Regardless of where you live or where you are travelling to, there are times when nothing beats a hot cup of Joe. One can learn a lot about a community by its coffee shops, often by the way art and caffeine mix. A frequent supporter of the local arts, coffee shops can give you a glimpse into the local vibe of a city, an insight not found in other areas of commerce. Here are the 9 coolest coffee shops in North Dakota.
A Grand Forks staple since 1992, Urban Stampede combines contemporary funk with time-honored tradition. The coffee shop is a popular destination for patrons of all types, including students and professionals. Their mix of gourmet coffee drinks and delectable baked goods will satisfy both your caffeine craving and your sweet tooth. Urban Stampede, billed “The World’s Smallest Art Gallery,” is also a strong supporter of local art.
Located in an old fire station, Red Raven is a trendy locale that offers both unique coffee drinks and mouth-watering food. The strength of the parlor, however, lies in its diverse, and often eclectic, live events. Featuring everything from literature readings and open mic nights to solo musicians and bands, Red Raven has been a strong player in the local art scene for many years.
In the mood for a Zen protein shake or fresh grilled panini? Boneshaker Coffee is the place for you. In addition to a fun and inviting atmosphere, Boneshaker serves a variety of gourmet coffee, including their popular café latte and café mocha drinks, a wide selection of teas and energy drinks, delicious sweets, and a full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu. A favorite stop for Bismarck locals and visitors alike, Boneshaker has been dazzling customers since 2003.
Based on the Seattle coffee and art scene, Babb’s has brought a touch of the East Coast to North Dakota. Their coffee is roasted and air lifted from Seattle on a weekly basis, providing customers with fresh and flavorful gourmet coffee drinks that are unlike any in the state. Babb’s also sponsors many poetry readings and live music events, all of which occur with the Seattle skyline in the background. The unique coffee shop, which now has two locations in North Dakota, also offers 25 selection of Market Spice teas and a wide variety of baked goods, soups, and sandwiches.
One of the newest editions to the Fargo/Moorhead coffee scene, Ladybug Latte caters to those of us who are always on the run. Although it is a drive-up coffee service, don’t think that the quality of the gourmet drinks isn’t as good as those found in brick and mortar stores. In addition to their unique coffee drinks, Ladybug also serves a variety of freshly made cookies and other divine desserts. Your sweet tooth will be more than satisfied after a visit.
With two locations in Fargo, Bean’s Coffee has taken the metro area by storm. Proving that it is more than just another coffee shop, Bean’s has created an atmosphere that is chic yet homey. The recently opened store is named in honor of the owner’s deceased father, which makes it personal. Operating within the mission of “pouring love, one cup at a time,” Bean’s offers a variety of coffee drinks, baked goods, and breakfast items. The highlight of a visit, however, will be their fresh mini-donuts, which come in cinnamon and sugar or powdered sugar.
With three locations in Grand Forks and one in Fargo, Bully Brew has separated itself from the pack by becoming one of the hottest coffee shops in the state. Named after the owner’s cherished bull dogs, Bully Brew has been able to create a friendly and alluring atmosphere that attracts customers and keeps them coming through the door. In addition to a wide array of coffee dishes, Bully Brew also serves pastry items, sandwiches, and breakfast items. Their star item, however, is their macaroons, which are hand-made locally using a secret European recipe.
Bismarck’s oldest coffee shop, the Coffee Break has been caffeinating the city for many years. Although it is small, it’s anything but when it comes to flavors. The Coffee Break serves a wide variety of unique and delicious drinks like the Kahlua Shiver, frosted almond mocha, and spicy butter latte. In addition, they offer hand-made baked goods, Italian soda, and loose-leaf teas. If you are looking for a quiet place to unwind and reward your taste buds, the Coffee Break is for you.
The coffee shop that knows how to rock is in both Minot and Mandan. Nowhere else in the state can you enjoy exceptionally delightful coffee, protein shakes, smoothies, flatbread, soups, and sandwiches all while listening to the never-ending appeal of classic rock.