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Coffee shops have been around for years and years. They’re a great place to relax, have a great drink, and surf the web a bit without sticking to the confines of your cozy apartment. The calming atmosphere of coffee shops make them a great place to calm down, even if just for an hour or two, and in our complicated, exciting world, sometimes you just need a break. Some people go all over the nation looking for the best coffee available; they take this kind of thing very seriously. If you’re looking for the best coffee shops in the United States, there’s nothing better than these.

32 Shea, Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix is home to plenty of niche shops and restaurants. It’s a booming city, the fifth most populous nationwide, and you’re sure to run into a great coffee shop no matter where you’re going. However, one of the best is definitely 32 Shea, with its intimate indoor space and an incredibly convenient drive-thru.

Smelly Cat Coffee, Charlotte, North Carolina

Charlotte, a beautiful city that’s growing fast, is a great place to find independent coffeehouses that can cater to anyone’s tastes. Don’t let this quirky place’s name fool you; it’s one of the most well-known coffeehouses in Charlotte, and for good reason. It’s the longest-operating coffeehouse in Charlotte, and with a legacy like that, it’s got to be doing something right.

The Abbey on Butler Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Widely called the City of Bridges because of its high amount of bridges — 446 at last study — Pittsburgh is a quirky place with a trendy culture. That trendy culture extends to its variety of coffee shops. The Abbey on Butler Street is a new Pittsburgh shop that has a fireplace in its wood-and-brick building, and plenty of food and coffee to go along with it.

La Colombe, Manhattan, New York

La Colombe in New York isn’t just a place for the city-goers of Manhattan; they started the gourmet coffee trend more than twenty years ago, and they’re still going strong. You can buy La Colombe canned all over the nation, but there’s nothing better than a nice, fresh coffee, and the real thing is way better than the stuff you’ll find at the grocery store.

Cherrywood Coffeehouse, Austin, Texas

Austin is a great place for students, creators, and technology-savvy business builders, all of whom need their fair share of coffee. Standing out from the crowd of wonderful Austin coffee shops is Cherrywood Coffeehouse, which provides not only great coffee, but a full food menu, giving you a calming experience any time of day.

Magnolias Sous Le Pont, Dallas, Texas

Dallas holds way more than just cowboys, as its booming hipster-esque coffee scene can attest. Nowhere can you see that more clearly than at Magnolias Sous Le Pont, which is painted a bright, eye-catching blue, and has black balcony shades more reminiscent of Paris than a rodeo. Stop in for a truly Parisian experience in the heart of an exciting town.

Paper or Plastik Café, Los Angeles, California

There’s no denying that Los Angeles is a place for creative types and technology-minded types to get together and have a glass of coffee. The Paper or Plastik Café has a little bit to offer everyone — sandwiches, sweets, salads, coffee, and a second floor that’s just for people who need a place to concentrate on the work they’re doing.

HiVolt Coffee, New Orleans, Louisiana

Louisiana is a gorgeous state, and New Orleans is a place that distills everything good about the state into one coffee-filled metropolitan area. Perhaps one of the best is HiVolt Coffee, located in the Lower Garden District. They offer vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options all over their menu, and their third-wave coffee brewing is great for any coffee aficionado.

The Shed, Las Cruces, New Mexico

The Southwestern appeal of Las Cruces has been a main point of their culture for a long, long time. It’s filled with Mexican-American restaurants and shops with Indigenous designs, and it makes sense that their cafés would be the same. The Shed offers a great Mexican-American breakfast paired with a wonderful café-style atmosphere.

The Marina, San Francisco, California

Everyone knows San Francisco as a place where technology is booming, and everything is moving forward. However, sometimes you need a place to calm down and just have a coffee. Instead of stopping by a chain, head directly to The Marina for seasonal donuts that are perfect for anyone, paired with everything from no-frills black coffee to on-trend passionfruit milk.

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