Best Coffee Shops for Writers in the Twin Cities

Sometimes coffee from a pot just won’t cut it and we crave more to fuel our creativity and stay productive. These local coffee shops in the Twin Cities offer more than just your cup o’ joe, you can also enjoy delicious food and a change of scenery.

Photo by Ashley Chung

Cafe Astoria (St. Paul) – a small and cute coffee shop/cafe near Downtown St. Paul. It has a cozy, rustic vibe with exposed brick, warm lighting, wooden decor. They offer a variety of unique drinks such as a “Rainbow Peppermint Mocha” and their famous “24K Gold Latte.” If these don’t spark your creativity, I don’t know what will.

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The Salty Tart (St. Paul) – the space inside is open and bright with large windows that bring natural light in. They offer a great selection of breakfast/lunch food, pastries, and drinks. Needless to say, they provide plenty of ways to fuel both your stomach and mind.

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Uncommon Grounds (Minneapolis) – a rare find, this coffee shop is open until 11 pm Monday-Thursday and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays! Perfect for the late-night writers. Like Cafe Astoria, Uncommon Grounds also provides warm lighting and a cozy interior.

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Spyhouse Coffee – there are five locations in the Twin Cities: St. Paul, North Loop Minneapolis, Northeast Minneapolis, Uptown Minneapolis, and Whittier (Minneapolis). Each one has a different vibe to it ranging from rustic to modern. You’re sure to find one that you like – or rotate between all five and you’ll surely never be bored or lacking creativity.

Let me know in the comments below if you’ve been to these coffee shops or any recommendations you may have!

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