In a city known for its culinary history, it’s unsurprising that there’s a thriving coffee culture here as well. Coffee has been imported to the Port of New Orleans for centuries, and today, you can taste all sorts of local varieties, including the famous chicory blend. We’ve rounded up a list of local coffee shops by neighborhood, so you can kick start your day in NOLA like a local.
French Truck Coffee has quickly expanded to a few locations across New Orleans for good reason. The iconic Uptown spot, which you’ll recognize by its bright yellow facade, is located in an adorable home on Dryades Street. Grab a coffee (you’ll be able to choose from a variety of freshly roasted blends) and sip it on a rocking chair on the porch of the shop. Each French Truck location has snacks and plenty of local character - visit the aforementioned Uptown location, or venture to the Lower Garden District, French Quarter, or Downtown to try it, too.
Lower Garden District
If you’re heading out for a day of exploring the Lower Garden District, make sure to stop by HiVolt for a pour over coffee and a filling breakfast bowl to get you going. They also have an impressive selection of vegan treats, as well as teas, sandwiches, salad, smoothies and more.
Breakfast, brunch, and pastries are all made from scratch at this bakery and coffee shop. Megan Forman, the co-owner and Executive Pastry Chef at Gracious, was previously Bayona’s pastry chef before opening up this shop. Head to Gracious for fresh coffee accompanied by some of the best pastries and breads you’ll find in the Crescent City. You can find locations on Prytania Street, St. Charles Avenue (right along the streetcar route), and in Mid-City.
If you’re staying in Mid-City or just exploring the area, look no further than The Station for the perfect nearby coffee shop. The quaint building takes New Orleans architecture and puts a modern twist on it, and has plenty of spacious tables to sit and enjoy a coffee or get some work done. Breakfast foods, sweets, and savory snacks abound, along with French press coffee and other delicious blends.
Downtown/Central Business District
Stumptown Coffee Roasters is located in the Ace Hotel, and is one of the trendiest spots to stop for your morning caffeine fix. Here you’ll find a chic environment with dark wooden accents and brown leather couches to lounge on while sipping your coffee and reading the paper. You’ll also be able to pick up pastries and treats here, plus, you can explore the rotating art exhibits that the Ace Hotel creates within the Stumptown/Ace space.
Spitfire Coffee was one of the first specialty coffee shops to open in New Orleans in 2013, and the quality of its coffee has only improved over the years. Spitfire carries incredible coffees from across the country, and currently serves espresso, cold brew, and V-60 pour-overs. The shop also offers delicious latté flavors, such as their “Las Tres Flores,” a latté with lavender milk, orange blossom syrup, and rose petals.
Tremé Coffeehouse is a lovely, family-owned coffee shop in one of the most historic neighborhoods in the U.S. Here you can enjoy local coffee from Orleans Coffee Exchange along with light bites in a relaxing atmosphere perfect for conversation and relaxation. You’ll know you’ve arrived at Tremé Coffee House when you see the charming reddish orange building with bright blue shutters.
Espressos, cold brews, and drip coffees are readily available at this Marigny coffee house, but Orange Couch is a local favorite because of its frozen treat offerings. Ice pops, mochi, and gelato are all sourced from other New Orleans shops. Grab a seat on the iconic orange couch inside, or under an umbrella at an outdoor table to enjoy the Marigny’s scenery.
Coffee, cake, breakfast, lunch - this coffee shop can satisfy any food craving and has amazing coffee to accompany it. The female-run business is housed in a bright red house on Dauphine Street, right in the heart of the Bywater. It’s a perfect spot to meet someone for a cup of joe and breakfast pastry, or just to grab a coffee to-go and stroll towards the picturesque Crescent Park.