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18 Excellent New Orleans Coffee Shops

A guide to the best longtime coffee shops and newcomers caffeinating New Orleans

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New Orleans’s independent coffee shop scene has thrived in recent years, beginning with the arrival of third wave shops in the 2010s. Many neighborhood shops have become increasingly important to their communities in the last year as well, offering free resources like community printers or running their own community fridge. There are those that roast their own beans, like French Truck and Congregation, and those that utilize locally-roasted brands to make inventive specialty drinks. Even better, 2020 led to many shops expanding their offerings, from pantry staples to produce boxes to delivery.

This map covers some — not all — of the best New Orleans shops, from newcomers like Park Island Brew to longtime favorites like the Bean Gallery, whether you’re in need of some cold brew, a frozen drink, a pour-over, a cafe au lait, or just a black cup of joe.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Pontilly Coffee

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4000 Chef Menteur Hwy
New Orleans, LA 70126
(504) 355-2187

This neighborhood coffee shop with a mission (it raises money for Bethel Family House, a faith-based addiction recovery center), is currently serving its kolaches — nola-ches — pastries, breakfast sandwiches, frappes, and coffee drinks for takeout, delivery, and outdoor seating daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

2. Park Island Brew

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1688 Gentilly Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 205-7437
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Park Island Brew is one of the most exciting new shops in New Orleans, opened in November 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. There’s indoor and outdoor seating, and online ordering is available here.

3. The Bean Gallery

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637 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 324-8176
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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 and over the years. It’s open early and closes late, and there’s lots of seating indoor and out to enjoy drinks and the relatively large food menu of paninis, bagel sandwiches, avocado toast, and sweets.

4. The Station Coffee Shop & Bakery

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4400 Bienville
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 309-4548
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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. Open Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday/Sunday.

5. Church Alley Coffee Bar

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4201 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 304-6306
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Church Alley is the community-driven cafe in Mid City, that’s been stepping up in a big way during the pandemic for the 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. Open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and delivering online orders Wednesday and Friday.

6. Old Road Coffee

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2024 Bayou Rd
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 354-8814
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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.

7. St. Coffee

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2718 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

St. Claude Avenue is grateful for the return of St. Coffee, which closed its prior location earlier this year to move to a larger space across the street. Now, the shop inhabits a large, spacious lot perfect for socially-distanced camping out while enjoying espresso drinks, cold brew, breakfast burritos, and a slew of excellent soups. As a bonus, it’s hosting occasional flea markets and food trucks. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for coffee and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for food.

8. Solo Espresso

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1301 Poland Ave
New Orleans, LA
(504) 408-1377
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This Ninth Ward hideout serves coffee at incredibly reasonable prices, and in addition to Panther beans, Solo also features a different "guest roast" every Friday.

9. Treme Coffeehouse

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1501 St Philip St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 218-8663
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Treme Coffeehouse is a gem; bright, cheery, full of local art, free wifi, tasty savories and sweets, excellent java (yes, including cold brew) small and community minded — all reasons to visit again and again.

10. Petite Clouet Cafe

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3100 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70117

This lovely new coffee shop and cafe on a quaint corner in Bywater has excellent coffee, fresh pastries, and a surprise star, breakfast tacos from Rosalita’s Backyard Tacos. Open for window service daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

11. Coffee Science

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410 S Broad Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 814-0878

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. It’s also added farm boxes and meals to its offerings, all of which can be ordered through the shop’s website for pickup.

12. Backatown Coffee Parlour

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301 Basin. St
New Orleans, LA 70112

Backatown serves up beans from one of the country's only black-owned coffee roaster, Bean Fruit in Pearl, Mississippi, and has opened up in the city's colorful and historic former Storyville. Enjoy espresso coffee drinks as well as soup, paninis, and house-made sweet potato pie (a family recipe of the owner) daily from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

13. Spitfire Coffee

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627 St. Peter
New Orleans, LA 70116
(334) 444-0532
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This tiny joint with a sleek modern vibe and pour-over bar is now delivering coffee and breakfast, and get this, coffee and breakfast sandwich subscriptions are available. Order ahead of time for delivery the next morning, available between 8 and 11 a.m. Tuesday or Thursday, and Sunday between 7 and 9 a.m.

14. Congregation Coffee

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240 Pelican Ave
New Orleans, LA 70114
(504) 265-0194
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Congregation Coffee is the brainchild of a New Orleans native and a Seattle transplant who met while working at Cochon Butcher. One of the newest roasteries in town, it’s cafe and retail shop in Algiers Point is currently serving espresso drinks daily and hosting weekend brunch pop ups.

