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The Best Places to Enjoy Coffee in Harlem

The Best Places to Enjoy Coffee in Harlem
The Chipped Cup's peaceful back garden.

Harlem's coffee scene continues to flourish, meaning these days you're rarely far from a spot serving excellent specialty coffee.

Most don't just offer java, but destination-worthy menu items like handmade doughnuts and organic ginger juice—and even outdoor seating on a historic avenue.

Two on this list are even bona fide roasters, with roasting machines on site.

Here's where to find them all, from south to north:

East Harlem

Frenchy Coffee

129E E 102nd St and Lexington Ave

The name doesn't lie—the owners are two French expats serving up a wide variety of coffee and fresh pastries, plus treats like macarons.


232 E 111th St between Second and Third Aves

This year-old Italian roastery—the blue Probat roaster is right behind the seating area—fills a 4,000-square-foot space offering everything from espressos to Chemex pour-overs. There's also breakfast, lunch and gelato.

Super Nice Coffee & Bakery

156 E 117th St between Third and Lexington Aves

Be sure to pair your expertly-prepared coffee with this takeout spot's famous handmade doughnuts.

Ginjan Cafe

85 E 125th St and Park Ave

Opened by two entrepreneurial brothers from Guinea, this stylish and spacious cafe right next to the Metro North station features coffee and ginjan, an invigorating ginger juice from West Africa.

Central Harlem — Below 125th Street

Sojourner Coffee Co.

137 W 116th St between Lenox Ave and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd

This pocket-sized spot serves up espressos, lattes and more made with beans from a range of roasters, including local brand Plowshares. Home brewers will find a nice selection of beans, too.

Le Petit Parisien

151 Lenox Ave between W 117th and W 118th Sts

A French sandwich shop that's also a terrific destination for lattes and croissants. Grab a seat in the back or out on the sidewalk.

The Monkey Cup

1965 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd between W 118th and W 119th Sts

Featuring a tropical forest-like canopy and tree-shaped bookshelf inspired by the owners' native Venezuela, this unique cafe offers a wide variety of great coffee, from lattes with animal foam art to expertly made pour-overs. Yes, there's outdoor seating, too.

The Best Places to Enjoy Coffee in Harlem
Il Cafe Latte's outdoor seating on Lenox Avenue.

Double Dutch Espresso

2194 Frederick Douglass Blvd between W 118th and W 119th Sts

This cozy favorite fills up quickly on the weekends but also has plenty of sidewalk seating plus a peaceful back patio.

Il Cafe Latte

189 Lenox between W 119th and W 120th Sts

Located on one of the prettiest stretches of historic Lenox Avenue, with a roomy sidewalk patio where you can watch the people go by.

Central Harlem — Above 125th Street

9 Tails

34 W 126th Street between Fifth Ave and Malcolm X Blvd

Nestled in the middle of Mushtari Hardware, this coffee spot is surrounded by the store's leafy plant selection.

787 Coffee Co.

60 W 129th St between Fifth and Lenox Aves

This rapidly-expanding coffee chain that grows and roasts its beans on a farm in Puerto Rico—787 refers to the island's area code—opened in the old Lenox Coffee space at the tail end of 2022. Yes, there's wifi.

Harlem Cafe

2259 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd and 133rd St

This stylish corner cafe from chef Ejhadji Cisse of Ponty Bistro is the neighborhood’s newest all-day spot for coffee, French pastries, warm sandwiches and a whole lot more.

NBHD Brûlée

2620 Frederick Douglass Blvd and W 140th St

Just around the corner from historic Strivers' Row, this corner spot serving Italian coffee and a selection of hot sandwiches also has covered sidewalk seating.

Manhattanville Coffee

142 Edgecombe Ave and W 142nd St

Need a break from your WFH situation? This inviting corner coffee shop has wifi, plenty of seating options, plus huge windows facing the street, meaning there's plenty of light to go with your cup of joe. A second outpost opened in Hamilton Heights last summer (see below).

Common Good

2801 Frederick Douglass Blvd and W 149th St

A true neighborhood coffee-and-pastry spot with plenty of indoor seating.


26 Macombs Pl and W 150th St

This stylish, plant-filled coffee shop by day (it turns into a bar/restaurant later in the day) also has a south-facing sidewalk patio, compete with pretty plants.

West Harlem/Hamilton Heights

I Like It Black

409 W 125th Street between Morningside and Amsterdam Aves

From the team that runs Harlem bakery Make My Cake right next door, this smalll but sunny java joint serves up lattes and other espresso-based drinks featuring minority-owned roasters. This is the place to pair your brew with a freshly-made French toast muffin or cinnamon bun.

Plowshares Coffee

1351 Amsterdam Ave between W 125th and W 126th Sts

Lined in blonde wood, this modern, 3,500-square-foot coffee shop roasts its own beans right in the back.

Dear Mama

611 W 129th St between Broadway and 12th Ave

One of the greenest coffee shops in Harlem—literally: There's a huge tree growing in the middle of this atrium-like space on Columbia's Manhattanville campus. Seating is plentiful, including outdoor bistro tables and public benches in the peaceful plaza right in front.

Dear Mama's atrium-like setting.

Sugar Hill Cafe

410 W 145th St between Convent and St. Nicholas Aves

Get coffee, pastries and more in the below-street-level cafe or the outdoor cabana on bustling 145th Street.

The Oma Shop

1707 Amsterdam Ave between W 144th and W 145th Sts

A small gem of a shop serving Counter Culture coffee and home, beauty and fashion accessories by POC- and women-owned brands.

The Chipped Cup

3610 Broadway between 148th and 149th Streets

During the day this popular basement coffee shop with a back patio also takes over the yard of its sister space, The Honey Well.

Manhattanville Coffee

1850 Amsterdam Ave between W 151st and W 152nd Sts

Manhattanville's second outpost—a roomy, open-to-the-public cafe with calming blue walls and plenty of power outlets—is located inside co-working space The Harlem Collective.

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