Miami's 10 Hottest Coffee Shops

By Carissa Chesanek  |  February 23, 2015

Everyone loves a good cup of joe, and knowing where to go when the caffeine craving strikes is key. Here are Miami's coolest coffee shops and recommendations on their best drinks.

(And see our 2015 Coffee Survey results here.)

  • Limited Edition Caffé & Vino Buono

    The gist: Located across from Ironside Pizza, this charming Euro-style cafe with a rustic wood counter supplies visitors with drip-brew coffee, pastries and fresh juices. ​
    What to drink: Try the manual-drip 8-oz. dark-roast Colombia ($3.5) on those hard-to-wake-up Monday mornings.
    Perfect pairing: You can't go wrong with the pistachio cake ($3).
    Know before you go: Come nightfall, the space turns into a cute wine bar serving vinos from Italy, France and the Americas.
    7580 NE Fourth Ave.; 305-531-5055

  • Panther Coffee

    The gist: It's Starbucks on steroids, offering a bustling vibe and potent brews you can smell a mile away. 
    What to drink: Opt for the Chemex brew ($6) made with an hourglass-shaped flask that accentuates the flavors of the black-cherry-and-clove-infused Fazenda Nova Suica beans.
    Perfect pairing: One of the giant, extra-chocolatey chocolate chip cookies.
    Know before you go: Expect long lines during breakfast and lunch.
    1875 Purdy Ave.; 305-677-3952

  • Eternity Coffee Roasters

    The gist: This Downtown joe joint features a traditional Italian espresso menu with a custom-designed single-cup pour-over bar.
    What to drink: Try the signature seasonal espresso blend (mixed with chocolate, caramel and citrus) at the espresso bar ($2.50-$4.75).
    Perfect pairing: Soft, doughy Alfajores filled with gooey Nutella.
    Know before you go: Parking in the lot above the cafe is free, so be sure to get your ticket validated before you leave.
    117 SE Second Ave.; 305-350-7761

  • Cafe Demetrio

    The gist: The first official coffeehouse in Coral Gables stands out from the pack with live music and chess games. 
    What to drink: The Cafe Leo ($3.75), a creamy latte mixed with caramel and hazelnut.
    Perfect pairing: Housemade dulce de leche made with chocolate and passion fruit.
    Know before you go: While the inside is comfy enough, you'll want to park it outside on the lush gardenlike terrace for the ultimate afternoon retreat.
    300 Alhambra Cir.; 305-448-4949

  • Miam Café & Boutique

    The gist: Wynwood's new industrial-chic cafe woos the daytime crowd with carb-y bites like quiche and grilled cheese plus potent brews from Miami's own Eternity Roasters.
    What to drink: A classic macchiato ($3) always does the trick, but once the humidity rises opt for the refreshing iced latte ($4).   
    Perfect pairing: Bacon and collard greens quiche never goes out of style.
    Know before you go: There's also a small gourmet market with artisanal goods and wines to take home.
    2750 NW Third Ave.; 786-703-1451

  • Sweat Records

    The gist: This indie record store with a teal-colored mural of musical icons and rows of classic vinyl also boasts a solid coffee selection.​
    What to drink: The Dirty South chai ​($3.50) made with a shot of espresso is sure to get you through the rest of the afternoon. 
    Perfect pairing: The small selection of vegan sweet treats like cookies and cupcakes complements the powerful brews.
    Know before you go: There's always something going on here, between DJ sets, live concerts and comedy acts.
    5505 NE Second Ave.; 786-693-9309

  • Segafredo Brickell

    The gist: With its late-night DJs and extreme mingling scene, this Brickell cafe lounge is not your average coffeehouse.
    What to drink: Caffe Shakerato ($3.50) made with espresso shaken with ice, sugar and your choice of liqueur.
    Perfect pairing: The flourless chocolate espresso cafe made with coffee mousse sweetens the deal.
    Know before you go: If you're not looking to get hit on by sloppy late-night sippers, be sure to stick to daytime hours when it's a bit less sceney.
    1421 S. Miami Ave.; 305-577-9809

  • Chez Bon Bon

    The gist: Located in the Fontainebleu Miami Beach Hotel, this spot offers ultraglam 1950s design and freshly brewed, creatively flavored coffee drinks.
    What to drink: Peppermint Patty ($6.55) made with Ghirardelli chocolate and foam chocolate chips.
    Perfect pairing: Marble coffee cake is always a crowd pleaser.  
    Know before you go: There are live-action stations where guests can watch bonbons and custom-ordered fancy cakes being made.
    4441 Collins Ave.; 305-674-4740

  • The Cafe at Books & Books 

    The gist: Whether at Lincoln Road's busy outpost, Coral Gables' courtyard locale or the newest branch in Downtown's  Arsht Center​, this bookstore cafe mixes literature and coffee perfectly.  
    What to drink: Caramel latte ($4.50) made with steamed milk and caramel syrup. 
    Perfect pairing: Opt for something savory like the spinach and queso blanco empanadas.
    Know before you go: The South Beach location offers the best people-watching on the outdoor patio.
    927 Lincoln Rd.; 305-695-8898

  • Nespresso

    The gist: This cool-as-can-be coffee lounge offers an ultramodern escape for fancy coffee sippers — by that we mean those who aren't afraid to shell out some serious dough for their cappuccinos. 
    What to drink: Latte macchiato ($5.50), piping hot with just the right amount of foamy goodness.
    Perfect pairing: Although there are some sandwiches and salad options, they aren't necessarily worth the high prices, so stick with the coffee, then head over to Shake Shack for a burger.
    Know before you go: If you can't get a seat in the funky multicolored digs, sit outdoors on the small terrace. 
    1111 Lincoln Rd.; 800-562-1465