, and smoked ham and cheddar scones, as well as monthly drink specials.

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Sacred Grinds

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This cozy coffee shop is located between two of New Orleans’s historic cemeteries: Odd Fellow’s Rest and St. Patrick’s. A fenced-in patio overlooks marble mausoleums — inside, the living feast on vegan doughnuts, coffee cake, and vegan zucchini tamales, sipping on lattes and Americanos. Sacred Grinds is haunted and proud of it.

Undergrowth Coffee

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Opened in 2021, Undergrowth is one of the city’s newest coffee shops, though you wouldn’t know it from the store’s loyal slew of customers. The friendly, sustainably-minded couple behind the Magazine Street shop serve single-origin roasts from Ethiopia, Indonesia, and Nicaragua; creative, seasonal espresso and matcha drinks; and seriously good food, including the burrito, sweet potato hummus, and whipped honey goat and cheddar grilled cheese.

The Bean Gallery

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The Bean Gallery is a longtime Mid-City favorite serving Turkish coffee and specialty teas, outlasting many of the shops that have come and gone over the years. It’s open early and closes late, and there’s lots of seating indoors and out to enjoy drinks and the relatively large food menu of paninis, bagel sandwiches, avocado toast, and sweets.

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Coast Roast Coffee, first started in St. Roch Market, has grown with its own roasting operation, an outpost Uptown on Magazine Street (with a particularly pleasant patio out front), and a new location in Metairie. Find exceptionally creative drinks, fun breakfast pop-ups on the weekend, and a vast menu of grab-and-go food items at all times.

Coffee Science

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New Orleans coffee vet Tom Oliver opened Coffee Science on S. Broad near the courthouse at the beginning of 2018, joining a growing number of new businesses in the area. While primarily about world-class coffee, the shop also serves pastries, sandwiches, and salads, as well as a revival of a few of Kaldi’s most popular iced coffee drinks. Coffee Science consistently hosts the best pop-ups in the city on Sundays.

Hey! Cafe

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This Uptown shop had to close its Magazine Street shop during the pandemic, but the beloved coffee outlet also has a home on the Lafitte Greenway — and it’s open late (til 8 p.m., a rarity in New Orleans). Hey! expertly roasts and brews coffee manually, boasting a “temperature profiling system,” makes its own chai, and serves bagels, pastries,  and breakfast tacos.  

Park Island Brew

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Park Island Brew is a newer favorite, opened in 2020 on Gentilly Boulevard by Kevin Davis and business partner Chachera Brantley. The lovely corner building has become a neighborhood gathering place for its intricate espresso drinks — like the new rosemary lavender shakerato — and sweet treats.

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Mammoth Espresso

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This sunny Warehouse District shop from Jonathan Riethmaier, co-founder of the New Orleans Barista Social Club, boasts a Seraphim in-counter brewing system with automated pour-overs and specialty drinks. Mammoth is now a roaster as well, with plans for an upcoming roasting facility and expanded cafe. The tea program is one of the best in town.

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HiVolt Coffee

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This LGD coffee shop is a great spot to do work fueled by an array of breakfast/lunch items (including vegan and gluten-free). Everything — drinks and a substantial food menu — is made fresh to order. Plus, it may be the most stylish coffee shop around with its art deco design and mid-century decor.

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Old Road Coffee

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Treme’s Old Road Coffee always has something new to offer, from kombucha tastings to Honduran breakfasts to art markets showcasing some extremely talented local vendors. Serving coffee from Congregation Roasters and Mojo, Old Road also serves fresh pastries and breakfast sandwiches made by a local mother-daughter team daily.

Mojo Coffee House (Multiple Locations)

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With a few locations around town plus a successful foray into roasting, this LGD shop is still innovating in the New Orleans coffee world. Check out the coffee cocktails like the espresso gimlet, a double shot of espresso layered on top of a combination of lemon, lime, and simple syrup. Visit any of Mojo’s locations for a wide variety of locally roasted signature beans, a four-pack of 32-ounce cold brews, and even milked oats. Bonus: the location on Magazine is open late.

