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The 21 best coffee shops in Miami

We’re a city full of places putting out good espresso, thanks to a mix of cultures obsessed with coffee

Eric Barton
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Miami is a melting pot of coffee culture. First came the Cubans with their café con leches and cafecitos, which add a thimble of rocket fuel to our afternoons (no slumping at your desk following a visit to a Miami sandwich shop after one of these). Then there’s the Europeans with their French presses and espressos. South Americans arrived with arguably the world’s best beans and an appreciation for java all their own. Finally, the folks from Seattle spread an American coffee tradition that then spawned local shops (shout out here to Panther) making all kinds of fancy coffee drinks to go with our favorite Miami breakfast sandwiches and other hangover cures. These days you can find a damn good cup of joe at these incredible coffee shops in Miami, and those of us who live off the stuff can relish in comparing the Cuban versions of an espresso pull versus the neighborhood shops making pour-overs with beans roasted right there.

Time Out Market Miami
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  • South Beach
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The Time Out Market Miami outpost of Jason Odio’s Bebito’s Cafecito aims to give the city a new place to enjoy its much-loved coffee break. Whether it’s a latte in the morning with a flaky chocolate croissant or a midday pick-me-up in the form of a cappuccino and a guava-and-cheese danish, Bebito’s serves all kinds of delicious caffeinated drinks as well as an array of Latin-inspired pastries and healthy baked goods.

Best coffee shops in Miami

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  • Omni
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This cozy neighborhood spot serves all the classics: lattes, cappuccinos, cold brew and more. There are milk alternatives such as house-made almond milk, oat milk and soy milk. And the beautifully decorated drinks go well with one of the cafe’s baked goods. Whether it’s a lavender-infused coffee beverage or a complicated effervescent tea, the eclectic Vice City Bean is bound to have whatever off-the-wall drink you’re craving.

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  • Wynwood
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Everyone in Miami knows (and loves) Panther. These local roasters have been slowly expanding their Miami caffeine empire and now can be found everywhere from Little Haiti to Mimo. You’ll also find bags of Panther’s beans getting brewed at restaurants everywhere around town. The coffee is fresh, diverse and lovely. Its cold brew is a worthy opponent for any caffeine addict and so strong it should come with a warning label.

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  • Coffee shops
  • Park West
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The New York Times called All Day a "must visit," and Vogue magazine went as far to call this the "best cup of coffee in Miami." Who are we to argue? Especially considering the mornings spent under the veranda in this otherwise up-and-coming section of downtown, having just ordered at the coffee window. The coffees here are on-point, and so are the French toast and egg sandwiches, and pretty much everything else.

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  • Downtown
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This is where the hustle-and-bustle Downtown folks fuel up between meetings, court dates and everything else that goes on in this hurried part of the city. It’s the perfect place for the worker who feels that afternoon fog coming on and the person on the go who can quickly grab a cafecito from the takeout window. The Colombian coffee shop that gets its beans fresh from Colombian growers. There are beans from other major coffee-producing regions in Ethiopia and Guatemala but we prefer to stick to the shop’s native bean here—it’s delicious.

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Think of Wynwood and you’re probably remembering that night where you left the bar to find the sun had come up. Miam is a respite from all that, a full-of-sunlight cafe with a quite-good breakfast menu, full coffee bar, and a peaceful space to break open that laptop or meet pals for an afternoon jolt to get you through another night in Wynwood.

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  • Little Gables
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Everything we love about Coral Gables you can find in Tinta y Café. It’s quirky, local and deliciously Cuban. It’s also pretty laid-back and you can grab a legit Cuban coffee during the lunch rush without having to fight several elderly gentlemen. It’s also a great place to grab a quick lunch. This place is a hell of a one-two punch with its coffee and menu full of great Cuban sandwiches.

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  • Juice bars
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Head to this Instagrammable and Miami-bred natural-food cafe chain for its stellar açaí bowls laid-back surfer vibes. Perfect for that mid-day coffee break, order a cappuccino, a double macchiato, a latte or some other form of coffee and mix it with your choice of almond, oat, hemp or organic whole milk. Our choice combo is an oat milk latte with a PB Energy bowl: an açaí bowl with banana, peanut butter, strawberries, granola, goji berries, almonds and cacao nibs. It’s the kind of meal to fuel you for a day of hitting the waves or, in our case, the sand.

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  • Coral Gables
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This Gables favorite welcomes folks of all stripes: hip artists, businessmen on lunch break and viejos looking for something to sip on. You can opt for a sit-down lunch (a delicious one, at that) or grab your coffee to-go.Cafe Demetrio has a selection of wild creations like a salted caramel mocha alongside reliable favorites like your classic cortadito.

