Coffee first arrived in New York City in the 1600s, but sky-high rents kept most roasteries from moving to Manhattan until recently. Now, the city has a plethora of cafes to choose from, but some stand out above the rest. We’ve rounded up the best (and most photogenic) of them all to help you find the perfect spot to sip your morning cup.
A Brooklyn staple with locations all over town, Blue Bottle is the best of the bunch. This Williamsburg shop’s shady window seats make for prime stylish people watching, and the avocado toast and granola bowls are equally as good as the coffee.
This Upper East Side cafe is clad in opulence, and it’s not hard to see why both locals and tourists flock here to drink their fill of La Colombe’s signature draft lattes and indulge in its classic pastries. Be sure to try the Nutella bomobloni—it’s like a puff pastry with an airy donut center filled with chocolate goodness.
This cozy and quiet shop is the front for a design studio—the owners double as baristas and have created a space that’s both sleek and thoughtfully laid-back. They use local roasters, and their Vegemite-and-cheese toastie is a boon for homesick Aussies. best coffeeshops