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495 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
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My idea of experiencing a city and acquiring a sample of its flavor is to try its food. Food is unique to a city, and San Francisco is one of a kind. My first morning in the city was chilly for my island bones, so naturally the first stop was a...
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Týsgata, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Coffee at a cafe in reykjavik, not far from hallgrimskirkja.
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3940 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122, USA
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They do their own blend of beans called Elbow Grease, and it’s high-octane stuff.
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Norðurmýri, Austurbær Reykjavík, Iceland
Coffee roasted in-house and brewed by friendly baristas draws a young crowd into the old stone building near Reykjavik’s imposing Lutheran cathedral. Share one of the seven tables with a regular patron and catch up on local gossip while vinyl...
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8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL, UK
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Over the past two centuries, the covered market at Borough, not far from London Bridge, has become one of the country’s most famous foodie spots. From Wednesday to Saturday each week hundreds of traders gather to sell homemade breads,...
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33 D'Arblay St, Soho, London W1F 8EU, UK
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Looking for delicious home-cooked comfort food, and a great breakfast served in the hip and funky Soho? Then look no further. The Breakfast Club is so good you will want to go every day. Some egg dishes you must try with a big cup of great coffee—...
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325 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2N4, Canada
If you’re a coffee nerd, Revolver is the place to go for personal-size, pour-over coffees brewed from their unique lines of beans. Hang out for a while and you’ll run into everyone who lives at this end of Gastown. (604) 558-4444. As told to...
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923 SW Oak St, Portland, OR 97205, USA
Right around the corner from Powell's Bookstore and Sizzle Pie, the vibe here is fantastic. The walls are kind of spartan, there’s a record player in the corner, and you can roam on free Internet to your heart’s content. These guys definitely know...
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601 Vallejo St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
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Caffe Trieste, in the heart of North Beach just off Columbus, is an authentic San Francisco experience where little has changed since Kerouac's day. The North Beach location, which opened in 1956, is a great place to sit down, enjoy a coffee, and...
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Oderberger Str. 35, 10435 Berlin, Germany
The baristas here know a trick or two about coffee and Bonanza Coffee Roasters is one of the names that always comes up when discussing Berlin's best coffee. An amazing and hard to find Synesso Cyncra espresso machine is the center of attention in...
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479 Broadview Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 2N4, Canada
It's one of the most beautifully decorated places in the city. It's away from the tourist fray in the East End, but if you're lucky to have your cuppa here, you'll be rewarded with a sweeping view of the skyline from Riverdale Park. This is a...
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375 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
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A key player in the "third wave" coffee movement is Four Barrel Coffee, founded by Jeremy Tooker—who has a particular love for light roasts and the bright, acidic flavors that come with this method. Don’t let that description deter you, though;...
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200 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
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Stop by Reveille Coffee Co and your morning will be instantly better. The light, airy space in North Beach serves up coffee, pastries, and some of the best avocado and egg toast you’ll find in the city. Founded by Christopher and Tommy Newbury,...
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801 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046, USA
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When thinking of coffee shops in Los Angeles, Intelligentsia likely comes to mind. While they have the corners of creativity covered on opposite sides of town (Venice and Silverlake), Coffee Commissary, in the new 801 North complex on Fairfax...
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198 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
Papa November coffee truck at 15th and Kansas Street in San Francisco's design district serves excellent coffee drinks in a very unique truck. The espresso machine runs on propane and serves Stumptown coffee and home baked goodies like cookies and...
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Auguststraße 58, 10119 Berlin, Germany
The Barn is a bucolic coffee bar in the Mitte district that boasts top-quality coffee (from Copenhagen's famed fair-trade Coffee Collective) and a local-food ethos, inspired largely by the owner's formative years in rural Germany and his mother's...
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736 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
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You couldn't find a union more perfect if you tried. Bread wizard Josey Baker, who mastered the art of crafting whole wheat flour into complex, delicious loaves of bread, joins Jeremy Tooker of Four Barrel Coffee, one of the city's infamous third...
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915 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703, USA
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Fresa's Chicken al Carbon is an Austin-owned restaurant serving charcoal-grilled, locally raised chickens, freshly prepared tortas, salads, sides, homemade ice creams, aguas frescas, and a selection of beer and wine. The...
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437 Memorial Dr SE A5, Atlanta, GA 30312, USA
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As a freelance writer, I'm always looking for a place other than my couch to do work. My requirements are free wireless Internet, plenty of outlets and quality beverages. Octane Coffee succeeds on all fronts. Although they have locations...
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4402 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012, USA
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Lux has the best vibe in town. Jeff built the coffee shop in such a central location to be near the soul of creative Phoenix. The coffee is hand-roasted in house, and you can pair it with a seasonal pie or a bear claw, or even a full-fledged meal....
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2959 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657, USA
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Heritage Bicycles General Store is so many things: a coffee shop, a general store, and a place to buy a few key items for your hip closet. Most importantly though, it's a place to grab a cup of joe and watch art being created that you can ride...
