Best Coffeehouses In Pittsburgh

April 24, 2011 3:05 PM

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Looking to go beyond your usual morning pick-me-up from the coffee chain around the corner? Pittsburgh’s got some great locally-owned coffee shops that are worth a taste test. Check out these five shops that, according to Pop City Media, “meet the crème-de-la crème standard:”

Tazza D’Oro

1125 North Highland Avenue (Highland Park)
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

A café filled with locally sourced and vegetarian food, free Wi-Fi and plenty of seating makes this European-style espresso bar a Highland Park neighborhood hot-spot. Their coffee menu boasts a selection of single origin coffees from places as far as Kenya and Costa Rica, with new additions to the menu each month. The highly-successful Tazza D’Oro now has a second location on Carnegie Mellon University’s campus in the Gates/Hillman center.

21st Street Coffee

50 21st St (The Strip District)
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

225 5th Ave (Downtown)
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

21st Street Coffee’s philosophy: one cup at a time. With its notable state-of-the-art Clover machine and intelligentsia coffee beans ground to order, expertly trained baristas brew each cup with the individual attention gourmet coffee deserves. For a personal coffee experience, check out their two locations in The Strip District and downtown.

Aldo Coffee

675 Washington Road (Mt. Lebanon)
Pittsburgh, PA 15228

For an aesthetically-pleasing latte, look no further than Aldo Coffee. They’re about more than coffee – they also have an impressive menu. Aldo also offers coffee tasting classes and home barista classes for anyone wanting to expand their coffee knowledge, as well as professional classes for those already in the coffee business.

Simpatico Espresso

425 Sixth Ave (Downtown)
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Simpatico Espresso wants downtown Pittsburghers to come in and enjoy a good cup of Joe. Take a break from work to enjoy the locally roasted Prima coffee or a Harney & Sons gourmet tea and an Enrico’s pastry. Their 200 calorie-version of a “frappacino” is a highlight of the menu, compared to other places where the same drink could be 300 calories more. Simpatico joins the ranks of other establishments that consider coffee a “culinary art.”

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  • AppleJacquerbush Stokes

    Cannon Coffee on Brookline Blvd is outstanding and the service is great!

  • Johnny

    Leaving out Mano a Mano in lawrenceville makes this list misleading. Maybe “Good” coffee in Pittsburgh, but surely not the best.

  • AJ

    The vault no longer even exists!! Its been Friendly Grounds for over a year! They are wonderful though!!

  • ADB

    Halllowed Grounds, in New Brighton, needs to be on this list!! They are AMAZING!!

  • Charlotte Courie

    I think Cafe Cravings in Mt. Washington has the best coffee in Pittsburgh. Also, the best Paninii sandwich anywhere.

  • Levi

    Tazza D’Oro is definitely the best coffeehouse in Pittsburgh by far! I would have also included La Prima in the Strip District though.

  • Brenda G

    I found the same thing at Tazza D’Oro at the last post!!! Those people are so angry and hateful

  • Sara L,

    I love Uptown Coffee in Mt. Lebanon.

  • P

    Mocha Mariannes’s on Wood St. AWESOME COFFEE and atmosphere!

  • robert

    I love my coffee, but have been switching over to TEA. A great tea place is Zoes in the west end. Great selection of teas (no coffee) and homemade desserts. Cozy atmosphere and very reasonable….like a buck for a cup.

  • Kevin

    Tazza d’oro is nice, unless you have kids. I was in there recently with my daughters trying to get the barrista’s attention while he did everything in his power to completely ignore me. Asking around I have found other people with similar experiences. My vote would go to La Prima n the Strip, a no-nonsense coffee shop without the wifi mooches occupying the free tables for hours on end.

  • Ruby Nation

    I think Tazza Dora should come off the list based on the comments above. Those people are nasty. KDKA should do some talk to people before they call someplace the best. Or is the person picking the best just a friend of the owner. My vote gos to Crazy Mocca. Every one I go to is good and the people that work there are always nice. That is all I want is my moneys worth and I get it there

  • Bill McCafferty Jr.

    Cannon Coffe in Brookline, great coffee and excellent service plus comfortable atmosphere.

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