PHX Insider: Best Local Coffee Spots

A love of caffeine seems to transcend almost all cultures, and in Phoenix it's no different. There are, of course, Starbucks and other chains to feed your need in a pinch, but it's way more fun to check out a local cafe to get your fix. Withing walking distance of the hostel, we have some great options for latte-lovers.   

Mornin' Moonshine (111 West Monroe Street)

This downtown cafe just opened a few days ago as an off-shoot of the coffee brewed at local brunch joint Vovomeena. The space is small but cozy, located in the lobby of an office building. Since they are so new, the staff loves to chat with patrons about their favorite drinks and snacks to help hone their offerings. All bakery goods are provided by the delicious kitchen of Phoenix Public Market Cafe. But the highlight is the signature cold-brewed Mornin' Moonshine iced coffee -- it's wonderful but strong. A great way to get you energized for a day exploring downtown Phoenix! 

Fair Trade Cafe (1020 North 1st Avenue)

This cafe bistro has two locations downtown, located just down the street from each other. They pride themselves on having organic and fair trade ingredients in just about all their drinks and dishes. They serve a great selection of espresso drinks and teas as well as a variety of lunch options like sandwiches, salads, and hummus plates. The 1st Ave location has big comfy couches and arm chairs perfect for sharing espresso and good conversation with friends, while the Civic Space Park location caters a bit more to ASU students who need lots of table space and strong Wi Fi. Both spots have nice outside patios to enjoy the sunshine on too. 

Grindhouse Coffee at Third Space (1028 Grand Avenue)

Grindhouse is located in a tiny cabin along with the other Shops at Third Space. But not too worry, there is plenty of outdoor seating on the patio both in the shade and sunshine. The staff here are super friendly and love to chat about the local arts' scene on Grand Avenue. The coffee is roasted on site in a neighboring cabin and you can taste that freshness. They also serve up a selection of savory and sweet bakery items. You have to try the vegan chocolate biscotti -- it will totally change your idea of what vegan chocolate can be. Have it with an espresso drink and dip the crumbly cookie in for the best experience. 

Lola's Coffee (1001 North 3rd Avenue)

Lola's is located on the corner of 3rd Ave and Roosevelt Ave, just a bit down the row from the busy alternative art district at Roosevelt Row. It's your classic local meet up spot with a mix of people working on laptops and community members dropping in to chat. With ample seating inside, there's always a space for you. And they even have an outdoor patio out back. Lola's has your standard offering of drinks and cafe snacks. Their scones are superb -- buttery, salty, and sweet all at once. 

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