A Guide to Santa Fe Coffee Shops
One of the more popular coffee shops in Santa Fe, Iconik embodies everything you ever looked for in a neighborhood gathering space and then quite a bit more, being complete with lengthy workbenches, comfy couch seating, stool flanked countertops, dimly lit trendy light fixtures overhead, an outdoor patio complimented by cute furnishings, and at the center of it all, a coffee bar serving high-performance coffee that’s been thoughtfully roasted in-house.
While a superior atmosphere for productivity would be difficult to imagine, aside from optimum functionality, the attention to detail that has gone into designing this cafe with a perfect balance of opulence, charm, and utility makes it an easy go-to for daytime meetings with colleagues, long overdue coffee dates, or solo work sessions.
Home to an aesthetically gifted second-story terrace overlooking downtown, 35o North is a locally-owned gem among Santa Fe coffee shops. If you truly love and appreciate the art of fine java, search no further, as the folks here meticulously roast high-grade beans from all around the world in-house, taking immense pride in capturing every subtle flavor profile enjoyed with each guest’s sip.
Near and dear to the bustling heart of Santa Fe, Downtown Subscription is perhaps the city’s oldest and most spacious newsstand, offering guests handcrafted coffees, ample seating, speedy WiFi, teas, light food and pastries, hundreds of periodicals and newspapers, and a garden patio just outside. They’ve certainly got all the makings of the perfect addition to your morning routine!
When the City of Santa Fe purchased 50 acres of underused land along Guadalupe Street and Cerrillos Road and further south near Baca Street, its citizens came together to plan the future of the Railyard and decided on developing a vibrant new urban space that would serve all Santa Feans, celebrating their history, recreation, landscape, and environment.
Nestled amidst these scenic parks, boutique shops, public art displays, and a short distance from the local farmers market is none other than Sky Coffee, a trendy though quaint cafe for thinking, working, relaxing, contented boredom, and, of course, exceptional coffee. Their guest roasting program features single-origin and blended coffees from the best roasters across the United States, made just how you like them.
A tea house within a greenhouse, Opuntia Cafe takes plant parenting to a whole new level considering the airy space is rife with drought-tolerant botanical curiosities as well as an indoor pond, that’s not to mention the ample seating arrangements, natural lighting, modern, industrial, and chic elements, outdoor patio, and oh yeah, it’s a part of the activity laden Railyard!
If compelled to deviate from their locally roasted, sustainably sourced coffee, it may be due to another form of stimulating delight found among the well-curated selection of loose leaf teas steeped to perfection, or the seasonally inspired menu of simple bowls and toasts with plenty of vegan and gluten-free options.
Founded by a woman who trained with master roaster and coffee visionary Alfred Peet, founder of the incredible java empire bearing his name, Ohori’s is a gourmet micro-roasting operation that has been in the game for over 25 years and provides more than 30 bean choices in two intimately maintained locations. These stores are also known for carrying an assortment of goods such as wonderful bulk teas, a variety of chocolates, coffee and tea brewing equipment, unique house-wares from Asia, Europe, and many locally made items – plenty of potential for gifts and your home.
An extension of a downtown art gallery, this unique java outpost affords visitors the opportunity to enjoy their favorite handcrafted beverage whilst browsing, potentially even purchasing, masterpieces from both local and renowned artists. Aside from creative expressions, the cozy interior features a family-style community table, crackling fireplace, love seat, and the occasional live performance.
Snuggled inside an unassuming strip mall on West Alameda Street and infused with authentic New Mexican culture is Betterday. Everything they serve is sourced with the purpose of using the most organic, seasonal and local ingredients possible. That being said, the red and green chile, tortillas, condiments, syrups, nut milks, bakery items, and more are made daily from scratch.
A neighborhood hallmark since 1995, Tribes Coffee has a welcoming atmosphere accentuated by warm tones, friendly service, and a homey feel complete with comfortable seating arrangements perfect for getting together with friends or carving out a tranquil break in your day. You may want to consider bringing an appetite as the crew here serves up an extensive breakfast menu – customers love the breakfast burritos benedicts, carrot cake, and cinnamon rolls, which are baked fresh daily.
Just outside the main drag, one will find BoulTawn’s, home of Santa Fe’s best bagels, an art gallery, and a quaint yet cute cafe serving organic coffees and fresh cold-pressed juices from Verde. Venturing beyond scrumptious bagels made from scratch, their home-style cooking features delicious takes on many of the familiar breakfast and lunch dishes we all crave, not to mention a signature Frito pie.
If you enjoyed this guide to Santa Fe coffee shops, be sure to check out our list of the Top 10 Coffee Shops in Albuquerque!