Ahhh, the coffee shop. A mecca for coffee-snobs, wide-eyed, sleep-deprived students, very important businesspeople, wobbly tables, and introspective artists. Filled with pungent smells—sometimes bitter, sometimes sweet. At times, almost as satisfying as a finely brewed cup of java itself. Here at TulsaFood, we love coffee shops.
In the midst of nameless coffee chains stomping down small local businesses year after year, we’re both proud and thankful that Tulsa boasts its fair share of unique, locally-owned cafes and roasteries. When choosing a go-to coffee shop, it’s important to find one that’s warm, inviting, a little quirky, but not too distracting for the task at hand. And while no business is perfect, we think these coffee shops around Tulsa get pretty damn close.
This hip coffee shop located in the Pearl District has been making some big changes this year. Not only do they offer unique and delicious coffee concoctions, they now serve booze and they are following suit with their creative and tasty cocktail creations. Their motto is “stay weird” and I feel like that describes their vibe of the coffee shop and staff pretty perfectly. Oh, and (!) they have lattes on draft. 1317 E 6th St, Tulsa, OK 74120
Fair Fellow Coffee Roasters
It’s easy to see why Fair Fellow Coffee Co is making such a big noise in Tulsa’s specialty coffee community along with the entire Kendall Whittier District, the area just east of downtown that has become one of Tulsa’s trendiest spots for entrepreneurs and artists. The service at Fair Fellow is laid back, yet enthusiastic and the coffee is the best in the area. We love the open and bright atmosphere, perfect for relaxing or getting work done. Also, make sure to try their specialty drinks like the Rose Cardamom Latte, Blueberry Lavender Moon Milk, or Iced Matcha, you won’t be disappointed. 1 N Lewis Ave, Tulsa, OK 74104
Looking to make your coffee a little saucy? Head to tucked away Hodge’s Bend in the East Village for some coffee with a kick. We like the Irish Coffee, the Wake-Up Call, and the Mexican Cartel a cocktail featuring Campari, Cynar, sweet vermouth, and espresso. If Hodge’s drinks aren’t enough to get you down to the East Village, the atmosphere and the baristas should be. And if you get hungry, they serve breakfast, brunch, and dinner. With its jazzy, sophisticated, speakeasy vibe and its knowledgeable, friendly, and sharply-dressed bar staff, the unparalleled degree of cool at Hodge’s Bend will make you want coffee at all hours of the day (and night). 823 E 3rd St, Tulsa, OK 74120
Foolish Things Coffee Company
With floor to ceiling windows, its many art installations around the space, and a killer view of downtown, Foolish Things gets our vote for best scenery. Natural light flooding into the shop keeps you feeling motivated and chipper throughout a study session, with just a bit of window-gazing popping up as a distraction. Perhaps even more beautiful is Foolish Things’ overall approach to coffee and coffee shops: why they exist, what they can do, and what they are not. Do yourself a favor and peek through their House Rules and Manifesto to better understand the souls driving this business. In the meantime, grab a spot at one of the many spacious tables, spread out, and enjoy the work grind for once. We should also mention they just opened a sister location called Foolish Things Bar & Biscuit on Brookside, which specializes in cocktails, coffee and (that’s right) biscuits – both locations are wonderful and well worth the visit. 1001 S Main St, Tulsa, OK 74119
Coffee House on Cherry Street
Though our coffee-craving hearts wander, they always amble back to their first love: The Coffee House on Cherry Street. On a nice day, there’s nothing quite like cozying up next to the hefty, smoky fireplace outside the Coffee House on Cherry Street for chatting with friends, people-watching, or general life pondering. Twinkle lights strung across the pergola, a mish-mash of chairs, a “book nook” vibe and the nostalgic smell of firewood in the air makes it hard to find a better spot for enjoying coffee and pie in town. Speaking of pie, CHOCS has some of the best, along with homemade cakes, vegan muffins, and cookies galore. Even better, CHOCS uses Fisher’s eggs, LOMAH (Land of Milk and Honey) dairy, and bread from Farrell Family, meaning your treat isn’t just delicious, but also made with Oklahoma bounty. 1502 E 15th St, Tulsa, OK 74120
Shades of Brown Coffee & Art
Meeting up with friends? Plan to have your rendezvous at Shades of Brown. With its many meeting rooms, board games, books, newspapers, and outdoor space, Shades provides plenty of nooks and crannies for you and your buds to settle into and get lost in conversation. Even better, Shades of Brown’sart-lined walls, locally-made jewelry for sale, and handmade mugs will give you plenty to talk about on a first date when the conversation lulls. Bonus: most (if not all) of Shades of Brown’s treats are homemade and delicious. 3302 S Peoria Ave, Tulsa, OK 74105
Gypsy Coffee House
This eclectic coffee house was the pioneer of the Brady District, setting up its bohemian coffee offering and along with this fancy new thing called “WiFi.” Gypsy’s inviting interior is something straight out of Seattle, but it’s not – it’s here, in Tulsa. The coffee is legit but we love their decadent desserts, rich hot chocolates and whatever the barista is in the mood to make that night. 303 N M.L.K. Jr Blvd, Tulsa, OK 74103
Doubleshot Coffee Co.
