Visit These Buffalo Cafes for Your Caffeine Buzz

By Karen Healy

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Coffee shops are continuing to pop up all over Buffalo, giving residents and visitors many options when it comes to staying caffeinated.

Overwinter Coffee, a local wholesaler, has added to the city’s coffee scene with a new cafe at 814 Elmwood Ave. (across from the Lexington Coop) in addition to their downtown location at 9 Genessee St. With a compact menu of coffee and espresso drinks, it is a great place to stop in for very high quality coffee on the go. In the good weather some out door tables are available to sit and enjoy, and the downtown location sports a small urban park at Roosevelt Plaza next door has benches under the trees. In inclement weather you may want to take your high end pour-over with you as you explore downtown.

Photo by Overwinter Coffee

Another tiny shop with excellent product is The Intersection Cafe at 100 Elmwood Ave in Allentown. A perfect place to stop in for an excellent latte,  the cafe has a cozy community vibe with many locals and regulars stopping in, a small array of baked goods and is a great location for a pick me up when shopping or going to galleries on Elmwood or Allen St.

Photo by The Intersection Cafe

Larkinville just keeps getting better and better. Kornerstone Cafe, an East Aurora favorite, has opened a second shop at 701 Seneca St. in the Larkin Center of Commerce.  With a huge menu including smoothies, fresh juices, home brewed kombucha and grain bowls alongside a full coffee and breakfast menu, Kornerstone is a great place to stop if you are looking for vegan options, healthy breakfasts and good coffee.  The entrance to the Cafe is off the main lobby of 701 Seneca.

Photo by Kornerstone Cafe Larkin

Roots Coffee and Tea is a recent addition to North Buffalo’s busy Hertel Avenue shopping district and is rapidly becoming a local favorite. Located at 1685 Hertel Avenue, this cheerful cafe almost doubles its size in the warmer months with its large sidewalk patio. The cafe is bright and cozy, a great place to stop and relax with a cappuccino or pour-over coffee and a vegan chocolate chip cookie.

Roots Coffee & Tea

On the West Side, everybody’s favorite “toast cafe” Five Points Bakery has expanded. Of course they still serve their delicious baked goods and wonderful organic whole grain breads  toasted and topped with goodies (their raisin walnut toast with peanut butter and apples is the actual perfect food) but they now offer an extended coffee drink menu. Oatmeal bread toasted with farmhouse cheese and cherry jam, or locally famous whole wheat cinnamon rolls are that much better alongside a delicious cappuccino.  They have also expanded their charming outdoor seating onto the lawn that stretches to the corner of Brayton and West Utica.

So whether you are looking for healthy breakfast options, a delicious place to relax and enjoy a coffee break, or just excellent caffeine on the go, you can find it in one of Buffalo’s many new cafes.

If that’s not enough of a buzz, check out some of my other coffee adventures here:

Buffalo Coffee Shops to Cozy Up In

3 More Coffee Shops for Your Caffeine Fix

Jam Parkside: This Cafe is Brewing a Buzz in Buffalo’s Parkside Neighborhood

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Karen Healy

Karen is transplant from New York City who has lived in Buffalo for 25 years. Though devoted to her North Buffalo neighborhood, she loves to get out and explore, especially when there is eating involved.