Backatown Coffee Parlour

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Backatown serves up beans from one of the country's only Black-owned coffee roaster, Bean Fruit in Pearl, Mississippi, bringing a stylish, colorful stop to the city’s historic former Storyville area. Enjoy espresso coffee drinks as well as soup, paninis, and house-made sweet potato pie (a family recipe of the owner) daily. This lovely spot serves seriously great, reasonably-priced sandwiches.

Treme Coffeehouse

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Treme Coffeehouse is a gem; bright, cheery, full of local art, free wifi, tasty savories and sweets, excellent java (including cold brew) small and community-minded — all reasons to visit again and again.

French Truck Coffee

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French Truck is one of the city’s most well-known brands, thanks in part to the identifiable shops and trucks. The LGD location fronts French Truck’s roasting facility, which provides beans for its own cold and hot coffee drinks as well as a thriving wholesale operation.

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Envie Espresso Bar & Cafe

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There are tons of coffee houses in and around the French Quarter, but this place is a true New Orleans classic. Often raucous, always colorful, and sometimes less than savory, Envie draws a very loyal crowd, in part due to its rare late hours — it’s open until 11 p.m. — and outdoor seating, great for French Quarter people-watching.

The Orange Couch

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A Marigny longtimer beloved by its neighborhood, Orange Couch is a bright, modern spot that attracts a mix of artists, students, retirees, tourists, and writers (it’s a favorite of hometown hero and famed author Maurice Carlos Ruffin). There’s a handful of sidewalk tables and a takeout window on Royal Street, making it a great option for a coffee with friends or grabbing something for a stroll in the pretty Marigny.

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Who Dat Coffee Cafe

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This corner shop is a longtime local favorite in the Marigny; fondly heralded for its friendly and funky atmosphere and for serving an excellent hot breakfast in addition to quality coffee and espresso drinks. Sit in one of three cozy rooms inside or on the raised sidewalk seating — all offer a pleasant setting. Love that this shop also serves mimosas and other drinks, if you’re done with coffee for the day.

Pond Coffee

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Pond Coffee is for the real coffee heads —an if-you-know-you-know kind of place. The sweet stand was opened by two baristas in 2020, connected to Small Mart’s beloved corner shop located on the border of the Marigny and Bywater. It’s popular for chai, matcha, lavender lattes, and cappuccinos, made exclusively with oat milk. Small Mart is a must-try for food, even if just a cookie or pastry, but the vegetarian Indian-inspired menu and bagel sandwiches are worth a separate visit.

Pontilly Coffee

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This neighborhood coffee shop with a mission (it raises money for Bethel Family House, a faith-based addiction recovery center), serves kolaches — nola-ches — pastries, breakfast sandwiches, frappes, and coffee drinks in one of the friendliest atmospheres in town (it’s also wheelchair accessible, not a guarantee in New Orleans). As a major bonus, it’s open late, until 9 p.m. daily.

Rue De La Course

Rue de la Course is considered by many to be New Orleans’s original coffee house, a shop founded in 1990 that once boasted eight local locations. Now there’s just the one all the way Uptown on Carrollton Avenue, housed in a soaring, historic former bank building. It’s still teeming with regulars meeting up for a cup of coffee, and the open-air upstairs full of university students. A great place to people-watch, and it’s open well into the evening.

Z'otz

Just blocks from the river is Zotz’s, a mom-and-pop with a cozy, funky vibe. This is no sleek, minimalist modern coffee shop (all the better): the armchairs are cushy, the cavern-like walls are covered with art, and there are books, games, and doo-dads a’ plenty. Grab a pastry with a classic latte or mocha.