Somewhat intimidating but rightfully so, DoubleShot coffee is an oasis for Tulsa’s serious coffee-drinkers. Owner and roast-master Brian Franklin has spent the past ten years experimenting with and iterating on brewing practices to nail down what good coffee really looks and tastes like, and it’s safe to say that he, along with the rest of the crew at DoubleShot, are uncompromising in their standards for coffee and espresso. As such, if you’re looking for a place to sip your shot in peace, contemplating the hidden notes and peculiarities of the flavor, DoubleShot is your shop. They recently opened the new two-story location they’ve deemed “The Rookery”, you can expect more food, baked goods, and a lot more seating. 1633 S Boulder Ave, Tulsa, OK 74119
It’s no secret that Chimera serves great (and beautiful) coffee. From pour-overs to cold brews, to lattes and even house-made ginger beer, Chimera has the drink situation down to a science. Chimera’s got some strong brew, so it’s best to grab yourself a bite to eat with your coffee. If you’re feeling like something a bit out of the ordinary, grab the Bluebird, a sandwich with grilled turkey, bacon, pickled blueberry smash, brie, and mayo. The sweetness of the blueberry smash complements the savory notes in the turkey, and it’s all tied together in a pretty little mayo bow (figuratively speaking, of course. Bows go on the silverware). If that weren’t enough, Chimera packs it in with vegan and vegetarian offerings. This coffee shop is perfect for a quick bite, great for settling in for an agile workday, and one of our favorites. 212 N Main St, Tulsa, OK 74103
Is it just us, or has Topeca coffee exploded in the past few years? If you’ve been living under a terrible, horrible, caffeine-free rock of late, and somehow haven’t yet sipped Topeca’s sweet nectar, head to their 5th & Boston cafe and hop to it! It’s the perfect place for a meeting, a quick bite on your way into the office, or to settle into a chair for the afternoon and get some work done. The baristas are always happy to help with any coffee questions you might have. 507 S Boston Ave, Tulsa, OK 74103
Meet the new kid in town, Triangle Coffee Shop. They opened in July 2019 and have quickly become a fan favorite in downtown Tulsa. They keep their drink menu pretty traditional with cortados, americanos, espresso, macchiatos, and cappuccinos. If you’ve been on the hunt for a great breakfast burrito, search no further. With their bright and simple vibes, we think Triangle is the perfect spot to settle in and get some work done or grab breakfast on-the-go before work. 314 S Cincinnati Ave, Tulsa, OK 74103
You don’t have to be Downtown to find a coffee shop with unique craft drinks and baristas that are knowledgeable about all things coffee and tea. So if you find yourself near 51st & Yale, stop in for an Iced Matcha, Boba Tea or Nitro Coffee. If you need something to help absorb all the caffeine, they offer a variety of baked goods and unique versions of Avocado Toast. The owner and staff at Deco Drinks seem to have a love affair with brewing really good tea and making the experience as authentic as possible, they even sell loose leaf tea and everything you’d need to brew at home in their shop. 5097 E 51st St A, Tulsa, OK 74135
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