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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.

Barista pours an iced drink into a glass.

Whether you’re looking for a boozy or caffeinated treat (or both), Lussi Brown has you covered. | Photo courtesy of Lussi Brown Coffee Bar

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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.

Chaotic Good: Coffee, Comics & Games, 545 S. Broadway | Just as the name suggestions, you can sip your brewed beverage while borrowing a board game, or reserve a table for role-playing games.

A person hands another person a drink in a drive-thru.

Get your trendy drink fix at Coffee Queens. | Photo courtesy of @coffeequeens.ky

On-the-go joe

Coffee Queens, 1757 Alexandria Dr. | What’s better than a caffeinated beverage? A beautiful caffeinated beverage, which is exactly what you can expect at this drive-thru stand featuring seasonal sips.

Dutch Bros Coffee, 234 E. New Circle Rd. | Fast, speedy, and delicious is the name of the game at this drive-thru spot.

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, award-winning cold brew, as well as rotating baked treats.

Molly and Aayat sitting at a Kenwick Table on their laptops.

City Editors Molly + Aayat love coworking at Kenwick Table. | Photo by @femibranded

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.

Bad Ass Coffee, Various locations | Take a trip to paradise while accomplishing all of your important tasks for the day.

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.

One plate featuring a waffle drizzled with pistachio and chocolate hazelnut sauce and another plate with a crepe covered in fruit

Drooling yet? | Photo by LEXtoday

Best bites

Dip N Crepe, 3801 Mall Rd., Ste. 135 | Get your sweet tooth fix with one of these loaded, colorful crepes to pair with any one of its coffee options.

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. Note: Genesis is currently closed for renovations.

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.

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

Rise N Brine Chicken Biscuits, 331 Romany Rd. | Good luck trying to choose from its dozens of stacked biscuits and one of the many drinks they have on their coffee menu.

Grounded All Day Cafe, 106 Burke Rd. | This family-friendly neighborhood coffee shop boasts a food menu full of bagels, house-made spreads, salads + soups.

The outside of a coffee shop covered in art.

Cap off graduation with colorful photos. | Photo courtesy of @adventuresinourtinylife

Where to write your novel

Third Street Stuff, 257 N. Limestone | The eccentric shop is perfect for anyone looking for a jolt of inspiration, creativity, and of course, caffeine.

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 | Frolick through the flower bar at its Distillery District location or get cozy in Chevy Chase. Either way, you’ll have the ideal environment to sit down with your paper and pen, while tasting delicious European treats and coffee.

The exterior of Nate's Coffee in downtown Lexington

Nate’s Coffee is your one-stop-shop for a cup of coffee or a bag of fresh beans. | Photo by Andrew Cohen + Nate’s Coffee

In-house roasted beans

Nate’s Coffee, 125 Cheapside | This downtown spot not only services businesses around Lexington, they also sell a charity blend that supports community organizations.

4th Level Roasters, 2416 Palumbo Dr., Ste. 110 | This wife-husband-owned roastery offers a wide variety of coffees and teas available for individual and wholesale purchase. Bonus: They won first place in the 2022 Cold Brew Festival.

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.

Be the barista

Shop our favorite coffee essentials to turn your house into our city’s next great coffee destination.

Ready to go all in? The Breville Barista Espresso Machine is a best-selling espresso machine that makes coffee shop-worthy lattes, cappuccinos, and espresso at home.

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