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55 E College St #3, Oberlin, OH 44074, USA
Opened in spring 2010 by a couple of Oberlin College grads who decided to stick around, Slow Train Cafe was an instant success. After all, the idea of no decent coffee joint in a small college town is hard to wrap your mind around, especially when...
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3313 Hyland Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, USA
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Portola Coffee Lab takes making a cup of coffee to a new level. But you don't have to take my word for it—it was recently voted the best coffee in Orange County by the OC Weekly. If you're interested in the artistry involved in roasting and...
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185 Middle St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
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This is what a coffee shop should be. Well crafted drinks that are swift, but not rushed. Plenty of seating for locals to chat, read, and caffeinate for the day. Because they offer soups it can get crowded at the lunch hour!
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228 Mott St, New York, NY 10012, USA
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Among caffeine addicts, coffee is a hotly debated beverage. Gimme! Coffee is a no-nonsense artisanal coffee outlet that brews the freshest beans and only serves coffee the way it's meant to be enjoyed. You won't need to sweeten it with sugar & on...
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184 Duane St, New York, NY 10013, USA
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Actor Hugh Jackman is definitely a do-gooder, in more senses than one. His boutique coffee shop, Laughing Man, started in Tribeca on Duane Street, and is one of those places where the coffee not only tastes good (try the Flat White, made with...
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3350 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408, USA
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Bull Run Roasting is a locally owned, Minneapolis-based coffee roasting company and bar. This place boasts a casual yet charming atmosphere and crafts the perfect cappuccino. I drink my coffee simply—black, no cream, no sugar. But, when it comes...
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5931 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA
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This bohemian coffee shop is located in L.A.'s Franklin Village, a tiny line of restaurants and shops located on Franklin Ave. On the outside, it is camouflaged by the vine wrapped building, but on the inside it stands out from any other coffee...
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352 S Atlanta St, Roswell, GA 30075, USA
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This unassuming coffeehouse has become one of my favorite places to work, mostly for the delicious chai lattes and free Wi-Fi—but there's much more to it than that. Land of a Thousand Hills was founded in 2005 by local Jonathan Golden, who wanted...
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128 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204, USA
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Stumptown is a mainstay in Portland and a must on your list. The latte was one of the best I’ve ever had and the raspberry hazelnut scone was perfect. As I typically do in a new town, I struck up a conversation with the person next to me. There’s...
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257 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113, USA
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There are two well-known pastry shops within about a block of each other in Boston's historic North End: Mike's Pastry and Modern Pastry. The two are engaged in a constant battle for supremacy, and any good Bostonian has a strong opinion in favor...
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161 Prince St #1, New York, NY 10012, USA
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During my year living in Soho, I went to my fair share of coffee houses but it was Cafe Borgia on Prince Street that first caught my eye. Prince Street is notoriously crowded but luckily, the cafe lies just beyond the crowded boutiques. Walking...
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Alterra is a must for a quick coffee or lazy afternoon in Milwaukee. With locations throughout the city, including a beautiful lakefront view, it is impossible to not want to get comfortable in the rustic atmosphere and lose track of time. Their...
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800 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
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Café Du Monde is always open; it’s the clientele that changes—from visiting families and local pensioners early in the morning, to couples in the evening, to Bourbon Street refugees looking for coffee and ballast in the...
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1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA
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Located along the historic Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O Canal), this laid-back neighborhood bakery and coffeehouse is one of my favorite hangouts in D.C. Baked and Wired serves delicious food and drinks in a cozy atmosphere. The space is adorned with...
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1120 S 6th St, St. Louis, MO 63104, USA
Sump is a small but delightful coffee shop. The owner is clearly passionate and knowledgable about his products. This is the best coffee in St. Louis, bar none. Grab a cappuccino—hot or iced—and prepare to be amazed.
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2390 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127, USA
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Panther Coffee, in the ultra-cool Wynwood Art District and two other Miami locations, makes all drinks and brews to order, specializing in cortaditos, espressos, and roasting their own beans. It’s a hip spot with a Pacific Northwest...
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224 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28202, USA
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James Yoder established Not Just Coffee in 2011. You can't find a better selection of pour-over coffee or handcrafted espresso anywhere. The atmosphere is hip, part of the trendy new 7th Street Market (formerly Reid's). Go more than once, and you...
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1930 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
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Moore Coffee is a gem found in the historic Moore building. Look for the mini patio and wooden doors leading into this cozy Seattle coffeehouse. Alma, the head barista, has a talent for cute latte art, ranging from the typical latte leaf to bears...
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1331 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291, USA
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At the intersection of Hyperion and Sunset is the heart of Silver Lake, the source of the pulse; Intelligentsia Coffee. Fueling the neighborhood with crafted cups of caffeine, Intelligentsia has become the east side center of community and...
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110 E Central Pkwy, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA
The Coffee Emporium is a great place to meet friends over a cuppa, and it's also connected to the revitalization of the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, having moved into the area in the early 2000s. While you're there, check out the tremendous number...
