A Guide to Tulsa Coffee Shops
Near and dear to the heart of downtown, this aesthetically gifted hallmark among Tulsa coffee shops offers guests a bright bohemian ambiance accentuated by warm earthy tones set against minimalistic white and exposed brick walls, vibrant potted plants, amenities for remote work, and the tantalizing aroma of java that’s been meticulously roasted in-house. The picturesque decor serves as an accomplice to thoughtfully crafted, rewardingly delicious seasonal beverages like the Apple Butter Cold Fashioned and Orange Spice Life 2.0.
Located in the historic Philcade Building, stepping through the shop’s Art Deco storefront reveals an intimately sized but sophisticated environment showcasing Gatsby-era elegance, black and white honeycomb tile floors, posh furnishings, marble tabletops, gold accents, hints of verdure, and barstool seating perfect for drinks after work.
Topeca Coffee is a family-owned roasting company with over 150 years of experience growing specialty, El Salvadoran coffee on the slopes of the Santa Ana volcano. Since 2001, they’ve focused on perfecting every step of the “Seed-to-Cup” process: from growing the right varietals to developing roast profiles that showcase them.
Down the road from Dream Keepers Park and the scenic banks of the Arkansas River, this two-story oasis known as The Rookery provides visitors a refined atmosphere featuring impressive woodwork, cozy nooks and corners perfect for tuning out the world, and last but certainly not least, fresh coffee that’s been roasted on-site. The attention to detail that has gone into designing DoubleShot’s interior with a delightful balance of charm and utility makes it an easy go-to for daytime meetings with colleagues, long overdue coffee dates, or solo study sessions.
A fixture along this stretch of historic Route 66, Foolish Things will satisfy coffee connoisseurs and newcomers alike thanks to its carefully curated selection of coffee beans sourced from artisan roasters throughout the country, variety of brew methods, and flavorful house-made syrups. The whimsical yet industrial setting inside comes with numerous lengthy wooden workbenches, blue and white chairs, fun paper planes floating overhead, majestic views of downtown, and the occasional live event.
Situated along bustling Cherry Street, this inviting coffee house has a wholesome feel underscored by comfy armchairs, creative expressions, amazing people, an outdoor patio equipped with a crackling fireplace, and the occasional open mic night. Aside from soul-stirring java, they serve breakfast till noon every day and scrumptious homemade baked goods such as cakes, cookies, and pies (gluten-free options available).
Nestled in Brookside – a neighborhood frequented for its local eateries, shops, and points of interest – Shades of Brown is a beloved late-night haunt among Tulsa coffee shops. Upon venturing past the crafty sidewalk tables and through the front door, an enchanting scene will unfold before you, one graced with old-world furnishings, art and trinket-speckled walls, earnestly stocked bookshelves, and the steady background hum of local musicians and creatives sharing ideas.
Energy-inducing specialty beverages range from the yerba mate-enhanced Inca Healer to the cardamom-hinted Cardigan Bee to a Squirrel’s Dream, which consists of frozen blended candied pecans, maple syrup, chai, and oat milk. Consider adding the love potion to any drink, it’s an adaptogenic blend of raw cocoa, maca root, reishi, ashwagandha, lion’s mane, turkey tail, pink sea salt, cinnamon, and black pepper.
If you genuinely love and appreciate the art of java, search no further than Cirque, which is passionate about intentionally roasting the world’s finest coffee beans on-site. Furthermore, the gorgeous brick facade of their 6th Street location houses an expansive lounge area complete with offbeat industrial vibes, an abundance of seating arrangements, remote work accommodations, and touches of greenery.
This artsy enclave in the East Village District treats guests to dreamy vibes accentuated by minimalistic white walls, creative expressions, cement floors, exposed ceilings, cute potted plants, and several spots to hunker down and get some work done. Along with unique seasonal drinks and tasty takes on your usual morning ritual, the friendly folks behind the counter here serve toasts, salads, and other health-conscious dishes (vegan and gluten-free options available).
A fixture of Tulsa’s Greenwood District, Black Wall Street Liquid Lounge offers visitors a welcoming atmosphere dappled with historical photographs depicting the surrounding community’s history, comfy couches and chairs, scrumptious baked goods, and tantalizing beverages like the chocolatey O.W. Gurley Frappe and matcha, vanilla, and mint infused Greenwood Latte.
Fun Fact: O. W. Gurley was born in Alabama to formerly enslaved parents and grew up to become one of the wealthiest Black businessmen in America as well as a founder of the Greenwood District.
