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Your guide to Lexington’s coffee shops

If you don’t have coffee already in hand, consider this your sign to grab some.

A lavender latte

Sometimes a pretty drink is all you need. | Photo by LEXtoday

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For richer or pour over, Lexington’s coffee shops are what keep us going in the morning. Our city ranks among the top coffee cities in America thanks to factors like cafes per capita and the price of beans.

LEX has no shortage of masterful baristas, aromatic roasts, and foamy lattes. But if you’re having trouble deciding on a spot, gather some brews clues with our guide to some of the best coffee shops in Lexington.

Pro tip: If you need to refine your order, review the different kinds of coffee before stepping up to the counter.

Two men sit on outdoor seating in a grove.

Nate’s Hideaway is the perfect spot for a date night (or brunch.) | Photo by LEXtoday

Perfect for a date

Nate’s Coffee Hideaway, 200 W. Main St. | Head to The Melodeon for a perfect outdoor date space and enjoy a classic cup of coffee surrounded by greenery.

Coffee Times Coffee House, 2571 Regency Rd. | Hidden behind the chaos of Nicholasville Road, this gem features wholesale coffee, tea, light bites, and is connected to Street Scene Vintage.

Java Jukebox, 640 W Maxwell St. | Woo the music lover in your life by visiting this cafe that encompasses all things tunes, community, and coffee.

Lussi Brown Coffee Bar, 114 Church St. | Cozy, intimate, and atmospheric, this spot has options for both coffee + spirits enthusiasts. We recommend their espresso martini.

A barista hands a coffee cup to a customer through a drive-thru.

Good coffee can be convenient, too. | Photo courtesy of The Human Bean

On-the-go joe

The Human Bean, Various locations | Breakfast, coffee, and convenience — what more could you ask for? We recommend a caffeine-free Little Bean drink for the kids and an iced matcha for the adults.

7 Brew Coffee, Various locations | If you’re looking for a quick caffeine fix and a warm smile, you’ve found the right coffee shop.

Leestown Coffee, 1416 Leestown Rd. | This local coffee shop features exclusive, seasonal coffees, as well as rotating baked treats.

The inside of a coffee shop with a variety of seating options.

Wide open spaces make this the perfect coffee shop for solo work or a group hangout. | Photo courtesy of Kenwick Table

Plenty of outlets and internet connection

Kenwick Table, 201 Owsley Ave. | If you’re looking for plenty of space for heads-down work or a social environment, look no further. At this community-focused coffee shop, you can enjoy various coffees, teas, and cocktails with plenty of seating options.

McLeod’s Coffee House, 376 Southland Dr. | Funky interiors, a good cause, and warm, hard-working baristas make for the ideal work environment.

Old School Coffee, 380 S. Mill St. Ste. 110 | While this spot gets filled pretty quick, countless outlets and reliable internet connectivity are just the cherries on top of its warm atmosphere.

Third Street Stuff, 257 N. Limestone | The eccentric gift + coffee shop is perfect for a day of remote working or meeting up with coworkers.

A chicken salad sandwich sits on a wooden board near a pickle spear.

These chicken salad sandwiches are cluckin’ good. | Photo courtesy of Genesis Coffee House & Eatery

Best bites

High on Art & Coffee, 523 E. High St. | Bagels, womelette (omelettes made in a waffle iron), sandwiches, coffees, and lattes can all be found here for a perfect breakfast or lunch.

Broomwagon Bikes & Coffee, 800 N. Limestone | Need a bike tuneup? How about an Americano with your brunch? If so, this is your place.

Genesis Coffee House & Eatery, 1403 N. Forbes Rd. Ste 130 | Enjoy a full breakfast or lunch along with one of these carefully curated coffee drinks.

North Lime Coffee & Donuts, Various locations | With a rotating schedule, enjoy a massive assortment of donuts as well as coffee + seasonal sips.

A coffee drink with butterfly pea powder.

Creatures’ Cauldron mythical environment is guaranteed to inspire. | Photo by LEXtoday

Where to write your novel

The Creatures’ Cauldron Cafe, 128 N. Broadway | This Harry Potter-inspired cafe in the heart of downtown provides the perfect atmosphere to contemplate, reflect, and of course, and get caffeinated.

A Cup of Common Wealth, Various locations | Take in the sights and sounds of our vibrant city at either of these locations while sipping on Magic Beans roasted coffee.

Manchester Coffee Co., 576 E. Third St. Ste. 110 | No writer’s block here. With plenty of sunlight and outlets, this space will inspire you with its East End surroundings and delicious craft coffee.

Brevede, Various locations | This spot’s flower bar + cozy location in Chevy Chase will give you the ideal environment to sit down with your paper and pen, while tasting delicious European treats and coffee.

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