Let’s get cozy with coffee!
For those who crave a cappuccino, chai tea, or caramel latte in a cozy atmosphere, look no further than this fantastic list of Colorado Springs’ coffee shops. Inviting you to cuddle up with a fresh cup of joe, these local java joints will keep you warm all winter long! Forgo the “evil mermaid” and spend a little time getting to know your local café connoisseurs.
401 North Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Hours: Monday–Thursday 8am-10pm | Friday 8am-12am | Saturday 9am-12am | Sunday 9am-9pm
The Wild Goose Meeting House is a gathering place for students, artists, business people and truth seekers. Learn about the 3rd wave coffee approach and how it’s changed the landscape of western coffee drinking. Have them pull you the perfect espresso shot using their state-of-the-art modbar system, and be sure to grab a bite to eat as well since their menu is filled with tasty items – we are partial to the Wild Boar Sausage and Egg Quesadilla ($12.00)! The Wild Goose recently completed an expansion project to increase their coveted seating space, and they are also catering at Brooklyn’s on Boulder.
14 South Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Hours: Monday–Thursday 6:00am-10:00pm | Friday 6:00am-11:00pm | Saturday 7:00am-11:00pm | Sunday 7:00am-9:00pm
An anchor amongst established cafés, The Perk Downtown offers the perfect vantage point from which to people watch amidst the busy downtown scene. They invite you stop in, slow down and enjoy a cup of coffee made from beans freshly roasted just a couple of blocks away at Purple Mountain Roaster. Taking the expertise of their staff seriously, it’s not uncommon to hear about them sending their baristas to Seattle or beyond for additional training. Try the Buzzer (double the caffeine!) and pair it with some locally made chocolate biscotti.
3. Urban Steam
1025 South Sierra Madre Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Hours: Monday-Saturday 7:30am-10:pm | Sunday 7:30am-2pm
Where “order” and “chaos” meet you’ll find Urban Steam, a unique all-in-one roaster and coffee shop. Enjoy boutique quality coffees (for sale in either bean or brewed variety) and a menu filled with delicious dishes for breakfast and lunch. While this coffeehouse has an industrial feel to its décor, their atmosphere is very welcoming. Stop by and see what all the fuss is about. We recommend the Cubano Con Leche and a savory Caprese Waffle.
330 North Institute, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Hours: Everyday from 6:30am-5:00pm
Located side-by-side, this roaster and café combo is a one-stop shop for coffee aficionados in Colorado Springs. With white walls, funky furniture, live succulents on the tables, and mismatched frames on the walls, Switchback offers a fresh and hip hideout. Stop by the roaster to pick up a bag of ethically sourced, high-quality roasted beans to brew at home. We recommend the Breakfast Sandwich and a Latte – and make sure to ask for latte art, since they do some of the best!
2360 Montebello Square Drive, Suite H1, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Hours: Monday–Friday 6am-9pm | Saturday 8am-9pm | Sunday 9am-5pm
This community-focused coffeehouse may be newer to Colorado Springs having opened in 2013, but locals and visitors alike have quickly come to love this delightful drink destination. Serving Colorado-sourced coffee, beer, wine, and food, Peak Place Coffeehouse is a great local option on the north end of town. Not only does this café provide a casual hangout, but it also has a private meeting room in case you’re working out-of-the office or need a place for a social gathering. When you stop in, be sure to order a “Cup of Goodwill” (currently a Pumpkin Spice Latte), which gives back to the local community and the Jambalaya.
1604 South Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80905
Hours: Saturday-Thursday 7:00am-10:00pm | Friday-Saturday 7:00am-12:00am
Housed in a now defunct turn-of-the-century elementary school, The Principal’s Office is a unique and trendy hangout in good company with Bristol Brewery and the Old School Bakery. The space, which literally was the old principal’s office, has been reimagined yet still honors the roots of the original building. We suggest you try an estate coffee, which comes from one specific farm, to begin honing your taste buds to distinguish beans from different regions. Visit during breakfast time and order the Breakfast Burrito made with Pork Green Chili and a freshly baked pastry from the Ivywild Kitchen.
16 Colbrunn Court, Colorado Springs, CO 80904 and N Nevada, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Hours: Monday–Saturday 7am-10pm | Sunday 7am-8pm
If live music helps you relax and rejuvenate, Jives Coffee Lounge, whose motto is “Coffee, Music, Life,” is the place for you. Join lyric-loving locals for open mic night every Wednesday and Thursday as well as featured artists’ previews and movie nights held throughout the year. Their original location is adjacent to Bancroft Park in Old Colorado City and they recently opened a new location on North Nevada. Try the Spicy Mocha (made with cayenne pepper) and a ham and Swiss croissant sandwich.
2330 North Wahsatch Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:00am-12:00am | Saturday 9:00am-12:00am | Sunday 9:00am-11:00pm
A colorful collection of art, coffee and pies, STIR is a comfy and warm retreat for those looking to satisfy their caffeine and sugar cravings simultaneously. You’ll feel right at home in this downtown coffee shop while you have a great conversation with a friend, listen to live music, or simply admire local art. Tempt your taste buds with a Café Miel (honey and cinnamon latte) and a perfect piece of Streusel-Topped Apple Pie.
(Editor’s Note in May 2019: Wait, where are numbers 9 and 10?? Since we wrote this post in 2016, two of our beloved coffee shops have now closed! We have removed them, but don’t worry, this post will be updated soon to feature two more amazing coffee shops…check back soon!)
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