A Guide to Salt Lake City Coffee Shops
Near and dear to the heart of downtown, this adorable little gem among Salt Lake City coffee shops can be found snuggled between high rises, crafting espresso-based beverages and drip coffee using beans from Heart Roasters. Three Pines features a bright bohemian atmosphere underscored by earthy tones set against minimalistic white walls, chic furnishings, a vintage record collection, and vibrant potted plants.
Blue Copper provides coffee that’s been meticulously roasted in-house amidst futuristic retro digs accentuated by smooth white bartops, metallic stools, bright pink neon signage reading “please enjoy,” a cozy nook area, diverse textured surfaces, and amenities for a productive cafe day. The picturesque decor serves as an accomplice to rewardingly delicious seasonal beverages such as the Cereal Milk & Peach Rooibos and Honey Rose & Hazelnut Black Tea.
Situated at the base of a gorgeous building on the bustling corner of 200 East and 200 South, The People’s Coffee carries an old-timey ambiance dappled with modern elements such as bright purple neon signage and teal-scale hardwood floors. Whether you’d like to sink into a seat and appreciate the company of loved ones over a steamy cup of joe, set up near the window and watch the world pass on by, or get some work done, whatever the case may be, this spot has got you covered.
A soul-stirring fixture of the historic Pierpont warehouse district, The Rose Establishment resides within a restored and beautifully renovated brick structure originally built by the Cudahy Packing Company in 1918. Pull up an artisan chair and make yourself at home, the white tile walls highlight enchanting aesthetics like the wooden trim and floorboards, hints of greenery, and wonderfully presented seasonal brunch dishes, toasts, and pastries.
A stone’s toss from the University of Utah, Salt Lake Roasting Co. carries over 45 coffees roasted fresh in-store, along with breakfast burritos, acai bowls, bagels, and other delicious foods (vegan, vegetarian, and dairy-free options available). While a better environment for productivity would be difficult to imagine, aside from optimum functionality, the attention to detail that has gone into designing this two-story hallmark with a delightful balance of comfort and utility makes it an easy go-to for daytime meetings with colleagues, long overdue coffee dates, or solo study sessions.
Occupying a red-brick building next to Sugar House Park – a sprawling green recreational area that lures locals in for long walks by the pond, bike rides, and sports – Sugar House Coffee offers guests a roomy space to gather with friends, eclectic seating arrangements, art-adorned walls, the occasional live music performance, and amenities for a productive cafe day. Aside from artisan coffee, they have an extensive food menu, smoothies, locally crafted Kombucha, and brewed in-house cold brew.
A creative haven, Alchemy serves high-end organic coffees and espresso amidst rustic bohemian digs accentuated by plush furnishings, exposed brick walls, colorful glass ornaments hanging from the ceiling, and touches of greenery. They have an abundance of vegan, gluten-free, and organic products, including but not limited to a locally made vegan chocolate sauce for mochas and hot chocolate, a locally made organic vegan chai, and only naturally, an assortment of health-conscious foods.
Publik’s flagship location houses its roastery and a coffee bar built almost entirely using sustainable materials – recycled or repurposed, from the windows to the walls. The expansive facility boasts an industrial feel, two floors, plenty of seating arrangements, speedy WiFi, a 4,000-square-foot event venue, two private meeting rooms available for rent, and an environment perfect for a tasty pick-me-up and remote work.
Alongside the brews, they have a specialized menu consisting predominantly of toast with things on it. All bread is baked fresh by Red Bicycle Breadworks out of Park City, while the jam and marmalade are created by Salt Lake City’s own Amour Spreads.
Fun fact: the roastery is 100% powered by 65 solar panels with an oxidizer that filters out 96% of the particulates from the roasting process, making it one of the greenest coffee roasteries in the United States.
Identical twins, Abigail and Bethany are the dynamic duo behind Utah’s one and only Cupla Coffee House, a small batch roastery and bakery tucked away in the heart of town. The shop is right next door to the Salt Palace Convention Center, and upon entering the Axis Business Building, can be found down a flight of stairs. Once inside, feel free to relax, read your favorite book, or get some work done in the cozy seating area illuminated by natural skylights.
Stepping through the front door of this gorgeous brick building gives way to a spacious abode featuring art-adorned walls, ample table tops, comfy couches, and a cozy setting for late-evening study sessions, coffee dates, or gatherings. Nostalgia also has delicious homemade crepes, sandwiches, soups, salads, and vegan snacks to compliment your choice of beverage.
This petite treat across the street from the Salt Lake City Public Library and picturesque Washington Square Park small-batch roasts single-origin coffees and seasonal espresso in-house. Moreover, coffees are brewed by hand on the siphon, and black only. If you truly love and appreciate the art of perfectly executed espresso or award-winning coffees, search no further.
Located in the heart of downtown, Rawbean provides patrons a satisfying cup of joe to kick start the day, whether on the go via their convenient drive-thru or while surfing the free wireless internet inside. The fresh extras like yogurt & granola, croissants, and breakfast burritos complement a variety of flavorfully adventurous seasonal drinks.
About a block over from Liberty Park – a serene landmark that’s home to an aviary, museum, lake with ducks, and paddle-boat rentals – Coffee Garden maintains a neat and relaxed atmosphere with warm tones, plenty of wooden furnishings, exposed brick, art-dappled walls, and scrumptious baked goods. The lack of WiFi is intended to encourage quality time with friends, conversation with a stranger, or who knows, maybe even getting lost in the pages of a favorite book.
A relatively recent addition to the ever-budding index of Salt Lake City coffee shops, Kings Peak pairs consciously sourced, meticulously roasted on-site java with an ambiance underscored by stunning masterpieces, exposed brick walls, trendy light fixtures, vibrant verdure, ample furnishings, and cute little nooks. Though they are sure to deliver uniquely delicious takes on your traditional favorites, consider trying a seasonal creation, such as the Brown Sugar Spiced Mocha or The Stinger, which comes with honey, cinnamon, and cayenne.
This aesthetically gifted jewel among Salt Lake City coffee shops exudes an exotic yet professional ambiance, by way of its tropical accents, plant selection, cushioned seating, ritzy light fixtures, and diverse textured surfaces. The friendly team behind the counter here proudly features Doma Coffee, daily fresh baked goods, light bites, and a wide selection of grab & go juices and meals. On a final note, for those event coordinators out there, this venue would serve as a gorgeous backdrop to any party, and provides lengthy charcuterie boards and customizable options to accommodate preferences.
If you enjoyed this guide to the best coffee shops in Salt Lake City, check out our guide to the Top 10 Coffee Shops in Park City!
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