Best Breakfasts in Columbus: 12 Coffee Shops We Love

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly
Roosevelt Coffeehouse

Editor’s Note: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, some coffee shops on this list may be temporarily closed; others are offering carryout/delivery only. Please call to check availability.

Bake Me Happy

106 E. Moler St., Merion Village, 614-477-3642, bakemehappygf.com

It’s not hard to be happy at this inclusive gathering place from owners Wendy Miller Pugh and Letha Pugh. Thunderkiss Coffee complements the house-baked, gluten-free goodies.

Brioso Coffee

53 N. High St., Downtown, 614-670-8490, briosocoffee.com

As shabby as Brioso’s original home on Gay Street was, it was hard to say goodbye. The new shop, located in The Citizens building on High Street, is more compact and certainly sleeker—cranking out cappuccinos and Cubanos from a state-of-the-art espresso machine.

Coffee Connections

4004 Main St., Hilliard, 614-664-3993, coffeeconnections.me

Operating out of a house in Old Hilliard with lots of cozy nooks, this community-minded coffeehouse is “all about the people.” This year, the growing business will add a fourth location inside Old Hilliard’s Center Street Market.

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Fox in the Snow Café

1031 N. Fourth St., Italian Village, foxinthesnow.com

The souffléed egg sandwiches. The superb pastries. This no-Wi-Fi coffee shop/bakery caught a wave in 2014 and hasn’t stopped, helping to kick off a resurgence along Fourth Street. It was named one of America’s best coffeehouses last year by Food & Wine.

Global Gallery Coffee Shop

3535 N. High St., Clintonville, 614-262-5535, globalgallerycolumbus.com

This nonprofit coffee shop in the center of Clintonville offers fair-trade coffee from its in-house roaster, Ramble Coffee, as well as handcrafted products. In warm weather, the café’s patio comes alive on Saturdays during the neighborhood’s weekly farmers market. 

Java Central Café and Roaster

20 S. State St., Westerville, 614-839-0698, javacentral.coffee

Uptown Westerville’s quintessential college café sports mismatched furniture, local art and a quiet back room for reading—when there’s not live music, that is.

Mission Coffee Co.

11 Price Ave., Short North, 614-300-0648, missioncoffeeco.com

Mission’s industrial, brick-walled coffee shop seems dropped from Seattle into the Short North. Go for the carefully sourced coffees, the baristas’ craftsmanship and the Mmelo pastries.

One Line Coffee at Capitol Square

41 S. High St., Downtown, 614-754-8356, onelinecoffee.com

Downtown professionals flock to One Line’s hip coffee bar inside the Huntington building for the friendly service, pour-overs and expertly crafted espresso drinks.

Roosevelt Coffeehouse

300 E. Long St., Downtown, 614-670-5228, rooseveltcoffee.org

Kenny Sipes’ bustling shop near CCAD serves its own roasts and doubles as a social enterprise. A Franklinton location opened last year in Gravity.

Pistacia Vera

541 S. Third St., German Village, 614-220-9070, pistaciavera.com

Stunning pastries, quiches and macarons are no longer the only draw here. In 2018, the European-style café revamped its beverage program to match its all-star food offerings.

Stauf’s Coffee Roasters

1334 Neil Ave., Campus, 614-928-3993, staufs.com

Last year, Columbus’ oldest coffee roaster added its most ambitious café, inside a renovated historic church. Soaring ceilings and stained glass windows lend the space an air of grandeur for sipping single-origin roasts over organic chemistry textbooks.

Upper Cup Coffee Co.

79 Parsons Ave., Olde Towne East, 614-220-0206, uppercupcoffee.com

Since 2011, Micael Habte’s coffee shop in OTE (a second is in Gahanna) has been a friendly constant, connecting with neighbors through house-roasted coffee, art and live music in this up-and-coming neighborhood.

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