There is nothing like a hot cup of coffee to get your day started, no matter what the temperature outside may be. And, in the Magic City, there are many options beyond your home-brewed variety. Here are our picks for the best coffee shops in Birmingham!
The Best Coffee Shops in Birmingham
Church Street Coffee and Books
81 Church Street, Mountain Brook, AL 35213
Hours: Sunday, 7 a.m to 10 p.m.; Monday through Saturday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m
Church Street Coffee and Books is a local coffee shop gem. Not only do they offer great customer service and baked goods made in-house, but they also serve great coffee that is locally sourced from Homewood’s Octane. It’s definitely worth the visit for a skinny latte and a breakfast bite or a breakup cookie.
Church Street also offers a large variety of books and the staff is always ready with a recommendation or two. Book orders can even be sent in via text and will be ready for pickup or free delivery to the Mountain Brook community within 2 days. This full-service coffee shop is what caffeine connoisseurs’ dreams are made of!
2831 18th Street South, Homewood, AL 35209
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
569 Brookwood Village, Suite. 101, Birmingham, AL 35209
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
2915 Highland Avenue, Birmingham, AL 35205
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Sunday, 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Harbert Center – 1901 Sixth Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35203
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed
O’Henry’s Coffees has been serving up some of the best coffee in the area since 1993. O’Henry’s currently has four Birmingham locations in Homewood, the Regions/Harbert Center downtown, Brookwood Village and Highland Park for coffee drinkers to enjoy. What sets them apart is that they roast their coffee in a facility in Homewood and have been for over 25 years. They roast small batches to provide consistently delicious coffee every time you order. O’Henry’s offers 40 coffee varieties including single origin micro-lots and the most delicious mocha java blend you’ve ever had.
O’Henry’s was most recently voted the best coffee house in Birmingham by Birmingham Magazine and for good reason! This coffee shop boasts a friendly, knowledgeable staff, tasty food and drinks, and a relaxed and laid back environment for their customers to enjoy.
The Red Cat Coffee House
2901 2nd Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35233
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, closed
1701 1st Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35233
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Red Cat Coffee House owners Kirk Summers and Erin Isbell began by roasting small-batch coffees using a home roaster and selling them at the Pepper Place Saturday Market. When demand continued to grow, the pair decided to open their own shop. All about sustainable coffee, the folks at The Red Cat focus on the quality of the coffee and the fair treatment of the laborers who actually cultivate and harvest it. To achieve that end, and to create a perfect cup of coffee for their customers, they make yearly treks to the coffee farms themselves, visiting farms in locales such as the volcanic slopes of Boquete, Panama, the high mountains around Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic, or estates in Costa Rica and El Salvador. So you can rest assured your cup of joe has been thoroughly vetted! If coffee is not your cup of tea, The Red Cat also provides live entertainment on weekends featuring indie, folk and acoustic artists. They also serve beer! Visit them at Pepper Place or their newest location near Railroad Park.
2024 3rd Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35203
Hours: Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
New to the scene is Santos Coffee, located on 3rd Avenue North in downtown Birmingham. This idyllic spot is the perfect nook for studying, writing or simply relaxing. With seating outside and inside, there is no shortage of space for their patrons to sit back and enjoy a hot (or cold) cup of joe. Not only do they offer delicious coffee that is made from 100% Guatemalan Arabic beans, but they also have crepes and donut waffles that are out of this world. Yep, they are as delicious as they sound. When you head in, make sure to order a Mint latte and tell them your friends at StyleBlueprint sent you.
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Satellite in Saturn
200 41st Street South, Birmingham, AL 35222
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m, to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Satellite located inside of Saturn in Avondale serves up some delicious freshly brewed Domestique coffee and delicious pastries from various local vendors. Satellite boasts a laidback environment that is perfect for those who want to connect with friends, relax with a food book, or work on their to-do list. There is spacious seating, USB chargers built into the bar, and free open-network WiFi. Once the coffee shop closes, be sure to head back to the bar for a delicious cocktail or catch a show at Saturn.
Filter Coffee Parlor
1927 11th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35205
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Located on 11th Avenue South, Filter Coffee Parlor strives to “connect the community by providing a place that allows patrons to engage with each other”. This mission statement is something Filter truly lives up to. It was really important to the coffee shop to offer an event space reserved for special programming that promotes community.
Owners James Little and Jill Marlar say, “It’s all about coffee, but its more than just coffee.” Filter serves some of the best high-quality coffee, teas, specialty drinks, and seasonal foods. With their coffee sourced from Alabama roasters, you know each cup is going to be consistently smooth, rich and delicious.
Woodlawn Cycle Café
5530 1st Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35212
Hours: Monday and Tuesday, closed; Wednesday through Sunday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tucked away in Woodlawn is the chic and modern Woodlawn Cycle Café. This café is much more than just a coffeehouse. Woodlawn offers a full espresso bar, a full menu, beer and wine. Woodlawn Cycle has a posh, minimalistic aesthetic and is the perfect spot when you need to get a quick caffeine fix. Their espresso is out of this world and will definitely help you get over any mid-day slump! In need of a space to host an upcoming baby shower, rehearsal dinner or company meeting? Their event space is the perfect quaint location for an intimate affair. Woodlawn Cycle Cafe is a favorite for locals and visitors alike and we can certainly see why.
