With winter right around the corner, there’s no better way to warm up than grabbing a hot cup of coffee. Luckily for those living in Baltimore, there are plenty of coffee shops and cafes throughout the city. Whether you’re checking out homes for sale in Baltimore or just rented an apartment in the area, keep these coffee shops in mind next time you’re craving a hot drink.
Located in the Barclay neighborhood, Sophomore Coffee is a popular Baltimore coffee shop that prides itself on being a warm, inclusive place and using ethically-sourced products.
Podcaster Rob Lee of The Truth In This Art is a city local and a huge fan of Sophomore Coffee. His favorite item on the menu consists of Sophomore’s house blend cold brew with simple syrup and freshly grated cinnamon. “Sophomore is special because it’s run by coffee nerds Kris & Annie, who really pay attention to the details around the coffee-drinking experience,” Lee says. “From coffee research, and coffee & chocolate tastings to the design aesthetic, Sophomore gets it. I was an early adopter to Sophomore and am now an evangelist.”
Stephanie Burt, the host of The Southern Fork podcast, also recommends Sophomore Coffee, crediting the charming indoor space and constant availability.
“The owners often focus on sourcing beans from smallholder farms and then treating them well in the brewing process,” she says. “My go-to is a cortado, but if I’m in the mood to really develop my palate for new coffee nuances, I’ll go for an Americano or drip.”
The 3rd is a community coworking space that doubles as a cafe located at the Lakefront in Downtown Columbia, MD, just southwest of Baltimore. It’s the perfect place for collaboration, networking, or enjoying warm drinks or baked goods.
“The spacious yet cozy interior has a vibe that invites one to linger,” says Baltimore-area resident Jeremy Dommu of The Merriweather Post. “It features coffee and tea from local Black-owned businesses, made in-house sandwiches, salads, and soups, and a pop-up bakery called AppleCore BakeShop that has delicious treats, including sweet potato cheesecake and chocolate toffee nut bread pudding. What makes The 3rd truly unique is that it’s not just a coffee shop but a business community for women of color entrepreneurs that offers rentable office space, conference rooms, resources, and tools to help grow businesses and showcase products.”
B’more Made with Pride Commercial Kitchen and Cafe
For a delicious meal at any time of day, check out B’more Made with Pride Cafe, a cafe in Baltimore that also serves as a shared-use commercial kitchen. Their menu offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner items, so there’s never a bad time to stop by and grab a bite. They feature products made by several artisans and caterers that share the space
“Our kitchen & cafe is home to 25 food businesses that prep, cook and sell their wares,” says CEO Natasha Brown-Wainwright. “We are one of the only commercial kitchens with a cafe attached. Some of our customer’s favorites are our Breakfast Sandwiches and our Snickerdoodle French Toast. Our cafe serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, and Natasha’s Just Brittle treats. We host cooking classes, live music on Second Saturday, and intimate events.
3 Bean Coffee Co.
3 Bean Coffee Co. is a Baltimore cafe and craft coffee roaster based in the historic Federal Hill neighborhood. Their name is derived from the three types of beans they use in their products: cacao, coffee, and vanilla.
“If you are looking for a cafe in Baltimore, 3 Bean has everything you are looking for,” says CEO Josh Dew. “Located in South Baltimore, near the Inner Harbor and Federal Hill, 3 Bean has a variety of signature beverages that add a little fun to the coffee run. Not only do we provide coffee, house-made pastry, and breakfast options, but we also feature mobile espresso bars that bring the cafe to you. Swing by the cafe for your morning cup of joe, or book us to come to your home, office, or party for your own private espresso bar.”
Whether you’re a long-time local or just rented an apartment in Baltimore, Dooby’s is a coffee shop and cafe that needs to be on your shortlist. They offer both indoor and outdoor seating and cater for special events.
“Dooby’s is a Mount Vernon must-visit,” says owner Phil Han. “Centrally located on historic Charles St. just north of the Monument, this neighborly spot offers specialty coffee, house-made pastries, and all-day Korean-inspired cafe fare. Their Miso Caramel Lattes are delicious and pair well with any pastry — my current favorite is their Lavender Goat Cheese Scone. If you’re feeling hungrier, their Korean Fried Chicken Buns are to die for.”
Corner Bakery Cafe
Inner Harbor’s Corner Bakery Cafe is a Baltimore coffee shop just off the water and across the street from the National Aquarium. Their menu features everything from baked goods and breakfast sandwiches to pasta and soups.
“One of my favorite places to grab a cup of coffee while in Baltimore is the Corner Bakery Cafe,” says Baltimore local Ashley Harris of Coffee Logik. “Located near the Inner Harbor, this place has one of my favorite drinks, the Truffle Mocha Latte. I like this drink because it combines two of my favorite things: espresso and chocolate.”
good neighbor offers a truly unique experience. Part Baltimore coffee shop, part retail space, this shop strives to make guests feel at home. In addition to selling coffee and other goods, they also host regular events, including poetry and various workshops.
“We’re not just a coffee shop but a retailer of local goods from the best area makers and renowned global design brands like Menu, Hem, Bang & Olufsen, Le Labo, and many others,” he says. “Our mission is to make you feel welcomed like you are in a loved one’s home, so not only will we give you a nice place to sit, but we’ll make you something to eat and drink. Current shop favorites are our Cheesy Tuna Melt (we have a vegan “Tuna” sandwich option as well) with a pour-over coffee from La Cabra out of Denmark—which we are one of the only mid-Atlantic retailers.”
Located in Baltimore’s Fells Point neighborhood, Daily Grind attracts patrons throughout the area, from business professionals to artists and everything in between. Its waterfront location allows the Inner Harbor Water Taxi to drop passengers off at their doorstep. Its menu features award-winning coffee as well as fresh pastries, bagels, soups, and other delicious food items.
“Our Dirty Chai is the perfect blend of vanilla and warm spices that pair wonderfully with our special espresso roast,” says manager Cody Howard. “Daily Grind has been around for more than 25 years and has that classic coffee shop feel to inspire our community.”
Southeastern Roastery is a Baltimore coffee shop and roastery located in the Locust Point area. In addition to its physical location in the city, they also have a subscription service and offer wholesale coffee beans.
“Southeastern Coffee Roastery roasts high-quality, delicious, specialty coffees that are never bitter – always sweet like the love we put into it,” says Baltimore local and founder Candy Schibli. “We sell whole bean and ground coffee for offices, wholesale to restaurants, white label via toll roasting, retail through grocery, eCommerce, and direct to consumer. As a POC women-owned company, our goal is to support our community throughout our logistics chain.”
Morning Mugs Coffee
“One of the most unique coffee shops in Baltimore is Morning Mugs Coffee in the Federal Hill neighborhood,” says Baltimore local Yelena Trepetin of the See The World, Eat The Food blog. “One of the best drinks on the menu is the S’mores Latte, a rich and decadent latte to make your morning sweeter. One of our favorite items is the Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin, a yogurt-based muffin that is soft, fluffy, and perfect, especially when served warm. We also love being greeted by the charming owner and playing the sticker game — where you have to guess the color of the sticker on your cup for a discount on your next visit.