9 Harlem Spots to Enjoy Coffee (and Much More) Outside

Updated: Sep 9


Double Dutch Espresso on Frederick Douglass Boulevard.

Sunny weather calls for enjoying a great cup of coffee outside.


Happily, many local cafes have expanded their outdoor seating over the past year and a half.


Some have food menus that will make you want to stay even longer.


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


1. Le Petit Parisien

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

A French sandwich shop that's also a terrific destination for lattes and croissants.


2. Double Dutch Espresso

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

This popular coffee spot has both plentiful sidewalk seating plus a shaded cabana it shares with its sister bar, Mess Hall.


3. Il Cafe Latte

Central Harlem 189 Lenox between W 119th and W 120th Sts

Located on one of the prettiest stretches of historic Lenox Avenue, this cafe introduced a roomy (and umbrellaed) sidewalk patio earlier this year. There's also a second location on 145th Street in Hamilton Heights.


Il Cafe Latte's outdoor seating on Lenox Avenue.

4. Lenox Coffee

Central Harlem 60 W 129th St between Fifth and Lenox Aves

Stop by for this cafe's very own brand of single-origin drip coffee, single-origin cold brew and espresso blend, all of which can be enjoyed in its blocked-off outdoor seating area.


5. Dear Mama

West Harlem 611 W 129th St between Broadway and 12th Ave

If all of Dear Mama's colorful outdoor bistro tables are taken, you can always find a bench in the peaceful plaza in front.


6. NBHD Brûlée

Central Harlem 2620 Frederick Douglass Blvd and W 140th St

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


7. Sugar Hill Cafe

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

Enjoy coffee, pastries and more in the outdoor seating cabana on bustling 145th Street.



8. Hamilton's Cafe and Restaurant

Hamilton Heights 3570 Broadway between 146th and 147th Sts

A cheery spot with an impressive number of tables in its breezy sidewalk shed.

9. The Chipped Cup

Hamilton Heights 3610 Broadway between 148th and 149th Streets

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


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