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

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.

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

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

We’re still dreaming of this chocolate and pistachio-covered waffle and fruit crepe from Dip N Crepe. | 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.

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.

Let your imagination run wild with your cup of joe at Third Street. | 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.

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.

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.

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Do you prefer to make coffee at home or get your coffee from a local business?

A. I brew my own drinks at home
B. I stop at my local coffee shop
C. I get my order from a large coffee chain (Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, Panera, etc.)
Monday, April 15
  • Applicants and AI | Monday, April 15 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Lexington Public Library: Marksbury Family Branch, 2197 Versailles Rd., Lexington | Free | Learn how to use modern-day AI resources and technology to create a professional resume — registration is required.
Tuesday, April 16
  • Gaythering: Queer Happy Hour + Networking | Tuesday, April 16 | 5-8 p.m. | Greyline Station, 101 W. Loudon Ave., Lexington | Free | Mingle and network at this monthly happy hour that benefits AVOL Kentucky.
Wednesday, April 17
  • Seedling in Steam: Garden Club | Wednesday, April 17 | 9:30-10:30 a.m. | The Living Arts & Science Center, 362 N. Martin Luther King Blvd., Lexington | Free | Bring the kids to learn all about gardening through activity-based science projects.
Thursday, April 18
  • Disney On Ice presents “Frozen” & “Encanto” | Thursday, April 18-Sunday, April 21 | Times vary | Rupp Arena, 430 W. Vine St., Lexington | $25.47-$100 | Glide over to see a performance that melds the music and characters of your kids’ favorite Disney movies.
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News Notes
  • Urgent Vet Lexington is now open at The Summit at Fritz Farm. The emergency vet stop, located at 4084 Finn Way, offers same-day appointments + walk-ins for your furry friends dealing with the unexpected. It’s open Monday-Friday, 3 -11 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday, 12-8 p.m.
  • Say hello to the Lexington Children’s Museum, where you can expect all the same kid-friendly fun + some upgrades. The museum is bringing new programming, a new STEM-focused exhibit (the first in 10 years), and more opportunities for low-income families and those with sensory sensitivities.
  • Get excited to meat a fresh look on a familiar restaurant. Blue Door Smokehouse BBQ has officially opened the doors at its new location, 819 National Ave., Ste. 140. Swing by Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., or Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., to get your fix of its famous brisket and pulled chicken.
  • On the Move Art Studio will host a Kids Art Day at Crank + Boom on Monday, April 22, aka Earth Day. Swing by the ice cream shop’s Distillery District location, 4-7 p.m., where children can create their own works of art using sustainable paints + recycled cardboard.
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  • If you need a mid-month pick-me-up (because same), then we’re going to let you in on a little secret: District 7 Social Hall is your one-stop shop for all things fun and games. Hint: A free ping pong lounge and cannonball-sized bowling balls with no finger holes are involved.*
  • On a budget (or feeling the pain of inflation)? See these budget-friendly meals + recipes (think: feeding the fam for $15 and inexpensive heat and eat options).*
  • Did you know? This week is National Work Zone Safety Week. This campaign encourages motorists to exercise extreme caution when traveling through work zones to keep workers safe. Take a look at eight work zone safety tips from Columbia Gas.*
  • Spring is here — which means it’s a great time to start checking things off your spring bucket list. One recommendation: Take a trip to Mercer County. From hiking and golfing to festivals, there’s something for everyone — plan your trip.*
Return of the Mark
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BBN gave Coach Pope a warm welcome over the weekend. | Giphy by LEXtoday
Nearly 30 years after the 1996 NCAA Championship title came home to Lexington, one of the players on the winning team is becoming a Wildcat again.

Mark Pope has officially been announced as the new head coach for the UK men’s basketball team after holding the same title for five years at Brigham Young University. As the BBN enters this new era, here’s a few fast facts about Coach Pope:
  • He was the 1996 team captain
  • He was roommates with fellow player Jeff Sheppard, aka Reed Sheppard’s dad
  • He is the only other coach, aside from Adolph Rupp himself, to both play + coach the team
  • He played professionally from 1997 to 2005
“The University of Kentucky is the pinnacle of coaching in college basketball. It’s the definition of blueblood program where hanging a banner is the expectation ever year,” Pope said in a statement to UK Athletics.

The five-year contract will see Pope average $5.5 million per season. Welcome back, Coach.
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As a very casual basketball fan and former theater kid, my favorite thing I’ve learned about Mark Pope has to be his impressive rapping skills.
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