June 13, 2016

The Best Coffee Shops in NYC


Out of all the little things that bring me joy in life, a good cup of coffee or a cozy coffee shop, are high up on that list. Whether I’m in my own city or traveling to a new one, I love to seek out the local favorites. Here are my New York City picks:

Best Coffee Shops in NYC Little Collins Little Collins NYC


Where: 667 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022

 It was when I visited Melbourne, a couple of years back, that I learned that no other place does coffee quite like them. Seriously, the best coffee I’ve ever had in my life! So, whenever I’m near Midtown East, I’ll make it a point to stop by this Aussie owned coffee shop. And when I say make it a point, I’ll walk twenty blocks out of my way just to pop by. This place is itty bitty and usually crowded, especially during rush hour,  so if I’m unable to snag a seat inside, I’ll take my flat white to go. Worth it!

Best Coffee Shops in NYC -Toby's Estate Best Coffee Shops in NYC - Toby's Estate


Where: West Village – 44 Charles St, New York, NY 10014 + Brooklyn – 125 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

A coffee shop located in the West Village and if you’re lucky enough to get a seat that faces the street, it’s one of my favorite places to sit back with my latte and watch the people pass on by.

Best Coffee Shops in NYC - Bluestone Lane Collective Best Coffee Shops in NYC - Bluestone Lane Collective


Where: 30 Carmine Street  + various other locations

During the week, Bluestone is one of my favorite coffee shops to meet a friend for some breakfast and a cappuccino (or a flat white, always my go-to). On the weekends, when it’s more crowded, I’ll pop in and get my drink to go.

Best Coffee Shops in NYC - Sweatshop Best Coffee Shops in NYC - Sweatshop Best Coffee Shops in NYC - Sweatshop


Where: 232 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

The third Australian coffee shop on my list that is part coffee house and part design studio. I love everything on the menu, but my absolute favorite combo is the avocado toast and a flat white. Best Coffee Shops in NYC - Brooklyn Roasting Company Best Coffee Shops in NYC - Brooklyn Roasting Company


Where: 25 Jay St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

This coffee shop is in an old warehouse with high ceilings, steel stools, making it the perfect vibe for its Dumbo location. The best part is that it’s large and spacious, a rarity in NYC.

Best Coffee Shops in NYC - Third Rail Best Coffee Shops in NYC - Third Rail


Where: 240 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

One of my favorite coffee shops and in walking distance to Washington Square Park. The place is tiny, so I usually pop in and get my drink to go. I love their drip, but on a hot day, I’ll opt for an iced coffee. Some of the best in NYC.

photos by Kristy Mucci for Brooklyn Blonde



  • mONIKA

    Thanks for these tips! I will definitely use it in the future!

  • sasa

    Miss these coffee shops:P

    Shall We Sasa

  • Linda Quinones

    I love these kinds of post! I’ve been looking to hit up more coffee shops this summer so this was perfect and I can’t wait to try some of them!


  • Lynn

    We are coffee twinsies! ?Toby’s is my absolute favorite, and I adore their Williamsburg location! Also try Box Kite if you find yourself on the Upper West Side. And this is kind of tangential, but the Vietnamese Coffee ice cream at Morgenstern’s is to-die-for! ??

    • Helena

      Mmmm!! I’ll make it a point to go there. Thank you!!

  • Gayana Bagdasaryan

    Helena, come visit us me in Seattle – I’ll take you to some of my fave coffee shops. Seattle still does it best, though I’ve been pretty impressed with the quality of NY coffee last time I was in town 🙂

    • Helena

      I know Seattle is known for their amazing coffee! I’ve never been, but it’s high on the list!


  • Emma

    So many of these are on my bucket list! Great spots


    great suggestions! bluestone lane is my all time fave

  • Jada Nicola

    Thank you for the recommendations can’t wait to try these places!


  • Vittoria

    these all look lovely! x http://www.the-beautiful-things.com/

  • Betsy

    Third Rail takes cards now! 🙂

    • Helena

      Ah, really? Thanks for the update!! Editing now 🙂

  • Ivete

    I love it when you do posts like these! It’s great to get a local’s take on what they love in their city. I’ve gone to a few places that you, Christine, and Krystal have suggested and I have not been disappointed. Thanks so much for sharing and keep them coming!


  • Mademoiselle Coconath

    Great post! Thanks for sharing!
    Mademoiselle Coconath

  • Diana

    Thanks for sharing.
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  • Brigitte Hayley

    These all sound lovely, when I visit New York again I’ll have to try them!
    Brigitte x

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  • Kristie

    I need my coffee! I’m definitely bookmarking this! ?


  • Cheyanne

    That toast looks amazing!

  • Lera

    This is an awesome coffee shop guide! I will def. visit when I’m in NY.


  • Alexa Johnson

    Love the picks! I have to try them all next time i’m in NY!


  • Caitlin

    Love these suggestions! It can be surprisingly tricky to find a cute and cozy coffee shop in the heart of NYC!


  • sanssouci

    They look absolutely amazing!

  • Sophie

    Makes me crave a good cup of coffee so much!
    I post every Monday and Friday, I would love it if you stopped by! 🙂

  • Dylana

    All of these spots look amazing!



  • Shirley Doremi

    for future reference! Thank you Helena!

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  • Alexandra

    In love with this post and the photography!! NY looks like such an amazing city beyond jealous hahaha x


  • katie

    Gosh these places look divine. I would love to visit NYC one day, if I ever got the chance! For sure would I love to have a little tour of these. 🙂

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  • Keshia White

    These all look so amazing and cozy. I love exploring local coffee shops every where I go too! I’ll have to hit these up for sure whenever I make it to NYC.


  • Elizabeth T.

    I totally agree – a great cup of coffee and a nice cafe environment always puts me in a good mood <3 🙂 Loving all of these lovely picks! Definitely going to bookmark this page for the next time that I visit New York!

    XO, Elizabeth

  • Marylane

    I’m a coffee lover too, especially when I’m stressed with my daily routine, I love to relax and sip a cup of coffee. I have my own list too. I will add this new coffee shop on my list. Thanks for giving me a hint.


  • Jennifer Lanigan

    These places look great! I’d love to make another NY trip soon 🙂 Jennifer Lanigan

  • Vanessa

    Everything looks so good! I love cafe hopping. Will definitely check these places out if I ever find myself in NYC. Thanks for sharing!

    Love, V.

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