Whether traveling, or exploring local area, finding a great cup of joe (and perhaps a donut) is essential for coffee lovers. To break down the hunt for reaching that much needed caffeine fix, Stacker tapped into Foursquare Search to find the top coffee shop in each state. Foursquare’s algorithm predicts the “best” establishment according to those that have visited recently by incorporating check-ins, rating signals, category matches, tips, and photo trends to determine the top-ranked destination for every state.
This list is not filled with Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts. They are coffee shops and cafes with different specialties or food options, that some locals may not even know about yet. Still, their popularity shines through reviews and mouth-watering pictures. Every recommendation is based on real reviews on Foursquare. Read on to find out what's brewing in each state—including oddities like potato donuts, and quirky beverage names like The Annihilator and Trip to Paris.
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Address: 2901 2nd Ave. S. (Ste 120), Birmingham, AL 35233
Foursquare Rating: 9.4
Stuck in Southside Birmingham and in need of a caffeine fix? Customers rate The Red Cat as one of the best coffee shops in town, and their speciality lattes are no joke. Try the Abyssinian latte with coconut milk, or the Bengal if feeling adventurous.
Address: 44278 Sterling Highway, Soldotna, AK 99669
Foursquare Rating: 8.9
The Moose is Loose is a fun coffee house located in Soldotna that encourages its patrons to not only stop and smell the coffee, but also send in pictures of their namesake on the move. When visiting, be sure to sample the apple fritters, “road kill” cinnamon bun, and donuts along with a beverage.
Address: 11 West Boston At. (Arizona Ave.), Chandler, AZ 85225
Foursquare Rating: 9.4
Owned and operated by a member of the supplying coffee farm in Brazil, Peixoto Coffee Roasters delivers a serious kick in a warm, welcoming atmosphere. The high quality is evident in their roasts, and the multiple types of cold brew are reportedly to die for.
Address: 2418 N. Gregg, Fayetteville, AR 72703
Foursquare Rating: 9.3
Great customer service combined with knockout individual brews defines Onyx Coffee Lab—as well as a charming patio space and overall ambiance. Their Columbian coffee latte is considered one of the best, and their pour-overs contain delicate and beautiful notes.
Address: 104 Bronson St. #19 (Hall), Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Foursquare Rating: 9.5
Verve sources beans from all around the world and then prepares them on site in a 1965 German-made Probat roaster to coax out the complicated and subtle nuances of each bean. Visit where the magic happens and then have a taste—the pour overs, lattes, and cold brews are particularly popular here.
Address: 4301 Pecos St., Denver, CO 80211
Foursquare Rating: 9.4
Excellent customer service and reasonable prices combine with stellar coffee to make the Denver gem Huckleberry Roasters so popular. Try to visit when the weather is nice—an entire wall of the coffee shop is a roll-up garage door; customers can enjoy inside ambiance with an outside feel when the door is opened.
Address: 125 Bedford St., Stamford, CT 06901
Foursquare Rating: 9.5
The coffee isn’t the only superstar at Lorca. The Connecticut coffee shop delivers a full lunch menu, complete with churros with dark chocolate dipping sauce. Heading over only for a cup? Their cold brew with horchata has received amazing reviews.
Address: 20214 Coastal Highway (at Rehoboth Ave.), Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
Foursquare Rating: 9.4
What would coffee be without the donuts? Fractured Prune has elevated what it means to have a donut as they hand dip and specialize every order. With so many flavors like pineapple cake, French toast, and s’mores, it might be hard to pick just one.
Address: 10766 SW 24th St. (108th Ave. and Coral Way), Miami, FL 33165
Foursquare Rating: 9.5
Coffee is joined by a plethora of tea choices and delicious baked goods at specialTEA Lounge & Cafe. Though the focus may seem to lie on the tea, as it's served in Miami’s only teahouse, the coffee is also known for being superb. Try their French press, brewed on order.
Address: 1919 Bull St., Savannah, GA 31401
Foursquare Rating: 9.4
Foxy Loxy Café serves up unforgettable ambiance with their stellar coffee, tea, wine, and beer. Need something to pair with their well-priced drinks? Try their tacos, desserts, cheeses, or gluten-free options.
