Best coffee shops in Minneapolis – according to the ArcStonians

By Chloe Mark | June 2017

ArcStone's coffee is the bomb.com. I look forward to my morning cup – made with freshly ground local beans with our stellar Jura espresso maker – perhaps more than I should.

However, working in the creative world, sometimes you need to get out and about, switching up your space. Whenever I find a new Minneapolis coffee shop, I share my excitement with coworkers. We often trade recommendations and geek out about what made the space so ideal. So, on this sunny Friday, I thought I'd share a few with you... cheers!

Image source: FiveWattCoffee.com

My recommendations:

 

Coffee shop:  Spyhouse Coffee (Eat Street location)
Neighborhood: Whittier, 24th & Nicollet
Must try: Lavender Latte - the "Spygirl"
Why try this spot: 
I love their focus on interior design. The shop is filled with vintage furniture sort of piecemealed together, lots of warm walnut wood, eclectic music and (my favorite part) conversations among creatives. On a nice day with their doors open, I feel I've escaped to a alleyway cafe in Europe. 

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Image source: SpyhouseCoffee.com

 

Coffee shop: Canteen 
Neighborhood: Lyn-Lake, 32nd & Bryant
Must try: Their drip coffee of the day with creamer - somehow this creamer goes beyond expectations... Must be the cows. And their Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Hollybars—they're like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, but more substantial.
Why try this spot: 
It has a super friendly atmosphere. Set right outside the hustle and bustle of Uptown, it feels like a secret haven. It also manages to feel outdoorsy, like you're in the North Woods.

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Annie's recommendations:

 
Coffee shop: Five Watt Coffee
Neighborhood: Kingsfield, 38th& Nicollet
Must try: Cold Press
Why try this spot:
They have strong coffee, fun energy, lots of people networking and a collaborative-community environment.

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Coffee shop: Sparrow Cafe
Neighborhood: Lynnhurst, 50th & Penn
Must try: Almond milk latte and almond croissant
Why try this spot: 
They have such a cozy atmosphere, with a whimsical interior and tasty pastries. With all of this, it's somehow still understated and never too busy
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Coffee shop: Rustica
Neighborhood: Calhoun Village Shopping Center, 3220 West Lake St.
Must try: Pour over and chocolate chip cookie
Why try this spot:
Their chocolate chip cookies are hands down my favorite. I wouldn't work or study here, but I would definitely come for a break and a cookie!

Image source: RusticaBakery.com

 

Jenna's recommendations:

 

Coffee shop: Carley Coffee
Neighborhood: Lyn-Lake, Lake & Bryant
Must try: Drip coffee
Why try this spot:
I go here almost every day before heading into the office to get some work done. Best part is the fire and chairs surrounding for reading. Good spot for meetings as they have a nice parking lot that's easy to get to.
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Coffee shop: WorkHorse Coffee Bar
Neighborhood: St. Paul/University, 2399 University Avenue Saint Paul 
Must try: Coffee Vanilla Ice Cream Shake
Why try this spot:
Good coffee, plus the above shake. It's the home to the world's tiniest museum...

Image source: WorkhorseCoffee.com

 

Jerod's recommendations:

 
Coffee shop: Wesley Andrews
Neighborhood: Whittier, 26th & 1st Ave.
Must try: Whatever their current seasonal drink is
Why try this spot:
They're called a slow bar, which means they basically take coffee as an art. Plus, they're new!
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Coffee shop: Penny's Coffee
Neighborhood: Downtown, 100 Washington Ave S
Must try: Crepes! and drip coffee
Why try this spot:
Probably one of the most Instagrammed places in Minneapolis. It's a great space. It was opened by the guy who owns Phillips Vodka. They have food too – crepes!
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Coffee shop: Dogwood Coffee
Neighborhood: East Lake, 40th & East Lake St. 
Must try: "They have the best espresso in town, so bright and tart I love it."
Why try this spot:
They were really the first to give a damn [regarding Minneapolis coffee] and do so carefully. Their baristas are paid well, and they provide education classes. I've never had a bad time there.

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David's recommendation:

 
Coffee shop: Urban Bean Coffee
Neighborhood: Lyn-Lake, Lake & Bryant
Must try: Miel Latte
Why try this spot:
The Miel is delicious. They also have a spicy Freddy Mercury that my wife, Lisa, loves.
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Minneapolis may not be the biggest city, but you definitely have plenty of choices when seeking a spot for a good ambiance and strong, delicious coffee. 

P.S. ArcStone provides FREE coffee to all of their potential or current clients. Set up a meeting with us and we'll sip coffees while we talk strategy for most things digital – marketing, design, development. 

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