10 independent coffee shops to try in Metro Phoenix
Coffee shops are quite common in most of the major cities these days. We all know the popular Starbucks and of course the popular Dutch Bros. These are so popular that you can find one at almost every major intersection. If you’re tired of the same safe option why not give one of the city’s amazing independent options a try? With International Coffee Day on Friday October 1st, independent coffee shops can offer a unique experience, fresher than average and with better service than chain cafes. Aside from being extremely Instagram-friendly, going to an independent coffee shop means you’re supporting a local business. Take a look at our list of the best coffee shops in Metro Phoenix.
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Kartell coffee laboratories
“From seed to cup.” Cartel Coffee Labs offers the unique experience we mentioned about independent coffee shops. With 6 locations in the Phoenix area, this cafe is popular with the Phoenicians. With four different brewing methods, even the pickiest coffee snob has a choice. Grab some of their delicious baked goods during your visit as well. If you find a brew that you are passionate about, you can subscribe online and have the beans sent straight to you.
Songbird coffee and tea house
For our coffee lovers trying their hand at the art of tea, this is your place. “From the region, made with love.” The hotel is located on Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix. With many espresso options and delicious cold brews on tap, there should be something for every mood. Their tea menu, which includes over 25 loose leaf teas, is also impressive. Take your beans home or enjoy an experience. Songbird also offers fresh pastry options to its customers.
Located on North 32nd Street in the Arcadia district, Provision Coffee offers a delicious experience. Visit with friends and enjoy a variety of unique coffee options, teas, cocktails and snacks. This cafe is beautiful and the drinks are what we talked about when we kindly mentioned Instagram. Some of the unique coffee blends include the Prickly Pear Blend and the Ponderosa Blend.
Located in downtown Chandler, coffee has been perfected here through years of family business. These beans are grown on the Peixoto farms in Brazil. Enjoy the cozy yet modern shop with friends or a friendly stranger. This company prides itself on its community. I would recommend trying a Nitro Float for a cool and creamy coffee experience. In summer, you can even drink your latte from a coconut!
Dark Hall coffee
The vegan option of the lists is a major force to be reckoned with. Located in Phoenix at 7NS Ave and Osborn, this cafe is very popular with the locals. With a website that could be mistaken for modern art, this shop has a special menu of delicious vegan options. Try a vegan cinnamon bun, macaron, or biscuit. Talk to friends about the beautiful space while you have your favorite coffee.
Now with two locations in Phoenix. One on north 3approx Avenue in Downtown and the other brand new location in the Arcadia neighborhood. Lola is the perfect example of an independent coffee shop. It’s been family owned and operated since owner Daniel Wayne started his espresso cart downtown. For 10 years, Lola has provided a community space to join in and enjoy a cup of joe. Daniel still works behind the bar every day to make the perfect espresso.
Lux has three different locations, North Central Ave, Scottsdale, and Flagstaff, and is one of the best known independent coffee shops in Arizona. With coffee beans grown in Ethiopia, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Panama, Sumatra, and Brazil, even the pickiest coffee drinker should find something to love. Lux not only offers coffee and breakfast, but also an alcohol, lunch and dinner menu. Spend the whole day here in good company or just drop by and grab your favorite cup of beans.
Xanadu started out as a distribution company serving specialty cafes, restaurants, offices, bars, and more. Xanadu recently opened its own coffee shop in the Garfield District of downtown Phoenix. Although the shop has only been around since 2020, the company has been creating delicious coffee for more than 12 years.
With interesting drinks like a prickly pear espresso tonic, a grapefruit and cucumber latte and a mushroom-based coffee, Xanadu is sure to offer a unique experience.
Gold bar espresso
Gold Bar Espresso is located in Tempe. This shop has been independently owned and operated since 1994. It’s a great place to listen to live jazz music, study, or just enjoy a coffee with your friends. Enjoy a variety of espresso drinks, chai, hot chocolate and more. His raspberry chai is a unique yet delicious way to enjoy chai tea.
The hotel is located on Central Ave north of Camelback in the modern design store “For the People”. Krem is a modern coffee paradise. The beans are sourced locally and nationally. Curated by experienced baristas, this coffee specialty is an experience for the senses. Take a break from shopping and enjoy a cup of joe and a pastry.