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Where to Grab Coffee in Buffalo & WNY

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

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Written by Jessica Kelly

Published on July 7, 2021
Photo x @steamworksofficial on Instagram

We all know about the popular spots to grab a solid cup of joe, but you might be surprised to learn about a few of these spots and all the good stuff (and vibes) they have to offer! Check out this list of coffee shops in the area next time you’re in need of a coffee fix.

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Five Points Bakery

44 Brayton St in Buffalo  //  More Info

Five Points is the kind of place you definitely want to have in your back pocket in case you’re in need of a quiet place to chill, a killer toast menu (always), or somewhere impressive to bring out-of-town friend that will leave them wanting to move to Buffalo. They serve a tasty cup of coffee and have some seriously wonderful breakfast options. You really can’t go wrong with any of their breads or sweets!

Undergrounds Coffee House and Roastery

580 South Park Ave in Buffalo  //  More Info

This coffee shop is rocking a killer funeral-esque theme. Why, you ask? The space used to be a funeral home. Duh. One wall features a mural of skeleton musicians and menu items are named after famous dead people in Buffalo’s history.. The shop is cute and always lively!

Public Espresso + Coffee @ Hotel Lafayette

The Hotel Lafayette – 391 Washington St in Buffalo  // More Info

If comfy seating and hand poured coffee is what you’re looking for, head to Public Espresso inside The Lafayette. We highly recommend their latte, delicious rotating array of baked goods and any breakfast sandwich on the menu. Having lead the way in new-school coffee shops around town, these guys are pros and that’s all there is to it.

Public Espresso – Shea’s Seneca

Shea’s Seneca – 2178 Seneca Street, ​Buffalo // 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.

Khari’s Cafe

128 Fargo Ave in Buffalo // More Info

The name Khari comes from the owners, meaning “Queenly” or “Born to Rule”. This local modern cafe is a centerpiece of the West Side rejuvenation taking place in Buffalo. It’s African American ownership exemplifies black excellence in our Great City! Furthermore, Khari’s advocates self-empowerment providing space for yoga and meditation. If you’re looking for tranquility and a reprieve from your busy day look no further than Khari’s!

Wonder Coffeehouse

323 Ganson Street in Buffalo // More Info

Wonder Coffeehouse is a prime destination for good neighbors to congregate. Their welcoming environment provides the perfect atmosphere of relaxation that you are yearning for. Whether it’s their mouth-watering homemade waffles, or piping hot cup of joe, Wonder Coffeehouse is the place to be.

Tipico

1084 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo // More Info

The widely renowned cafe and roastery is nestled into Elmwood Avenue in the City of Buffalo. Vibrant spaces filled with light and the ‘perfect’ coffee describe the ambiance of this hidden gem. The award winning cafe values commitment to it’s team of employees, vendors, the community, and the sourcing of it’s delicious coffee. Stop in today and check out the hype for yourself!

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Dog Ears Bookstore and Cafe / Photo by Erin Weaver

Dog Ears Bookstore & Cafe

688 Abbott Rd in South Buffalo // More Info

Skim through the books while sipping on an iced latte with a flavor shot of Irish cream, peach, or hazelnut at this adorable shop. They have a menu of sandwiches, wraps, all day breakfast, appetizers, salads, and more. Snack on their homemade spinach and artichoke dip served with toasted pita or enjoy something light like a chef salad with mixed greens and veggies. For something not-so-light, try the Beast made with two eggs, roast beef, caramelized onion, grilled Portabella mushrooms, and Swiss cheese on a bun toasted with garlic butter.

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Daily Planet Coffee

1862 Hertel Ave in Buffalo  // More Info

Caffeine addicts and local musicians have created their own little sanctuary at Daily Planet on Hertel Ave.  Expect dishes like the Mediterranean Veggie sandwich with portobello mushrooms, apricot, and onion, in a curry glaze on ciabatta roll or a rosemary blueberry scone while you listen to the live music featured every Sunday. For energy, we highly recommend the Brazilian Cortado.  It resembles a macchiato, with a little chocolate, more foam, and a dash of cayenne.

