5 Super Eclectic Coffee Shops to Visit in WNY

City Guide, Coffee / Tea, Food & Drink, Food & Drink Guides


Written by Step Out Staff

Published on October 11, 2022
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Whether it’s your morning reward for getting out of bed or the fuel for your all-nighter, it’s safe to say coffee is an essential part of the day for people worldwide. However, this “caffeinated elixir of life” is too often served through a drive-through window somewhere in the monotony of your daily routine.

Those looking for a unique atmosphere while enjoying a cup of joe will be glad to know that Buffalo is home to several eclectic coffee shops staffed by skilled baristas. No matter where you are in the city, these places can provide the perfect ambiance as you relish in your daily cup of liquid joy!

1. Public Espresso on Seneca Street

2178 Seneca Street Buffalo, NY 14210 / More Info

Located in the heart of South Buffalo on the re-emerging Seneca Street business corridor, Public Espresso offers delicious coffee, brunch, and doughnuts. Devoted to serving quality products made with fresh, house roasted coffee beans, Public Espresso provides one of the most genuine coffee experiences in the city. The atmosphere of this place is surreal; the vivid colors coupled with the captivating floor design makes for the perfect eclectic feel that you must experience for yourself!


2. Taste Bistro

634 Main Street East Aurora, NY 14052 / More Info

As you weave in and out of the Main Street shops within the lovely village of East Aurora, fuel is a necessity. You’ll know you found Taste by that cute coffee cup decorating the outside of this cozy cafe. What lies within is even better! As you are greeted by the invigorating scent of fresh java you will notice the spacious atmosphere. The beautifully wooded interior makes the perfect vibe as you savor every sip. The ET mocha is a secret recipe that combines cream, chocolate, and java, all into one sip that’s to die for. You don’t want to wait any longer to experience Taste for yourself!

3. Five Points Bakery

44 Brayton Street Buffalo, NY 14213 / More Info

If you’re in need of a quiet place to chill, a killer toast menu (always), or somewhere to catch an eclectic vibe while enjoying freshly brewed coffee, then Five Points Bakery is your destination! This place is has gentle lighting enclosed by fine bricks with grey flooring that catches the eye. The wooded atmosphere creates the perfect ambiance to enjoy your cup of joe in the best way possible.


4. Dog Ears Bookstore & Cafe

688 Abbott Road Buffalo, NY 14220 / More Info

Dog Ears is the go-to spot for anyone in the Buffalo community seeking a great lunch-time coffee shop. Aside from it’s delicious food and coffee drinks, Dog Ears is also home to a bookstore with an abundance of contemporary literature to read while you enjoy your delicious drink. This authentic experience has a welcoming hometown feel that has won the hearts of coffee drinkers across the 716. Plus, the interior has a super comfortable eclectic vibe that will have you coming back for more.

5. Undergrounds Coffee

580 South Park Avenue Buffalo, NY 14210 / More Info

What was once a funeral home stands proudly on the corner of South Park as one of Buffalo’s finest coffee shops. Freshly roasted java is procured every morning; warming up your insides as you soak in the authentic feel of Undergrounds. One wall features an exquisite skeleton mural, while menu items pay homage to notable figures in Buffalo’s history who have passed away. You don’t want to wait any longer to experience this place for yourself- their coffee is to die for!

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This post was originally published in 2021 and has been updated.

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