August 19, 2022

25 Essential Cleveland Coffee Shops

Cleveland is a hot spot for locally brewed and roasted coffee.

Whether iced or hot, guzzled on-the-go or sipped in a comfy armchair, there's no denying coffee fuels Cleveland.

Here's a rundown of essentially locally owned ones worth checking out.
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 Metropolitan
4744 Broadview Rd., Cleveland 
Metropolitan opened in 2018 and in addition to making great coffee, they provide a service of being a completely nut-free coffee shop. They also have tasty pastries and hot food and sell items from local artisans.

Metropolitan

4744 Broadview Rd., Cleveland

Metropolitan opened in 2018 and in addition to making great coffee, they provide a service of being a completely nut-free coffee shop. They also have tasty pastries and hot food and sell items from local artisans.
Goodkind
15526 Madison Ave., Lakewood 
Lakewood has a plethora of awesome coffee options and Goodkind definitely fits the bill. With an inviting atmosphere geared towards comfort and an actual bar to enjoy your coffee at, Goodkind is a great place to meet up with friends or get a day’s work done. Plus, they have an ube latte right now that’s out of this world.
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Goodkind

15526 Madison Ave., Lakewood

Lakewood has a plethora of awesome coffee options and Goodkind definitely fits the bill. With an inviting atmosphere geared towards comfort and an actual bar to enjoy your coffee at, Goodkind is a great place to meet up with friends or get a day’s work done. Plus, they have an ube latte right now that’s out of this world.
 Ready Set Coffee
7306 Detroit Ave., Ste. 101, Cleveland 
This Gordon Square coffee shop opened just last year and has been a strong addition to the near West Side coffee scene. The impeccably designed cafe offers customers a relaxing place to enjoy a nitro cold brew or a seasonal espresso beverage.
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Ready Set Coffee

7306 Detroit Ave., Ste. 101, Cleveland

This Gordon Square coffee shop opened just last year and has been a strong addition to the near West Side coffee scene. The impeccably designed cafe offers customers a relaxing place to enjoy a nitro cold brew or a seasonal espresso beverage.
 Rising Star
Multiple Locations 
With seven locations around town, Rising Star has taken over the local coffee game in recent years. Coffee connoisseurs sing the praises of Rising Star baristas, who are as knowledgeable as their keenly sourced coffee is potent. Each cup is meticulously brewed to order using beans straight from the onsite roaster. The results are nothing short of the perfect pour over imbued with nuanced, undiluted flavor.
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Rising Star

Multiple Locations

With seven locations around town, Rising Star has taken over the local coffee game in recent years. Coffee connoisseurs sing the praises of Rising Star baristas, who are as knowledgeable as their keenly sourced coffee is potent. Each cup is meticulously brewed to order using beans straight from the onsite roaster. The results are nothing short of the perfect pour over imbued with nuanced, undiluted flavor.
 Lekko Coffee
2529 Detroit Ave., Cleveland
The new third-wave coffee shop that opened in 2021 serves standard coffee drinks like drip and pour-over coffee, espresso, cortado, latte, cappuccino, cold-brew and iced coffee. Those are joined by seasonal specialty drinks like pumpkin-spiced coffee flavored with house-made syrups.
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Lekko Coffee

2529 Detroit Ave., Cleveland

The new third-wave coffee shop that opened in 2021 serves standard coffee drinks like drip and pour-over coffee, espresso, cortado, latte, cappuccino, cold-brew and iced coffee. Those are joined by seasonal specialty drinks like pumpkin-spiced coffee flavored with house-made syrups.
Affogato Cat Cafe
761 Starkweather Ave., Cleveland 
Yeah, this place has good coffee but the real draw here? You can drink your coffee surrounded by kitties! In addition to being able to hang with cats, all of the furry friends are available for adoption. Their coffee options are great but it will be the four-legged friends that keep you coming back.
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Affogato Cat Cafe

