Baltimore’s Coffee and Tea Shops
Charm City takes its caffeine intake seriously. Pour yourself a cup as we spill the tea on the best coffees around town.
A good cup of joe can do a whole lot more than satisfy your taste buds, especially in Baltimore—a city that values local roasting, hand-crafted creations and coming together over a freshly brewed beverage. Whether you’re looking for a community hub, a work space or simply a coffee to-go, these locally-owned businesses have just what you need.
As the sister spot to well-known restaurant Woodberry Kitchen, it’s no surprise Artifact Coffee serves up unique breakfast and lunch meals like veggie Bahn Mi or toasted focaccias, all easily paired with a coffee of your choice. The menu features options like cold brew, pour over or even CBD add-ons for hot and cold beverages. Artifact is known for straying from the norm and the menu changes every day, so visit often to stay on top of their seasonal offerings.
Baby’s On Fire
Music lovers will delight in Baby’s On Fire. This husband-and-wife-owned Mount Vernon café features dozens of bins of vinyl to flip through while enjoying your morning dose of caffeine. After browsing the musical selection, you can enjoy local roasts from Open Seas Coffee, breakfast pastries and lunch sandwiches on the front patio. Want to expand your own record collection? Join their Record of the Month Club.
Bird in Hand
Bird in Hand has a lot more than just coffee to offer, as it’s recognized for its collection of books and records, locally-sourced meal options and bar as a collaboration between Artifact Coffee and The Ivy Bookshop. All of the coffee is sourced from Thread Coffee Roasters—a women-and queer-owned cooperative focused on sustainable farming practices. Plus, the owners of the Charles Village-based shop pride themselves on keeping the community connected, typically offering in-house events, featured books and daily shared specials.
Nothing goes together quite like a book and warm beverage. Check out our round up of Baltimore’s best bookshops and find a cozy place to escape the real world for a while.
Charmington Holistics in Highlandtown offers all things nourishment for your mind, body and soul. Their sprawling wall of herbs allows you to create a tea blend that’s specifically curated to your needs, and their signature alcohol-free herbal tonics can be enjoyed straight or added to your favorite beverage for a healthy boost.
More than just a coffee pun, Common Ground’s name reflects its role as a “third space” between the home and the office where members of the community can relax, be themselves and engage with one another—all while savoring some delicious brews and bakes. A long staple of the Hampden community, Common Ground recently transitioned to a worker-owned cooperative model. On a nice day, opt to sit out on the expansive wooden patio, which is dog-friendly.
Cuples Tea House
Cuples Tea House, owned by real-life couple Eric and Lynette Dodson, is creating an urban tea experience with their range of loose and bagged teas. From green tea to blood orange to classic chai, Cuples has a blend for everyone to enjoy. This local small business focuses on the little details to make every tea drinking experience a special one.
Discover local personalities, learn from in-house workshops and taste hand-crafted food and drink offerings at Dovecote Café. This Black-owned business near Druid Hill Park typically serves as a gathering place for creatives and makers alike. Sit down, try an upside down cake or a breakfast burger, and endure the welcoming space full of colorful murals made by Baltimoreans.
Emma’s Tea Spot
Look no further than Emma’s Tea Spot for a proper British experience, right here in Baltimore’s Hamilton-Lauraville neighborhood. You don’t need a corset or ballgown to enjoy all the British classics at Emma’s, such as high tea, biscuits and scones, and ham and cheese toasties, among a wide range of other dishes from across the pond.
A multi-hyphenate, Good Neighbor is a coffee shop, design store, apothecary, dining room, event venue and inclusive neighborhood hangout spot on a mission to foster community and ignite curiosity. The shop’s sleek, stylish atmosphere will transport you to something out of a magazine, but you’ll feel right at home. Along with espresso and filter coffee drinks, Good Neighbor also serves an assortment of unexpected toasts like floral butter, apple crumble, and spiced chickpea courtesy of Chef Durian Neal. Since opening in 2020, they’ve rapidly expanded to include a plant store/workshop in collaboration with plant and interior artist Hilton Carter and an outdoor dining area, and a dinner-focused restaurant concept is in the works. Find them in Hampden, between Wicked Sisters and Wishbone Reserve.
In south Baltimore sits this cozy cafe, whose mismatched chairs, brightly colored walls and exposed brick feel as though they could’ve been the inspiration for Central Perk in Friends. The upstairs features plenty of seating, large tables and an abundance of outlets perfect for the work-from-home-away-from-home crowd. There’s even a private room for those that need to take meetings or hold group study sessions. A robust coffee and food menu, not to mention a display of irresistible pastries and sweets from local businesses, also makes it a great place to grab a bite before exploring Fort McHenry, just a 5-minute drive down the road.
