Is your morning coffee run making you late for class? Did your Tapingo get stolen again? No sweat! We’ve rounded up 5 hidden coffee shop gems around campus that will satisfy your daily caffeine addiction.
Even better, in celebration of CUPS’ one year anniversary, you can grab FREE COFFEE this week by using CUPS! We’re all about that life. Look out for the specified day that each coffee shop below is listed on CUPS social media and the birthday blog post, and hurry in to grab drinks on us. Don’t have CUPS yet? Download the app now!
Kopi Kopi (68 West 3rd Street)
Kopi Kopi, an Indonesian-infused coffee shop by day and tapas bar by night, the cozy yet trendy ambiance makes a perfect meeting spot. It provides an ample seating area and free wifi for your studying or lounging needs. If you’re an early riser, doors open at 6am and baked goods are freshly prepared in-house every morning. How can you say no?
Mille-Feuille Bakery Cafe (552 LaGuardia Place)
Looking for a quick pick-me-up with your coffee? Olivier Dessyn and his family came from Paris to bake and serve high-quality, all-natural products to New York City. Located a block south of Bobst Library, the cafe offers an assortment of French pastries from croissants to macarons and brews La Colombe beans. The friendly customer service can also sweeten up your day. Eat dessert first (okay, maybe second after drinking your coffee), you never know what will happen next.
The Uncommons (230 Thompson Street)
“Play some board games while eating bagel bites or drinking coffee.” Um, twist my arm.
The chalkboard explains it all – enjoy traditional entertainment with socially conscious coffee from the Brooklyn Roasting Company. The Uncommons creates a lively environment for friendly competition between board and card gamers. The shop stays open until 11PM on Sundays, midnight on Mondays-Thursdays, and 1AM on Fridays-Saturdays.
Madman Espresso (54 University Place & 319 East 14th Street)
If you are heading to campus from Union Square, stop by Madman Espresso for coffee and strike up a conversation with the delightful baristas. Baristas also display their artistry with latte art. You can also experience the shop’s eccentricity with the signature madmancino, a chocolate, chai and cinnamon cappuccino blend.
Léna (1 West 8th Street)
Nestled between various shops on 8th street between 5th Avenue and MacDougal Street is a small and cozy cafe. Unlike most French bakeries, Léna serves the delectable Maison Adam macarons rather than the traditional cookie-and-ganache sandwiches. Savor the Basques macaron, that dates back to 1660, with your coffee as you stroll to Washington Square park, which is only one block south.
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*Photo Credit: @nemonyc