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The Best Places to Enjoy Coffee in Harlem

Updated: Apr 19

The Best Places to Enjoy Coffee in Harlem
Musette Wine Bar is now also Le Musette Cafe during the day.

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

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

Open since 2021, this 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.

156 E 117th St between Third and Lexington Aves

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

85 E 125th St and Park Ave

The dream of 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

420 Malcolm X Blvd and W 131st St

Musette Wine Bar is now also a cozy daytime cafe (7am-3pm) serving all your favorite espresso-based drinks, plus chais and matcha lattes.

2259 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd and 133rd St

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

2620 Frederick Douglass Blvd and W 140th St

Closed for seven months due to a devastating electrical fire, this corner coffee shop is back serving Illy-based coffees, a selection of hot sandwiches, pastries and more. Located steps from historic Strivers' Row, it also has covered sidewalk seating.

NBHD coffee shop has covered sidewalk seating.
NBHD Brulee is back open seven months after a devastating electrical fire.

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 in 2022 (see below).

2754 Frederick Douglass Blvd and W 146th St

The second location of this Black- and woman-owned coffee and lifestyle shop has the same minimalist vibe as the original on Amsterdam, only with much more space—and a barber shop/braiding salon in the back.

2801 Frederick Douglass Blvd and W 149th St

A true neighborhood coffee-and-pastry spot with plenty of natural light and 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

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.

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

A sleek mix of blonde wood furniture and poured concrete floors, this 3,500-square-foot coffee shop roasts its own beans right in the back.

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.

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.

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

A small gem of a cafe and shop serving not just espresso-based drinks and pastries but home and beauty items by POC- and women-owned brands.

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.

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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