The Most Beautiful Coffee Shop in Every State in America

A coffee shop’s design often reflects its neighborhood, whether it’s the quaint Paris-like charm in Savannah, Georgia, or the artsy grit of Miami’s Wynwood. Giving just as much attention as they do to the latte art (those dreamy designs etched into cappuccino or latte foam), proprietors are tapping into design trends with salvaged barn wood, ball-pendant lights, greenery, and hexagonal tiles. That fresh, modern white-wall look is in abundance, too, putting yesterday’s run-of-the-mill cafés with mismatched furnishings and dark colors to shame.

Photo: Courtesy of The Southern Grind

Alabama: The Southern Grind, Orange Beach

This cafe inside Hotel Indigo appeals to the design sensibility of shiplap and distressed wood lovers. Those who want to outfit their abode with the cafe’s coastal-chic decor can shop the look in a retail area.

Photo: Courtesy of Resurrect Art

Alaska: Resurrect Art, Seward

This far-north state may be dominated by drive-through espresso stands, but a former church turned java joint makes for a cozy spot in this coastal town and also an example of creative redesign (like the former choir loft that’s now a seating area).

Photo: Courtesy of Presta Coffee Roasters

Arizona: Presta Coffee Roasters, Tucson

The Roastery location is totally industrial-chic with lots of steel beams in the design, plus vintage tour bicycles hanging on the wall above floating shelves that house bags of coffee beans and brewing devices.

Photo: Courtesy of Onyx Coffee Lab

Arkansas: Onyx Coffee Lab, Bentonville

Across the street from 21C Museum Hotel, Onyx Coffee Lab popped up two years ago with white vintage-y hexagonal tiles at the open-concept coffee bar, a camel-color tufted-leather sofa, and coffee tables born out of fallen tree stumps.

Photo: Courtesy of Beachwood Café

California: Beachwood Café, L.A.

Beachwood Cafe’s architect-led makeover (which earned a 2012 AIA Restaurant Design Award) resulted in whimsy, with canary-yellow and turquoise pyramid flooring and exposed knotty-pine beams paired with elegant Noguchi ball-pendant lights.

Photo: Courtesy of Story Coffee Company

Colorado: Story Coffee Company, Colorado Springs

Riffing on the tiny-house trend, this java joint is flush with windows to allow in natural light and boasts a patio that guests can spill out to on warm days (and nights).

Photo: Courtesy of Dom’s Coffee

Connecticut: Dom’s Coffee, Avon

So stylish that the renovation was the subject of a West Elm blog post, Dom’s Coffee is awash in white hues. Sparse in decor, the wooden trays of plants, gold sconces, and glass vases of fresh flowers bring in color.

Photo: Courtesy of The Young Bean

Delaware: The Young Bean, Clayton

Sunny and charming, the interior of The Young Bean includes old-fashioned coffee grinders (hand-cranked, unlike today’s automatic models) hung on the walls and an abundance of woodwork and crown molding that proves turn-of-the-century design never quits.

Photo: Courtesy of Panther Coffee

Florida: Panther Coffee, Miami

Mirroring the area’s designer graffiti, Panther Coffee’s Wynwood café also has edge, with wood paneling and orange dome light fixtures. Look for the neon sign spelling out “coffee” and raised-bed gardens out front.

Photo: Courtesy of The Paris Market

Georgia: The Paris Market, Savannah

The Paris Market is not only a café; it’s also a retail concept, with vintage furnishings (straddling Parisian and nautical decor) and art for sale amid a chic black-and-white interior. Look for the espresso counter under the lantern-style chandeliers.

Photo: Courtesy of Four Seasons

Hawaii: Hokulea Coffee Bar, Kapolei, Oahu

Hawaii’s laid-back vibe shifts into something more formal at the Hokulea Coffee Bar inside the Four Seasons Resort at Ko Olina, but the café still holds on to Hawaiian design with light woods, a reliance on natural materials, and the soft glow of recessed lights.

