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 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 your coffee fix.
Five Points Bakery
44 Brayton St in Buffalo // fivepointsbakery.com
Hours: Monday-Wednesday and Friday 7am-3pm, Thursday 7am-6pm, and Saturday-Sunday 9am-3pm
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 ($2) and have some seriously wonderful breakfast options. You really can’t go wrong with any of their breads or sweets, but I highly recommend the Apple Cider bread served with triple cream brie ($6.75).
128 Fargo Ave in Buffalo // tipicocoffee.com
Hours: Monday-Friday 6am-9pm, Saturday 7am-9pm, and Sunday 7am-8pm
The clean, modern atmosphere at Tipicomakes it the perfect coffee shop to check out if you’re looking to clear your mind. While you’re there, don’t miss the largest Kachelofen (heating system) in North America. Bring a book to cozy up with while you sip on a beautifully designed latte ($3.25-$4.25) and sink your teeth into some ricotta and jam toast ($3).
Undergrounds Coffee House and Roastery
580 South Park Ave in Buffalo // undergroundscoffeebuffalo.com
Hours: Monday-Friday 6am-5pm and Saturday-Sunday 7am-5pm
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.. Sip on one of their flavored lattes ($2.95-$4.45) like the brown sugar cinnamon latte (in a mug with a dead person’s face on it) and nosh on The Rick James B**** sandwich ($11) which is a rye club stuffed with turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato, swiss, crumbled, chips, housemade spicy honey coleslaw and 1,000 island dressing. The shop is cute and always lively.
Public Espresso + Coffee at the Hotel @ The Lafayette
391 Washington St in Buffalo // publicespresso.com
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30am-4pm and Saturday-Sunday 8am-4pm
If comfy seating and hand poured coffee is what you’re looking for, head to Public Espresso inside The Lafayette. We highly recommend their lavender latte ($4.50) and the Butter Block handmade pop-tarts are to die for if you can snag one. They also have a rotating array of other baked goods like oreos, chocolate croissants, or bagels, and cookies.
765 Elmwood Ave in Buffalo // spotcoffee.com/locations
Hours: Monday-Thursday 6am-11pm, Friday 6am-12am, Saturday 7am-12am, Sunday 7am-11pm
One of the things we love about Spot is that they design each location to reflect the surrounding area . In addition to regular coffee, you’ll find a variety of caffeine options including espresso drinks, iced coffee, and Organic Fair Trade Tea. On the food menu they have pizzas, sandwiches, salads, and baked goods. Try their Cinco Shake ($4.25-$5.45) made with espresso, white chocolate, caramel, and vanilla and topped with whipped cream.
100 Acres: The Kitchens at Hotel Henry
444 Forest Ave in Buffalo // 100acresbflo.com
Hours: Monday-Saturday 7am-10:30am and Sunday 11am-3pm
When it comes to 100 Acres, the view and ambiance are reasonto visit alone! Many people know that the resident restaurant at Hotel Henry serves dinner by night, but did you know come morning they open as a full-service coffee shop?t frittata ($5), breakfast sandwiche ($7), coffee cake ($4), and more! Plus, wash your breakfast down with a cold brew ($2.80) to start your day right.!
448 Elmwood Ave in Buffalo // perksbuffalo.com
Hours: Monday-Friday 7am-7pm and Saturday-Sunday 8am-5pm
It’s unusual menu items like the Turkey and Brie Monte Cristo ($9.25) made with two slices of French toast, cranberry jam, brie, sliced turkey & arugula that keep people going back to Perks again and again.. Try their variety of hot and cold rose and lavender drinks and don’t miss their …wait for it.. Butterbeer Latte ($3.75-$4.75) made with espresso, steamed milk, caramel, hazelnut, and toffee. Harry Potter fans, rejoice!
Sweet_ness 7 Cafe
220 Grant St in Buffalo // sweetness7.com
Hours: Monday-Friday 7am-6pm, and Saturday-Sunday 8am-6pm
You may have heard how good their coffee is, but did you know Sweet_ness 7 regularly kills it in the food department too? You might even think of this more as a full-on brunch spot vs. a coffee shop.. While you’re in, grab a Mexican Coffee made with chocolate, cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg, and their house coffee ($4.50) to sip on as you peruse the food menu. We suggest Megan Mcleod’s Stacks made with two eggs on top of their spicy, cheesy grits, local pork sausage, and fresh tomato served with toasted bread ($9). You cannot leave this place without getting something to eat. There we said it.
