Everyone needs their coffee fix. And while you’re visiting New Orleans, be sure to visit the famous spots like Morning Call and Cafe Du Monde so you can get your obligatory cafe au lait and beignets, but after that, make sure you explore all of the independent coffee shops scattered throughout the city.
Fair Grinds coffee shop is located close to City Park, off of Esplanade Avenue. Their motto is “Great Coffee for a Change.” They serve fair trade coffee to ensure that farmers in developing countries have an incentive to deliver organically grown, environmentally sustainable and worker friendly coffee. Every month, about 5% of the coffee shop’s gross sales are donated to community organizations in Latin America. They also have another location on St. Claude Ave. Whichever location you go to, you’ll know you are supporting a community centered, social venture enterprise focused on delivering the best coffee.
In Uptown, be sure to swing by Mojo’s coffee shops, with locations on Magazine in the Lower Garden District and on Freret. Mojo’s has become a local institution, where customers go to find ethically sourced, small-batch roasted coffee. Along with coffee, Mojo’s has an enormous selection of teas. Each location has sidewalk seating as well, so you can be sure to enjoy your beverage of choice out in the sunshine.
If you are up in Mid-City, swing by The Bean Gallery for a cup of coffee. The atmosphere is very relaxed and filled with all of the locals who are getting work done or reading the paper. There is a lovely wooden porch in the front with lots of space for customers to hang out in the shade. Along with hot and iced coffee and tea, The Bean Gallery also has a menu of food, mostly including simple and delicious sandwiches and pastries, as well as vegan baked goods by Girls Gone Vegan. This is a neighborhood spot that will make you feel like a local.
Down town in the Marigny, make a pit stop at The Orange Couch. This small, family-owned coffee shop has a minimalist vibe and is filled with natural light. Whether you sit inside or out on the sidewalk, it is a great atmosphere to sip coffee and people watch. The drink menu is full of delicious beverages, including one of the best Vietnamese iced coffees in town. They also have a case full of mochi Japanese iced cream and freshly-made croissants.
In the same area of town, you’ll find Flora’s, which is a no-frills neighborhood coffee spot that is open until midnight. When in doubt, a cup of coffee at Flora’s is sure to satisfy without breaking the budget. The charm of Flora’s is that it looks about the same as it always has. It feels like hanging out in someone’s living room, with flyers tacked to the community boards and board games and newspapers stacked around the sides. At Flora’s you can also purchase some handmade Mardi Gras masks that are hung up all over the walls. It is a comfortable place to sit and enjoy the natural New Orleans environment.
Though things tend to move a little slower in the Crescent City, there are still many great places to get your coffee fix. Don’t miss them!