5 Points Coffee and Tea
Why we love it: This West Park coffee shop offers local teas and coffees that pair well with its traditional Irish baked goods. “It kind of has that quaint, quiet type of experience,” says owner Conor Boylan, “where you could go and meet your neighbor.”
Try this: The Irishtown Bend ($3 for 12 ounces) involves a secret blend of Irish cream and coffee. 3600 West Park Road, Cleveland, 5pointscafe.com
Coffee, Coffee, Coffee
Why we love it: Owner Trey Kirchoff took an unorthodox path while opening this Old Brooklyn coffee shop. He partnered with Sixth City Cycles to add bikes to the menu. “We’re not just a coffee shop, we’re a coffee and bicycle shop,” he says.
Try this: The Cosmic Powers Latte ($5 for 12 ounces) with macadamia milk, matcha and local honey. 4193 Pearl Road, Cleveland, 440-941-8850
Why we love it: It feels like you’ve walked into a neighborhood bar when you step inside this Lakewood spot with its spacious bar, lively conservation and ample seating. “We care about the space,” says general manager and co-founder Liam McMillin. “We want it to be as much of the experience as the drinks.”
Try this: The Old Fashioned ($5 for 6 ounces) uses espresso instead of whiskey. 15526 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-772-2414, goodkindcoffee.com
Why we love it: This cafe offers imported coffee beans sourced from places such as Guatemala and Honduras while providing customers with a sleek and modern environment. “The atmosphere is light, bright and simple,” says owner Jim Sanders.
Try this: The cappuccino ($3.25) is made with local ingredients. 46 Ravenna St., #D-2, Hudson, 234-284-2555, heartwoodroastery.com
Tame Rabbit Specialty Coffee & Roaster
Why we love it: Grab some freshly roasted coffee, a book from the in-store library and make yourself at home. “Our atmosphere is very homey,” says co-owner Kaytie Leonard. “Some things we even brought from our own houses.”
Try this: The Popcorn Shoppe Latte ($4.75 for 12 ounces) serves as an ode to the Chagrin Falls Popcorn Shop. 516 E. Washington St., Chagrin Falls, 440-394-8696, tamerabbit.com