Kansas City is well-known for a lot of things—amazing BBQ, their baseball team, a cool arts scene—but one thing a lot of people might not think of when they think of Kansas City is their local coffee culture. Like many other cities, millennials are moving back into Kansas City and with them comes their desire for pretty and delicious coffee shops.
I have been to Kansas City several times over the last few years, including most recently last week, and on each visit, I manage to find a few new coffee shops to explore. There is an abundance of local brewers and roasters creating some amazing java. And what’s even better, a lot of them have a great eye for style. There are a few spots on this list that actually blew me away the first time I visited them because their space was so beautiful.
Here are the most Instagrammable and delicious coffee shops in Kansas City!
Split Log Coffee — 548 Central Avenue
Located on the Kansas side of the state line, Split Log Coffee is an adorable little coffee shop just across the street from the incredibly popular Slaps BBQ. In fact, Slaps occasionally donates their burnt ends and scraps to Split Log for them to make quiche and other breakfast yummies. Unlike the other coffee shops on this list, Split Log has a drive through so if you’re in a hurry, this is a great alternative to big chains like Starbucks or Dunkin!
Quay Coffee — 412 B Delaware St
A hipster coffee shop in the City Market area, Quay has all the signs of a hipster hangout—succulent plants, mounted antlers, Edison bulb lights, pin up letter board—but it lives up to it’s look with delicious coffee. I got a latte with a house made brown butter & sugar syrup which was awesome! It was such a tasty afternoon treat to power me through a night of bourdaining around Kansas City.
Mud Pie Vegan Bakery — 1615 W 39th St
On an increasingly popular stretch of 39th Street, Mud Pie Vegan bakery is a cute and sunny cafe that makes for a great (and local!) spot to pick up your morning coffee. I had a delicious and spicy chai latte, made with soy milk. I also shared a surprisingly moist and flavorful vegan pumpkin crumble bread, and sank into the incredibly comfortable couch inside. This would be an easy place to spend a morning.
Thou Mayest — 419 E 18th St
A coffee roaster by day and cocktail bar by night, Thou Mayest just feels cool. All of the lighting is industrial style fixtures, and the comfy leather couches are perfect for a night hanging with friends. We sat at the bar and ordered a variety of beers and cocktails, and then I came back the next day for coffee and breakfast. Couldn’t ask for a better mix of vibes! With lots of 7 craft beers and a menu of cocktails to choose from, get what you like. They’ve got the oldies (but goodies) listed with a modern twist. Whatever it is, it will probably be good!
Messenger Coffee — 1624 Grand Blvd
While I loved all the coffee shops on this list, Messenger Coffee was probably my favorite. Their cavernous three story space is absolutely stunning—it was truly a delight to be inside the airy and sun-filled space. Their coffee is, of course, excellent offering a range of espresso, pour over and cold which when paired with the upscale and creative baked goods from inhouse bakery Ibis is simply the best way to enjoy your morning. I wound up spending almost an entire day here sample a variety of tasty goodies and beverages!
Broadway Cafe — 4106 Broadway Blvd
Of all the coffee shops on this list, Broadway Cafe is the one that feels most like a working coffee shop. It’s cozy and large space has plenty of tables and a regulars-welcome vibe that makes it a comfortable spot to work on your laptop all day. That is certainly what I did when I visited KC for 5 days last summer! They roast their own coffee and blends so everything tastes fresh and full.
Goat Hill Coffee & Soda — 811 W 17th St
This hole-in-the-wall coffee shop on a quiet street is worth the stop, even if it is a little out of the way. Their menu is small but mighty, and their friendly staff make you feel welcome inside their intimate cafe. I loved their coffee, but their housemade soda is what really won me over. They rotate seasonally, so no guarantee about the flavors that will be available, but my pineapple basil soda this summer was an absolute delight! Plus this place is locally owned and has a great eye for style— just look at their Instagram feed for some inspiration!
Filling Station — 2980 Mcgee Tfwy
With several locations around KC, Filling Station is a trendy and well-branded local chain that has some great coffee and even better food. Their cafes are big with lots of natural light, and when I visited the Midtown location, it was full of people working remotely. I loved their bright and acidic Americano alongside my delicious breakfast sandwich!