Photo: Courtesy of The District Coffee House

Idaho: The District Coffee House, Boise

An all-white interior at The District Coffee House is punched up with midcentury-modern furnishings like an atomic chandelier and teal leather sofa.

Photo: Courtesy of Caffè Umbria

Illinois: Caffè Umbria, Chicago

Shells of shipping containers were reborn into Caffè Umbria’s new 9,000-square-foot café, roaster, and coffee-training lab (tucked into the suspended container), all within a 1910 warehouse in the Windy City’s Logan Square neighborhood.

Photo: Courtesy of Coat Check Coffee

Indiana: Coat Check Coffee, Indianapolis

Named for the space’s former life as a coat-check area, this darling café inside the 1893 Athenaeum retains its historical flair, but with fresh coats of white paint and floating shelves, it’s a design-centered second chapter.

Photo: Courtesy of Horizon Line Coffee

Iowa: Horizon Line Coffee, Des Moines

Barn-like doors, potted ferns, and white-brick walls—with midcentury-modern seating, including white molded-fiberglass chairs and white metal stools—offer a clean, crisp look at Horizon Line Coffee.

Photo: Courtesy of Alchemy Coffee & Bake House

Kansas: Alchemy Coffee & Bake House, Lawrence

Plants in hanging baskets, an ornate chandelier, and a door with stained-glass windows make this tiny café (at 420 square feet) seem bigger than its actual size.

Photo: Courtesy of Heine Brothers

Kentucky: Heine Brothers, Louisville

This local coffee chain’s new Hikes Point café is a free-standing glass-walled box, putting a fresh spin on morning coffee runs. Just look for the red double doors.

Photo: Courtesy of Mammoth Espresso

Louisiana: Mammoth Espresso, New Orleans

A living wall of plants (hung on a pegboard) and vintage tile, plus a golden-yellow banquette for seating, are a unique design for this New Orleans coffee shop.

Photo: Courtesy of 44 North Coffee

Maine: 44 North Coffee, Stonington

Tucked into Penobscot Bay, this fishing village’s popular coffee venueeffortlessly bridges old and new, with modern hexagonal light fixtures, wooden crates holding merchandise, and a menu scripted in chalk.

Photo: Courtesy of Keffa Coffee Lab

Maryland: Keffa Coffee Lab, Baltimore

Emulating its industrial surroundings in a monochromatic palette—with brick walls, wood flooring, and drafting stools—Keffa Coffee Lab roasts its beans via a roaster imported from Japan.

Photo: Courtesy of Snowy Owl Coffee Roasters

Massachusetts: Snowy Owl Coffee Roasters, Brewster

Evoking a modern barn, the rustic wood beams and globe light fixtures—along with Persian rugs and warm reds—make Snowy Owl Coffee Roasters’ café feel like a friend’s getaway cabin.

Photo: Courtesy of La Strada dolci e Caffé

Michigan: La Strada dolci e Caffé, Birmingham

On walls the color of tomato soup are hung travel-inspired framed posters along with black-and-white photos and framed oil landscapes, while the floors are laid with Persian rugs, giving La Strada dolci e Caffé elegant appeal.

Photo: Courtesy of Peace Coffee

Minnesota: Peace Coffee, Minneapolis

The sustainability-minded coffee roaster’s Capella Tower café features creative hand-built design, like the chandelier crafted from red task lamps, and chic turquoise and red accents.

Photo: Courtesy of Steampunk Coffee Roasters

Mississippi: Steampunk Coffee Roasters, Natchez

Riffing on steampunk decor (inspired by 19th-century industrial-age machinery), exposed-brick walls and metal here and there (including the vintage-like bar stools) provide a different look to Steampunk Coffee Roasters’ café.

Photo: Courtesy of Blueprint Coffee

Missouri: Blueprint Coffee, St. Louis

Just like the term “blueprint,” the design aesthetic at Blueprint Coffee is very raw, with a communal table born out of an only slightly altered slab of Oregon maple, plus other woods throughout rescued from an Illinois barn.