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693 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105, USA
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Jones is well-known as the area's best local coffee. They make an amazing macchiato (Italian-style), their espresso is deluxe, and they do all their roasting on-site. I love the ambiance and the community feel of the cafe and shop, and they host...
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800 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40206, USA
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Two Indianapolis transplants opened this cafe in the NuLu neighborhood in 2011. Customers can sip local coffee while they play records on self-service turntables. The chewy cookies studded with oversize chocolate chunks have earned a loyal...
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225 W University Dr #101, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
Cartel Coffee is a growing establishment in Arizona, with a hip, edgy feel and a deep knowledge of the craft. While the coffee is consistently rated as among the best in Phoenix, the baked goods are anything but ordinary as well—try a bacon...
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3808 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227, USA
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This is a fantastic coffee shop with outstanding chai lattes and sprawling outdoor patio space (decorated in welcoming shiny silver and bursts of orange). On the inside, there is a very comfortable grey couch where you can use Wi-Fi to your heart’...
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1145 Townpark Ave #1221, Lake Mary, FL 32746, USA
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Locally roasted coffee is served here, as well as sandwiches and salads made with locally grown produce and organic meats. The pastries are made in house, and artisan gelato rounds out the tasty offerings.
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4930 N Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis, IN 46205, USA
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At first glance it can be easy to assume the only place to get coffee in Indianapolis is Starbucks. Look a little harder and you'll find several excellent independent coffee shops. The standout among them is Hubbard and Cravens. HC sources and...
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2517 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207, USA
Germack began in Detroit in 1924 as the Germack Pistachio Company and is the oldest roaster of pistachio nuts in the United States. Today, it occupies more than double the retail space it once did and sells more than just nuts—now the highlight...
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207 Woodward St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA
Collective Espresso is arguably the coolest coffeehouse in Cincinnati, and the people behind Collective are well versed in their craft. The shop offers a number of local & nearby roasts, including Quills (via Louisville) and Four Barrel (a San...
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2006, 812 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
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Songbird Coffee & Tea House offers a selection of locally roasted coffees along with black, green, white, and herbal teas—any of which can be iced for a refreshing pick-me-up during the hot summer months. They also display the work of local...
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2124 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216, USA
Astro Coffee is a youthful coffee shop located in the historic yet revitalized Corktown neighborhood of Detroit that serves up beans from some of the country's finest roasters, including San Francisco's Sightglass Coffee and Durham's Counter...
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1012 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
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Killer E.S.P. is a cool, contemporary coffeehouse in the heart of Old Town, featuring Stumptown Coffee, sorbetto, and pie (hence 'E.S.P.'—the 'E' is for espresso), as well as a nice place to sit down and hang out for a while. Whether you're on...
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2501 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224, USA
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During an outing to Patterson Park, stop by this local cafe along the south side for some coffee and maybe a bite to eat. Patterson Perk sits on the edge of Canton with a good view of the park. It's a small, homey establishment which is great to...
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2002 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, USA
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21st Street Coffee and Tea is a great slice of contemporary, careful coffee culture in the Strip District. The shop has a garage door that can be opened to provide a welcome breeze, and lends the interior an airy feeling when you're hanging...
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421 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30312, USA
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Atlanta’s Grant Park area is known for three things: Oakland Cemetery, Zoo Atlanta and good food. Ria’s Bluebird is a staple of the neighborhood, serving up breakfast food from 8am to 3pm. The tattooed waitresses can recommend standard...
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2320 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203, USA
Urban Standard opened in 2007 and has become a catalyst for the downtown revitalization that has blossomed around it. It’s the perfect place for anyone to congregate: creatives, business folks, locals who live in the surrounding lofts, students...
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955 Canton St, Roswell, GA 30075, USA
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Located in nearby Roswell’s historic downtown, Roswell Provisions takes pride in what it sells, namely artisan meats, cheeses, breads, and pastries. They also have olive oils, vinegars, and over 100 wines for sale. Ask about the locally made...
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116 S Addison St, Richmond, VA 23220, USA
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Lamplighter is a local coffee shop done right. With indoor, outdoor, and screen porch seating, a delicious menu of sandwiches, breakfasts, and creative sides, and a friendly, laid-back atmosphere, it's the perfect place to get a cup o' joe....
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525 S Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
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Want to hang where the locals do? Come to The Duce. This place has everything you could possibly want, including a soda pop fountain, a bar serving Prohibition-era cocktails, an old-school clothesline, a boxing ring, hula hoops, a coffee stand,...
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520 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101, USA
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The Beat Coffeehouse is part dive bar, part roadhouse, part concert hall, part cafe, but somehow, this combination works. It's a great place to catch a live show, chill out over a cappuccino (or a beer), and listen to tunes (on vinyl, of course)...
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700 E Sonterra Blvd #1113, San Antonio, TX 78258, USA
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Local Coffee is a San Antonio institution committed to carefully crafted coffee. Both locations (Alamo Heights and Stone Oak) have a hip, contemporary coffee culture vibe and are a great place to sit and sip. Local Coffee sources their beans from...