Top spots for a downtown Columbus coffee fix (that aren't named Starbucks)
Roosevelt Coffeehouse. Photo by Nicholas Dekker
Why settle for a chain coffee shop you can find anywhere in the world when you have so many locally owned and unique ones to choose from right here in downtown Columbus? Check out these fan-favorite (or brand new!) coffee shops and cafes, get acquainted with their friendly baristas and make your morning stop at someplace that'snotStarbucks (you can do it, we believe in you).
Brioso (14 E. Gay Street)
Brioso is hard to miss, mostly because of the smell of roasted coffee that fills the street. The owner, Jeff Davis, roasts his own coffee beans every morning in-store. The store is lined with sacks of coffee beans and bicycle wheels hanging from the ceiling; it's a place you won't forget. Their soups, salads and baked goods are all made from scratch as well.
Cup O Joe and MoJoe Lounge (149 South High Street)
This chic coffee shop with a sit-at bar and fireplace combines the love of coffee and alcohol. MoJoe offers blended drinks, your standard cup of coffee and lunch menu. With lunch specials at $5 and an open patio, it's also a great place to meet friends to grab a happy hour drink before an event at the Columbus Commons. Heads-up, though, this shop is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
Hemingway's Coffee Nook (175 S. 3rd Street)
You might miss this new 1920's Parisian style coffee shop if you aren't purposefully looking for it (which, believe us, you should be). Located on the ground floor of the 175 on the Park building behind the Columbus Commons, this independently owned nook has decor that will have you longing for Paris and a menu that will turn you into a regular.
One Line Coffee in Huntington Center (41 S. High Street)
The father and son duo behind One Line's Short North coffee bar have stepped in to fill the void left by Peet's Coffee, which closed its Huntington Center outpostlast December. A visit to One Line promises signature beverages, artisan coffees (including their beloved cold drip coffee made from Kyoto-style towers) and local baked goods. Open Monday-Friday 7 am -5pm, this fan-favorite coffee bar is committed to serving you quality beverages produced from sustainable and ethical origins.
Red Velvet Cafe (246 S. 4th Street)
With a location in Pickerington, this family-owned coffeehouse and bakery recently opened a downtown Columbus outpost in the buzz-worthy Fourth Street business district. Already with a lengthy list of loyal customers, the café offers a variety of coffee drinks using One Line beans, Turkish and Vietnamesecoffees,and Filipino-inspired sandwiches. If you want a peek at what they offer, check out their mouth-watering Instagram feed (@redvelvetcbus). A cupcake has never looked so beautiful.
Roosevelt Coffeehouse (300 E. Long Street)
Roosevelt Coffeehouseis redeeming injustices one coffee at a time. Roosevelt's driving force is working with organizationsthat help endto combat hunger, human trafficking and unsafe drinking water. The Discovery District coffee shop offers pastries, fresh brewed coffee and espresso, plus their take on the latest coffee sensation:cold brew tonic.
-- By Cassandra Merino and Malone Ryan