Buffalo Coffee Roastery in the Main Place Mall
350 Main St in Buffalo // buffalocoffeeroastery.com
Hours: Monday-Friday 7am-5pm
realize there’s still stuff going on inside the Main Place Mall?Buffalo Coffee Roastery serves delicious, and inexpensive, coffee ($1.79-$2.50). Try their tasty Maple Spice Latte ($3.48-$4.40) to change things up a bit!
23 Allen St in Buffalo
Hours: Monday-Friday 7am-6pm, Saturday 8am-5pm, and Sunday 9am-3pm
This rustically decorated shop on Allen is filled with natural light and calming vibes, making it a great place to relax. I We suggest trying a cold brew ($2.75-$3.50) paired with a gooey grilled cheese sandwich ($4.75) served on your choice of Sicilian or sourdough bread with tomatoes, colby, pepper jack, and sharp cheddar cheese. Is there anything better than a really good grilled cheese? Nope.The answer is nope.
Buffalo Rome Cafe
388 Porter Ave in Buffalo
Hours: Monday-Friday 7am-3pm and Saturday-Sunday 9am-5pm
Buffalo Rome Café is what every neighborhood needs. It’s tucked away on Porter Ave serving up a fantastic cappuccino and homemade croissants (both $3 each). If you’re looking for more of a meal, their menu isn’t huge, but houses some truly delicious items. The French scramble with asparagus and brie cheese on baguette bread ($5) is a small price to pay for a lot of flavor.
Dog Ears Bookstore & Cafe
688 Abbott Rd in South Buffalo // dogearsbookstore.org
Hours: Monday-Friday 6:30am-8pm, Saturday 8am-8pm, and Sunday 9am-3pm
Skim through the books while sipping on an iced latte ($2.75-$3.75) 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 ($6) or enjoy something light like a chef salad with mixed greens and veggies ($6). 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 ($7). Ummmm, yes please!
Daily Planet Coffee
1862 Hertel Ave in Buffalo // dailyplanetcoffee.com
Hours: Monday 7am-8pm, Tuesday-Thursday 7am-9pm, Friday-Saturday 7am-10pm, Sunday 8am-8pm
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 ($6.44) or a rosemary blueberry scone ($2.99) while you listen to the live music featured every Sunday. For energy, we highly recommend the Brazilian Cortado ($2.99). It resembles a macchiato, with a little chocolate, more foam, and a dash of cayenne.
160 Allen St in Buffalo
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 8am-8pm
right walls with vintage signage and mismatched tables, chairs, and mugs make you feel like you’re enjoying a cup of coffee at a vintage flea market. Enjoy a pour over coffee ($3-$4) and chocolate mousse with berries ($5)! Did we mention everything in here is vegan? Cuz it is.
100 Elmwood Ave in Buffalo
Hours: Monday-Friday 7am-8pm,Saturday-Sunday 8am-5pm
Sometimes, you just need a go-to coffee shop where you’re in and out with a delicious (and cheap) coffee in your hand. Don’t get us wrong, we can a hand poured cup or a fancy schmancy latte, but paying $5 on a daily basis really breaks the bank. Grab a delicious take away coffee from Cafe Taza that costs only $2 for a large!
957 Elmwood Ave in Buffalo // thearomagroup.com
Hours: Monday-Saturday 6:30am-12am and Sunday 8am-12am
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 ($1.79-$2.25), 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 cheese plate made with a selection of cheeses from Nickel City Cheese & Mercantile ($7-$14). They even have cocktails made with coffee for just $6. #bestofbothworlds
Grateful Grind Coffee
3225 Main St in Buffalo // gratefulgrind.com
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 8am-8pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, and Sunday 9am-4pm
The Grateful Grind has the usual café items as well a great selection of smoothies to choose from for only $5.95 with add-ons available for just $1 per item. They also have some odd coffee shop items like tacos ($5-$6), which are actually really good. They even have a light pink latte made with beetroot, so that’s cool.
