Coffeehouses like “Central Perk” may have fallen with the Friends, but meeting places for cups o’ joe have not completely succumbed to Starbucks’ siren song. Here are the best places to get fuel up for a sleepless night or simply make a day of it.
While Starbucks is finally getting in on the home coffee game, Nespresso is getting in on the coffee bar action. The luxurious space is brightly colored, to echo their famous colorful capsules and has a boutique where you can find their wares their amazing expresso machines along with tons of accessories and those handy dandy capsules. Just don't ask for a to-go cup o joe.
2 Panther Coffee
Characterized by its mission to roast and prepare the finest coffees in the world, Panther Coffee is a Miami-based coffee retailer and wholesaler that specializes in providing the best quality coffee in the city. After 20 years perfecting the art of coffee, husband-and-wife team Joel and Leticia Pollock guarantee a unique experience for coffee-fanatics. Every cup of coffee is roasted on site, in small batches, which the Pullocks have personally selected based on taste. Look for Panther popping up in bakeries across the city and soon - New York.
3 Coffee bar at The James Royal Palm
The coolest new hotel coffee bar and offers a serious experience for those who love coffee. Signature coffees such as flecha roja, la perlita and los delirious are some of customers’ favorites. The coffee is brewed freshly cup by cup and the amicable staff is more than willing to explain their processes with the detail of a sommelier. Grab a pastry made from scratch by the hotel’s chef every day.
4 Pasion del Cielo
A coffee enthusiast’s coffee shop, Pasion curates a selection of coffee beans from around the globe and brews each cup, accordingly. The menu filled with frappes, espressos and specialty drinks such as the Mexican Hot Chocolate and 11 different coffee beans including an authentic Kona and Blue Mountain option. The exposed brick wall, rich leather sofas and coffee barrels adorning the café make for a true coffeehouse experience.
Originally known for their “l’espresso originale,” the cafes have expanded around the city and into full menus. Popular both as a meeting place, and a great destination to grab a real cup of Italian expresso. The best locale for sipping a cup is still the original, on Lincoln Road.