Address: 2330 Kalakaua Ave. (facing Kuhio Ave. and Nahua St.), Honolulu, HI 96815
If interested in rare flavors of coffee not found in the U.S., try Kona Coffee Purveyors when visiting Hawaii. Their cortadas are highly spoken of—with a Kona-style flavor from which the shop takes its namesake—and the pastries are also reportedly popular as well.
Address: 1351 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian, ID 83642
This quaint spot stays open until 11 p.m., offering its patrons the chance to try their unique coffees, shakes, and teas until late. Even the kids can get in on the fun—their child-sized fruit smoothies are a big hit.
Address: 112 N. Green St., Chicago, IL 60607
Sawada Coffee hosts more than just excellent java: The shop comes with its very own functional pinball machine, so patrons can brush up on their skills on as they sip on artful lattes. The coffee shop is known for their amazing Military Latte, a unique combination of matcha tea, espresso, and cocoa that resembles the fatigues of soldiers.
Address: 1920 Northwesten Ave., West Lafayette, IN 47906
In addition to top-notch service and quality coffee at Cafe Literato, the spot has outstanding food and drink menus—their BBQ pulled-pork brick oven pizza and soup both come highly rated.
Address: 2318 University Ave. (between 23rd and 24th St.), Des Moines, IA 50311
Live music, a quirky atmosphere, and friendly and consistent baristas are only some of the aspects of Mars Cafe that have made it such a well-visited and successful coffee shop. Their coffee delivers every time; their Sputnik and iced coconut almond mocha are also incredibly popular.
Address: 12815 W. 87th St. Pkwy. (at Rosehill Rd.), Lenexa, KS 66215
The Black Dog Coffeehouse has become a go-to for locals for its jazz nights on Saturdays, tasty coffee, and friendly, cozy atmosphere. The fresh baked bread is a favorite; patrons recommend pairing it with the toasted marshmallow latte to finish.
Address: 2122 S. Preston St. (at Atwood), Louisville, KY 40217
This establishment roasts their own beans on site, and is quoted by their patrons to offer some of the best coffee they’ve ever had. The iced lattes require no sweetener due to the lack of bitterness from the excellent roasting process, and the drip coffee is said to have the same qualities—making this shop’s expertise in roasting coffee beans truly special.
Address: 4536 Dryades St. (Cadiz St.), New Orleans, LA 70115
Though it’s neither a truck, nor exclusively French, French Truck Cafe has charmed visitors with its homey interior and welcoming large porch and patio. The “dressed up” iced coffee, and grilled cheese with gruyere and pear might seem like an odd combo, but are some of the favorite items on the menu.
Address: 7 Exchange St., Portland, ME 04101
This gem located in Portland specializes in hand-peeled, roasted sweet potato donuts and has only received rave reviews for their speciality product. Their out-of-this-world flavors add to the shop’s spunk, including dark chocolate sea salt, cinnamon sugar, and lemon. Their highly rated iced coffee comes with coffee ice cubes, useful on a summer’s day.
Address: 618 Dover Rd., Easton, MD 21601
Fans of this independent small-batch coffee roaster and retailer say it's the go-to place in Easton for coffee, with one patron noting that the tasty coffee smoothies—which come in original, mocha, caramel, and white mocha flavors—are "much better than any frap from Starbucks." If the timing is right, visitors can sit in the dining area to watch the roasting process.
Address: 120 Lincoln Ave. (at Dudley St.), Saugus, MA 01906
Kane’s Donuts was opened in the 1950s, and they’ve been serving up coffee and donuts since then. Their coffee joins a usual dozen of freshly baked donuts, with flavors including cream brûlée crunch, to caramel with vanilla cream filling, and Oreo.
Address: 100 Commerce Ave SW (Oakes), Grand Rapids, MI 49503
The Lantern Coffee Bar and Lounge is based in a building that originally housed a brewery; it now serves eco-friendly coffee in a welcoming, mellow space. Ever popular are their pour-over coffees and blueberry scones.
