Happy National Coffee Day :: 25 Milwaukee Area Coffee Shops

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It’s National Coffee Day!

Milwaukee Coffee Shops

For some of us, EVERY day feels like Coffee Day, but it’s always great to find a new favorite spot to haunt. Ready to get your caffeine fix? Here are just a few local spots to hit up while celebrating this sacred Mama holiday!


25 Milwaukee Area Coffee Shops

Alderaan Coffee {Milwaukee} :: In addition to offering the coffees they source from local roasters around the country, they have yummy syrups that are all made in-house.

Anodyne Coffee Roastery {Walker’s Point + Wauwatosa} :: Yes, there are many places where you can get Anodyne Coffee, but this location stands out above the rest for our team, and for good reason! The space is gorgeous, and they have live music regularly, including Fox & Branch for the kiddos. Plus, our kiddos love their vanilla steamers (whole milk with vanilla in it). 

Brewed Cafe {Milwaukee} :: Nestled inside a building on Brady Street that inside, is reminiscent of coffeehouses of the 90’s, Brewed Cafe pours Anodyne coffee alongside house-made, vegetarian-friendly food options and baked goods. The eclectic environment just invites you to curl up in a chair with a cuppa and a good book.

Cafe Blue {Wauwatosa} :: Located in East Tosa, Cafe Blue is a locally owned, eclectic coffee + tea shop that offers pastries and sandwiches. If you need a good jolt of caffeine, try The Live Wire and Thunderkiss – both drinks are made with 5 shots of espresso.

Cafe de Arts {Waukesha} :: An in-house roastery with personality to spare! The owners are lovely people who are so passionate for their customers and their work. Definitely try one of the hot panini sandwiches with your coffee and book one of the party rooms for an upcoming event. They also have a shop with build-your-own gift boxes. 

Coffee Makes You Black {Milwaukee} :: Set in an old, repurposed bank building, Coffee Makes You Black offers meeting space with loads of natural light and a yummy menu to fill your tummy.

Coffeeville Co. {Jackson} :: A new cafe in a historic log cabin featuring a roasting viewing room. Coffeeville roasts its own beans, giving the coffee a fresh taste. Cozy, decor makes the cafe feel homey and warm, and coffee machinery throughout the space provides a story of the history of coffee. Delish coffee drinks, pastries, and sandwiches. Super convenient drive-thru or online ordering, if you’re in a hurry.

Colectivo Coffee {Various Locations} :: No Milwaukee coffee shop list would be complete without Colectivo Coffee. You’re never too far away from your nearest cafe and you can fine their signature coffees being served in retail shops all over the city. And of course, we already know their Baked Oatmeal is famous. Looking to make a copycat version at home? We have the recipe

Dryhootch Coffeehouse {Milwaukee} :: Created from a national non-profit organization that strives to create a healthy and substance-free environment for recovering veterans, the coffee shop on Brady Street brings a sense of community. Of course the coffee is good, but it’s the environment that promotes friendship, arts, and music that sets Dryhootch Coffeehouse apart. 

Fiddleheads {Cedarburg} :: Right in the heart of historic Cedarburg, this place just oozes charm. You can even rent out the upper level for meetings. 

Fuel Cafe {Milwaukee} :: With two locations to choose from, Fuel Cafe has created a hip and fun destination for a coffee date or lunch meeting in Walkers Point and on Center Street. There are weekly specials, space for special events, and the Walker’s Point location even offers brunch! A great option for vegetarians and vegans as well. Lots of local crafts brews are available (Walkers Point) and the industrial-style interior is tons of fun. 

Hawthorne Coffee Roasters {Milwaukee} :: Known for their killer pour-overs, Hawthorne Coffee is a craft roaster. They are also frequently seen paired with a donut or in the hand of a Farmer’s Market shopper.

Kickapoo Coffee Cafe {Third Ward} :: You have to experience this location to believe it. Right in the heart of the Third Ward near MIAD, this beautiful cafe has a wall of windows that allows natural light to shine in on this beautiful space. And Kickapoo Coffee is roasted locally, 100% solar powered, and features beans with flavors that will knock your socks off. Try a pour-over here. You won’t be sorry. And the mugs are ADORABLE.

