The 6 Best Coffee Shops in St. Louis (Ranked by a Local Author)

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Taking a friend from out of town on a Coffee Crawl has become my favorite go-to hostess activity.

And, oh, boy, is it.

This is particularly lovely in winter, when one of the very few things that feel worth dealing with the harsh snowy roads is a warm mug of coffee, but to burst into an air conditioned business to order the fanciest iced drink they have available is also a lovely activity. So really, the Coffee Crawl can be completed year round.

Between dragging my friends all over this city to try coffee and my work from anywhere lifestyle, I have been to most of the coffee shops in my city. And yes, thank you for asking, I do have opinions.

St. Louis has a huge coffee shop community, full of diverse and delicious options. Please know that this is not a complete list — but it is a great dive into some of our best, most incredible local shops.

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Best for Coffee Snobs: Blueprint Coffee

DON’T BOO ME, I’M RIGHT.

Look, I love coffee snobs. Some of my best friends are coffee snobs. I’m here for you, and so is this list.

Important to note, the other places on this list are AMAZING — equally worthy of snobbery. Blueprint is just more finely tuned to impress the judgier caffeine-addicts amongst us, that’s all.

Also important to note, Blueprint’s coffee itself can be found at several really lovely little joints all over the city. I wanted to include a more robust list of coffee roasters, though, so if your favorite little subsidiary isn’t on here, it’s not because I don’t love it! I do! I bet I do!

Anyway, Blueprint Proper — let me just start off with yum. With three locations spread around the city of varying sizes, there’s not a lot to dislike about Blueprint. BP Watson is a small location, perfectly snuggled in a corner street over by the Hill, and easy to pop in to grab something to go on your way out of the city, as I often use it. BP Delmar is centrally located in the Loop, meaning it’s always bustling with people, and it’s a place to be chatty with friends while you’re out shopping or walking around.

And then there’s High Low. This downtown coffee shop is my favorite Blueprint location. With wide, open windows and a long, stretching wood table, this is one of my favorite spots in the city to meet up with friends to co-work. The walls are covered in bookshelves and the coffee is absolutely incredible. Truly, I see why it’s the coffee snob location of choice.

I dream of their iced vanilla oat milk lattes. Maybe… before I finish this article… I’ll go get another…

  • Address 1: 6225 Delmar Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63130
  • Address 2: 3301 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63130
  • Address 3: 4206 Watson Rd, St. Louis, MO 63109
  • Website: Blueprint Coffee

Best Fair-Trade: Coffeestamp

I’m not trying to be dramatic, but if I die, please host my wake at this coffee shop. Seriously — the empanadas and rose oat milk lattes are that good.

Coffeestmap started as a micro-roastery before blossoming into a full service coffee bar. The Clapp brothers who began the business are committed to using delicious coffee that is ethically sourced and provided from their home country of Honduras. This commitment to care and respect is obvious in every part of the process, not just how they source their ingredients.

With a small entry and additional seating upstairs, Coffeestamp is the perfect place to meet up with just one other person. You can also subscribe to their sample box for as little as $42.

  • Address 1: 2511 S Jefferson Ave, St. Louis, MO 63104
  • Website: Coffeestamp

Best for Brunch: Mud House Coffee and Kitchen

Brunch isn’t the only reason I like being an adult, but it might be the tastiest. It’s luxurious to spend hours doing nothing but eating lovely food with people you adore. But sometimes you don’t want the whole fanfare — and, please do not boo me for saying this, but sometimes the coffee at brunch places is just… subpar.

That is absolutely not the case at Mud House. With a robust menu of food, a comfortable, rustic decor, and coffee that is absolutely delicious every time, this is the perfect place to spend an hour chatting and sipping.

(There is limited seating here and it can get quite busy. Their coffee is great for a to-go cup, but if you’re wanting to brunch, just make sure you have a little bit of extra time in case there’s a wait.)

Best Cozy Vibes: Protagonist Cafe

If you’ve ever envisioned yourself writing a novel in a coffee shop, this is the one to do it at. I know — I’ve written several at this exact location.

The staff is always kind and helpful, even when you stare at the large menu for far longer than is socially acceptable, and there’s no shortage of tables, couches, and comfy corners to hide in while you read, write, or just gossip with a friend. There’s always a seasonal drink and a tasty baked good to try, and a book to choose from their wall-to-wall library, if you forgot yours at home. (They have over 2,000 titles available for customers to read, including a very adorable kid’s corner.)

This is absolutely a must-visit in STL.

Best Casual Neighborhood Joint: Hartford Coffee Company

This is the neighborhood coffee shop in St. Louis in my opinion — and not just because it’s mine. There’s something about Hartford’s local, bright but mostly un-stylized decor that makes the place feel instantly accessible and easy to navigate. There’s a “small town local” vibe to the entire place, and it’s easy to see that the demographic is just someone looking for a nice drink in the neighborhood and that’s it — people of all demographics roll in at all hours of the day, and there’s something on the menu for all of them.

Hartford roasts their own coffee (their Bali Blue Moon is my favorite) and offers pretty much any coffee or espresso drink a person might want and I have it on good authority that they won’t even openly berate you for ordering iced drinks during snow storms (a constant struggle I have).

Stop in any day of the week 7am to 6pm, or order contactless pickup through their website!

  • Address: 3974 Hartford St, St. Louis, MO 6311
  • Website: Hartford

Best For Working: Kitchen House

Okay, quickly before the Kitchen House stans get me — this is another incredible neighborhood coffee shop. I just love it for another reason.

Kitchen House, located in Shaw, offers its clientele “a country respite in the city” according to their website. They go on to say that the coffee shop is “a repurposed, urban space focused on sustainable product(s)”. They roast their own coffee, use ingredients from their own farms, get their products from local businesses, and even have their own chickens in the back. It’s truly a great little escape — and the perfect place to sit with a long to-do list.

You’ve heard me scream about them before for having some of the best bagels in St. Louis, but their menu also offers incredible coffee and delicious smoothies as well. Their operating hours, 7am to 1pm, is the perfect chunk of time for me to get a good dent in a writing project done, all with a constant supply of delicious items to nibble or sip, and real chickens to look at when I need a break.

If you want to spend some time working in an environment that feels good to be in, Kitchen House is a great place to try.

  • Address: 3149 Shenandoah Ave, St. Louis, MO 63104
  • Website: Kitchen House