We understand the need for a good coffee – but you don’t want just anything, you want the best coffee. Well, we’ve got the suss on the best coffee in Indianapolis right here.
An underrated city for amazing farm produce and locally roasted brews, this is one place that you’re sure to find a decent pick-me-up. From forward-thinking coffee houses to cute and cosy cafes where you can spend an entire afternoon, these are the best cafes in the Circle City.
Best coffee in Indianapolis
Located in the iconic Indianapolis City Market, in Downtown Indianapolis, Mile Square Coffee is so good that you’ll happily walk three blocks out of your way every morning just for their brews.
They serve light to medium craft coffees that are locally roasted in Indiana and the greater Midwest. Adventurous types will love the house-made specialties, such as their nitro cold brew or smoked bergamot chai latte.
This hip former auto repair shop is a must-try for any coffee fan. Their barista station is state-of-the-art, with a huge choice of brews such as drip, Chemex, V60, Toddy cold brew, Kyoto cold brew, and espresso.
Try the ‘Canella’ for a real treat: cold brew, cinnamon, condensed milk, coconut milk, vanilla, served over ice.
Located in the former coat check room at the historic Athenaeum Theatre on Mass Ave, Coat Check Coffee is a firm favourite among locals for its distinctive filter coffees, and pastries made from scratch. Feeling adventurous? Try their famed Butterscotch, Pistachio or Ginger latte creations.
While you can find their superb coffee roasts in other shops throughout town, Hubbard & Cravens’ own locations (there’s four coffee shops across the city) really showcase the best of their beans. With over 23 years of coffee experience under their belts, it’s a real staple of the Indianapolis’ coffee scene.
They work directly with with family-owned coffee estates in Central and South America, Africa, and Indonesia for the best blends.
You’ll find this hip coffee store/eatery in the little red building on a street corner in the historic Herron-Morton Place neighbourhood. They serve local custom-roasted coffees from Julian Coffee Roasters blends, and brew ’em up in a variety of ways, including a creamy ice cream affogato.
One of the first specialty coffee roasters in Indy, Bee Coffee Roasters is constantly pushing themselves to learn more and develop their roasts. Their knowledgeable staff can explain how they roast their own beans and are always on hand to give recommendations. The store itself is super cosy – ideal for a leisurely cup or two.
When a coffee drink is called “zombie,” you know it’s pretty special. White espresso beans are used at this Broad Ripple hot spot so you can sip three times as much caffeine as regular espresso. Now that’s what we need in the morning.