New York City is one of the most international cities in the world, and with that comes different types of coffee from all over the globe. It doesn’t matter if its origin is Ethiopia, Indonesia, or Ecuador—coffee shops in NYC definitely carry it. Though Brooklyn is known as the capital of coffee shops, there are plenty of hip spots to hang out in Manhattan, too. During your stay, be sure to find a cozy spot and watch the bustle of the NYC streets from inside one of these coffee shops in Manhattan.
The Chipped Cup
You would walk right by this place if you didn’t know it was there, but that’s what makes The Chipped Cup one of West Harlem’s greatest secrets. Located in Hamilton Heights, you look for the bright blue banner, which is hardly wider than a doorway. It’s on the ground floor, and as you descend the steps, it feels like you’re stepping into a speakeasy or something straight out of Alice in Wonderland. The inside is cozy, but, like Alice, you stumble upon the real charm of this place in the back. There you find the quiet courtyard that’s covered in greenery.
Grounded Organic Coffee & Tea House
The West Village is one of the best places for people watching in New York, and the comfortable Grounded Organic Coffee & Tea House provides excellent seats. You find it nestled into a nondescript row of red brick buildings on Jane Street. This cafe is always packed (good luck getting a seat!), but for a great reason—it’s one of just a few boutique cafes in the area. The handwritten signs make you feel more like you’re hanging out in someone’s warehouse apartment than a coffee shop. You order a new exotic blend from Sumatra, add peanut butter to your smoothie, and order a portobello and Gorgonzola sandwich on pressed ciabatta. It’s the kind of place where those combinations are possible.
Two Hands Cafe
One step into this open-air space transports you straight to Melbourne, Australia, another home to some of the best coffee shops in the world. The coffee is Australian (flat white, please!), the staff is Australian (g’day!), the menu is Australian (avocado toast, anyone?), and the vibe is distinctly laid-back Australian. You’re transported back to your study-abroad days. The bright and rustic nature of Two Hands Cafe means it’s your ideal place to spend a Sunday afternoon chatting with your neighbors, international or not.
Toby’s Estate Coffee
This famous hipster spot for coffee in Brooklyn has expanded into Manhattan. Perhaps the most well-known coffee shops in the city, Toby’s Estate is the definition of trendy. In fact, you feel cool just stepping inside. The whitewashed walls and decorated shelves complement the baristas with thick beards and trucker caps. You don’t worry about bringing anything to read. You take your cup of house blend latte and flaky pastry, and peruse a selection of books in the coffee shop, courtesy of NYC staple The Strand.
With locations all over the city, Birch is an NYC institution. With locally roasted coffee on tap, it’s no wonder they continue to expand. The minimal decor lends itself to an overall aesthetic that indicates, first and foremost, what their brand is about—serving different types of coffee from all over the world. Plus, you get antsy waiting to see the foam design the barista makes in your drink. Birch doesn’t let you bring your laptop, but that’s OK. You appreciate the reminder of what it was like drinking at coffee shops in the olden days.