The Best Places to Enjoy Coffee in Harlem


The Best Places to Enjoy Coffee in Harlem

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 sometimes 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

Dell’Aria

232 E 111th St between Second and Third Aves

This shiny new 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 new coffee shop (it replaced Shuteye Coffee, which closed during the pandemic) is keeping things local, serving up espressos, lattes and more made with beans from Harlem-based roaster Plowshares.


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.


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


Il Cafe Latte

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 sidewalk patio during the pandemic.



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.


Lenox Coffee

60 W 129th St between Fifth Ave and Malcolm X Blvd

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 dedicated outdoor seating area.


Ink

2363 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd between W 138th and W 139th Sts

Chef Darryl Burnette's cafe—complete with swings—is next door to his small dining gem, Belle Harlem. Already a hit: the made-from-scratch bagels.


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.


NBHD has both indoor and outdoor 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 on all sides, meaning there's plenty of light to go with your cup of joe.


Common Good

2801 Frederick Douglass Blvd and W 149th St

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


Lucille's

26 Macombs Pl and W 150th St

This hip, plant-filled coffee shop by day (it turns into a bar/restaurant at night) also has a south-facing sidewalk patio, compete with pretty planters.



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 directly 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

Enjoy 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-but-stylish new 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 leafy back patio also takes over the yard of its sister space, the Honey Well.


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