15. Mammoth Espresso

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821 Baronne St
New Orleans, LA 70113
(504) 475-4344
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This sunny Warehouse District spot boasts a Seraphim in-counter brewing system with automated pour overs and more specialty drinks featuring Michigan-based Madcap Coffee. Open for online ordering Monday through Friday from. a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

16. French Truck Coffee (Multiple Locations)

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1200 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Baristas serve cold and hot coffee drinks made from their own beans at this LGD espresso shop. The small shop fronts French Truck's roasting facility, which provides beans for its own customers as well as a thriving wholesale operation. Open for to-go beverages, and as always, and available for home delivery.

17. Mojo Coffee House (Multiple Locations)

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1500 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 525-2244
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With three locations (Magazine St., Freret St., and inside the Saint Hotel on Canal), plus a successful foray into roasting, this LGD is still innovating in the New Orleans coffee world. Check out the coffee "mocktails" like the Espresso Gimlet, with double shot of espresso layered on top of a combination of lemon, lime, and simple syrup. Order online or call any of Mojo’s three locations for pickup or delivery of a wide variety of locally-roasted signature beans, a four pack of 32-ounce cold brews, and even milked oats.

18. HiVolt Coffee

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1829 Sophie Wright Pl
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 324-8818
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This LGD coffee shop is a great spot to do work with 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. Open for indoor and outdoor seating, takeout, and delivery via local app D’livery Nola.

19. CR Coffee Shop (Multiple Locations)

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3618 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 354-9422
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Coast Roast Coffee, first started in St. Roch Market, now has a lovely spot Uptown on Magazine Street, currently open for outdoor seating and takeout (as well as dine-in). Find fun breakfast pop-ups on the weekend and a vast menu of artful drinks and grab-and-go food items at all times. Order online daily between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. for quick pick up on arrival.

20. Cherry Coffee Roasters

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4877 Laurel St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 875-3699
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Cherry Espresso Bar was an early destination for specialty coffee in New Orleans,  originally opened inside Stein’s Deli in 2013. Owner Lauren Fink, who learned the barista trade in Portland, Oregon, went on to open the Laurel Street shop in 2016. The high quality coffee and espresso drinks are complemented by a changing menu of sweets, bagels, and quiche.

21. Hey! Cafe at Tipitina's

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501 Napoleon Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 895-8477
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This Uptown shop had to close its Magazine Street doors this fall, but its found a new home (for now at least) at beloved music venue Tipitina’s. The Hey! window is open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, serving coffee, espresso drinks, and cold brew along with a menu of bagels, pastries from Gracious Bakery, and breakfast tacos.  

1. Pontilly Coffee

4000 Chef Menteur Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70126

This neighborhood coffee shop with a mission (it raises money for Bethel Family House, a faith-based addiction recovery center), is currently serving its kolaches — nola-ches — pastries, breakfast sandwiches, frappes, and coffee drinks for takeout, delivery, and outdoor seating daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

4000 Chef Menteur Hwy
New Orleans, LA 70126

2. Park Island Brew

1688 Gentilly Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70119

Park Island Brew is one of the most exciting new shops in New Orleans, opened in November 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. There’s indoor and outdoor seating, and online ordering is available here.

1688 Gentilly Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70119

3. The Bean Gallery

637 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

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 and over the years. It’s open early and closes late, and there’s lots of seating indoor and out to enjoy drinks and the relatively large food menu of paninis, bagel sandwiches, avocado toast, and sweets.

637 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

4. The Station Coffee Shop & Bakery

4400 Bienville, New Orleans, LA 70119

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. Open Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday/Sunday.

4400 Bienville
New Orleans, LA 70119

5. Church Alley Coffee Bar

4201 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119

Church Alley is the community-driven cafe in Mid City, that’s been stepping up in a big way during the pandemic for the 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. Open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and delivering online orders Wednesday and Friday.

4201 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70119

6. Old Road Coffee

2024 Bayou Rd, New Orleans, LA 70116

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.

2024 Bayou Rd
New Orleans, LA 70116

7. St. Coffee

2718 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

St. Claude Avenue is grateful for the return of St. Coffee, which closed its prior location earlier this year to move to a larger space across the street. Now, the shop inhabits a large, spacious lot perfect for socially-distanced camping out while enjoying espresso drinks, cold brew, breakfast burritos, and a slew of excellent soups. As a bonus, it’s hosting occasional flea markets and food trucks. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for coffee and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for food.

2718 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

8. Solo Espresso

1301 Poland Ave, New Orleans, LA

This Ninth Ward hideout serves coffee at incredibly reasonable prices, and in addition to Panther beans, Solo also features a different "guest roast" every Friday.

