New York City is known for its nonstop energy, so it’s no surprise that New Yorkers are passionate about their caffeine. In Manhattan, coffee is more than just fuel—it’s an art. There are hundreds of unique NYC coffee shops, and they’re constantly upping their game when it comes to offering creative and delicious brews. Whether you’re grabbing a latte between meetings or looking for a place to set down your tote bag for an espresso break on an afternoon of exploring and shopping, you’ve got endless options to choose from.
Below are our favorite coffee shops in New York City. When you pay them a visit, your taste buds—and your Instagram feed—will thank you.
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Maman’s baristas infuse beauty into everything they do, right down to the charming floral printed to-go cups. This French-inspired spot is about as photogenic as it gets, featuring rustic-chic decor and an abundance of greenery. Grab a pastry or stay awhile for brunch, and pretend you’re in Paris all the while.
211 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013
The Vine at the Eventi Hotel
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This Chelsea destination is the perfect place to caffeinate in style. The airy design in this NYC coffee shop is breathtaking, and it provides a great ambiance to relax on a busy day. You can even pair your coffee with a tasty charcuterie platter or a cocktail or two. Tuck a book in your tote bag before you head to The Vine, because it's the perfect place to kick back and relax with some great reading.
851 6th Ave, New York, NY 10001
Black Fox Coffee
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This gem in the Financial District has an incredible bean selection and top-of-the-line food offerings. If you need to refuel on a hectic workday or crave the inspiration that comes along with an energetic atmosphere, Black Fox is the place to be. Here, you’ll always find hard-working New Yorkers on the go and a brew to satisfy any mood.
70 Pine St, New York, NY 10270
Three Seat Espresso
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This East Village getaway is a one-stop shop for coffee and a haircut—yes, really—and its menu is known for its delicious focus on wellness. Here, you can order the best avocado toast of your life, top it off with a latte that features some seriously Instagrammable foam art, and get your split ends trimmed on the way out.
137 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009
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Even by New York City standards, Hi-Collar takes your coffee experience to a whole new level. This tiny Japanese jazz age establishment is one of the est coffee shops in New York City, and allows you to “choose your bean” before serving up a wide selection of creative blends. You can pair your coffee with a katsu sandwich or rice dish. Be sure to come back after dark to enjoy a sake cocktail or Japanese beer.
214 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003
Toby’s Estate Flatiron
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This beloved New York City chain outdoes itself in the best way possible at this six-seat location in Club Monaco’s flagship store. Here, you can grab a pourover between shopping and bask in the light-bathed shop’s relaxing atmosphere as you caffeinate.
160 Fifth Ave, New York, NY 10010
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Enjoy fika at this Scandinavian inspired NYC coffee shop in trendy Williamsburg, Brooklyn. You can duck into Bakeri between browsing the neighborhood shops to grab a snack or choose from an overflowing pastry menu. Bakeri’s delightfully strong coffee assortment will keep you energized for the rest of your day.
150 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
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When it comes to coffee shops in New York City, this vibrant shop in Little Italy offers a little bit of everything. Happy Bones brings a little edge to its brews with gritty, minimalistic decor and local art on the walls. If you’re looking to rub shoulders with stylish local creatives, Happy Bones is the place to be. The establishment even sells cute merchandise, so if you're looking for a t-shirt or stickers to toss in your tote bag, this is the place to stop. The shop’s founders grew up in New Zealand, so the menu and ambiance have a kiwi twist, and the space is known for its top-notch flat whites.
394 Broome St, New York, NY 10013
The City Bakery
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This New York legend has been around for more than 25 years, and it’s known for more than just great coffee—though it definitely has that on lock too. On your first visit, be sure to try a pretzel croissant or City Bakery’s famous hot chocolate, best enjoyed with a massive house made marshmallow on top. The shop can get crowded, but it’s totally worth it.
3 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011
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If you’re craving a trip to California, this SoHo establishment is the ray of sunshine you’re looking for. The shop is decorated with surf boards, coconuts, and countless other reminders of beach life. Complement your coffee with an organic juice or a summer-ready acai bowl.
169 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012
Bluestone Lane Upper East Side
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This Australian haven’s Upper East Side location is built directly into a beautiful historic church. In addition to phenomenal coffee, Bluestone Lane offers wine, beers, and brunch. It’s directly across from Central Park, so choose a seat outside for some excellent views.
2 E 90th Street, New York, NY 10128