Though caffeine addicts may consider the very idea blasphemous, there are people in the world who don’t drink coffee. And for a non-coffee drinker, coffee shops can be intimidating places to say the least, as coffee-snob baristas give you the look when you order a hot chocolate — yes, really, without any espresso — or a lemonade.
However, when you find a good one, a coffee shop can be a great place to work or hang out even if you don't need to down 16 cups of joe. As such, here's our list of favorite coffee shops in Phoenix for people who don’t actually drink coffee.
Songbird’s location in a historic Third Street house gives the shop a homey, comfortable feel to go along with the helpful and friendly staff. Part of the stress of coffee shops for non-coffee drinkers is not knowing what to order, but the staff at Songbird are more than willing to help. The shop also has a wide selection of teas and brings in vegan pastries from nearby Treehouse Bakery, making it an excellent option for non-coffee drinkers.
This cafe in Old Town Scottsdale opened in December and serves crepes, gelato, and breakfast sandwiches, along with several kinds of tea (both hot and iced) and sodas. Crepes are custom-made right in front of you, or you can order one of a variety of combinations off the menu. The staff is friendly and great with kids, making this an awesome spot for a sweet or savory breakfast or to cool off on a hot afternoon.
Need somewhere to go at 3 a.m.? Urban Bean is the place for you. Open 24 hours a day, this central Phoenix coffee shop features all-day breakfast, a variety of teas, Italian sodas, juice, and milkshakes, along with wine and beer. Enjoy a piece of lavender olive oil cake and get some work done to the tune of some mellow music, or bring a friend and play a game of chess on the shop's chess board. With plenty of comfortable seating, great food, and free Wi-Fi, this spot is a perfect hangout spot any time of day or night.
Located in the heart of Agritopia, a Gilbert urban-agricultural community, The Coffee Shop is great for more than just coffee. The sleek coffee shop serves breakfast and lunch, which you can eat on the outdoor patio or inside if it's too hot. And once you’ve tried their pastries, you’ll understand why two of the owners were featured on the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars in 2010. With its neighborhood vibe and focus on community, The Coffee Shop is definitely a place where you can settle in for a afternoon of reading, lounging, or catching up with friends.
As the name might suggest, this trendy Scottsdale coffee shop serves beer along with coffee drinks. In fact, Sip boasts 19 rotating craft beers on draft and more than 100 bottled beers from which to choose. The food offerings, which range from bagels and breakfast sandwiches to salads and paninis, are made from local products whenever possible and the furniture and decor was salvaged from Arizona yard sales and antique shops. The cafe-bar features plenty of indoor seating as well as a large outdoor patio and is a great place to hang out with a brew and a snack.
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This Chandler coffee shop features a wide array of Italian sodas and teas, as well as some excellent desserts. There aren’t many cafes that serve cheesecake and baklava right alongside the usual options like muffins. However, Coffee Rush’s biggest asset is its outdoor patio, which overlooks a small lake complete with cute little ducks.
Going to Inside the Bungalow feels a bit like visiting your cool, quirky aunt. The decor is cozy and unique, and the moment you step inside, you’re already family. The woman behind the counter is more than willing to talk about your life and interests while you wait for your food. And with plenty of food options, along with tea, Italian soda, and juice, Inside the Bungalow is an awesome option for breakfast or lunch the next time you’re in Mesa.
Lola is known for having great coffee, but for a non-coffee drinker the best part of Lola is the desserts. Lola serves an ever-changing array of sweet treats, and chocolate lovers will be especially pleased with their rich chocolate confections. With pastries like these, and a quiet, mellow atmosphere, Lola is a perfect place to indulge your sweet tooth while getting some work done.