Coffee is the ultimate morning or afternoon pickup, but sometimes you need a little more. If you are looking to enjoy a tasty lunch, snack or dessert with your caffeine fix, there are some great places you can visit in Pittsburgh. These coffee shops have much to offer on top of serving a great cup of coffee or a prefect latte. They are the perfect place for your next coffee date.
Big Dog Coffee
2717 Sarah St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
If it’s coffee and a pastry you’re craving, Big Dog Coffee in the South Side is the place to go. In addition to Intelligentsia coffee and highly skilled baristas, Big Dog Coffee also offers pastries from some of the best bakeries in the area. Its pies, cakes and cookies are brought in fresh daily and sourced from bakers who use local ingredients. Big Dog Coffee also has gelato from Mercurio’s Mulberry Street and soups and organic oatmeal which are made fresh daily.
Beehive Coffee House and Dessertery
1327 E. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
If you are a vegetarian looking for a snack, Beehive Coffee House, also located in the South Side, is a great option. Beehive has great vegetarian grilled sandwiches such as spicy peanut tofu and black bean veggie burger, wraps and soups. In addition, you can also enjoy a cocktail and live entertainment. It is a great place to enjoy a morning coffee, a healthy lunch or to relax and unwind with friends in the evening.
1125 N. Highland Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Tazza D’Oro in Highland Park not only serves coffee from Verve Coffee Roasters, it also offers a full menu of paninis, soups and pastries. On Sundays, you can enjoy a breakfast panini designed to pair perfectly with the coffees offered. Tazza D’Oro uses fresh local ingredients in its food offerings. It also has a shop in the Gates Center on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University.
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Jitters Cafe and Ice Cream
5541 Walnut St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
If you are looking for a cool treat to go with your hot coffee, Jitters Cafe and Ice Cream in Shadyside is a place to enjoy both. You can get a cone with a large scoop of various flavors to enjoy with your coffee, espresso or latte. If you would also like some lunch, Jitters offers specialty wraps like buffalo chicken, turkey and Italian, soup and breakfast sandwiches if you get there early. It is a great place to stop for a break while shopping on Walnut Street.
21st Street Coffee and Tea
2002 Smallman St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
With locations in the Strip District and Downtown, 21st Street Coffee and Tea is the perfect place to go if you would like a side dish of knowledge with your coffee. 21st Street Coffee hosts frequent coffee tasting events and brewing classes to educate you on the fine art of creating the perfect cup of coffee. In these classes, you can enjoy tasting different coffees and lean about their subtle nuances, how they pair with foods and discover a new coffee that you will love. You can view a list of events and register for a class by visiting 21st Street Coffee’s website.
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Jennifer Stockdale is a native of the greater Pittsburgh, PA area. She is a restaurant marketer and wine enthusiast and one of the hosts of the East Coast Wine Geeks Podcast. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.