The 10+ Best Coffee Shops in Columbus, Ohio

A coffee shop is more than a place to grab a hot drink. The right one can give you a much-needed break in the middle of a workday. It can provide a comfortable space to catch up with friends. It can be a convenient spot to grab a snack and perfectly brewed beverage. There is much to love about the right coffee shop!

Whether you’re going solo, with a book, or with a loved one, any place on our list of the best coffee shops in Columbus is a safe bet. You will love every sip. We selected them specifically because each adds something unique to the local scene, so don’t hesitate to try a different one based on your mood!

The Roosevelt Coffeehouse

The Roosevelt CoffeeHouse has made it its mission to support organizations that fight local and global injustices like unclean water and human trafficking, like Good for Clean Water, Good for Fighting Hunger, and Good for Fighting Human Trafficking.

There are many other great things about this unique coffee shop. The ease of parking, with an entire lot on the 6th Street side of the building, the extensive list of beverages, and the laid-back feel, make it an easy pick for this list of the best coffee shops in Columbus.

Try the Chemex coffee, the americano, the Black Medicine iced coffee, or one of the donuts or gluten-free pastries while listening to the vinyl records spinning in the background. You won’t be disappointed!

Service options: Dine-in · Curbside pickup

300 E Long St, Columbus, OH 43215, United States • (614) 670-5228

Photo Credit: The Roosevelt Coffeehouse

Cafe De Nook

Cafe de Nook, previously known as Hemingway’s Coffee Nook, is a small Parisian-style coffee shop serving delicious coffee, pastries, and lunch items. While the place is fairly small, they offer outdoor seating and you will usually find a spot to enjoy a cinnamon roll or muffin with one of their tasty drinks.

The menu is extensive, but some of their best-selling brews include Nook Favorites like the Eiffel Tower (white chocolate, tiramisu, espresso, steamed milk, and whipped cream), hot or iced espresso classics like their cappucino, coffee alternatives like the Chai Tea Latte, or just grab a fruit smoothie if you aren’t in the mood for caffeine. They have specifically-labeled gluten-free options.

Service options: Dine-in · Takeout · No delivery

175 S 3rd St, Columbus, OH 43215, United States • (614) 745-3712

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Parable Coffee

Thought by many to be one of the best coffee shops in Columbus, Parable Coffee is the perfect spot for unique coffee drinks that aren’t overly sweet but rather well-balanced yet still memorable. Customers rave about their Single Origin espresso, Sweet Latte with Lavender, and Rishi Turmeric Chai Latte. Don’t forget to grab a housemade butter croissant or a seasonal speciality.

Quite interestingly, Parable Coffee is a gratuity-free business that strives to pay all employees a living wage. But if you happen to find the prices a bit high for you, you are welcome to “pay what you like.”

Service options: Dine-in · Curbside pickup

149 S High St, Columbus, OH 43215 • (614) 636-0341

Photo Credit: Parable Coffee

Upper Cup Coffee

While the food offerings can be scarce in some coffee shops, Upper Cup Coffee offers delicious options like the Spicey Turkey, an oven-toasted sandwich with smoked turkey, spicy three-pepper Colby jack cheese, spinach, tomato, banana peppers, and spicy chipotle chili aioli on a kaiser roll, or the Upper Cup Egg Sandwich, where egg and diced jalapeños, onions, smoked gouda cheese, and your choice of tavern ham or smoked turkey are served on a kaiser roll.

And of course, their drink menu has everything you would expect from one of the best coffee shops in Columbus, like French press coffee, cappucino, iced drinks including an Iced Chai, and many espresso options. Their milk options include whole milk, skim milk, oat milk, almond milk, and half & half.

Service options: Dine-in · Takeout · No delivery

79 Parsons Ave, Columbus, OH 43215 •  (614) 220-0206

Photo Credit: Upper Cup Coffee

Bottoms Up Coffee

Do you need a comfortable place to focus on work or catch up with friends? If so, Bottoms Up Coffee will be right up your alley. It even offers private rooms if needed. They have plenty of vegan options on their menu, including Lentil Empenadas, Pop-Tarts, Cookies, and Muffins. This Black- and woman-owned business also actively raises funds to deliver diapers to local families, earning it a top spot in our list of the best coffee shops in Columbus.

