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- 2 / 10Bibble & Sip (New York City)Head into to Bibble & Sip for a crackle-topped cream puff and walk away with several photos of the latte that you just had to order while you were there. Dreamy flavors aside (like Jasmine Matcha or Lavender), your cuppa will likely come adorned with an adorable foamy friend that’s almost too cute to slurp away.
Plan Your Trip: New York CityCourtesy of Bibble & Sip
- 3 / 10Sawada (Chicago)Under the tutelage of coffee connoisseur Hiroshi Sawada, the baristas at Sawada take their craft seriously. And rightfully so: The shop’s namesake owner oversees several highly successful coffee spots in Tokyo and is world-renowned for his freehand latte pours—he won the worldwide Millrock Latte Competition in 2008. The drinks here are made with soul and precision, whether it’s Sawada’s famous Military Latte (a balanced mix of vanilla syrup, cocoa, espresso, and matcha) or a classic cortado.
Plan Your Trip: ChicagoCourtesy of Sawada
- 4 / 10Home Cafe (San Francisco)At this popular cafe in San Francisco’s Inner Sunset neighborhood, no special occasion is needed for a taste of sprinkles and cake. Although many of Home Cafe’s psychedelic creations have garnered Instagram fame since the place opened in early 2015, the most popular is the birthday cake latte, which gets its distinct design from artfully swirled food coloring.
Plan Your Trip: San Francisco
- 5 / 10Art+Science Cafe (Los Angeles)The winsome critters that adorn the lattes at this small Pasadena café are cute enough in their own right, but order a pink-hued Red Velvet drink to up the adorable factor. For Midwestern transplants, the café also serves up a near-identical replica of Sawada’s Military Latte.
Plan Your Trip: Los Angeles
- 6 / 10Patika Coffee (Austin)It’s all about aesthetic at this pretty, minimalist café in Austin, and the drinks are no exception. The baked goods are perfectly browned, the brunch bowls are bursting with color, and in-house lattes come with a classic, artful swirl that’s made for the ‘Gram.
Plan Your Trip: AustinCourtesy of Patika Coffee
- 7 / 10Southside Espresso (Houston)Houstonians love this spot for the homey vibe and funky drinks. Here, the artistry doesn’t stop at the detailed latte designs— underneath that foam, customers can choose from a selection of seasonal housemade syrups to flavor their orders, like sweet potato, peanut butter honey, or coconut ginger. And yes, that is a Thanksgiving themed cornucopia.
Plan Your Trip: HoustonCourtesy of Southside Espresso
- 8 / 10Coffee Nature (Washington, D.C.)Coffee Nature offers a sweet and slow alternative to the standard grab-and-go Capitol Hill coffee shops. Here, diners can pick from a solid selection of breakfast sandwiches while sipping on a latte topped with a big-eared bunny, Hello Kitty’s face, or, on a cold day, a gleeful snowman.
Plan Your Trip: Washington, D.C.
- 9 / 10Ogawa Coffee (Boston)To those who that frequent Ogawa Coffee, it would come as no surprise to hear that baristas learned their craft from 2010 World Latte Art Champion, Haruna Murayami. The milky designs are kitschy around the holidays (think chubby ghosts for Halloween and or bow-tie clad dads for Father’s Day), but the classic Ogawa flower is remarkably refined. Also, it’s worth noting that Ogawa Coffee’s actual address is 10 Milk Street. Fitting, no?
Plan Your Trip: BostonCourtesy of Ogawa Coffee USA
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