New York City may not be the biggest city in the world, but it’s a place where you can really discover A LOT- secret basement bars, museums, exclusive parks, rooftop bars overlooking the beautiful skyline, and everything under the sun. You’ll never get tired of exploring the city, like one day you’ll get used to hangout in one place, and tomorrow you’re discovering a new one. If you’re a fan of coffee and you want something to post on your instagram feed, here are top 10 places that are either hidden from the concrete jungle, or just spots being unusual for having different approach on how you can enjoy your cup of coffee.
1. DEVOCION CAFE
69 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Along Williamsburg in Brooklyn is the Devocion coffee shop. Before you enter, you’ll see in their façade the process of how they make their coffee. After you walk through the hallway entrance, you’ll see the planters, directly below the skylight window. It creates an atmosphere that you feel like you’re with nature. Brick walls and distressed leather upholstered seats bring classic vibes, that creates a relaxing ambiance. All the furniture came up with variations of different wood finishes, maintaining the timeless and rustic feel of the place.
2. SWEETLEAF COFFEE ROASTERS
159 Freeman Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Sweetleaf Coffee Roasters in Greenpoint Brooklyn offers you not just great coffee and great place, but also a bonus trip around different times. It’s like a museum full of different furniture pieces. You’ll totally feel an eclectic vibe with every furniture pieces you’ll see, for they come in different styles, from different periods of time. They even placed pews that we sit on churches. With enough seats and tables, the entire place is accessorized by sculptures, wall reliefs with intricate patterns, and other antique ornaments. Their lighting comes with varieties of old and new, enough to brighten up the place and let you concentrate when you need to work. A lot of the furniture pieces are distressed, Walls are finished with bricks, and the ceiling comes with wood joist, making the room cozier and rustic.
3. BOULE & CHERIE
172 Amsterdam Avenye, New York, NY 10023
Along Amsterdam Avenue in upper west side of Manhattan, Boule and Cherie is a perfect place to sip coffee before hailing a yellow cab that starts your “busy-NYC-life”. With enough amounts of seats and good lighting, this separates you from the loud noises outside. Walking inside the entrance highlights the brand above the counter that also serves as a good source of light, giving the place proper mood for reading or working. Combination of wood finishes and leather upholsteries are seen on the customer area, creating a contemporary style along with the industrial pendant lamps.
4. FRESCO GELATARIA
138 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003
This semi-basement coffee place serves gelatos along with breakfast meals, pastries, and coffees. Once you enter, you’ll feel like you’re in a backyard garden. A lot of woods are used on walls and ceiling, with indoors plants and quirky kitchen utensils that serve as accessories of the entire place. By placing outdoor furniture with soft cushions, the entire place feels like a lanai where you can relax and feel comfortable.
5. BLUESTONE LANE
51 Astor Place, New York, NY 10003
Since New York City is a very busy place, coffees are everywhere. Along Astor
Place is the Bluestone Lane. The vibe inside the Australian coffee place gives you a treat close to nature, as indoor plants are everywhere, from the ceiling, tables, ledges, and even on top of their refrigerator. Counters are finished with teal subway-like tiles, and walls are polished concrete cement that gives a unique character. As the place is in a loft kind of setting, the high ceiling gives a huge proportion, which makes you feel like you’re not in a crowded place- a better way to enjoy coffee.
6.THE QUEENS KICKSHAW
40-17 Broadway, Astoria, NY 11103
Within Broadway Avenue in Astoria neighborhood is The Queens Kickshaw. The interior style of this coffee place combines rustic, classic, with a little touch of industrial mood. The lighting of the entire place depends on the time. If it’s daytime, they use more light for brighter mornings. At nighttime, dimmer light setting is what they prefer to achieve a bar-like, yet quiet and peaceful vibes. Upon entering, you’ll clearly see a bar counter, with distressed brick walls, wood floors, and gold ceiling panels. It is then balanced with modern lighting fixtures, which makes the coffee shop a great spot made for people to eat, drink coffee, lounge, and work.
7. JOE THE JUICE
67 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012
If you are looking for a place where you want to have fun but without alcohol, Joe the Juice is a great place to go. Just along Spring Street in SoHo, Manhattan, this place covers a huge space with lots of seats where you can enjoy your coffee, while also listening to the loud music. They serve healthy sandwiches and juice that really makes a different approach on how to have fun, since you get to party and also eat healthy. Some people still read and study here, since there are a lot of outlets provided for you to work.
8. ABOUT COFFEE
71 Sullivan Street, New York, NY 10012
Somewhere along Sullivan Street in SoHo, Manhattan, this coffee shop provides small space, yet comfortable and peaceful vibes. Paired with their great coffee, the room consists of white brick wall that creates balance with the natural wood finishes present on stools and chairs. Creating a homey ambiance, indoor plants and wall paintings are placed to accessorize the coffee shop. Windows are opened to widely see the view outside and feel the fresh weather.
9. ASTOR BAKESHOP
12-23 Astoria Boulevard, Astoria, NY 11102
Around Astoria neighborhood of Queens, New York is the Astor Bake Shop. They serve cakes, pastries, and even lunch meals, aside from coffee. This place separates you from the noisy streets of Manhattan, which is perfect when you need to work, or even just relax and read your favorite book. During mornings, the sun creates natural light that clearly brightens up the whole coffee shop, making a positive energy to its customers. The interior made use of combining the classic wooden chairs, tables, and brick walls, with the industrial vibe of metal ceiling fans, pendant lights, and patterned floor tiles that creates enough harmony and balance.
On weekend nights, the coffee shop plays live music performed by different bands, which add up to more reasons to enjoy having coffee here.
10. SPREADHOUSE CAFE
A lot of New Yorkers usually start their morning with coffee and end their night with beer. Hidden somewhere in the lower east side neighborhood of Manhattan, Spreadhouse Café houses both a coffee shop and a bar. During mornings, customers come to relax or work. As a place also great to hangout with friends, you’ll feel a relaxing and homey ambiance with varieties of seats and cushions provided for lounging. To add up, indoor plants along with Aztec and Moroccan patterned area rugs accessorize the entire place. During nights, the lighting changes and it really feels different. The place uses colorful lights and loud music is played.
Article by: Mark Malolos