Address: 825 Carleton St., Saint Paul, MN 55114
Need an intimate spot for studying or catching up with friends? Dogwood Coffee has a cozy location with spectacular service and menu items, according to past customers.
Address: 1114 Government St., Ocean Springs, MS 39564
Another notable addition to the potato donut concept, the TatoNut Shop is known for having lines up and down the block, rain or shine. Their Persian, glazed, and praline donuts are some of the most popular among patrons.
Address: 5400 Murdoch Ave. (Macklind Ave.), St Louis, MO 63109
Coffee is joined by highly reviewed bistro fare, and the brunch at Russell’s on Macklind is not to be missed. Everything is made by a professional chef, including dessert.
Address: 443 E. Main St. (between N. Church Ave. and N. Rouse Ave.), Bozeman, MT 59715
The Western Cafe is lovingly referred to by its customers as the “last best cafe,” and they may be right. Combined with its memorable coffee, the cafe has large, American-style breakfasts, huge sticky buns, and small-town nostalgia.
Address: 800 P St. (between 8th & P St), Lincoln, NE 68508
The Mill Coffee & Tea has a special place in its patrons’ heart with its live music, great coffee, and outdoor patio. For those who get the chance to visit, try their chai latte, amaretto flavored coffee, and iced toddy—cold-brew coffee with milk or cream.
Address: 2840 E. Tropicana Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89121
With completely customizable drinks made with high-quality beans, Dutch Bros. Coffee satisfies their customers at every turn. Their service is renowned, and items like the Golden Eagle Latte, Annihilator, and The Toaster are fan favorites.
Address: 155 Water St., Exeter, NH 03833
D Squared Java excels in everything coffee-related, and rarely disappoints. Their latte art is outstanding, their pour-overs are highly reviewed, and their cold brew is available on tap.
Address: 2005 State Route 35 (West Park Ave.), Oakhurst, NJ 07755
Needing a coffee while visiting the Garden State? Rook Coffee is described as genuine, solid, and authentic by its customers, and their baristas are loved as much as the brew. Try their New Orleans iced coffee, as it’s often considered one of their best offerings.
Address: 2260 S. Locust St., Las Cruces, NM 88001
This New Mexico coffee shop is a great place to hang out, sample amazing brews, or complete some work while surrounded by delicious aromas. The shop serves up Earl Grey lattes, has free wifi, and even their own gift shop.
Address: 163 W. 10th St. (between 7th Ave. S. & Waverly Pl.), New York, NY 10014
Té Company is a speciality shop that sources all of its tea from Taiwan while offering its patrons a cozy, intimate place to catch up or read a book. Their menu is ever changing, and their pastries and playlists have fans of their own.
Address: 259 S. Stratford Rd., Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts has become a household name, so it’s no surprise that they rank as one of the most popular coffee shops in North Carolina. This location in particular is one of their oldest-standing locations, and they continue to serve up the good stuff: fresh donuts, coffee, and frozen hot chocolate.
Address: Roberts St., Fargo, ND 58102
In North Dakota’s 20BelowCoffee, visitors can find friendly service, both outdoor and indoor seating, and a daily lunch hour in which people can bring in their own food. They are known for their excellent coffee that comes in several forms; menu favorites include the non-dairy espresso milkshake, the London Smog, iced mocha, and cold press coffee.
Address: 268 N. Main St., Centerville, OH 45459
Open since 1963, Bill’s Donut Shop’s unassuming storefront doesn’t stop its patrons from lining up out front to get their hands on a coffee and a dozen—the old-fashioned sour-cream filled donut is a customer favorite.
Address: 815 N. Hudson Ave. (at 8th), Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Elemental Coffee Roasters roasts its beans daily to ensure that every cup and espresso shot brewed is consistent with the coffee shop and roastery’s high standards. Local pastries join the brews every morning, and customers can dine and sip in what some describe as a cool, hip, and trendy atmosphere.