Photo: Courtesy of MoAV Coffee

Montana: MoAV Coffee, Billings

Filled with natural sunlight, those beams of light bouncing off of exposed-brick walls, this spacious café is also full of surprises, like the motorcycle parked within and an antique coffee roaster on display.

Photo: Courtesy of Graduate Hotel Lincoln

Nebraska: Graduate Hotel Lincoln, Lincoln

Proving that plaid has never fallen out of style, Graduate Lincoln’s lobby is a sweet spot to kick back with a latte: herringbone wood floors, brick walls, and hand-glazed tiles in a forest-green hue that recalls America’s parklands.

Photo: Courtesy of Makers & Finders

Nevada: Makers & Finders, Las Vegas

Snug in downtown Vegas, Makers & Finders’ Latin-themed vibe extends to the design, with turquoise and white tiles wrapped around the coffee counter and the “M & F” neon sign evoking a taqueria.

Photo: Courtesy of The Hotel Portsmouth

New Hampshire: The Hotel Portsmouth, Portsmouth

This super cute café at The Hotel Portsmouth—within a Victorian-era building—features bird-motif wallpaper, antique wooden chairs painted robin’s-egg blue, and a bird-cage-like light fixture.

Photo: Courtesy of Kuppi Coffee Company

New Jersey: Kuppi Coffee Company, Edgewater

White-washed exposed-brick walls and hung flower boxes—brimming with greenery—bring the outdoors in at Kuppi Coffee Company, while, in one area, a black leather sofa and round cocktail tables of richly grained wood create a cozy spot to linger.

Photo: Courtesy of Zendo

New Mexico: Zendo, Albuquerque

On warm days, the outdoor patio at Zendo is open for seating, marked by a colorful mural and covered by sailcloth. The minimalist interior—white-washed brick walls and concrete floors—is pretty sweet, too.

Photo: Oleg March / Courtesy of Devocion

New York: Devocion, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

A vertical living wall of plants, along with tufted-leather sofas and a skylight ceiling, introduces vintage (yet timeless) charm into Devocion’s Brooklyn café.

Photo: Courtesy of Trade and Lore

North Carolina: Trade and Lore, Charlotte

Black walls and ceilings, with richly textured throw pillows and mint-green metal chairs, are a cozy corner at Trade and Lore’s Charlotte café.

Photo: Courtesy of Atomic Coffee

North Dakota: Atomic Coffee, Fargo

Track lighting and rotating art exhibits (also for sale) spice up what could have been a drab brick interior at this coffee shop in downtown Fargo.

Photo: Courtesy of Heartwood Coffee Roastery

Ohio: Heartwood Coffee Roastery, Hudson

Subway tile and crown molding—all in white, plus the walls and ceiling—make the salvaged-wood design in front of the bar pop even more at Heartwood Coffee Roastery’s sole cafe.

Photo: Courtesy of Hoboken Coffee Roasters

Oklahoma: Hoboken Coffee Roasters, Guthrie

Less is more at Hoboken Coffee Roasters, which means functional art like the mustard-yellow Diedrich roaster and changeable-letter sign serve as a design contrast to white subway tile and naked bulbs suspended from the ceiling on chains, inside a former car-repair shop.

Photo: Courtesy of Umami Café

Oregon: Umami Café, Portland

In the city often referred to as America’s coffee capital, drinking java at a Japanese garden might seem a bit off, but it’s actually a super stylish spot,with blonde woods, walls of windows overlooking the gardens, and a great example of light-driven design.

Photo: Courtesy of 1 Shot Coffee

Pennsylvania: 1 Shot Coffee, Philadelphia

The interior at 1 Shot Coffee, behind a red-brick exterior and pine-striped awning, looks old—in a good way, kind of like you’re hanging out in a friend’s living room—with book-lined shelves, Edison-bulb chandeliers, emerald-green chair backs, and walls of salvaged wood.

