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, Mid-City 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 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 desserts 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.
Located right across from the Fairgrounds where Jazz Fest is held, Park Island Brew offers an assortment of delicious drinks in a quaint setting. Espresso, coffee, frappuccinos, shakes, tea and mulled apple cider provide a variety of choices. Be sure to check their Instagram for an ever-changing menu of seasonal concoctions.
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.
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 Coffee House 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.
Petite Rouge is a mobile espresso and tea bar known for their signature red van, but they also have a brick-and-mortar location in Uptown New Orleans. They use locally-sourced products to make their drinks, including French Truck Coffee Roaster, Mauthe Farm’s Progress Milk Dairy and Three Brothers Farm Raw Sugar. They also have donuts and pastries from Blue Dot Donuts, so it’s a win-win. Be sure to try their Jet Fuel, which has maple syrup, cold brew, espresso and a dash of milk.
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 woman-owned 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 picturesque Crescent Park.
This bookstore and coffee shop is named in honor of the author and Civil Rights activist James Baldwin. In addition to traditional espresso drinks, they offer several specialty coffees inspired by Baldwin’s work. “If Beale Street Could Talk” contains espresso, oat milk, chocolate, brown sugar, cinnamon syrup and cayenne. “Notes of a Native Son” is made of espresso, oat milk and Garam Masala syrup. The spacious adjacent courtyard offers plenty of opportunity for outside drinking and reading.
We’d be remiss not to mention Café du Monde, the French Market Coffee Stand dating back to 1862. Stop by for their signature dark roasted chicory coffee anyway you’d like it—hot, iced, frozen or in their famous café au lait style. We can’t forget an order of beignets to go with your coffee—find Café du Monde at their headquarter French Quarter location and in New Orleans City Park.