Though great coffee is reason enough for visiting each of these unique coffee shops and cafés, sometimes it’s not all about the coffee.
For example, at Fourtillfour, auto enthusiasts talk shop over leaded cups of java, while The Coffee Shop at Agritopia offers milky lattes — and other caffeinated beverages — in a rose garden. Take the time to savor everything these little shops and cafés have to offer.
Sip Coffee & Beer House
Coffee? Beer? Both. Sip Coffee & Beer House has two Valley locations—the original location is tucked into the downtown Scottsdale area off of Goldwater Boulevard, and the newer, drive-thru and sit-down café is located along Indian School Road in Phoenix’s Arcadia neighborhood. The beans are roasted by Cartel Coffee Lab, and the tap list rotates many seasonal and limited-edition brews with a collection of local handles. Both cafés offer a variety of seating options meant for gathering, co-working and relaxing, and open up to spacious patios. Sip features live music Wednesdays-Sundays, and has a food menu of breakfast items, snacks and Panini made with locally sourced ingredients.
La Grande Orange Grocery and Pizzeria
Not classified specifically as a coffee shop, this destination in Phoenix’s Arcadia neighborhood caters to a crowd of loyal La Grande Orange (LGO) fans throughout the day. Stop in for a cup of joe and a fresh-baked pastry from the Bake Shop—there’s plenty of seating for catching up with friends or meeting a colleague. Meander the unique “retail grocery” selection for take homes and souvenirs, and wander back over when hunger strikes for a phenomenal pizza with many vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Parking is limited, especially in the evening, so bring a few dollars to tip the complimentary valet.
Cartel Coffee Lab
This local coffee company has five Valley locations, including one inside Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Each location offers a different vibe, but all brew the namesake roast. This smooth, rich brew gives a jolt of happiness and kickstarts any homework assignment, workday, travel day and adventure. The company’s largest and original location on Ash Avenue in Tempe sees the likes of many Arizona State University students and is also home to the company’s brewery operation—Cartel Brewery.
This café on 7th Avenue in Phoenix’s Melrose District is a coffee shop by day and wine bar by night. The venture is a social enterprise of Catholic charities, and the walls are decorated with art available for purchase, crafted by refugees. It’s coffee roast, Café Esperanza, is served by the cup and sold by the bag. Breakfast is offered all day, and the bruschetta, hummus plate, grilled cheese and a handful of sandwiches are popular choices, too. The ample seating space caters to groups and meeting rooms are available for rent.
Luci’s Healthy Marketplace and Luci’s at the Orchard
Luci’s Healthy Marketplace has been a central Phoenix favorite for more than eight years. Its original location on 16th Street and Bethany Home Road sees the likes of neighborhood regulars, curious visitors, work-from-homers and Dreamy Draw hikers. The café offers order-at-the-counter breakfast and lunch, smoothies and juices, wines and beers, and coffees and teas. The marketplace selection winds through the café space and is the perfect place to find one-of-a-kind items, gag gifts, healthy foods, sauces, beers and wines. Luci’s at the Orchard on 12th Street off of Glendale Avenue opened in 2016 and is a peaceful refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city. The spacious café has a grassy courtyard with additional seating and a water feature that kids love to play in. An ice cream shop (Splurge) and evening restaurant (Pomelo) are also on-site.
Located on Central Avenue in Phoenix, this is the ideal hangout for hipsters. The seating is plentiful, both indoors and out, and the industrial modern atmosphere gives a relaxed, come-as-you-are vibe. The pastry counter is always well-stocked with baked goods and a handful of hot food items are also prepared. The coffee is strong and smooth and teas are a favorite here too, but if the mood strikes, beer and wine are also poured.
This little coffee shop in downtown Scottsdale off of 1st Avenue blends a love of cars and coffee. The coffee garage features automobile memorabilia and collector cars are often parked outside. Though seating is limited inside, there’s a cozy outdoor patio where visitors relax and mingle. Car enthusiast meet-ups are held the first and last Saturday of each month.
The Henry Coffee Bar: XV
Fox Restaurant Concepts is a local restaurant company with more than a dozen concepts under its belt. These restaurants pepper the Valley and reach across the country. The Henry, located on Camelback Road in Phoenix, is a one-off venture by the group and the space doubles as the company’s headquarters (upstairs). At the front of the restaurant is The Henry Coffee Bar: XV. Morning commuters often stop by the outside counter for a coffee and pastry to go, while those with more time to spend plop into a cozy chair or couch inside The Henry to enjoy an espresso beverage with and a Quinoa Breakfast Burrito, Flower Child Scramble or Carrot Cake Pancakes, among other breakfast and lunch items.
Press Coffee Roasters
Press Coffee Roasters serves its bold brews throughout the Valley, with its most popular cafes at Scottsdale Quarter and in Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. For those with a deeper interest in the sourcing, roasting and brewing process, the Roastery in Phoenix offers tours and cupping classes.
The Coffee Shop at Agritopia
Gilbert’s Agritopia is an “urban farm” neighborhood, and its “SoHo chic” coffee shop is a destination on its own. Local ingredients are featured in a full breakfast and lunch menu with burritos, omelettes, scrambles, sandwiches and Friday-only fish tacos. Plus, try their famous cupcakes featured on “Cupcake Wars,” and enjoy it all on a patio surrounded by a rose garden, trees and grapevines.