The Best Local Coffee Shops in Birmingham

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Every mom I know needs her daily cup (or three) of coffee. Juggling the many responsibilities of motherhood is exhausting, and caffeine is a much-needed boost for many. Whether you are a coffee addict like myself, or a low-key mama looking for a relaxing place to grab a nice tea and a pastry, you can find what you need here in the Magic City. We are all familiar with the nation’s popular chain coffee shops, but I wanted to know where I could go to support local business owners. 

As it turns out, our amazing city boasts just about as many coffee purveyors as it does creators of craft beer. Read on below to find your new favorite caffeination station!

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The Best Local Coffee Shops in Birmingham

Downtown

Filter Coffee Parlor is a family shop located in Five Points. The owners are the ones behind the counter making your drinks! They are incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. Filter also sells a variety of delicious treats made by local bakers. Bonus: the store has free parking out back and a second floor with extra seating!

The Red Cat Coffeehouse is a Birmingham favorite with two locations: one by Railroad Park and the other at Pepper Place. Both stores feature delicious coffee as well as a large food menu. My children can highly recommend their croissants and homemade pop tarts! Stop in after a stroll at the park or during your trip to Alabama’s best farmer’s market!

Urban Standard is a chic coffee shop located in the Northside Loft District. Their vibe is minimalist and they offer high quality coffee alongside impressive lunch and breakfast menus. This shop is an excellent place to get studying done or have a nice work meeting. Pro-tip: use their order online option to minimize wait time!

Revelator Coffee Company is a roaster local to the Magic City that has since opened locations in other states. They have shops in Birmingham’s Northside and Mountain Brook. Their carefully curated coffee menu is accompanied by a small assortment of sandwich and snack options. They are a great stop for a gal-pal meetup or quiet lunch.

Homewood / Mountain Brook

Seeds is a West Homewood shop offering coffee and beer options just down the street from Patriot Park. Their business model seeks to give more profit to coffee growers and as such maintains a close relationship with farmers. They are great for families and keep a box of games and children’s toys by the couch. Pro-tip: Bring your kiddos and take them out behind the shop to find a bocce court! You can enjoy a drink while they play.

Caveat in downtown Homewood has a nice selection of coffee drinks and bagged beans. Although the shop is small, with limited seating and parking, they do have a drive-thru! For extra busy days they even offer online ordering so your drink is ready and paid for by the time you pull up!

O’Henry’s is a Birmingham staple with locations all across the metro area. They offer a wide range of bagged beans and are a great option for anyone who loves a dark roast! Their most loved coffee is the Christmas Blend, which only comes out for a limited time each year. These shops are perfect for an out-of-office work meeting.

Church Street Coffee and Books in Mountain Brook is perhaps most famous for their break-up cookie, but they also serve excellent coffee. Stop by and peruse the carefully curated book selection and try one of their delicious house-made snacks while you’re at it! Bonus: they have a second story which is dedicated to patrons interested in a silent work space!

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Hoover

Santos Coffee is a unique shop with its original location near the Hoover Met and a new store in downtown Birmingham. Santos sources all of its coffee directly from their own family farm in Guatemala. The store also offers a large food menu. Added plus: they have a drive-thru so you can support local business owners without having to remove your kids from their car seats!

Innova Coffee, located in the Colonnade, is a family-owned business offering curated coffee drinks with a small food menu and smoothie options as well. Their shop is extremely welcoming and is a great place to bring your kids along. They also offer an option to order online! 

Baba Java Roaster and Cafe near the Galleria provides its customers unusual drink options with a variety of flavors and coffee blends all roasted by their company. They are incredibly knowledgeable and even offer tutorials for making great coffee at home! Their menu also features a good selection of food items all made by local businesses and they offer an order ahead feature on their website!

Where do you go for an energy boost? If you see your local coffee shop is missing from this list, please let us know and we will add it!

 

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Katie is a native of Birmingham who moved out to the Bay Area for grad school and the start of her teaching career. After three years of 24/7 traffic and studio apartment living, she moved back to Birmingham and now lives in Homewood with her husband of three years, William. While enjoying Birmingham’s ample parking and fabulous people, Katie and William welcomed their children, Ava (2 1/2 years old) and Otto (1 1/2 years old). After teaching for four years, Katie became a SAHM to Ava and Otto. She and William are now anxiously awaiting the arrival of Baby #3 in October 2019. When Katie is not contemplating the engineering feat of fitting three car seats into her vehicle or the logistics of being outnumbered by three toddlers, she enjoys gardening and cooking with her kids. She uses her educational background to teach her toddler about cooking and baking, chronicling their creations on her blog (eatjoyfully.com). Now that the dreaded “all day” sickness has (mostly) subsided, you can find her cooking up new dishes and eyeing fresh produce at Pepper Place, breakfast burrito in hand.