Best Coffee Shops in the US

If you love coffee and enjoy seeking out a great cup, you may want to consider adding these places to your list. They’re not only serving up excellent drinks but are also LGBTQ friendly places to gather and hang out. Below are our top picks of the best coffee shops in the United States.

Archive Coffee & Bar

102 Liberty Street NE, Suite 120, Salem, Oregon

Hands down one of the best coffee shops we’ve ever been to. The drinks and top-notch and the food is excellent as well. The best part? It’s also a bar. But not just any bar. The craft cocktails they offer are excellent. We recommend the Revolver where you pick the spirit and they do the rest.

latte art and salad in Archive Coffee and Bar
Archive Coffee and Bar in Salem, Oregon
Archive Coffee and Bar
Pull up a seat and settle in …
Archive Coffee and Bar
The inside space of Archive

Camber Coffee

221 W Holly St. Bellingham, Washington

You don’t really need an excuse to visit Bellingham. It’s cool enough on it’s own to warrant a visit. So if you go, be sure to check out Camber. It is soooo good in so many ways. Their coffees are unique, bright, balance and delicious. You must try the Kenya Karumandi AA. On second thought, try as many of them as you can. And order food … we had the cheese plate, the rosemary lamb burger, vegetable sandwich and it was all oh so very good.

inside Camber Coffee
Camber Coffee in Bellingham, Washington


Narrative Coffee

2927 Wetmore Ave, Everett, Washington

Down to earth, super friendly baristas and of course, excellent coffee drinks make Narrative Coffee in Everett, Washington worth visiting. The space is really inviting. It has clean lines, rich wood, pretty exposed brick, white tile and succulents and is the kind of place that feels great to be in and of course, take Instagram photos.

latte art inside Narrative Coffee
Narrative Coffee in Everett, Washington
barista making latte art at Narrative Coffee
Always wanted to learn how to make latte art…
interior of Narrative Coffee
The space inside Narrative is one of our favorite things about it.

Odd’s Cafe

800 Haywood Rd, Ste. A, Asheville, North Carolina

Located in West Asheville, Odd’s Cafe is just a short walk from home for us. They offer Counter Culture coffee and locally baked goods (we almost always get the light roast and an everything bagel.) Though there are several coffee shops to choose from in Asheville, this is our favorite for many reasons: Audrie, the owner, is super friendly and her staff is, too. They have great stuff and serve it up without any pretension. Odd’s is also great at fostering a sense of community – there’s several different spaces for hanging out, community tables for working away from home, and maybe best of all, there is a call for artists to display their work on the shop walls. A new artist is featured each month and is also allowed to host an opening and/or closing event. It doesn’t get much better than that. Oh wait, they just started serving beer, too, so maybe it does. Maybe see you there sometime?

Caroline Whatley in Odd's Cafe
Odd’s is our favorite coffee shop in Asheville, North Carolina!

The Rise Coffee Bar

75 Wentworth Street, Charleston, South Carolina

Tucked inside the Restoration Hotel, we discovered this little coffee shop almost by accident. Grab a cup to-go, walk around downtown Charleston and see if you aren’t making your way back for a second cup.


Rival Brothers Coffee Bar

2400 Lombard Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

There’s three Rival Brother’s Coffee Bar locations in Philadelphia which means you’ll be able to stay caffeinated no matter where you are in the city. If you like clean, minimalist spaces, this is your kind of place. Oh, and their beans are roasted daily!

Rival Brothers
Rival Brothers Coffee in Philadelphia

Starbucks Reserve Roastery

1124 Pike Street, Seattle, Washington

This was Starbuck’s first reserve roastery. It opened in the Capitol Hill neighborhood in 2014 and has been bustling ever since. You can get coffees here that you can’t get anywhere else in the world. We know it’s a chain but we still thought it was really cool to visit and see. Would we pick it over one of the small, local shops as our regular spot? No, but it’s worth a look-see if you’re ever in Seattle.

Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Seattle


What do you think about our Best Coffee Shops in the US?

Where are your favorite places to get a great cappuccino or espresso? We understand if you want to keep your local knowledge to yourself. Trust us, we had a hard time deciding whether or not to put our favorites on the list for fear that they would only get more busy. But we also believe that great places deserve recognition and that they’ll continue to be awesome even if more and more people discover them.

If you liked this, you might also enjoy our list of the Best Places to Get a Drink in Asheville.

Published by Erin McGrady

Erin McGrady is a filmmaker, photographer, and writer exploring Asheville and beyond. My work focuses on sharing about LGBTQ safe spaces, camper van life, and the outdoors.

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