Cherry Coffee Roasters

After gaining a following with her pop-up run inside of Stein’s Deli, local barista Lauren Fink opened the Cherry Coffee shop on Laurel in 2016, now an Uptown favorite, and a second shop two years later. She’s also since launched her own local roasting operation, but still sometimes features guest roasters.

The Station Coffee Shop & Bakery

This Mid-City joint is easy to spot from the street with its unusual architecture, but it's what's inside that makes it a must-try. Sweet and savory baked goods made in-house accompany a robust coffee menu, with espresso drinks, Chemex and V60 pourovers. Everything's made with high quality products in house, so you can't go wrong. As a bonus, it’s one of few shops in town that makes it’s own chai blend.

Church Alley Coffee Bar

Church Alley is a charming community-driven cafe in Mid-City, one that consistently shows up in a big way for its neighborhood. It’s also vastly expanded its food offerings, which include beet and apple salad, tahini avocado toast, and smoked ham and cheddar scones, as well as monthly drink specials.

Church Alley cold brew growler
Church Alley

Sacred Grinds

This cozy coffee shop is located between two of New Orleans’s historic cemeteries: Odd Fellow’s Rest and St. Patrick’s. A fenced-in patio overlooks marble mausoleums — inside, the living feast on vegan doughnuts, coffee cake, and vegan zucchini tamales, sipping on lattes and Americanos. Sacred Grinds is haunted and proud of it.

Undergrowth Coffee

Opened in 2021, Undergrowth is one of the city’s newest coffee shops, though you wouldn’t know it from the store’s loyal slew of customers. The friendly, sustainably-minded couple behind the Magazine Street shop serve single-origin roasts from Ethiopia, Indonesia, and Nicaragua; creative, seasonal espresso and matcha drinks; and seriously good food, including the burrito, sweet potato hummus, and whipped honey goat and cheddar grilled cheese.

The Bean Gallery

The Bean Gallery is a longtime Mid-City favorite serving Turkish coffee and specialty teas, outlasting many of the shops that have come and gone over the years. It’s open early and closes late, and there’s lots of seating indoors and out to enjoy drinks and the relatively large food menu of paninis, bagel sandwiches, avocado toast, and sweets.

CR Coffee Shop

Coast Roast Coffee, first started in St. Roch Market, has grown with its own roasting operation, an outpost Uptown on Magazine Street (with a particularly pleasant patio out front), and a new location in Metairie. Find exceptionally creative drinks, fun breakfast pop-ups on the weekend, and a vast menu of grab-and-go food items at all times.

Coffee Science

New Orleans coffee vet Tom Oliver opened Coffee Science on S. Broad near the courthouse at the beginning of 2018, joining a growing number of new businesses in the area. While primarily about world-class coffee, the shop also serves pastries, sandwiches, and salads, as well as a revival of a few of Kaldi’s most popular iced coffee drinks. Coffee Science consistently hosts the best pop-ups in the city on Sundays.

Hey! Cafe

This Uptown shop had to close its Magazine Street shop during the pandemic, but the beloved coffee outlet also has a home on the Lafitte Greenway — and it’s open late (til 8 p.m., a rarity in New Orleans). Hey! expertly roasts and brews coffee manually, boasting a “temperature profiling system,” makes its own chai, and serves bagels, pastries,  and breakfast tacos.  

Park Island Brew

Park Island Brew is a newer favorite, opened in 2020 on Gentilly Boulevard by Kevin Davis and business partner Chachera Brantley. The lovely corner building has become a neighborhood gathering place for its intricate espresso drinks — like the new rosemary lavender shakerato — and sweet treats.

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Mammoth Espresso

This sunny Warehouse District shop from Jonathan Riethmaier, co-founder of the New Orleans Barista Social Club, boasts a Seraphim in-counter brewing system with automated pour-overs and specialty drinks. Mammoth is now a roaster as well, with plans for an upcoming roasting facility and expanded cafe. The tea program is one of the best in town.

