The 5 Best Coffee Shops in Louisville

Where to get a decent cup of coffee.

Are you in the mood for a cup of joe? For many of us, catching up with a friend while sipping a cup of coffee and sampling a scone makes the setting of an ideal afternoon. Thankfully, for those who love a good coffeehouse, there are plenty of independently owned shops in Louisville serving up opportunities to catch up on news, do some work on a laptop, or get a frothy beverage to go. All of the spots listed have delightful coffees, teas, baked treats, and more. 

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    Highland Coffee

    Highland Coffee in Louisville, KY
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    Owned and operated by Greg and Natalie Hofe since 1999, Highland Coffee serves up wonderful coffees and teas while maintaining a commitment to environmental and social concerns. In winter, the shop itself is heated solely through the equipment used, saving on energy use, and all coffee grounds are donated to the composts of local farmers. If you can't make it to their location, you can also score a cup of Highland coffee at the Bardstown Road Farmers' Market from mid-April to mid-November.

    Where is Highland Coffee?
    Highlands Neighborhood - 1140 Bardstown Rd.

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    Heine Brothers' Coffee

    Heine Coffee in Louisville, KY
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    It would be impossible to create this list and not include Heine Brothers'. This local favorite has 11 locations and is a regular stop for coffee drinkers and chai aficionados as well as anyone looking to grab a bite. While the coffee is consistent at all of the Heine locations, the vibe is different depending on the neighborhood. Some shops have a lot of people hanging out, others with small dining areas are primarily set up for to-go coffees. Most shops carry muffins, scones, individual yogurts, fruit, Lotsa Pasta sandwiches and scrumptious tiny cakes from Deserts by Helen.

    Where is Heines?
    Crescent Hill Neighborhood - 2714 Frankfort Ave.
    Douglass Loop Neighborhood - 2200 Bardstown Rd.
    Gardiner Lane Neighborhood - 3060 Bardstown Rd.
    Highlands Neighborhood - 1449 Bardstown Rd.
    Highlands Neighborhood - 1295 Bardstown Rd.
    Middletown - 805 Blankenbaker Pkwy.
    Mobile Location - A 1963 Airstream remodeled to be an on-the-go coffee shop.
    Schnitzelburg Neighborhood - 822 Eastern Pkwy.
    St. Matthews - 119 Chenoweth Ln.
    St. Matthews - 4305 Shelbyville Rd.
    Westport Village Neighborhood - 1301 Herr Ln.
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    Please & Thank You

    Please & Thank You in Louisville, KY
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    Located in the heart of the hip and trendy Nulu, Please & Thank You is often frequented by designers and ad professionals who work in the neighborhood. Plus, add to the mix art lovers stopping by The Green Building Gallery and other art hot spots. In addition to all your favorite coffee drinks, Please & Thank you sells records and has a DJ booth spinning tunes for everyone sipping beverages in the cafe to enjoy. Oh, and the baked goods are always a solid choice.

    Where is Please & Thank You?
    Downtown - 800 East Market St.
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    Quills Coffee

    Quills Coffee in Louisville, KY
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    Quills takes coffee seriously. Not only do they serve up a tasty cup, but they sell the gear to make your own at home. If that wasn't enough, Quills periodically offers brewing classes, too. If you are looking to people watch while hanging out outside, the University location has comfortable outdoor couches. For anyone who enjoys browsing record stores, there is a lovely one in the back of the Quills on Baxter Ave.

    Where is Quills?
    Highlands Neighborhood - 930 Baxter Ave.
    New Albany, IN - 137 E. Market St.
    University of Louisville - 327 West Cardinal Blvd.
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    Sunergos Coffee

    By roasting their own delicious beans and having a friendly staff, Sunergos has developed a following. Sunergos first location, the one on Preston, opened in September 2004. The Preston location is still a favorite for many in the neighborhood as it is equipped with comfy couches and retro furniture. The Woodlawn location followed in 2010. All of the locations are worth a stop, but if you stop by the original location, be sure to pop into Nord's Bakery next door. Nord's donuts combined with Sunergos coffee is a combination that can't be beaten.​

    Where is Sunergos?
    Downtown - 231 South 5th St.
    Beechmont Neighborhood - 306 West Woodlawn Ave.
    Schnitzelburg Neighborhood - 2122 South Preston St.
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