New Secrets Tea
There are no secrets when it comes to New Secrets; just gourmet wellness tea that’ll warm you up from the inside out. The targeted ingredients and unprocessed leaves offered from this tea shop ensure you’ll lead a healthy lifestyle without compromising great benefits and quality taste.
OneDo Coffee Roasters
Though relatively new to the scene, Canton’s OneDo Coffee Roasters is making a name for itself with its very own, ethically-sourced coffee that’s roasted in-house. The beans are sourced globally from places like El Salvador and Ethiopia, ultimately making their way into the shop’s recyclable or compostable coffee bags. While you’re in the green-filled space, try out baked goods and lunch options brought in from other Baltimore businesses.
Much like their name combining motorcycles and tea, Pillion Tea is totally unique. They have a wide assortment of rare, fragrant loose leaf teas that can be enjoyed hot, cold or as a latte. When you stop in for a drink at their Mount Vernon shop, try out the assortment of different pastries Pillion serves depending on the day, and grab a book to read while you relax.
This worker cooperative has served primarily as a resource for movements of social justice in the city of Baltimore since 2004, yet it also provides delicious vegan meals, coffee from Thread Coffee Roasters and books that are bound to start a conversation. Red Emma’s hosts events weekly, including virtual affairs like author-led book readings, live music and poetry sessions. They recently moved to a multilevel Waverly property that includes a bookstore, a community coffeehouse and a social center.
Do you like pastries with your tea? Then you’re in luck with Sacre Sucre. This Fell’s Point shop offers a variety of seasonal pastries, from classics like eclairs and croissants, to special stylized apple tarts and caneles. They even offer monthly classes for you to learn how to make French macarons. Voila!
No slumps here, just friendly faces and fresh-brewed coffee at Sophomore. It’s hard to miss the big, blue “coffee” sign painted on the side of the building that leads to the shop’s front door. Not only is the space bright and inviting, but it’s an impressive testimony to just how much one can make of a basement. Once inside, you’ll be greeted by the scent of ground coffee beans that’ll keep you coming back for more.
Spoons Café and Coffee Roasters
Famous biscuits, a scratch kitchen and in-house roasted coffee make the Federal Hill-based Spoons a standout of the dining scene in Baltimore. Every season, the roasting team gets experimental and creates unique brews worth trying, such as the pumpkin maple foam cold brew or the salted caramel latte. If you’re craving something more, make a reservation and enjoy all-day brunch options like various egg scrambles or the out-of-the-box cinnamon roll pancakes.
Named a favorite neighborhood café for more than a decade, Teavolve provides flavorful creations that stray way beyond its more-than 30 loose-leaf tea selection. The Harbor East restaurant is recognized for its innovation found both on the food menus and the drink menu, noticeable in staples like the Dirty Red Dress—a red velvet latte with espresso—and the breakfast crêpe. There are also dozens of plant-based options for vegetarian and vegan diners too, available inside, on the patio or for takeout. And if you’re lucky, you may catch an open mic night performance.
Vent Coffee Roasters
Housed in a large, industrial space at Union Collective in Hampden, Vent Coffee Roasters provides freshly baked donuts, coffee tastings and specialty creations like CBD coffee. Owner Sarah Walker and her team roast beans on-site, giving customers the chance to learn exactly what it took to create the coffee in their cup. In addition to a walk-up window, the shop provides same-day delivery to locals, as well as shipping for visiting coffee lovers who can’t get enough.
Wight Tea Co.
In 2016, siblings Brittney and Joey started Wight Tea Co. over a shared passion of all things tea. Today, the duo isn’t afraid to get experimental with their loose leaf tea blends, serving up combinations like Sage Rose White tea and Blueberry Basil Rooibos. Find their products online or at several coffee shops in the city, including Good Neighbor in Hampden.
3 Bean Coffee
3 Bean Coffee’s goal is to bring you the best cup o’ joe in the South Baltimore area. The cozy coffee shop offers a relaxed atmosphere, great views of the Inner Harbor and, of course, coffee from the Baltimore-based roasters at Vagrant Coffee. In addition to specialty lattes and cappuccinos made right in front of you, you’ll find breakfast pastries, fresh sandwiches and smoothies, too. Had a taste of Vagrant Coffee’s fresh beans and want more? They’re also served at Milk & Honey Market in Station North or M&H in Pigtown.