Conveniently situated just off I-44 and around the corner from LaFortune Park, Collaborative Coffee showcases hints of boho flair, chic furnishings, a mural celebrating iconic Tulsa landmarks, and a shaded outdoor patio illuminated by light bulbs strung overhead. While their java is sure to jumpstart your morning – whether via Pumpkin Latte or Maple Cinnamon Sweet Cream Cold Brew – should you meander on in at the tail end of an exhaustive work day, feel free to take a load off with a crisp craft beer or glass of fine wine.
An adorable abode tucked inside the Blue Dome District – an entertainment hotspot anchored by the 1924 Blue Dome building – Sona’s cozy interior boasts a cute trinket and little potted plant-adorned wooden pillar that stretches to the ceiling, honeycomb tile-wrapped front counter, and spiral staircase leading to an upstairs loft. This recent addition to the ever-budding index of Tulsa coffee shops comes with all your beloved caffeinated favorites, along with creative seasonal amalgamations such as the Christmas in a Cup, Carmel Apple Chai, and Fireside Latte, which is dashed with hints of toasted marshmallow, maple, and hickory smoke.
Whether you’d like to sink into a comfy couch or chair and appreciate the company of loved ones over a steamy cup of joe, stop by for lunch and munch on an artisan sandwich made with love, savor the taste of authentic Turkish coffee, or peacefully work amidst the familiar charm of a reliable neighborhood gathering place, whatever the case may be, Lulu’s has got you covered.
Occupying a historic building constructed in 1909 and named after a burlesque dancer, Gypsy carries fun homey vibes underscored by eclectic furnishings, checkered and honeycomb tile floors, dazzling decor, bookshelves, open mic nights, live performances, gourmet coffee, and house-made baked goods.
This hole-in-the-wall roaster snuggled amidst storefronts lining an unassuming shopping center on S Lewis Ave has been supplying Tulsa with delectable coffee since 1998. Moreover, Nordaggios has an intimate common area where java purists can appreciate coffee that’s been delicately procured at each stage, from farm to cup, by their top-notch team of roasters and baristas.
Breathing new life into the old Tunes auto shop on Route 66, 918 is a relaxed hangout with warm tones, wooden tabletops, black and white photograph-adorned walls, and the occasional live music performance; the staff maintains a tempting selection of specialty coffee beverages, milkshakes, smoothies, and quick bites like sandwiches and pastries.
This neat drive-through operation conveniently situated just off Broken Arrow Expressway is known for its wholesome hospitality and high-quality coffee. Concerning the latter, Rocket Brothers has tasty takes on your usual caffeinated favorites, as well as blended Rocketccino’s, Italian sodas, and seasonal drinks like the Pumpkin Pie Latte.
All About Cha’s menu boasts gourmet tea and coffee drinks, plus a unique blend of Korean, Japanese, and Chinese cuisine. The kitchen is known for cooking up several signature dishes including but not limited to wraps, salads, and sushi.
Scooter’s Coffee is a drive-thru franchise that has been serving world-class coffee for more than 20 years. The menu features an array of specialty espresso beverages, single-origin coffee, fruit smoothies, Red Bull Infusions, Cold Brew, baked-from-scratch pastries, and savory breakfast options ranging from breakfast burritos to hot sandwiches. The Caramelicious is their signature drink, you can’t go wrong with ordering this rich, velvety, caramel treat.
This rapidly blossoming java business started out in 1998 as a single drive-thru coffeehouse in Bellevue, Nebraska clinging to the following principles: find a great location and stay committed to high-quality drinks, speed of service, and a BIG smile. Since those humble beginnings, Scooter’s has grown to over 300 locations in 21 states across the nation.
Founded in Southern Oregon in 1992 by dairy farmer brothers Dane and Travis Boersma, Dutch Bros. Coffee is the country’s largest privately held, drive-thru coffee company. For those java purists bewildered that I could include as large a chain as Dutch on this list of Tulsa coffee shops, please remember, they’re not very common elsewhere in the United States, so for visitors or newcomers, this energy-rich oasis in the sun will undoubtedly prove a sweet treat.
From early mornings to late nights, some heavenly beverages you may spot being served out of their pull-up window include specialty coffee drinks, smoothies, freezes, teas, and Blue Rebel energy drinks that customers can infuse with their favorite flavors.
Every cup of Dutch Bros. coffee is handcrafted – roasted by hand in the Pacific Northwest, blended by hand, and then ground and pulled by hand, ristretto-style. One more observation worth noting, their employees are relentlessly kind, attentive, and cheerful, at all times, never failing to look like they’re having the moment of their lives while on shift; super fun vibes.
If you enjoyed this guide to the best coffee shops in Tulsa, check out our list of the Top 10 Coffee Shops in Broken Arrow!
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