I am a huge fan of Coffee, freshly ground or Folgers, it doesn’t matter (well, OK, it really does.) Sacramento’s midtown and downtown areas are a hub of great coffee houses and cafés. While you will never see Starbucks on here, you will find great coffee at fantastic prices.
10. The Ambrosia Café
1100 11th Street – Located Near K St. and 11th St.
Coffee house and sandwich shop all rolled into one. If you like the eclectic take on beatnik movie houses this is probably a place you’ll enjoy. Mix-matched furniture and very unique music makes it an enjoyable experience. Also enjoy the inside or outside dining experience.
9. Fluid Espresso Bar
1230 N Street – Across the Street from Capital Park
Also a café but more geared to ward the coffee users of the Sacramento area. The service is fantastic and they make your stay very enjoyable. The food is also fantastic. Also if you’re looking for a very good smoothie in the area, this is a great place for one.
8. Peet’s Coffee and Tea
2580 Fair Oaks Blvd – Inside the Lincoln Village Shopping Center
Flavors, flavors, flavors. Get your coffee or tea fix here without a care about running out of unique flavors to choose from. Right around CSUS, so you may see the college crowd around as well. Pretty stingy with the wireless, or at least they were while I was there (limits of an hour with purchase.) All in all it’s a good place to stay for at least a little while.
7. Old Soul at 40 Acres
3434 Broadway – Between 34th Street and 3rd Avenue
An all around great coffee house to just sit back and relax at. Coffee, salads, and Paninis, are sold here so it makes it a great place to enjoy a lunch. Also, the service is outstanding! Regulars are remembered and knowledge is key with these baristas. Not the greatest of area in Oak Park, but all in all a great coffeehouse.
6. Old Soul at the Weatherstone
812 21st Street – Between H Street and I Street
While the service and size is not as impressive as Old Soul at 40 Acres it is still some of the best coffee in Sacramento. The store can get crowed and the baristas are not nearly as impressive as their sister store, they may not remember your face or your order, but they know their coffee. The coffee is still fantastic and highly enjoyable.
5. Maestro Coffee House
2069 Arena Boulevard – Between Truxel Road and Interstate 5
Iced or hot the coffee here is fantastic and well worth the time to visit. Visiting the small local business helps your support of community. Sam, the owner, makes your stay enjoyable and he knows coffee better then others. Great prices and a good location (especially near Arco Arena, stop in before your concert or game) it’s worth the stop to just enjoy a great cup of coffee
4. Coffee Garden
2904 Franklin Boulevard – Between 4th Avenue and Marshall Way
The staff and coffee here are great. They are pretty good at remembering regulars and what you like. The back patio is an awesome place and a lot of people hang out there. The store itself is covered with awesome artwork from all over. Can’t forget to mention the free Wi-Fi. So bring your laptops, your thirst for coffee, and love for adventure when you come to visit.
3. Naked Lounge
1500 Q Street – Right on the corner of Q Street and 15th Street
I know, I was disappointed too, wanted to enjoy my coffee naked but got some weird looks. NO! The naked in Naked Lounge means that they are completely independent. This place makes for an interesting place to enjoy some coffee. Not as big as it could be but enjoyable none the less. The food, coffee, and ambiance all make this a great place to go to unwind.
2. Temple Coffee Roasterie
2829 S Street – Between 28th and 29th
The Temple Coffee Roasterie is the quintessential major coffee house in Sacramento. This could very well be the next marketable world wide coffee house, as far as I’m concerned. The service is impeccable and the baristas are extremely knowledgeable. The place is huge, plenty of places to sit, lots of parking, and of course free Wi-Fi. The place is immaculately decorated. All in all this is one of the best coffee houses in Sacramento. Put it on your coffee bucket list.
1. Chocolate Fish Coffee
Corner of 3rd Street and Q Street
Weird location makes it acceptable when you taste the coffee. It’s located in an office building on the ground level. Kind of difficult to find because of the darkness of it all. Seeing as how it’s located in an office building there is plenty of parking. The baristas are awesome, the coffee is fantastic, the deep wood decorations are attractive, but there’s one thing that makes this place so much better then the others. You can open an “account” and pay them up to $30 dollars that they track on the computers for you. No need to even bring your wallet. Also, I can’t have it because of physical issues related to it, but their homemade chocolate whipped cream, heavenly (from what I hear.)
Well that’s it. There’s more coffee places to check out in and around Sacramento but these are some of the best. Have a good time and remember that caffeine, can be your friend!