Address: 4759 NE Fremont St. (at NE 48th Ave.), Portland, OR 97213
The smaller size of Portland’s most popular donut shop’s treats ensures that customers can have multiple treats at once. The unique size of the donuts is a hit with people, as are all of the different flavors. Try their chai, cinnamon and sugar, and Nutella varieties.
Address: 207 S. Sydenham St. (between Walnut and Locust), Philadelphia, PA 19102
For those looking for something special in the Philadelphia area, try out Elixr Coffee Roaster’s Chemex pour-overs, Kyoto drip and chai lattes, and fresh and fruity espresso. The shop comes complete with its own roastery, and a cool and hip interior.
Address: 49 Beach St., Westerly, RI 02891
The limits for new and untried yummy drinks at Junque N’ Java are endless. Feeling adventurous? Try their mushroom soothing tea or grapefruit gelato milkshake. In need of coffee? The Snickers Iced Latte and Trip to Paris with vanilla and steamed milk are both raved about by reviewers.
Address: 205 Cedar Lane Rd., Greenville, SC 29611
South Carolina’s best coffee cafe can be found inside a grocery store, which carries high-end speciality items next to fresh baked bread and pastries. A local cycling path runs right by the shop; bikers stop by daily to grab a quick bite to eat and something to drink on their regular ride.
Address: 2318 S. Louise Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57106
Coffea Roasterie’s baristas will roast beans in front of patrons before preparing their drink, carrying on a genuine conversation while completing the order. Their caramel lattes, pour-overs, and milk chocolate mochas are customer favorites, and the welcoming vibes only add to the shop’s appeal.
Address:2813 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37203
Three Brothers Coffee providers their patrons with plenty of seating and reliable wifi, in addition to premium roasted beans and excellent brews. The chai lattes, Revelator aeropress coffee, and Bongo Java on drip are only some of the offerings on their menu.
Address: 1035 E. 11th St., Houston, TX 77009
A 2nd Cup operates as a nonprofit that uses its proceeds to fight human trafficking in Houston, and gives its customers plenty of drink options in the process. Filled with distinct choices, A 2nd Cup pleases with its Mochanut: a combination of coconut, chocolate, and their superbly brewed espresso.
Address: 502 E. 3rd Ave. (at N. G St.), Salt Lake City, UT 84103
Publik Coffee Roasters brews fresh, strong coffee with clear notes in a welcoming, neighborhood-shop-on-the-corner ambiance. Avocado toast is another speciality of the shop and a patron pick.
Address: 237 North Ave. (Berry St.), Burlington, VT 05401
Complete with ice cream and donuts, this coffee shop serves complex-yet-smooth coffee via experienced and upbeat baristas. If coffee isn’t one's drink of choice, try their Stone Leaf tea.
Address: 1931 Huguenot Rd., North Chesterfield, VA 23235
For those in need of something outside the box, be sure to check out Sugar Shack Donuts’ chicken donut, which is glazed with maple and topped with chicken. The chai tea lattes are also a big hit, as is the half-price brewed coffee.
Address: 1060 E. Union St. (11th Ave.), Seattle, WA 98122
The custard, jams, and jellies that fill General Porpoise Coffee & Doughnuts’ pastries change on a daily basis, so be sure to stop in often to peruse the selection at this popular joint. Customers love the brown sugar latte, and swear the donuts are the best they’ve ever had.
Address: 1466 Ritter Dr., Daniels, WV 25832
The Dish Cafe is a hit with the locals—many allege that the establishment is the best in southern West Virginia. The mood, service, and food are definitely worth a stop.
Address: 607 4th St., Algoma, WI 54201
This is a popular stop in Algoma for both visitors and locals alike. With a full lunch and dinner menu as well as a comprehensive drink menu, Caffe Tlazo brings much to the table. Their Tlazo Tonic smoothie, Almond Delight Mocha, and Grasshopper Frappe are favorites.
Address: 125 N. Cache St. (W. Deloney), Jackson, WY 83001
Coffee shares the spotlight with breakfast sandwiches and bagels in this shop, and the locals rave about the fresh clarity that’s found in every cup of brew. The chai latte and tea, as well as the espresso, are also counted among the shop’s best offerings.