Here at What Weekly, we believe that there’s not much better than a warm drink on a chilly Fall day– except for maybe a warm drink complete with good friends, a cozy atmosphere, and gourmet pastries aplenty. We’ve rounded up seven of our favorite coffee shops around the city to begin your perfect Fall season. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll even find some pumpkin spice!
Who are we without shouting out our neighbors up North Charles Street? Dooby’s is a favorite here at What Weekly, both for its delicious drink menu and to-die-for Korean barbeque. It’s the perfect place to sit and work, or to warm up with a cup of tea and some pork dumplings. You can’t leave without trying their delicious Morning Glory Muffin, stuffed with toasted coconut, carrots, and raisins. If you find that it’s a little late for coffee, walk a few blocks to Sugarvale, a newly opened cocktail bar run by the same owners.
A Baltimore classic, Red Emma’s Bookstore and Coffeehouse is an absolute essential stop for anyone with a coffee addiction and a passion for social justice. Red Emma’s is known for their socially responsible food, ranging from organic dairy, locally-sourced bread, and transparently traded coffee. They’re also entirely vegetarian, with vegan, soy-free, nut-free, and gluten-free options for those with dietary restrictions. After taking a look at their vast and mouthwatering menu, you’ll come for the food– but stay for the accessible social activism.
Latte art, anyone? 3 Bean Coffee is a solid cafe choice for any serious caffeine addicts out there, especially those with a sweet spot for specialty drinks. Check out the Honey Graham Latte or the Lavender Latte for some unique twists on everyone’s favorite brew, or top off your morning with some delicious Prigel Family Creamery ice cream if you’ve got a sweet tooth. Check out 3 Bean Coffee on Federal Hill– you definitely won’t regret it.
4. BAMF Cafe
BAMF Cafe is the hub of all things nerdy in the Baltimore coffee scene. Chill out with some geeky-themed drinks like Penguin’s cold brew ice coffee, Captain Americano, and Butterbeer for a day of reading comics, discussing plot twists, and avidly arguing about the limitations of the Avenger’s multiverse. Check out their events page for their weekly themed schedule, or just go in person and see what’s currently being marathoned. Level up your caffeination game and geek out!
For a more rustic aesthetic, we have Artifact Coffee on Union Ave. Artifact specializes in fresh, local, and hand-crafted food and drink, ranging from Japanese cold brew ice coffee to maple lattes. Don’t forget to try out their pastrami sandwich before you leave, it’s been called the best in the city!
Though it’s fairly new, Canèla is already making a name for itself as one of the best cafes in Baltimore. Located in upper Fells Point, Canela specializes in Mediterranean drinks and cuisine, boasting the best cappuccino in the city. Not cold enough for hot drinks? Canèla also has an array of delicious smoothies that can be easily customized to match whatever your taste buds desire. Be sure to also try one of their unique sandwiches!
Vegan muffins! Need I say more? Hampden’s Common Ground is cozy and quiet, typically full of people working and enjoying the cafe’s famous muffins. Check out Common Ground if you’re looking for a positive atmosphere for work and play, but also have a craving for some freshly roasted coffee and homemade quiche.
Charmington’s on North Howard Street is not only a prime study and work location, but also an excellent place for lunch and drinks. The cafe serves locally produced and organic food alongside Counter Culture coffee, a direct-trade coffee company. Try the delicious Spicy Tofu Sandwich or Black Bean Sriracha Burger, and don’t forget to wash it down with their delicious Honey Cardamom Latte or (of course) seasonal Pumpkin Spice Latte!
With dozens of coffee options available along with a wide variety of tea and food options, it’s no surprise that Ceremony Coffee Roasters is another major favorite of our’s. Their blends range from deep and smoky to sweet and reminiscent of… chocolate fudge cake? Ceremony is any coffee addict’s dream, just don’t forget to explore their assortment of breakfast items before you go!
Last but not least, Daily Grind is a classic Baltimore coffeehouse. Located in the beautiful Fell’s Point, Daily Grind is a reflection of the area’s quirky charm. The shop has a huge array of coffee roasted, as well as an assortment of unique and delicious lunch and breakfast options. One of the most interesting aspects of the coffee shop is its beautiful walls, which are decked out in funky local art and give the shop a calm yet inspiring flow. What are you waiting for? Come and grab some coffee!