1301 Poland Ave
New Orleans, LA

9. Treme Coffeehouse

1501 St Philip St, New Orleans, LA 70116

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

1501 St Philip St
New Orleans, LA 70116

10. Petite Clouet Cafe

3100 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70117

This lovely new coffee shop and cafe on a quaint corner in Bywater has excellent coffee, fresh pastries, and a surprise star, breakfast tacos from Rosalita’s Backyard Tacos. Open for window service daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

3100 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70117

11. Coffee Science

410 S Broad Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

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. It’s also added farm boxes and meals to its offerings, all of which can be ordered through the shop’s website for pickup.

410 S Broad Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

12. Backatown Coffee Parlour

301 Basin. St, New Orleans, LA 70112

Backatown serves up beans from one of the country's only black-owned coffee roaster, Bean Fruit in Pearl, Mississippi, and has opened up in the city's colorful and historic former Storyville. Enjoy espresso coffee drinks as well as soup, paninis, and house-made sweet potato pie (a family recipe of the owner) daily from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

301 Basin. St
New Orleans, LA 70112

13. Spitfire Coffee

627 St. Peter, New Orleans, LA 70116

This tiny joint with a sleek modern vibe and pour-over bar is now delivering coffee and breakfast, and get this, coffee and breakfast sandwich subscriptions are available. Order ahead of time for delivery the next morning, available between 8 and 11 a.m. Tuesday or Thursday, and Sunday between 7 and 9 a.m.

627 St. Peter
New Orleans, LA 70116

14. Congregation Coffee

240 Pelican Ave, New Orleans, LA 70114

Congregation Coffee is the brainchild of a New Orleans native and a Seattle transplant who met while working at Cochon Butcher. One of the newest roasteries in town, it’s cafe and retail shop in Algiers Point is currently serving espresso drinks daily and hosting weekend brunch pop ups.

240 Pelican Ave
New Orleans, LA 70114

15. Mammoth Espresso

821 Baronne St, New Orleans, LA 70113

This sunny Warehouse District spot boasts a Seraphim in-counter brewing system with automated pour overs and more specialty drinks featuring Michigan-based Madcap Coffee. Open for online ordering Monday through Friday from. a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

821 Baronne St
New Orleans, LA 70113

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16. French Truck Coffee (Multiple Locations)

1200 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

Baristas serve cold and hot coffee drinks made from their own beans at this LGD espresso shop. The small shop fronts French Truck's roasting facility, which provides beans for its own customers as well as a thriving wholesale operation. Open for to-go beverages, and as always, and available for home delivery.

1200 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

17. Mojo Coffee House (Multiple Locations)

1500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

With three locations (Magazine St., Freret St., and inside the Saint Hotel on Canal), plus a successful foray into roasting, this LGD is still innovating in the New Orleans coffee world. Check out the coffee "mocktails" like the Espresso Gimlet, with double shot of espresso layered on top of a combination of lemon, lime, and simple syrup. Order online or call any of Mojo’s three locations for pickup or delivery of a wide variety of locally-roasted signature beans, a four pack of 32-ounce cold brews, and even milked oats.

1500 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

18. HiVolt Coffee

1829 Sophie Wright Pl, New Orleans, LA 70130

This LGD coffee shop is a great spot to do work with 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. Open for indoor and outdoor seating, takeout, and delivery via local app D’livery Nola.

1829 Sophie Wright Pl
New Orleans, LA 70130

19. CR Coffee Shop (Multiple Locations)

3618 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Coast Roast Coffee, first started in St. Roch Market, now has a lovely spot Uptown on Magazine Street, currently open for outdoor seating and takeout (as well as dine-in). Find fun breakfast pop-ups on the weekend and a vast menu of artful drinks and grab-and-go food items at all times. Order online daily between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. for quick pick up on arrival.

3618 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

20. Cherry Coffee Roasters

4877 Laurel St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Cherry Espresso Bar was an early destination for specialty coffee in New Orleans,  originally opened inside Stein’s Deli in 2013. Owner Lauren Fink, who learned the barista trade in Portland, Oregon, went on to open the Laurel Street shop in 2016. The high quality coffee and espresso drinks are complemented by a changing menu of sweets, bagels, and quiche.

4877 Laurel St
New Orleans, LA 70115

21. Hey! Cafe at Tipitina's

501 Napoleon Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

This Uptown shop had to close its Magazine Street doors this fall, but its found a new home (for now at least) at beloved music venue Tipitina’s. The Hey! window is open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, serving coffee, espresso drinks, and cold brew along with a menu of bagels, pastries from Gracious Bakery, and breakfast tacos.  

501 Napoleon Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115

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