Mama D’s {Wales,Waukesha, and Genesee Depot} :: You might often see a Mama D’s sticker on the back of a vehicle with a bike rack and for good reason. This spot in Wales has a strong following, especially in the cycling community, and they have expanded to TWO additional locations. It has a kitchy, cozy vibe with amazing drinks and delicious food. Need something to go? Try their location in Waukesha for a more grab and go style experience. Want to enjoy a warm bowl of hearty oatmeal in a converted train depot? You’ll love the Genesee Depot locations! Mama D’s is an across-the-board winner. 

Pilcrow Coffee {Milwaukee} :: Known for their velvety-smooth, life altering (no, really) nitro cold brew, regular and sweet cream. You can usually find one of their nitro bikes in downtown Milwaukee or you can find them at a farmer’s market.

Rochambo Coffee & Teahouse {Milwaukee} :: Located in an old victorian home, Rochambo has been a Brady street staple for over 20 years since before hipsters were a thing. They hand-craft all of their artisan simple syrups and bonus: you can get a delicious Irish Coffee if you need a kick in your step.

Roots Coffee Bar {Waukesha} :: Family-owned and operated by the same folks as the Oconomowoc location, Roots has a large amount of seating, friendly staff, and a great area to land right in the front window so you can people-watch while you sip your latte. They are even developing an Order Ahead option!

Sherman Perk {Sherman Park} :: Easily one of the more unique, fun coffee shops in the Milwaukee area that is a must-try! It’s an old repurposed gas station and it’s super funky inside. The coffee is great and it’s got an awesome neighborhood vibe going on with a super-friendly staff and a community ambiance. 

Stone Creek Coffee {Various Locations} :: Stone Creek cafes are all over the greater Milwaukee area, but a favorite of our team is the location in the Radio Milwaukee headquarters. Looking for a more quiet space to really dial in and get some work done without distraction? Head to the Shorewood location on Oakland. It’s small enough that there’s very little talking! 

The Steaming Cup {Waukesha} :: The Steaming Cup is a real gem -this place isn’t just about the coffee (which is awesome) or the famous Lavender Chai (which is super delicious), but the FOOD. Milwaukee chef Jason Tofte doesn’t mess around with food, so you know if he’s behind a coffee shop, the menu is going to be fabulous. Live music on the weekends too!

Urban Joe Cafe {West Milwaukee} :: Known for their organic, fair trade and sustainably harvested coffees and ingredients, Urban Joe is a great neighborhood coffee house.

Valentine Coffee Co. {Wauwatosa} :: This place is worth the wait. The must-try here is the Vanilla Bean Latte and the tasting room here is gorgeous. Valentine is another spot with a variety of coffee varieties that are perfect for pour-overs, so definitely splurge for it here and watch the expert baristas do their thing.
Vennture Brew Co. {Milwaukee/Tosa} :: Vennture’s slogan is “Coffee + Beer + Community”, and they live up to just that. Their in-house brews are top-notch, and their community space is gorgeous. Start with a cup of coffee and a muffin and transition to one of the house brews when the time feels right. The staff is phenomenal and the sleek, modern interior creates such a cool vibe.
2984 On Main {East Troy} :: If you are looking for a hidden gem that’s a bit off the beaten path a bit, go find the 2984 On Main in the Square Roots building and you’ve got it! It’s about 10 minutes from Elegant Farmer, a Milwaukee Fall Favorite. Amazing drinks and bakery, a kitchen with daily specials, and coolers and freezers for locally grown organic produce, meats, eggs, milk, etc. They also have a gift section with handmade soaps, cleaning products, etc. There are board games, books, magazines, etc to enjoy while you’re there. 
 Coffee not your bag? (say it isn’t so?!) That’s ok – we’ve got you covered with some non-coffee options, mama.
{Disclaimer…these are just a few of our favorite locations and not an exhaustive Milwaukee area list, but we would LOVE to hear your favorite coffee shops from around the 414 (and 262)! Fill us in in the comments!}

Ready to go celebrate? So are we! 

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