One of my favorite things to do when I visit a new city is check out the local coffee shop scene. Not only does it feel great to support small businesses, but you’re getting a break from the hustle and bustle of your travels.
So after living in Colorado Springs for close to 1.5 years, it was time to compile all of my favorite local coffee shops for those visiting to keep in mind during their trip. Overall I concentrated the list on where I think people visiting will spend most of their time in city. If you find yourself out and about and not near any of the local options, I have a catch-all chain place at the bottom of the post (not Starbucks!) that is also delish.
This post is organized by neighborhoods in Colorado Springs. The city covers a lot of area and the neighborhoods aren’t well defined, so you can always check out the Google Map at the bottom of the post for a better visual.
Best Coffee in the Greater Downtown Area of Colorado Springs
I am not exaggerating when I tell you that my life was forever changed by this latte right here, this CRANBERRY LAVENDER latte! It was absolutely delicious! Loyal Coffee is most certainly a Springs favorite because it hits all those coffee shop wickets — amazing coffee for real coffee people, the vibes (gold finishes, white tile, plants, you know what I mean), and plenty of space to sip solo or meet people for group work.
And even more great news: they have two locations! One downtown and one in northern Colorado Springs closer to the Air Force Academy. Both are marked on the Google Map 🙂
Wild Goose Meeting House
Wild Goose Meeting House is not strictly a coffee shop. As the name suggests, it’s really more a of a place for people to gather and socialize. Lots of communal tables, shelves with books to browse, and a nice patio for sunny days. If I was in college I would come here for coffee, study a bit, order a light meal, meet some people for a group assignment (ugh), and finally leave hours later.
Switchback Coffee Roasters
This place! One of the most gram-worthy cafes in Colorado Springs for sure! Switchback Coffee Roasters is a bit outside the downtown area in a more residential section, and I kinda wish I lived there so I could walk here everyday. Great coffee, lovely aesthetic, and they offer some light bites as well.
Switchback also offers pay what you can drip coffee, so you can visit no matter what your financial situation is.
There are so many good things to say about The Perk Downtown: they locally roast their own coffee, are open early AND late (with a happy hour!), and have some tasty food, too. It’s the kind of place you can go at all hours of the day and find something that hits the spot.
Story Coffee Co.
If you think that Story Coffee Co. should win an award for how cute its tiny house concept location is, then you think just like Architectural Digest. In 2018 it was chosen as Colorado’s most beautiful coffee shop! Located in (literally in) Acacia Park, this tiny coffee shop is a great option if you’d like to grab a cup while you shop around downtown Colorado Springs.
Obviously from the small size it’s not meant for large groups or hanging around for too long, but you should know a portion of their sales go towards ending homelessness in the city!
Best Coffee in Old Colorado City
Jives Coffee Lounge
What do you get when you combine coffee and music? Jives Coffee Lounge! Located right off the main street of Old Colorado City, Jives Coffee Lounge is the perfect place to stop by for a little pick me up while strolling the local shops or visiting the weekend market at the next door park. You can check out the calendar on their website to find out what nights they have live music on their stage.
Blank Coffee takes pride in doing a few things EXTREMELY well — coffee and doughnuts. And the location of this place is perfect for grabbing a cup on your way to explore Manitou Springs! Inside Blank Coffee is minimalist and clean, and the actual building it’s in has a cool history. It was built in the late 1800s as a railway roundhouse and today has been remodeled but still retains the circular structure.
Come to Carnelian Coffee when you want a great cup of coffee that’s just a little ~*extra special*~. I’m a sucker for lavender, so I like to pick up the honey lavender latte, but you could also get an old fashioned latte — which includes orange and cherry syrup, as well as bitters and a touch of lemon. How unique, right? I’ve also grabbed the island burrito for lunch before, and it was great for a filling meal on the go. The location of Carnelian Coffee is perfect as well, since you can grab a cup and stroll through the shops in Old Colorado City.
Best Coffee in Northern Colorado Springs
Third Space Coffee
Do you know what the third space is? It’s the place you go besides your work and home for social interaction. And Third Space Coffee aims to be just that. It’s super welcoming with lots of comfy seating for meeting friends, and the coffee is on point. They also sell some local goods, like a lemonade mix I’ve picked up recently and LOVED!
Building Three Coffee
So Building Three Coffee (and kombucha!) is very good — I mean, it’s on this guide, isn’t it?! But something I love about this place is that it’s one shop in a renovated school! You can walk through the old hallways to get to the other businesses, like a barbershop (my husband’s favorite), brewery, pilates studio, and a few other places.
Building Three isn’t too far north — it might be a good pitstop on the way to Garden of the Gods!
I already talked about Loyal Coffee in the Downtown Colorado Springs section, but they do have another location in northern Colorado Springs. Just as great as the other location!
Best Chain Coffee in Colorado Springs
Dutch Bros Coffee
If you’re visiting from anywhere east of Colorado Springs then you probably haven’t heard of Dutch Bros, but it’s a great chain coffee drive thru. Honestly, I’d call it the Chik-fil-A of coffee because the baristas are SUPER friendly and the lines are usually around the block (don’t worry, they bring out servers with iPads to expedite when this happens!).
You’ll see cars with Dutch Bros stickers all over the city, and people who love the coffee call themselves part of the ‘Dutch Bros Mafia.’ So even though it’s a chain, it has a lot of hype behind it! There are tons of locations all over and it’s the perfect choice if you’re in a rush and prefer a drive-thru.
So there you have it! All of my favorite coffee shops in Colorado Springs. As I visit more places I want to share with you guys I will add them to the post! If you’re a local to the city let me know some of your suggestions in a comment.
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