Exploring Harlem's Coffee Culture: A Journey Through the Best Cafés

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By Scottie Cabrera, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Harlem, a neighborhood pulsating with culture, history, and creativity, boasts a vibrant coffee scene that reflects its rich diversity. From quaint, cozy spots to bustling cafes buzzing with energy, here are six must-visit coffee shops that capture the essence of Harlem's spirit.

  1. Harlem Café: From the moment you step into Harlem Café, the aroma of freshly brewed coffee mingles with the sounds of soulful music. This cozy spot adorned with iconic black and white photos offers more than just great vibes; it's a must for anyone looking for a delicious brunch in the area.
  2. Manhattan Ville Coffee: This is an intimate, hidden gem where students and locals converge, with all coffee beans roasted in Brooklyn. Its communal atmosphere is perfect for shared work sessions or unwinding during open mic and poetry nights. Don't miss out on their Maple Spice latte for a delightful twist on a classic!
  3. Dear Mama: The lush ambiance of Dear Mama is reminiscent of a greenhouse. Connected to Columbia University campus, this café offers signature coffee specials alongside a diverse food menu. Be sure to try their "Louie Brew" cold brew with roasted chicory and oat milk for a refreshing treat.
  4. The Monkey Cup: Tucked away in a cozy corner, The Monkey Cup is a favorite haunt among locals. Admire their massive, tree-shaped bookshelf crafted by Venezuelan owners as you sip on expertly crafted coffees adorned with animal foam art. With outdoor seating available, it's the perfect spot for a leisurely coffee break.
  5. Double Dutch Espresso: Embrace the hustle and bustle of Harlem at Double Dutch Espresso, a local favorite that fills up quickly. Whether you're enjoying a classic espresso drink indoors or soaking up the sun at their back patio or front outdoor seating, this café promises a true barista-style experience.
  6. Ginjan Café: Founded by two brothers from Guinea, this chic, contemporary café features live music from local talents. Sample their crafted Ginjan ginger drink alongside specialty coffee offerings for a unique flavor experience.

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