Coffee Shops & Houses


Buffalo is abuzz with a percolating coffee scene that embodies our city’s broader transformation. Our rising generation of bean bosses have re-energized Buffalo by opening cafes, introducing new flavors, transforming formerly vacant storefronts into new hangouts to caffeinate and bringing our community together over amazing java.  Start your next adventure in Buffalo and beyond with these suggestions for great coffee.


Our up-and-coming brewmasters have added new buzz to the city’s scene by sourcing beans from all over the world and creating cups of coffee Buffalo has never tasted before. Try a mug of “Hidden Trail,” with a flavor reminiscent of S’mores, or other varieties that taste like strawberries and lime at Overwinter Coffee in the Elmwood Village, which works with a half-dozen importers to bring in beans from Guatemala, Uganda and other far flung locales. Or order a pour-over, ready brew or honey iced coffee at Public Espresso, which also serves incredible homemade pastries inside the historic Hotel @ the Lafayette downtown and at the revived Shea’s Seneca in South Buffalo. And no caffeine tour here is complete without a stop at Tipico Coffee,  whose owner, Jesse Crouse, traveled the country in search of the perfect cup before bringing his knowledge to Buffalo.


Around every corner, Buffalo’s coffeehouses have revingorated the city’s fabric of neighborhoods. Grab a cup and stay awhile at Remedy House, an open-air cafe in the Five Points neighborhood that infused new life into a formerly vacant, unusually shaped triangular building that narrows towards its front door. Order a Cheerios-topped waffle at Wonder Coffeehouse, a converted fire station that’s just a stone’s throw away from Buffalo’s iconic General Mills cereal plant and features a patio surrounded by shipping containers. Or admire the Dia De Los Muertos mural while enjoying your brew at Undergrounds Coffeehouse, which used to be a funeral home and named its sandwiches after famous late Buffalonians like Rick James, Grover Cleveland and Tim Russert.


Sipping your way through our coffee scene is one of the best ways to experience the City of Good Neighbors, as each cafe plays an integral role in bringing our community together. Stop in for open mic poetry readings at EM Tea Coffee Cup Cafe on Buffalo’s East Side. Meet the neighborhood owners of JAM Parkside, a coffeehouse across from The Buffalo Zoo funded by 60 community members, or meet Alicia and Alisa, the ebullient and effusive twin sisters and owners of Unapologetic Coffee on Main Street. Or make a day of it and caffeinate at Taste in East Aurora or Art’s Cafe in Springville, the perfect starting point for exploring those two charming small towns on foot.

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Explore Buffalo’s Coffee Scene

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Rise and Grind Community Cafe

890 Kensington Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14215

(716) 481-1403

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Rise Community Coffeehouse

1643 Hertel Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14216

(716) 698-5332

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School Grounds

75 West Huron Street
Buffalo, NY 14202

(716) 816-4778

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Socotra Cafe

671 Ridge Avenue
Lackawanna, NY 14218

(716) 939-2778

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Spot Coffee – Buffalo

227 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202

(716) 332-2299

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Spot Coffee – Clarence

5205 Transit Road
Clarence, NY 14031

(716) 276-8158

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Spot Coffee – Elmwood

765 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222

(716) 332-4564

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Spot Coffee – Hertel

1406 Hertel Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14216

(716) 551-6275

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Spot Coffee – Williamsville

5330 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221

(716) 565-0200

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Starbucks – Downtown

235 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202

(716) 853-2356

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Starbucks – Elmwood Village

933 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222

(716) 882-5440

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Starbucks – Residence Inn Downtown

620 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202

(716) 245-7888

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