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The best coffee shops in Miami to jolt you back to life

The best coffee shops in Miami serve up classic Cuban cafecito, third-wave brews and tasty blends that’ll blow your mind

House of Per'la
Photograph: Courtesy Per'la Specialty Roasters
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August 2019: The capital of cafecito is well versed in more than just Cuban coffee, as one can easily conclude from the rise of specialty coffee shops in Miami. One of the city’s brightest newcomers is House of Per’la, the first stand-alone shop from the local roasters responsible for caffeinating the folks at Time Out Market Miami. It’s taken over the former Café Curuba space, so we’ve removed it from our list though not before adding the vibrant Deco Coffee in Allapattah and the charming Alchemist located on the border of the Aventura and North Miami neighborhoods.

During any time of the day, you’ll find folks at one of the best coffee shops in Miami. We don’t care if it’s morning, afternoon or just a few minutes before bed. This city runs on coffee. Hitting up one of the best bakeries in Miami? Better grab a coffee while you’re there. Dining at one of the best Cuban restaurants in Miami? Coffee is a given. About to spend all night dancing at one of the best South Beach clubs? A quick espresso couldn’t hurt. You get the point, right? But it’s not enough to just drink coffee. We want the best, of course. And nobody in the 305 does it better than these java freaks.

Best coffee shops in Miami

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All Day Coffee
Photograph: Geoffrey Anderson
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ALL DAY

icon-location-pin Park West

What is it? An understated Park West coffee shop that takes its java very, very seriously. The result is thoughtful, delicious coffee that will make you sad when it’s all gone. Luckily, you can stick around and order another to go with any of the amazing breakfast plates.

Why go? For oddball concoctions that’ll blow your mind, like the rosemary limeade cold brew.

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Panther Coffee, Restaurants and cafes, Miami
Photograph: Jimmy Baikovicius
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Panther Coffee

icon-location-pin Wynwood

What is it? Everyone in Miami knows (and loves) Panther. These local roasters have been slowly expanding their Miami caffeine empire and now can be found in MiMo, Little Haiti and—the original store—Wynwood. The coffee is fresh, diverse and lovely. 

Why go? For the cold brew, which is a worthy opponent for any caffeine addict and so strong it should come with a warning label.

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House of Per'la
Photograph: Courtesy Per'la Specialty Roasters
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House of Per’la

icon-location-pin Coral Gables

What is it? 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. 

Why go? 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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Vice City Bean
Photograph: Courtesy Vice City Bean
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Vice City Bean

icon-location-pin Omni

What is it? A cozy neighborhood spot serving all the classics: lattes, cappuccinos, cold brew and more. There are milk alternatives such as in-house almond milk, oat milk and soy milk. And the beautifully decorated drinks go well with one of the cafe’s baked goods.

Why go? For the latte art, which is going to look damn good on your Instagram.

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Coffee stock photo
Photograph: Unsplash/Nathan Dumlao
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Deco Coffee Co.

icon-location-pin Allapattah

What is it? Not quite what you’d expect to find in Allapattah, but Deco Coffee’s robbin’s-egg-blue interior and charming courtyard are a welcomed sight.

Why go? While the specialty coffee itself is tasty, the latte art is next level. Stop by and sip on a unique creation or try your hand as a barista during one of the shop’s regular latte art competitions. 

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Tinta y Cafe
Photograph: Courtesy Tinta y Café
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Tinta y Café

icon-location-pin Little Gables

What is it? 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.

Why go? For 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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White Rose Cafe
Photograph: Courtesy White Rose Cafe
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White Rose Coffee

icon-location-pin West Miami

What is it? A nondescript shop in West Miami that’s hiding some sneaky good coffee. It’s sort of like the Narnia of coffee shops. The sleek, artsy interior is a great place to hide from traffic and enjoy a locally roasted (by the wonderful and local Per’La) espresso.

Why go? To party! Seriously, the shop hosts events often. Keep up with White Rose’s Instagram (@whiterosemia) for cool parties with local vendors and food.

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Imperial Moto Cafe
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Matt M.
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Imperial Moto Cafe

icon-location-pin Little River

What is it? Part coffee shop, part motorcycle shop. It’s an odd combination but it works in Moto’s industrial neighborhood. Plus, you can sip your java while watching mechanics work on bikes through the glass.

Why go? For the friendly neighborhood vibe and on the off chance you need to freshen up on your motorcycle gear.

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Alaska Coffee Roasting Co
Photograph: Courtesy of Alaska Coffee Roasting Co
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Alaska Coffee Roasting Co

icon-location-pin North Miami

What is it? 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.

Why go? Not only does this place have fancy coffee stuff, but its got a brick oven that produces some damn fine pizza.

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Brewing Buddha Cafe & Arthouse
Photograph: Lauren Cedeño
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Brewing Buddha Cafe & Arthouse

icon-location-pin Pinecrest

What is it? 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.

Why go? There’s a “Campfire S'mores Latte” topped with a toasted marshmallow. Now that you know that exists, you have to try it.

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Coffee
Photograph: Unsplash/Cyril Saulnier
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The Alchemist - Aventura

icon-location-pin Miami

What is it? Housed inside a storybook cottage, the quaint cafe retains all the charm of an old-timey house down to its rustic furniture and various rooms. 

Why go? For a homey coffee shop experience that includes specialty cold brew and a filling lunch—think avocado toast, mini pizzas and big, beautiful salads. 

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Cafe Demetrio
Photograph: Courtesy of Cafe Demetrio
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Cafe Demetrio

icon-location-pin Coral Gables

What is it? 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.

Why go? Because you like options. Cafe Demetrio has a selection of wild creations like a salted caramel mocha alongside reliable favorites like your classic cortadito.

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Chris Johnson of Eternity Coffee Roasters
Photograph: Courtesy of Eternity
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Eternity Coffee Roasters

icon-location-pin Downtown

What is it? A 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.

Why go? Located in Downtown, this place is perfect for the worker who feels that afternoon fog coming on.

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