2832 Linden Avenue, Homewood, AL 35209
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
New to Homewood on Linden Avenue is Caveat Coffee. Caveat strives to “offer high-quality coffee in a comfortable environment while creating connections with those you care about most”. Their coffee is sourced from La Coloumbe roasters in Philadelphia, PA and we can tell you from experience that it is a great-tasting cup of joe! While we think their coffee is amazing, the oat milk vanilla latte is a StyleBlueprint team favorite.
If you’re not in the mood for coffee, try one of their beers or a glass of wine. Caveat has placed a huge emphasis on their event space that can accommodate 10-100 people. It’s the perfect location for a bridesmaids luncheon, baby shower or corporate affair. In a hurry? No problem! Caveat has a pick-up window that’s perfect for when you need a caffeine re-charge on a tight schedule. Just place an order online and you’re set to go.
The Neighborhood Brew
5184 Caldwell Mill Road Suite 206, Hoover, AL 35244
Hours: Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, closed
Located in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover, the Neighborhood Brew is a coffeehouse meant to feel like your “home away from home.” This coffee shop strives for every customer that walks through the door to be treated like family. With the passion of bringing together people from their community, Neighborhood Brew serves up some fantastic coffee, beer, wine, pastries and other food items. The atmosphere is very relaxing and is the perfect spot to connect with a friend over a cup (or maybe a glass of wine), study or grab a quick snack. If you’re looking to venture out of downtown, make Neighborhood Brew in Hoover your next spot.
Lucy’s Coffee & Tea
2007 University Boulevard, Birmingham, Alabama
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed
Lucy’s is the perfect coffee spot for locals and visitors alike. Enjoy our favorite, EggMacLucy, which is a combination of egg, cheese, bacon, sausage or veggie sausage, on an English muffin or bagel for breakfast. In need of a tasty lunch? They have that, too. All of their homemade soups, salads and paninis are delicious! Lucy’s serves only the best 100% organic espresso blend so coffee lovers are sure to love their drinks as well. Recognized for their friendly staff and inviting atmosphere, Lucy’s is a staple in downtown Birmingham and in the coffeehouse scene in the Magic City.
1826 3rd Avenue North, Unit 101, Birmingham, AL 35203
Hours: Monday thourgh Sunday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Revelator is no stranger to Birmingham. Since 2014, the team at Revelator has intentionally built strong relationships with their coffee producers to ensure the best coffee for their customers. Revelator sources their coffee beans seasonally in order to keep their menu fluid and ever-changing. They offer coffee that showcases variety and regions around the world. The goal behind Revelator is that everyone would feel welcome in their shop and that diversity within their staff and customers alike would be celebrated. In 2015, Revelator opened a 15,000 square foot roasting facility right here in Birmingham. Stop by the downtown Revelator location and enjoy a cup of that coffee that is served with impressive intentionality and care.
Seeds Coffee Co.
174 Oxmoor Road, Birmingham, AL 35209
Hours: Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, closed
If you’re in the mood to kick back and enjoy a delicious cup of joe, you may want to head over to Homewood and take a seat in Seeds Coffee Co. This quaint coffee shop has an inviting, hospitable feel that encourages patrons of all ages to truly relax and drink good coffee. Whether you want to socialize with your closest friends, host small meetings, work or just enjoy the views, Seeds Coffee Co. is the best place for you. Their coffee is ethically-sourced and seriously tasty. Need something cold? Try their nitro cold brew. You’ll be very glad you did.
2320 2nd Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35203
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Cafe); 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (Breakfast); 11 a.m to 4 p.m. (Lunch); Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Cafe); 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. (Breakfast); 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.(Lunch); Sunday, closed
Since 2007, Urban Standard has been serving the Magic City delicious coffee, breakfast, lunch and pastries. The team at Urban Standard strives to be inviting and informative, thus making them a staple in the downtown Birmingham community. Urban Standard strongly believes in “serving simple, delicious food and coffee alongside warm hospitality in a unique atmosphere.” Whether you’ve lived in Birmingham your whole life or just moved in, take one step inside Urban Standard and you’ll feel right at home.
1909 Cahaba Road, Birmingham, AL 35223
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
To be transported to the English countryside, head over to Continental Bakery on Cahaba Road. This peaceful, quaint bakery is home to some of the most delectable pastries, breads and baked goods in Birmingham. Prepped each day from scratch, customers are sure to notice the incredible quality of each item prepared in the bakery. All the bread served at Continental Bakery is made using natural ingredients, shaped by hand and baked on a stone hearth. It truly doesn’t get any better! Pop in, grab a cup of coffee, pick out your favorite pastry and enjoy every second spent at this very special Birmingham gem.
Spend your next coffee break at any of these local Birmingham shops! Enjoy, caffeine lovers.
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