A Guide to Little Rock Coffee Shops
What began as a humble stall at the Hillcrest Farmers Market has since blossomed into one of the most aesthetically gifted coffee shops in Little Rock, by way of its warm earthy tones set against minimalistic white and exposed brick walls, crafty wooden furnishings, touches of greenery, and delectable selection of home-baked pastries and pour-over coffees. The attention to detail that has gone into designing this bright bohemian abode 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.
Near and dear to the heart of downtown, Nexus offers coffee connoisseurs and newcomers alike a spacious point of connection accentuated by ample seating arrangements, art-adorned walls, accommodations for remote work, cozy nooks and corners, an occasional live performance, and unmatched views of the hustle and bustle of downtown. As far as java is concerned, they are proud to carry direct trade, certified organic specialty coffee that’s been diligently roasted to perfection in-house.
If you genuinely love and appreciate the art of java, search no further than Guillermo’s, which has been a center for coffee culture in Little Rock for well over a decade and is passionate about intentionally roasting the world’s finest beans on-site. There are 10 single-origin beans, 9 custom blends of coffee, and 15 different teas to choose from; that’s not to mention the all-day breakfast menu and healthy lunch selections like Burge’s Turkey Salad.
Furthermore, Guillermo’s does have an expansive lounge area boasting comfy couches, a crackling fireplace, wooden tabletops, and a private room. It’s a great place to meet friends, conduct business meetings, or kick back and just relax.
Nestled in the heart of Argenta, just down the road from Main Street Bridge and the Arkansas River, this modern enclave treats visitors to an abundance of seating, amenities for a productive cafe day, and the steady background hum of artists and creatives sharing ideas. The picturesque scenery serves as an accomplice to thoughtfully crafted, rewardingly delicious coffee beverages and breakfast fare.
A fixture of the vibrant Hillcrest neighborhood for over 40 years, this locally beloved hallmark among Little Rock coffee shops has a warm and inviting atmosphere where patrons can enjoy the soothing sounds of a wide-ranging vinyl collection, gather with friends, and peruse through the local art being displayed. The talented folks behind the counter here are more than capable of crafting tasty takes on your usual favorites, as well as have on-hand tea, muffins, bagels, and eight rotating flavors of ice cream.
Nestled on the breezy East Village corner of 6th and Industrial Drive, Fidel & Co. serves mouthwatering sandwiches, scrumptious pastries, avocado toast, and gourmet coffee that’s been meticulously roasted on-site amidst rustic digs showcasing a Broadway-esque “Coffee Bar” sign over the front counter, patterned tile flooring, live-edge wooden tables, and a beautiful mural representing the different stages in coffee production.
The Grind Coffee Bistro is an adorable hole-in-the-wall cafe with charming European countryside decor, soul-stirring signature coffee drinks like the Pumpkin Spice Latte and German Chocolate Cake, and tantalizing dishes ranging from heavenly waffles and french toast to omelets to breakfast biscuits (vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options available).
A cabaret theater and coffeehouse, The Joint offers live entertainment and the best locally-roasted coffee in Central Arkansas served all night. Aside from snacks and grab & go bites, they have a well-curated selection of craft beers, fine wines, and custom cocktails. Furthermore, the 20-seat cafe, lighted patio, and 100-seat cabaret theater are also available for your private party or special event needs.
Conveniently situated just off I-630, near MacArthur Park, Community Bakery is a cozy abode with art-adorned exposed brick walls, wooden floorboards and ceiling fans, and ample tables. The staff maintains a tempting selection of coffee drinks, award-winning baked goods, and handcrafted sandwiches.
Whether you’d like to sink into a chair and appreciate the company of loved ones over a steamy cup of joe, set up next to a sun-soaked window and enjoy some frozen yogurt as the world passes on by, or take your tastebuds on a flavorful adventure while trying a one-of-a-kind Froyo-Latte, whatever the case may be, The Cove has got you covered.
If you enjoyed this guide to the best coffee shops in Little Rock, check out our list of the Top 10 Coffee Shops in Fayetteville, Arkansas!
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