Photo: Courtesy of Sydney

Rhode Island: Sydney, Providence

Inspired by Australia, Sydney in downtown Providence is on trend with its avocado toast but also its exposed-bulb orb lighting, white-washed wood flooring, and topiaries.

Photo: Courtesy of Methodical Coffee

South Carolina: Methodical Coffee, Greenville

Winning Imbibe Magazine’s Coffee Shop of the Year award, Methodical Coffee’s mossy-green barista counter, changeable-letter board, dropped pendant lighting, potted succulents, and antique blue Mason jars boast timeless appeal.

Photo: Courtesy of Pure Bean

South Dakota: Pure Bean, Rapid City

Salvaged wood at the barista counter, exposed-brick walls, and a shipping pallet hovering below the ceiling provide an industrial vibe at Pure Bean,tucked into a former creamery built in 1929.

Photo: Courtesy of Café Roze

Tennessee: Café Roze, Nashville

This all-day café in East Nashville boasts lots of clean lines with an all-white interior accented by built-in banquettes crafted from honeyed wood and round white marble-top tables.

Photo: Robert Yu / Courtesy of Houndstooth Coffee

Texas: Houndstooth Coffee, Dallas

A soaring ceiling with an accordion effect and an all-white interior (with pops of heather gray) at Houndstooth Coffee’s Sylvan location (a 2016 AIA Dallas Built Design Honor Award recipient) make the floating island—where all java drinks are made—pop. Painted steel, perforated steel, and quartz lend an urban edge.

Photo: Courtesy of 3 Cups Coffee

Utah: 3 Cups Coffee, Holladay

Sporting an Old Hollywood look (all black and white), there’s a strong focus on nature here, with wood-slab table benches and tree branches painted white that are suspended from the ceiling. White subway tile rounds out the style theme.

Photo: Courtesy of Nomad Coffee

Vermont: Nomad Coffee, Essex

Crafted from barn wood and antique metal, with pretty sky-blue paint trim, Nomad Coffee fits right into the tiny-house trend given its 1971 Go-Tag-A-Long travel-trailer shell.

Photo: Courtesy of Quirk Hotel, A Destination Hotel

Virginia: Coffee Bar at Quirk Hotel, Richmond

Bar stools covered in salmon-color velvet—plus fuchsia dining chairs—in this hybrid bar-café, along with pastries tucked under glass cloches, plus tall potted plants, lend a Parisian vibe at the hotel’s Coffee Bar.

Photo: Courtesy of Mr. West Café Bar

Washington: Mr. West Café Bar, Seattle

Competition is steep in this coffee-centric city, but Mr. West Café Bar rises to the top of the crema with its potted succulents (on round white-marble tabletops) and gallery wall of black-and-white framed photos (a mix of portraits and nature shots).

Photo: Courtesy of Grace Street Coffee Roasters

Washington, D.C.: Grace Street Coffee Roasters

In a neighborhood steeped in American history (Georgetown), but also cutting-edge storefronts, Grace Street Coffee Roasters’ café embodies all of that, with its raw space featuring white walls, rough-hewn woods, and an open layout.

Photo: Ron Blunt / Courtesy of the Greenbrier

West Virginia: The Greenbrier Gourmet and Coffee Bar, White Sulphur Springs

One of West Virginia’s poshest playgrounds—the Greenbrier resort—flaunts a cute café reminiscent of an old-fashioned ice cream parlor, with red and white striped awnings.

Photo: Courtesy of Kickapoo Coffee

Wisconsin: Kickapoo Coffee, Milwaukee

A block from an art school (Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design) lies this minimalist-modern café, with cobalt-and-white accents (including the busy geometric pattern wrapped around the espresso counter) plus tiny plants propped into hexagonal-shaped frames on the wall.

Photo: Courtesy of Persephone Bakery

Wyoming: Persephone Bakery, Jackson Hole

Wood-paneling behind the bar at Persephone Bakery and vintage touches like wire baskets (holding the day’s menus on clipboards) and antique café tables give Parisian flair, but the coats of white paint and track lighting keep the café modern.

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