Who doesn’t love a great coffee shop? Coffee shops are ideal for connecting with friends, going on dates, people watching and getting work done. After working remotely for almost 2 years, I have discovered some of the best coffee shops in Cleveland. Since I’m a westsider, I realize that I’m definitely biased toward anything west of downtown CLE. (Eastside, perhaps I’ll be brave and venture out to some of your java joints sometime this year.) Since a majority of my job is working via my computer, I need two main things when deciding which coffee shops to frequent:
- a strong internet connection
- access to an outlet
While I also take into consideration the ambiance (coziness level, music most often played, etc.) and of course the tastiness of the coffee, the driving forces of my below opinions are reflective of the above two needs. If you’re a freelancer, remote worker, looking for a good location for your first date or visiting CLE and in need of a good cuppa joe, look no further! Check out the below seven best coffee shops in Cleveland!
Seven of the Best Coffee Shops In Cleveland
- Black Bird Baking Company (Lakewood): Nestled on the corner of Sloane and Detroit is my favorite coffee shop to visit. Black Bird Baking Company has delicious hot (& cold) beverages, the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever tasted, and a quaint indoor seating area (plus picnic benches outside for the warmer months). Their internet connection is strong, plus there are just enough outlets to keep a nice mixture of folks working, people chatting and kids playing. Order the Bittersweet Mocha! (P.S. If you come after 5 PM, every bakery item is half off!)
- The Root Cafe (Lakewood): Looking for delicious vegan or vegetarian food and/or baked goods? Check out the Root Cafe located on Detroit Avenue in downtown Lakewood, OH. One thing I love to do at this coffee shop is people watch and drink their Mexican hot cocoa. While I dislike having to (usually) pay for street parking, the laid back vibe and house-made syrups make up for it!
- Phoenix Coffee (Ohio City location): While Phoenix Coffee has many Cleveland area locations, the Ohio City shop is my favorite! Their artwork is bright and beautiful, they have the cutest plant-studded patio, and they allow dogs to come in their shop. Any place that is friendly to dogs is at the top of my list. (Since the # of outlets is rather low, I would recommend this coffee joint for your non-computer related tasks.)
- Erie Island Coffee Company (Rocky River location): Erie Island has a fireplace in the middle of their shop, so that automatically ups their cozy factor by 50%. While I haven’t had the best luck with their internet connection, this coffee shop is large enough to hold a group. I would suggest this location for a client meeting and have seen many first dates take place here (or at least they seem like first dates!).
- Starbucks (Rocky River location): The Rocky River location of Starbucks is perfect for getting work done! Whenever I decide to head here, I am always reminded of the fact that the number of remote workers is greatly increasing. Any given time I’ve gotten a hankering for a Cinnamon Dolce Latte, I end up thinking to myself, “How many people here are also remote workers?” It seems like everyone and their mother are set up on their laptops typing away…except for that one guy chatting away on his phone. (Side note: I get very perturbed when people talk on their cell phones in coffee shops.)
- Civilization (Tremont): Come to this java joint for cheap but delicious pastries…and of course good coffee! Located in a historic building, the charm of this shop will make you want to sip on tea and read your favorite book all day long. Come to this coffee shop to catch up with your best friend.
- Rising Star (Hingetown location): Looking for a great pour-over brew? Head to Rising Star! Drinking coffee here is what I like to call a “drinking experience”…kind of like how the Melting Pot calls their restaurant a “dining experience”. I say this because you can really tell that they put a lot of thought into where their coffee beans come from and pour-over coffees take a bit of time to make. They usually serve the finished product on a tray with creamer bowl on the side. It feels fancy and I love it.
I hope this list helps you the next time you’re in need of a caffeine fix!
Question for you: What’s your favorite coffee shop (even if it’s not in the Cleveland area)?