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A Guide to New Orleans’s Vibrant Coffee Shop Scene

From Italian espresso to cold brew, these are the 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, the pandemic has 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
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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 — as a major bonus, it’s open late.

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.

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 a charming community-driven cafe in Mid City, one that’s consistently stepped up in a big way throughout the pandemic and prior 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.

6. Up&Adam Eatz

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3903 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 708-7237
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This Mid City newcomer was founded by local couple Christopher and Adam Ford during the pandemic as a coffee brand. Now up and running as a coffee shop, breakfast, and brunch spot on Canal Street, it’s dazzling Mid City with its New Orleans-style breakfasts, but has stayed close to its roots with an emphasis on excellent coffee.

7. 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.

8. 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 last 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.

9. Hey! Cafe

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2606 St Louis St
New Orleans, LA 70119

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,” and serves bagels, pastries,  and breakfast tacos.  

10. 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.

11. The Orange Couch

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2339 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 267-7327
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This Marigny longtimer is beloved by its neighborhood, a bright, modern corner 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). The Orange Couch, named after the big orange couch inside, has 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.

12. 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 quickly become a popular destination for its excellent coffee, fresh pastries, and great European-style sandwiches. Open until 6 p.m., Petite Clouet’s sidewalk tables are usually occupied with friends chatting or people working.

13. 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.

14. 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.

15. 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 in the heart of the French Quarter, offering a quick walk-up window as an alternative to the long lines of nearby Cafe du Monde. As one of New Orleans’s original third wave shops, it stays on the cutting edge and has a number of outstanding signature drinks, like the Las Tres Flores and a Cuban cortado.

16. 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.

17. 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 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

18. 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.

19. 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 shop 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. 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.

20. 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.

21. CR Coffee Shop

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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, has a lovely outpost Uptown on Magazine Street, open for pleasant patio seating and takeout as well as dine-in. Find exceptionally creative drinks, fun breakfast pop-ups on the weekend, and a vast menu grab-and-go food items at all times.

22. 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.

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 — as a major bonus, it’s open late.

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.

4400 Bienville
New Orleans, LA 70119

5. Church Alley Coffee Bar

4201 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119

Church Alley is a charming community-driven cafe in Mid City, one that’s consistently stepped up in a big way throughout the pandemic and prior 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.

4201 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70119

6. Up&Adam Eatz

3903 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119

This Mid City newcomer was founded by local couple Christopher and Adam Ford during the pandemic as a coffee brand. Now up and running as a coffee shop, breakfast, and brunch spot on Canal Street, it’s dazzling Mid City with its New Orleans-style breakfasts, but has stayed close to its roots with an emphasis on excellent coffee.

3903 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70119

7. 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

8. 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 last 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.

2718 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

9. Hey! Cafe

2606 St Louis St, New Orleans, LA 70119

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,” and serves bagels, pastries,  and breakfast tacos.  

2606 St Louis St
New Orleans, LA 70119

10. 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

11. The Orange Couch

2339 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70117

This Marigny longtimer is beloved by its neighborhood, a bright, modern corner 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). The Orange Couch, named after the big orange couch inside, has 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.

2339 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70117

12. Petite Clouet Cafe

3100 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70117

This lovely new coffee shop and cafe on a quaint corner in Bywater has quickly become a popular destination for its excellent coffee, fresh pastries, and great European-style sandwiches. Open until 6 p.m., Petite Clouet’s sidewalk tables are usually occupied with friends chatting or people working.

3100 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70117

13. 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.

410 S Broad Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

14. 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.

301 Basin. St
New Orleans, LA 70112

15. Spitfire Coffee

627 St. Peter, New Orleans, LA 70116

This tiny joint with a sleek modern vibe and pour-over bar is in the heart of the French Quarter, offering a quick walk-up window as an alternative to the long lines of nearby Cafe du Monde. As one of New Orleans’s original third wave shops, it stays on the cutting edge and has a number of outstanding signature drinks, like the Las Tres Flores and a Cuban cortado.

627 St. Peter
New Orleans, LA 70116

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16. 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

17. 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 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

821 Baronne St
New Orleans, LA 70113

18. 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.

1200 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

19. 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 shop 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. 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.

1500 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

20. 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.

1829 Sophie Wright Pl
New Orleans, LA 70130

21. CR Coffee Shop

3618 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Coast Roast Coffee, first started in St. Roch Market, has a lovely outpost Uptown on Magazine Street, open for pleasant patio seating and takeout as well as dine-in. Find exceptionally creative drinks, fun breakfast pop-ups on the weekend, and a vast menu grab-and-go food items at all times.

3618 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

22. 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

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