I am no stranger when it comes to hanging out in coffee shops. During high school and college, I acquired quite the dependency for the coffee bean. This addiction followed me to cosmetology school but then came to a dramatic halt when the salon I worked at didn't have a coffee shop within walking distance.  I then switched over to hot tea, and I must say that I cant decide which I like more.

My sure-to-be unhealthy addiction to caffeine has inspired this newest blog post. I have spent countless hours in various coffee shops studying, hanging out with friends, meeting Tinder matches, and eventually, I will be blogging from them while we are on the road.  So I've compiled a short and sweet list of recommendations for my fellow coffee junkies in New York.

Ost Cafe

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Coffee, espresso, fine wine and good times is what you will find when entering the Ost Cafe.  The focus of this cafe is to bring a genuine bohemian feel to their customers, and I think they have knocked it out of the park! If you find yourself needing an afternoon pick me up, this would be the perfect place to get the caffeine fix. 

441 E 12th Street, New York, NY 10009
Mon-Thurs 7:30am - 10:00pm
Fri 7:30am - 11:00pm
Sat 8:30am - 11:00pm
Sun 8:30 - 10:00pm

511 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002
Mon- Fri 7:30am - 7:00pm
Sat - Sun 8:30am - 7:00pm 


This adorable coffee and cake joint offers seven varieties of coffee and twelve different hot tea options for you to choose from. Originally from Japan, this business states that they are dedicated to providing fresh and high-quality products to their customers. With one location in Chelsea and another in Upper East Side odds are there is one near you so stop on in and give it a taste! 

198 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011
(9th Ave. & 22nd St.)
Mon-Sun 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

Upper East Side
1374 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10075
(3rd Ave. & E 78th St.)
Sun-Thu 11:00am – 9:00pm
Fri-Sat 11:00am – 10:00pm

Stumptown Coffee

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Stumptown opened its first location in New York in 2009, and they haven't looked back since. I am aware you can buy this coffee income grocery stores and that there are other locations all over the country. I do however feel that there is no better way to sip Stumptown coffee, than at one of their gorgeous cafes. If I were ever to open a coffee shop, it would look a lot like these shops. They are beyond adorable and the coffee, of course, is fantastic! 

30 W 8th Street, New York, NY 10011
Mon - Sun 7:00am - 8:00pm

18 W 29th Street, New York, NY 10001
Mon - Fri 6:00am - 8:00pm
Sat - Sun 7:00AM - 8:00pm 


If you are looking for an authentic Japanese tea room experience, then this is the spot for you! The head baker has a background in Japanese pastries as well as quite the resume’, which includes baking at the White House for a brief period. With dozens of tea options, you are bound to find something for everybody while you are here. 

230 East 9th Street (2nd floor) New York, NY 10003
Mon - Thurs 2:00pm - 11:00pm
Fri - Sat 12:00pm - 12:00am
Sun 12:00pm - 10:00pm



This studio / espresso bar is not one to miss while you are visiting the Big Apple. This little shop prides itself on being a minimalist coffee shop with snack size servings and quality brew for their customers. Even if you aren't looking for a way to kill the coffee bean cravings, It is still a great place to take a few mins and see what everyone is working on. They specialize in small scale start-ups, digital design, and brand strategy. 

232 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Mon - Fri 7:00am -6:00pm
Sat - Sun 8:00am - 6:00pm

Do you have a favorite coffee shop that didn't make the list? Leave the name and some information about it so I can be sure to check it out!

**all photos in this blog posts were from the companies mentioned above not taken by David Beardsley. If you would like to see some of Davids work feel free to check it out here