51 Canal St, Lockport, NY 14094 // facebook
Hours: Thursday-Friday 7am-9pm, Saturday-Sunday 8am-9pm, Monday-Tuesday 7am-9pm, Closed Wednesday
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. Pro Tip: the latte art is on POINT and they have the Instagrams to prove it.
Orange Cat Coffee Co.
703 Center St in Lewiston // facebook
Hours: Monday-Friday 6am-6pm, Saturday 8am-6pm, and Sunday 8am-3pm
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 (just under $2) or one of their specialty drinks, then do a bit of shopping before you head out!
Mimi’s Central Perk in Lancaster
24 Central Ave in Lancaster
Hours: Monday-Friday 7am-5pm and Saturday 9am-3pm
If you’re looking for a quiet place to relax, Mimi’s Central Perk if a great place to order an iced coffee ($1.75) and a protein packed tuna salad sandwich on a croissant ($3.50). The Village of Lancaster is often overlooked and it shouldn’t be. There. We said it. After getting some of your energy back at Central Perk, check out some of the local shops and food markets in the area!
Clarence Center Coffee Co. & Cafe
9475 Clarence Center Rd in Clarence // clarencecentercoffee.com
Hours: Monday 7am-6pm, Tuesday 7am-11pm, Wednesday and Thursday 7am-8pm, Friday 7am-10pm, Saturday 8am-10pm, and Sunday 8am-10am
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. Try The Flossy ($8.29) made with grilled portabella mushrooms, roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, zucchini, red onions, tomatoes & fresh basil with pesto and fresh mozzarella & greens to go with your cup a joe!
4500 N French Rd in East Amherst // dessertcafe.com
Hours: Monday-Thursday 2pm-10pm, Friday 2pm-11pm, Saturday 12pm-11pm, and Sunday 12pm-10pm
The name of this place speaks for itself. There’s an entire menu full of hand crafted, tricked out French dessert crêpes ($12) and Belgian waffles ($13), plus cakes, brownies, cookies, and ice cream! Basically, if you have a sweet tooth, you’ll be in heaven here. What pairs great with desserts? You guessed it – coffee!
Elm Street Bakery
72 Elm St in East Aurora // elmstreetbakery.com
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 7am-9pm, Saturday 8am-9pm, and Sunday 9am-2pm
Seasonal American cuisine is served all day in this airy, rustic-chic cafe/bakery with a brick oven.
This hidden gem (not so much in the Southtowns anymore) in East Aurora roasts their own coffee, and it’s one of the best cups you’ll taste in the WNY area ($1.95-$2.65)! If you’re there for breakfast, we suggest a French pastry ($3-$3.95) or the bacon cheddar scones ($3.25-$3.50). For lunch, they have a great chilled Cucumber Gazpacho soup ($5.25 for a cup and $6.50 for a bowl) and an Egg Salad Sandwich ($6.50 for a half and $10.50 for a whole) made with local eggs, celery, onion, capers, herbs, mayo, dijon, and vinegar served on a seeded sourdough.
634 Main St #3 in East Aurora // tasteofea.com
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7am-10pm, Friday 7am-11pm, Saturday 8am-11pm, and Sunday 8am-8pm
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. Grab a Vidler on the Roof sandwich ($10.95) with roasted red peppers, onions, spinach, asiago and feta cheese, and drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette to go with the ET mocha (stands for Exquisite Taste aka their old name – who knew!). The ET mocha ($3.80-$4.50) 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 ($4-$4.75), the ET mocha with a shot of espresso.
The Grange Community Kitchen
22 Main Street, Hamburg, NY 14075 // grangecommunitykitchen.com
Hours: Tuesday – Thursday 7:30 am – 2:30 pm, 4:30 – 9 pm, Friday – Saturday 7:30 am – 2:30 pm, 4:30 – 10 pm, Closed Sunday & Monday
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. Get a hot ($2.50) or cold ($3.50) brew, Cafe Au Lait ($3.25), a Vanilla Steamer ($3.50), a french press ($5 – $7.50), or pour over ($3). 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.
Comfort Zone Cafe
17 Main St, Hamburg, NY 14075 // comfortzonecafe.com
Hours: Monday – Thursday: 8am – 10pm, Friday & Saturday: 8am: – 11pm, Sunday: 9am – 9pm
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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