For many of us, the only way to get through the morning is to drink a big, steaming hot cup of coffee. Brewing at home or hitting up your local Caribou is great, but what about Minnesota’s more unique coffee shops? These 11 shops across the state are great spots guaranteed to wake you up in the morning.
1. Cabin Coffees - Pine City
Cabin Coffees is a cozy small-town spot with a northwoods theme. The shop is decked out in knotty pine and features a big stone fireplace perfect for cozying up to on a cold Minnesota day. The coffee is roasted and packaged in nearby Brooklyn Park, and there are lots of tasty food offerings as well.
Address: 620 8th Avenue Southwest, Pine City.
2. Amity Coffee - Duluth
Here's another cozy coffee shop with a lovely atmosphereThis one is in Duluth, where there are plenty of shops to choose from. We like this one for its quiet, relaxed vibe. This small shop serves local coffee and baked goods. It's a great place to stop for a to-go cup on a weekday or a longer visit on a lazy Sunday morning.
Address: 4429 East Superior Street, Duluth.
3. Blue Heron Coffeehouse - Winona
In southern Minnesota, Blue Heron Coffeehouse is a go-to place to grab a cup of joe. This cafe serves up organic, locally sourced coffees in a bright yet cozy setting. In addition to great coffee, Blue Heron also offers many delicious foods. You can't go wrong settling in for a stack of pancakes with your favorite coffee drink.
Address: 162 West Second Street, Winona.
4. Barista's Coffee House - Houston
This adorable small-town spot is also in southern Minnesota. Given its location near the Root River Trail, it is a popular spot with locals and tourists alike for a quick bite, a warm coffee, or a refreshing smoothie.
Address: 110 North Grant Street, Houston.
5. Coco Moon - Brainerd
Coco Moon is a great spot to stop in for a drink if you're in the Brainerd area. The place has a relaxed atmosphere and serves up great pastries to go along with the drinks. It's also an ideal coffee shop to get some work done. They have lots of table space for you to spread out with your laptop.
Address: 601 Laurel Street, Brainerd.
6. Rendez Vous Coffee - Isanti
In the small town of Isanti, Rendez Vous has become the place to go for a nice cup of coffee. This little spot has an unassuming exterior, but you'll find cute, rustic atmosphere inside. This is a great place to meet up with friends because there are several different rooms and seating areas. You can sit in a private corner to do some quiet work, or stay near the counter to enjoy the busy atmosphere.
Address: 310 Dahlin Avenue, Isanti.
7. Café Steam - Rochester
To put it bluntly, this coffee shop is beautiful. Stop in for a morning pick-me-up, and you'll be greeted by the sun streaming in through the huge window, casting light on the art that lines the walls. Café Steam serves fantastic coffees to go along with their wide array of pastries and bagels. If you find yourself spending the morning in Rochester, this is the place to be.
Address: 315 South Broadway, Rochester.
8. Rock Creek Coffee House - Sauk Rapids
This central Minnesota spot is another coffee shop with a great atmosphere. The friendly baristas are happy to offer recommendations, and they have great treats to go along with your coffee choice. This is also a nice spot to settle in and get some work done.
Address: 214 2nd Avenue North, Sauk Rapids.
9. Five Watt Coffee - Minneapolis
As the highest-rated Minneapolis spot according to reviewers, Five Watt Coffee is our Minneapolis choice. At Five Watt, they roast their own coffee as well as serve other great coffees from around the country. In addition, Five Watt hosts many community events and is a friendly, welcoming spot to grab your favorite drink - or discover a new one.
Address: 3745 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis.
10. The Cabin Coffee House & Cafe - Bemidji
Here is another delightfully cozy coffee shop, this time in Bemidji. The Cabin Coffee House is a family-owned and operated establishment with incredible service. You can be sure that your barista will be friendly, your coffee delicious, and your breakfast - should you choose to order one - absolutely mouthwatering.
Address: 214 3rd Street Northwest, Bemidji.
11. Workhorse Coffee Bar - St. Paul
On the east side of the river, this St. Paul spot draws coffee lovers to its location along the busy University Avenue. With a modern yet cozy vibe, it's a nice spot to while away your morning. Grab a fresh cup of coffee and a tasty pastry, and you're all set to face the day.
Address: 2399 University Avenue, St. Paul.