Some like it hot… some like it roasted in-house and made through an artisanal Chemex, poured over a bed of the freshest arabica bean to absolute perfection. Whether you’re more of a Dunkin’ Donuts loyalist or a Stumptown snob at heart, there’s something on this list for all of Baltimore’s coffee lovers.
We couldn't settle on one BEST cup of coffee... but with all of these top-notch coffee shops in the Baltimore area, you can't go wrong!
Photos courtesy of the 3 Bean Coffee Facebook page
3 Bean Coffee
3 Bean Coffee sits just across from the Science Center in Federal Hill—boasting gorgeous views of the Baltimore skyline—and serves high-quality Counter Culture coffee in every format imaginable.
TIP: It can be tricky to drive and park around 3 Bean, so consider making a visit on foot.
Located at 209 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD 21230
Canela is a beloved Fells Point cafe, perfect for grabbing lunch with a friend or holing up to work. They shave real chocolate into their mochas, put fresh fruit in the ice-cold water, and serve delectable pastries from Patisserie Poupon.
TIP: Canela offers free, reliable WiFi!
Located at 1801 E Lombard St, Baltimore, MD 21231
Water for Chocolate
Water for Chocolate specializes in dependably-delicious, creative comfort food. Open daily in Fells Point except for Tuesdays, you can expect cooked-to-perfection jalepeno cornbread, pulled pork sandwiches with just the right amount of kick, and a delectable sweet potato bread pudding.
TIP: This is a very small, very popular local spot. Consider building wait time into your itinerary.
Located at 1841 E Lombard St, Baltimore, MD 21231
If you’re looking for a quaint local spot to get some work done in Fells Point, look no further than Daily Grind. They roast their own beans and have dozens of blends available for purchase.
TIP: If you’re looking for joe to-go, visit their outside window kiosk!
Located at 1720 Thames St, Baltimore, MD 21231
Serving seasonally-sourced, single-origin, blended, and espresso beans in Mount Vernon, Ceremony Coffee has staked its claim as one of the city’s best gourmet coffee joints. Try a pour-over, chemex, or even nitro cold brew straight from the keg!
TIP: Outlets are limited, so bring your computer fully-charged.
Located at 520 Park Ave, Baltimore, MD 21201
Photos courtesy of the Artifact Coffee Facebook page
Artifact Coffee offers an array of Counter Culture coffee blends and a smorgasbord of Kilogram loose leaf tea. With a menu chock-full of breakfast-y favorites, this Hampden mainstay could be your next favorite brunch spot, too!
TIP: Their service operates more like a restaurant than a casual coffee shop—if you want to sit and stay, you’ll have a server who expects a tip.
Located at 1500 Union Ave, Suite 114, Baltimore, MD 21211
Koba Cafe in Riverside is quiet enough to get some work done but full of friendly, attentive staff. Their lunch fare is made from fresh ingredients and includes several healthy options, like a ginger lime chicken salad wrap and chicken caprese sandwich.
TIP: There are plenty of outlets in the cozy lounge upstairs, if your computer is low on juice.
Located at 644 E Fort Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230
Tucked away in a university building in downtown Towson, Cunninghams is worth adding to your happy hour rotation. From 5-7pm you can choose from a rotating menu of favorites, including farm-to-table mainstays and consistently fresh, delicious fare.
TIP: Weather permitting, opt outside! Their huge balcony includes sofas, loveseats, and comfy chairs.
Located at 1 Olympic Place, Towson, MD 21204