761 Starkweather Ave., Cleveland

Yeah, this place has good coffee but the real draw here? You can drink your coffee surrounded by kitties! In addition to being able to hang with cats, all of the furry friends are available for adoption. Their coffee options are great but it will be the four-legged friends that keep you coming back.
 Brewella’s Coffee, Crepes and Collectibles
16806 Madison Ave., Lakewood
Husbands Chris Murphy and Joe Keppler own this 900-square-foot cafe serving up Phoenix Coffee and a wide range of sweet and savory crepes, with decor heavily inspired by fashion icon, Iris Apfel. Brewella's Coffee, Crepes and Collectibles is part coffee shop, part creperie, part antique shop, but "fully marvelous." Along with their deliciously mindblowing crepes, Brewella's also serves as a shop for local artists to sell their handmade and vintage-inspired wares.
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Brewella’s Coffee, Crepes and Collectibles

16806 Madison Ave., Lakewood

Husbands Chris Murphy and Joe Keppler own this 900-square-foot cafe serving up Phoenix Coffee and a wide range of sweet and savory crepes, with decor heavily inspired by fashion icon, Iris Apfel. Brewella's Coffee, Crepes and Collectibles is part coffee shop, part creperie, part antique shop, but "fully marvelous." Along with their deliciously mindblowing crepes, Brewella's also serves as a shop for local artists to sell their handmade and vintage-inspired wares.
 Algebra Tea House
2136 Murray Hill Rd., Cleveland 
Algebra Tea House has become a staple of the Little Italy neighborhood for a reason. The custom made furniture (including a fireplace!), eclectic decor, array of artwork and natural lighting give the place a relaxing and calm ambience impossible to replicate elsewhere. Don’t be fooled by the name: along with 36 teas, Algebra Tea House offers a fine selection of house roasted coffees, as well as milkshakes, smoothies, Middle Eastern food and more.
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Algebra Tea House

2136 Murray Hill Rd., Cleveland

Algebra Tea House has become a staple of the Little Italy neighborhood for a reason. The custom made furniture (including a fireplace!), eclectic decor, array of artwork and natural lighting give the place a relaxing and calm ambience impossible to replicate elsewhere. Don’t be fooled by the name: along with 36 teas, Algebra Tea House offers a fine selection of house roasted coffees, as well as milkshakes, smoothies, Middle Eastern food and more.
 Nervous Dog
Multiple Locations
With locations in Beachwood, Akron, Fairlawn and Stow, Nervous Dog might not be the most well known local coffee chain, but it's definitely beloved by its loyal customer base. Their coffee comes from local roasters and small growers and they have knowledgeable baristas, an inviting environment and some of the tastiest specialty coffee drinks around.

Nervous Dog

Multiple Locations

With locations in Beachwood, Akron, Fairlawn and Stow, Nervous Dog might not be the most well known local coffee chain, but it's definitely beloved by its loyal customer base. Their coffee comes from local roasters and small growers and they have knowledgeable baristas, an inviting environment and some of the tastiest specialty coffee drinks around.
 Gypsy Beans & Baking Co.
6425 Detroit Ave., Cleveland 
Gypsy Beans & Baking is a café in the spirit of the venerable European coffeehouse — a place where people come to exchange gossip, enjoy a steamy mug of java, and taste something sweet. Airy and unpretentious, the comfortable interior invites study, reflection, or long conversation. Well-stocked and tempting, the bakery counter offers a lineup of sweeties that includes maple muffins, Amazon chili-pepper brownies, and chocolate truffle tartlets. And the worldly lattes come in boundless variations.

Gypsy Beans & Baking Co.

6425 Detroit Ave., Cleveland

Gypsy Beans & Baking is a café in the spirit of the venerable European coffeehouse — a place where people come to exchange gossip, enjoy a steamy mug of java, and taste something sweet. Airy and unpretentious, the comfortable interior invites study, reflection, or long conversation. Well-stocked and tempting, the bakery counter offers a lineup of sweeties that includes maple muffins, Amazon chili-pepper brownies, and chocolate truffle tartlets. And the worldly lattes come in boundless variations.