Many would say that the highlight of Bottoms Up Coffee is the drinks menu, like Affogato (espresso with vanilla ice cream), the Brown Sugar Cinnamon Latte, and the Dragon Fruit Chai, but especially the Rainy Day Coffee with cotton candy dripping into it as it melts. They also have several tea options, from Earl Gray to Matcha.

Service options: Dine-in · Curbside pickup · No-contact delivery

1069 W Broad St, Columbus, OH 43222 • (614) 662-2212

Photo Credit: Bottoms Up Coffee

Third Way Café

Look no further if you’re in need of a quiet spot with reasonable prices and a brunch area in the back if you’d like more than a drink. Third Way Café has an exciting drink menu featuring a perfectly foamy London Fog, a deliciously creamy Hot Chocolate, and a perfectly spiced Iced Chai Tea Latte, alongside Drip Coffee, Double Espresso, and Café au Lait.

Service options: Dine-in · Takeout · No delivery

3058 W Broad St, Columbus, OH 43204 • (513) 449-0082

Photo Credit: Third Way Café

Coffee Underground

This basement coffee shop is considered by many students and younger crowds as one of the best coffee shops in Columbus. But this doesn’t mean that you’ll need to put up with a noisy environment. Rather, Coffee Underground is a great place to study, read a book, or enjoy a little quiet.

But in addition to the top-notch drinks, what makes it stand out is the fact that it is a non-profit organization started by the Indianola Church where you can play board games, print documents for free, or just hang out with no purchase necessary.

Coffee Underground - Leaf design placed on coffee

Service options: Dine-in · Takeout · No delivery

2141 Indianola Ave, Columbus • (614) 725-1805

Photo Credit: Coffee Underground

Pistacia Vera

This gem of a place features stunning pastries and delicious drinks that will have you going back for more. Pistacia Vera offers seasonal drinks like their hot or iced Pistachio Latte (made with espresso, pistachio sauce, and your choice of milk), warming Valrhona mocha or hot cocoa, and of course, a wide range of coffee and espresso.

Pistacia Vera also shines with its brunch and lunch offerings like their Mushroom Quiche (a pâte brisée filled with cremini and shiitake mushrooms, shallots, thyme, aged emmentaler cheese and parmigiano-reggiano), their pastries, including a perfect Rye Croissant with molasses and caraway and Almond Croissant soaked in brandy syrup, and classic desserts including several types of Eclairs and a Raspberry Cassis Flourless Torte, featuring layers of flourless chocolate cake, ganache, raspberry cassis preserves, and cassis chocolate mousse.

Service options: Dine-in · Curbside pickup · No-contact delivery

541 S 3rd St, Columbus, OH 43215 • (614) 220-9070

Photo Credit: Pistacia Vera

Honey Cup Coffee Company

Honey Cup Coffee Company may not have a website or phone number handy, but raving customers still crowned it as one of the best coffee shops in Columbus. The baristas are known for their friendliness and helpfulness, and they feature unusual but delightful ingredients in their menu like pandan, a fragrant tropical plant that smells of grassy vanilla, and tahini, or sesame paste.

Try the Pandan Brown Sugar Cubano, the Iced Cappucino, or the Vanilla Oatmilk Latte. Unlike many coffee shops, they do not charge extra for non-dairy milk alternatives.

Service options: Dine-in · Takeout · No delivery

310 E Hudson St, Columbus, OH 43202

Photo Credit: Honey Cup Coffee Company

Yeah, Me Too Coffee

The phenomenal coffee at Yeah, Me Too Coffee earns this unconventional spot a de facto place on our list of the best coffee shops in Columbus. While there is no seating to speak of outside of the counter and no fancy flavored drinks, customers will free up their Saturday to get a freshly brewed cup of coffee or a bag of beans.

Pick a coffee, a size, and optional creamer or sugar, and feel good supporting a local business that really cares about the quality of the beans served.

Service options: Dine-in · Takeout · No delivery

3005 Indianola Ave, Columbus, OH 43202

Photo Credit: Honey Cup Coffee Company

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