Caffeine fiends unite. We take a look at the top five coffee shops in Las Vegas with nary a Starbucks or Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf to be found.
1 The Beat Coffeehouse and Records
Equal parts shop, bar, and artist hangout, The Beat is one of Fremont East’s premier hubs and a regular go-to joint for hip Downtowners such as Tony Hsieh. Relax with a signature specialty beverage while a local band performs onstage. Open until midnight six days a week and until 5 p.m. on Sundays—try the baked French toast with housemade coffee ice cream for brunch.
2 Sambalatte Torrefazione
Westsiders flock to this Boca Park hangout for the best Nutella lattes, fruit tarts, and hot chocolate around. With its international tea and java collection, Sambalatte offers unique twists on classic coffeehouse selections. It has also turned foam into a literal art form, transforming the frothy goodness into intricate designs such as hearts and leaves.
3 Sunrise Coffee Co.
Known as much for its inviting atmosphere as its fair-trade and shade-grown organic coffee blends, Sunrise Coffee Co. welcomes patrons with walls lined with books, plush armchairs, and large tables for card games. The vegetarian-inspired menu packs a flavorful punch of exotic spices with small plates.
4 Bentley’s Coffee
If you like your morning brew with a little bit of rock ’n’ roll, look no further than Bentley’s Coffee. Speakers line the drive-through queue to offer a different kind of morning jolt, while its in-house roast master blends, roasts, and infuses each batch of coffee beans according to a specific (and top-secret) roasting recipe.
5 Holley’s Cuppa
Owner Holley Steeley’s passion for coffee is second only to her artistic bent—she’s also an aerialist-acrobat in Le Rêve at Wynn. “I love the atmosphere there,” she says. “Everyone’s happy at a coffee shop.” Her exploration of coffee farms, crops, and roasting styles ensures the highest-quality cup of joe at her shop in Mountain’s Edge.