Great coffee, freshly brewed tea, delectable pastries—it’s no wonder cafes are a neighborhood’s social hubs. With atmospheres as varied and distinct as the refreshments they serve, here are a few of our favorite cafes in and around Phoenix and Scottsdale.
Arcadia Farms Cafe
A Scottsdale mainstay for three decades, Arcadia Farms Cafe serves up freshly roasted coffee, tea, baked goods and modern morning staples—from breakfast quesadillas to wraps and crepes. The cafe partners with area farms to provide special local flavors. Plus, they’ve also got an on-site gourmet marketplace and are a full-service catering and event planning company. Come Friday afternoon at 2pm for a special afternoon tea service and stick around after dark to see them bust out the housemade sangria.
Founded by Arizona State University grad Allison DeVane, Teaspressa first got rolling as a bicycle cart in 2015. The next year, Allison took her idea to the entrepreneurs on "Shark Tank," which gained her lots of national exposure. Today, Teaspressa has three locations in Scottsdale and Phoenix. The cafe on Indian School Road in Phoenix offers uniquely brewed teas, fresh pastries as well as afternoon tea and BYOB service on weekends.
This vegetarian-friendly quickie breakfast and lunch spot in Old Town Scottsdale is set within a cute cottage equipped with a drive-thru. Order the “Crossaint ‘Wich” or “AZ Burro” breakfast burrito (smoked turkey with avocado and egg whites) along with an iced coffee (made with locally roasted beans).
Sip Coffee & Beer
Live music, java, cocktails and beer? Find it all at Sip, which has outposts in Phoenix and Scottsdale. Founded in 2014, this multifaceted bistro and bar dishes out coffee, craft cocktails and a range of eats, from hearty oatmeal to charcuterie boards—come hungry.
Now with eight locations around Arizona, Press Coffee’s sleek, modern coffeehouse vibe is a clear local favorite. Their Roastery cafe in Phoenix has a cool industrial style and serves up coffee made from fair-trade, small-batch beans. They also make some stellar sandwiches and pour beer and wine.
Located on Camelback Road in Phoenix, this popular restaurant—it’s got locations in West Hollywood and Dallas too—has a cute cafe section that specializes in breakfast. Step up to the coffee bar and order an Americano and an acai bowl, or go big with the “Original Egg Sandwich,” complete with American cheese and mayo (your choice). The Henry’s stylish, comfy setting is great for studying or remote work.