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  • Coral Gables
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This female-owned company proudly roasts all its coffee beans in its Brooklyn roastery. Grumpy sources environmentally and socially responsible beans from Kenya, Honduras, Burundi, Guatemala and Colombia. First-timers should try its award-winning cold brew, which you can drink in-house and then buy to-go in either “Ready-to-Drink” or “Ready-to-Mix” bottles.

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It would be tough to find a country more serious about its coffee than Colombia, and Macondo focuses entirely on beans from there. With four locations around Miami, it’s officially a franchise now, with owner Fabio Caro combining those Colombian-bred beans with the specialty coffees Americans adore.

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  • North Miami
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Founder Michael Gesser took his talents from Alaska to North Miami and locals couldn’t be happier. You won’t find a cup of joe as consistent as this in the 305: the shop’s Sivetz Fluid Bed Coffee Roaster ensures that. Not only does this place have fancy coffee stuff, but it's also got a brick oven that produces some damn fine pizza and lovely weekend brunch that’s available to enjoy outside on the patio.

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  • Midtown
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Modeled after a traditional paladar (small restaurants hidden in private homes in Cuba), Suite Habana serves real-deal Cuban espresso, plus Latin bites like empanadas and croquetas. You’ll also find modernized caffeinated drinks, such as an oat cortado made with a locally roasted, proprietary Cuban coffee blend and oat milk, and their famous iced cafe con leche. The small but comfortable shop offers counter service and lounge seating where you’ll often find a collection of digital nomads.

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  • Coconut Grove
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Pasion is a fun time for people who are incredibly picky about their coffee or have strong opinions about the brewing process. Every visit to this local chain of coffee houses starts with the guest choosing the country of origin they’d like for their coffee beans, including Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba and Mexico. They’re all listed on a board above the register alongside testing notes and acidity levels. Then it’s on to choosing your brewing style. Get it in an espresso, in a colada, a latte or dark and large. The selection isn’t as extensive as the coffee offerings but sandwiches, wraps and salads are available for a quick bite.

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  • Coral Gables
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Per’la Specialty Roasters’ first brick-and-mortar is a full-blown operation featuring a menu with various types of coffees and crave-worthy breakfast items and lunch fare from Eating House’s Giorgio Rapicavoli. While it’s possible you’ve tried Per’la’s coffee elsewhere, there’s nothing like sipping their cup of Joe inside their café. Once there, be sure to pair it with a guava-and-cheese pan de bono for a sweet-and-savory snack that tastes every bit like Miami.

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  • Civic Center

Lemon City Tea confounder Gail Azodo is behind this bright, airy café on one of Allapattah’s busiest corners. Sips roasts its own specialty coffee in-house and serves it up by the cup, by the half-gallon (get yourself a cold latte for your next brunch party) and in bags to brew yourself at home. There for more than java? Explore the vast menu of all-day breakfast, sandwiches, salads, vegan dishes and desserts.

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  • Pinecrest
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A coffee shop with a sweet tooth. There’s normal coffee too, but we come here for the Oreo-topped cappuccino and the on-tap coconut cold brew. It’s kind of tough to order the regular ol’ American pour-over with options like that. Feeling nostalgic? There’s also a Campfire S'mores Latte topped with a toasted marshmallow. Now that you know that exists, you have to try it.

There’s one thing for sure about White Rose: you won’t find another coffee shop like it, right down to the slogan: “specialty coffee, tattoo lobby, working lounge, & lifestyle café.” From the outside, it looks like an old-school Cuban coffee window, while inside it feels more like an art gallery. They do some serious coffee art here too, although the sweet tooths out there should order the cafe bombon, a double shot with condensed milk.

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  • Miami
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This Israeli cafe bills itself as a place for coffee and friends, but it’s more than that. Go for all-day breakfast, cold-drip coffee and Middle Eastern food with a Miami flair—like salmon challah bruschetta, rugelach cake and three kinds of arepas: sabich, cheese and feta-avocado. If the friendly atmosphere doesn’t make you an instant fan, the fudgy babka will.

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  • Brazilian
  • Shenandoah / Silver Bluff

Get sugared up at this kitschy shop and coffee bar serving 20-plus flavors of Brazilian brigadeiros: truffle-like balls made from condensed milk, butter and chocolate and covered in chocolate sprinkles. While these treats are the focus, the coffee shouldn’t be missed—plus it subs in as dessert. Get a cup of java rimmed with chocolate, dulce de leche or crushed cookies and brigadeiros. Going for a cappuccino? Try it with a ring of Nutella and chocolate sprinkles for an extra-sweet caffeinated boost.

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  • Little River
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Part coffee shop, part motorcycle shop, part classic car dealer. It’s an odd combination but it works. Plus, you can sip your java while watching mechanics work on bikes through the glass. It’s a friendly neighborhood vibe where the people-watching is as good as the coffee served. For something as off-the-wall as the idea of a coffee joint for motorcycle enthusiasts, try the nitro cold brew with CBD.

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