Mammoth Espresso Brasted/Eater NOLA

HiVolt Coffee

This LGD coffee shop is a great spot to do work fueled by an array of breakfast/lunch items (including vegan and gluten-free). Everything — drinks and a substantial food menu — is made fresh to order. Plus, it may be the most stylish coffee shop around with its art deco design and mid-century decor.

Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Old Road Coffee

Treme’s Old Road Coffee always has something new to offer, from kombucha tastings to Honduran breakfasts to art markets showcasing some extremely talented local vendors. Serving coffee from Congregation Roasters and Mojo, Old Road also serves fresh pastries and breakfast sandwiches made by a local mother-daughter team daily.

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Mojo Coffee House (Multiple Locations)

With a few locations around town plus a successful foray into roasting, this LGD shop is still innovating in the New Orleans coffee world. Check out the coffee cocktails like the espresso gimlet, a double shot of espresso layered on top of a combination of lemon, lime, and simple syrup. Visit any of Mojo’s locations for a wide variety of locally roasted signature beans, a four-pack of 32-ounce cold brews, and even milked oats. Bonus: the location on Magazine is open late.

Backatown Coffee Parlour

Backatown serves up beans from one of the country's only Black-owned coffee roaster, Bean Fruit in Pearl, Mississippi, bringing a stylish, colorful stop to the city’s historic former Storyville area. Enjoy espresso coffee drinks as well as soup, paninis, and house-made sweet potato pie (a family recipe of the owner) daily. This lovely spot serves seriously great, reasonably-priced sandwiches.

Treme Coffeehouse

Treme Coffeehouse is a gem; bright, cheery, full of local art, free wifi, tasty savories and sweets, excellent java (including cold brew) small and community-minded — all reasons to visit again and again.

French Truck Coffee

French Truck is one of the city’s most well-known brands, thanks in part to the identifiable shops and trucks. The LGD location fronts French Truck’s roasting facility, which provides beans for its own cold and hot coffee drinks as well as a thriving wholesale operation.

Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Envie Espresso Bar & Cafe

There are tons of coffee houses in and around the French Quarter, but this place is a true New Orleans classic. Often raucous, always colorful, and sometimes less than savory, Envie draws a very loyal crowd, in part due to its rare late hours — it’s open until 11 p.m. — and outdoor seating, great for French Quarter people-watching.

The Orange Couch

A Marigny longtimer beloved by its neighborhood, Orange Couch is a bright, modern spot that attracts a mix of artists, students, retirees, tourists, and writers (it’s a favorite of hometown hero and famed author Maurice Carlos Ruffin). There’s a handful of sidewalk tables and a takeout window on Royal Street, making it a great option for a coffee with friends or grabbing something for a stroll in the pretty Marigny.

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Who Dat Coffee Cafe

This corner shop is a longtime local favorite in the Marigny; fondly heralded for its friendly and funky atmosphere and for serving an excellent hot breakfast in addition to quality coffee and espresso drinks. Sit in one of three cozy rooms inside or on the raised sidewalk seating — all offer a pleasant setting. Love that this shop also serves mimosas and other drinks, if you’re done with coffee for the day.

Pond Coffee

Pond Coffee is for the real coffee heads —an if-you-know-you-know kind of place. The sweet stand was opened by two baristas in 2020, connected to Small Mart’s beloved corner shop located on the border of the Marigny and Bywater. It’s popular for chai, matcha, lavender lattes, and cappuccinos, made exclusively with oat milk. Small Mart is a must-try for food, even if just a cookie or pastry, but the vegetarian Indian-inspired menu and bagel sandwiches are worth a separate visit.

Pontilly Coffee

This neighborhood coffee shop with a mission (it raises money for Bethel Family House, a faith-based addiction recovery center), serves kolaches — nola-ches — pastries, breakfast sandwiches, frappes, and coffee drinks in one of the friendliest atmospheres in town (it’s also wheelchair accessible, not a guarantee in New Orleans). As a major bonus, it’s open late, until 9 p.m. daily.

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