Although you can find a Starbucks on almost any corner in Manhattan—luckily, still less frequent in most of Brooklyn—skip the chains and tuck into one of the NYC coffee shops that the locals love to frequent!

Here are my 16 best coffee shops in NYC for when I need an early-morning caffeine jolt, a sunny window seat to read a book, a spot to catch up with a friend, or simply a place with a killer playlist and decent wifi.

Best Coffee Shops in NYC

Although the vibe and offerings differ at each, one thing is guaranteed: excellent coffee, made by baristas who know what they’re doing.

Two Hands – Little Italy

I think they do the best avocado toast in the city, and you can indulge Aussie peculiarities like a Tim-Tam Slam or a perfectly spread layer of Vegemite on your toast here.

La Colombe – Tribeca, SoH0, Wall Street

In the summer, they have lattes and iced coffee on draft—they’ll combine both to do a coffee version of a Black and Tan, which is to die for.

In Common NYC Cafe

I can highly recommend the Avocado toast, shakshuka sourdough, and a granola bowl so big it’s hard to finish, but so tasty you keep trying.

City of Saints – Manhattan & Bushwick

The recently-opened cavernous space features plenty of skylights and a lively graffiti wall mural.

Devocion – Brooklyn

One of the newer additions to the Williamsburg coffee scene, the Devocion’s understated black exterior gives no hints to the sunny oasis that lies within.

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