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Bebito’s
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The best coffee shops in Miami to bring you back to life

Find the jolt you need at the best coffee shops in Miami, serving Cuban cafecito, third-wave brews and mind-blowing blends

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June 2020: In a city powered by cafecito, it’s important to keep tabs on where the best beans are brewing—and that means updating our list of the best Miami coffee shops from time to time. We said goodbye to indie joints White Rose and Deco, both of which, sadly, didn’t survive the lockdown, and welcomed South Beach newcomer Bebito’s and Brooklyn transplant Cafe Grumpy in Coral Gables. Because your morning or afternoon caffeine fix often requires a snack, we also added some cafes with standout food options—think Pura Vida and its stellar acai bowls and cold brew and Bachour with its array of croissants and espresso drinks. Plus, we’ve introduced Sips in Allapattah, known for its in-house roasts and Hadekel 1 in Aventura. Going to a coffee shop in Miami might not be the laid-back experience you remember pre-lockdown but these places make going out for a cup of Joe safe and enjoyable.

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

Vice City Bean
Photograph: Courtesy Vice City Bean

1. Vice City Bean

Restaurants Coffee shops Omni

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.

ALL DAY
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2. ALL DAY

Restaurants Coffee shops Park West

This understated Park West coffee shop takes its java very, very seriously. You might want to ask for help ordering if you’re new to the complicated menu, which gives you the option for water with your espresso, milk in a number of textures and unusual add-ons like whipped cream made from aqua faba. 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.

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

3. Panther Coffee

Restaurants Coffee shops Wynwood

Everyone in Miami knows (and loves) Panther. These local roasters have been slowly expanding their Miami caffeine empire and now can be found in Coconut Grove, MiMo, Little Haiti and—the original store—Wynwood. 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.

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

4. House of Per’la

Restaurants Coffee shops Coral Gables

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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Bachour
Photograph: Courtesy Bachour

5. Bachour

Restaurants Cafés Coral Gables

Award-winning pastry chef Antonio Bachour makes incredible desserts and serves coffee to go along with them. He has a restaurant/bakery in Coral Gables where you can pair a frothy cappuccino with heaping avocado toast. And he has a location at Time Out Market Miami, where you can enjoy an oat-milk latte with a fresh-baked croissant or macaron. Wherever you go, there’s an iteration of espresso and one of the famed pastry chef’s signature viennoiserie to enjoy.

Bebito’s
Photograph: Courtesy Bebito’s

6. Bebito’s

Restaurants Coffee shops South Beach

The latest from restaurateur Jason Odio (Baby Jane, La Otra) is a healthy(ish) Cuban-American café named for his grandfather. Order a café con leche with coconut or almond milk, and fill up on chorizo-manchego croquetas or dulce de leche cookies from Stubborn Seed’s Dallas Wynne, who’s a partner on the project. With the café, Odio introduces Bebito’s Private Label coffee blend, which is roasted locally in Miami and uses a strong mix of Brazilian, Colombian and Ecuadorian beans.

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Sips
Photograph: Courtesy Sips

7. Sips

Restaurants Coffee shops 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.

Pasion del Cielo Coffee
Photograph: Courtesy of Pasion del Cielo

8. Pasion del Cielo Coffee

Restaurants Coffee shops Coconut Grove

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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Hadekel 1
Photograph: Virginia Gil

9. Hadekel 1 Coffee & Friends

Restaurants Coffee shops Miami

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.

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

10. Eternity Coffee Roasters

Restaurants Coffee shops Downtown

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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Tinta y Cafe
Photograph: Courtesy Tinta y Café

11. Tinta y Café

Restaurants Coffee shops Little Gables

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.

Cafe Demetrio
Photograph: Courtesy Cafe Demetrio

12. Cafe Demetrio

Restaurants Coffee shops Coral Gables

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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Brewing Buddha Cafe & Arthouse
Photograph: Lauren Cedeño

13. Brewing Buddha Cafe & Arthouse

Restaurants Coffee shops Pinecrest

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.

Coffee
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14. The Alchemist - Aventura

Restaurants Coffee shops Miami

Housed inside a storybook cottage, the quaint caée retains all the charm of an old-timey house, down to its rustic furniture and various rooms. It’s easy to lose track of time in the homey shop, enjoying a book in one of its many books or lingering over a specialty cold brew and a satisfying lunch of avocado toast or one of the Alchemist’s big, beautiful salads.

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Alaska Coffee Roasting Co
Photograph: Courtesy Alaska Coffee Roasting Co

15. Alaska Coffee Roasting Co

Restaurants Coffee shops North Miami

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.

16. Oh My Gosh Brigadeiros

Restaurants 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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17. Cafe Grumpy

Restaurants Coffee shops Coral Gables

This Brooklyn-born coffee shop flew south to Coral Gables for its only location outside of the northeast. It’s a female-owned company that proudly roasts all its coffee beans in its Brooklyn roastery, and 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.

18. Suite Habana Cafe

Restaurants Coffee shops Midtown

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 caffeine drinks, such as oat cortado made with Tu Café coffee and oat milk. The small but comfortable shop offers counter service and lounge seating where you’ll often find digital nomads enjoying the complimentary wi-fi.

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19. Pura Vida

Restaurants Juice bars

Head to this Instagrammable natural-food cafe for its stellar açaí bowls laid-back surfer vibes (even if you’ve never been on a board yourself). 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.

20. Imperial Moto Cafe

Restaurants Coffee shops Little River

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. 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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