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Cafe Aroma / Photo by Erin Weaver

Caffe Aroma

957 Elmwood Ave in Buffalo  // More Info

This is the kind of place you can spend hours at working on your side hustle, english lit paper, or reading a good book. They have great coffee, Rosso, or Bianco Sangria (made with blackberry, citrus, clove, and red wine or ginger, peach, citrus, and white wine), and plenty of good stuff to eat. Try the cheese plate made with a selection of cheeses from Nickel City Cheese & Mercantile! They even have cocktails made with coffee. #bestofbothworlds

Remedy House

429 Rhode Island St Buffalo  // More Info

In their own words: Remedy House is an all-day coffee bar in Buffalo’s Five Points neighborhood. They have an awesome patio along two sides of the cafe, offer an extensive, sophisticated coffee menu, and serve light food items as well as hard and soft beverages for every mood. It’s honestly a vibe. They also have a *fantastic* breakfast sandwich.

Steamworks Coffee

51 Canal St, Lockport, NY 14094  // More Info

This Canal Street cafe and roastery roasts their own coffee in small batches, offers baked goods from other local businesses, and features a weekly Morning Music Series every Saturday morning for your listening pleasure. Try a Matcha Latte or a Sponge Candy Hot Chocolate. They also have a bookshelf *stocked* with board games. 

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Orange Cat Coffee Co.

703 Center St in Lewiston  // More Info

Orange Cat literally has a corner market where you can purchase coffee beans and oils! Kick back in their seating area that slightly resembles a living room, and enjoy an espresso or one of their specialty drinks, then do a bit of shopping before you head out!

Overwinter Coffee

Overwinter Coffee distinguishes itself by offering single origins coffee, instead of blended. Their consistently rotating menu changes with the seasons so you’ll always have a unique product to sip on! You’ll find the name, origin, and flavor of your coffee on the menu. What are you waiting for? Try out this authentic coffee shop today!

Clarence Center Coffee Co. & Cafe

9475 Clarence Center Rd in Clarence  // More Info

Clarence Center serves way more than just coffee, including beer and wine specials FTW. Enjoy a free cup with the purchase of any breakfast sandwich or wrap. They have a jam packed menu with breakfast, sandwiches, paninis, salads, wraps, and even gluten free options. 

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Goodrich Coffee and Tea

9450 Main Street, Clarence, NY 14031 // More Info

These guys have an extensive menu full of coffee (they roast their own and are now selling bags in Whole Foods!), tea, paninis and wraps, salads, blended drinks, breakfast, and more. You’ll find espresso drinks here, if that’s what you’re looking for!

Elm Street Bakery

72 Elm St in East Aurora  // More Info

Seasonal American cuisine is served all day in this airy, rustic-chic cafe/bakery with a brick oven. This not-so-hidden gem in East Aurora roasts their own coffee, and it’s one of the best cups you’ll taste in the WNY area! Their bakery case is always stuffed to the brim – don’t sleep on the low-key delicious breakfast sandwiches.

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Taste Bistro

634 Main St #3 in East Aurora  // More Info

When you’re weaving in and out of the Main Street shops, fuel is a necessity.  Look for the cute coffee cup decorating the outside of this cozy café. The ET mocha is a secret recipe that’s super creamy and chocolaty with a little coffee in it.  If you need an extra kick, get the Mudslide, the ET mocha with a shot of espresso.

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The Grange Community Kitchen

22 Main Street, Hamburg, NY 14075  // More Info

Our of our favorite stops for food at breakfast, lunch, or dinner is also a great spot to stop for coffee. This restaurant (quick serve by day, table service by night) offers coffee using beans roasted right here in Buffalo by Public Espresso. While the coffee selection isn’t exactly extensive, they do what they do very well. They also have some team options that we’re willing to be you’ll be into and a variety of pastries made in-house and seasonal breakfast sandwiches that are to die for!

Jam Parkside

301 Parkside Ave Buffalo New York 14214 // More Info

JAM Parkside is a cafe – yes, but not just any cafe. It’s also a benefit corporation cafe, aiming to operate in a way that gives back to the community. According to their website, the unique-concept cafe was launched by Amber Small and Monica Cichon. As advocates for the Parkside neighborhood they brought in Jesse Crouse, owner of Tipico and formed JAM Parkside. Aside from fantastic Tipico coffee you can grab toast and other food from a small eats menu.

Comfort Zone Cafe

17 Main St, Hamburg, NY 14075  // More Info

This small cafe gives off small town coffee shop vibes. They have an extensive menu and an eclectic variety of flavors and types of each item they serve from beverages to food. Grab coffee, tea, sandwiches, etc. The soup is always a good choice here!

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This post was originally published in 2017 and has been updated.

Written by <a href="https://stepoutbuffalo.com/author/jessicakelly/" target="_self">Jessica Kelly</a>

Written by Jessica Kelly

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