For the days you’re willing to venture out in the cold, there’s nothing better than grabbing a coffee from your favorite neighborhood coffee shop. There’s something about the taste, smell, and warmth of the perfect cup of coffee that reassures you’ll make it through the cold winter months.
Fortunately, the coffee scene is booming in Omaha, and those who wish to drink their java from local shops have many choices at their disposal. With unique atmospheres and friendly staff, there are plenty of local shops in Omaha roasting their beans in-house and serving up the ultimate cup of coffee. We’ve gathered some of our favorites and put together this list of some of the best local coffee shops in Omaha.
Which coffee shops would you add to the list? Feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments!
1. Aromas Coffeehouse
Stop by any Aromas Coffeehouse in Omaha and you’ll be greeted with a cozy atmosphere and excellent coffee. With their coffee roasting company, Hardy Coffee Co., and three locations around town — one in Benson, one downtown in the Old Market, and in the new Flagship Commons, it’s easy to see why this city is in love. Bonus: Bliss Bakery is also a part of Aromas, so there’s no shortage of fresh baked treats.
2. Archetype Coffee
With brick walls, hardwood floors, a long bar with soda fountain stools, and frequent events, you can easily cozy up with a premium cup of a coffee and spend hours at Howlin’ Hounds on South 16th Street. This Omaha favorite serves up something for everyone, from hot and cold teas to a wide range of coffee drinks brewed to perfection.
4. Legends Comics & Coffee
Great coffee and a great selection of comics and games are what make Legends Comics & Coffee another Midtown favorite. This coffee / retail shop is fostering a rapidly-growing community of coffee drinkers and comic fans, so whether you’re a connoisseur of either or both, it might just be the perfect place to drop in on a dreary day and stay awhile.
5. Beansmith Coffee Roasters
Beansmith is passionate about coffee and can be credited with helping pave the way for the Midwest specialty coffee culture. Beansmith started as a local roaster and soon after opened a shop downtown, making a pleasant addition to the Old Market.
6. Culprit Cafe & Bakery
Culprit Cafe reflects owner Luke Mabie’s love of classic bakeries and his experience as a pastry chef. The space is the perfect combination of coffee shop + bakery with coffee, espresso drinks, and lunch options made with fresh ingredients all served up in a lovely historic building downtown.
7. Caffeine Dreams
Another small batch coffee roaster makes our list of Omaha’s best. Caffeine Dreams is always crawling with coffee enthusiasts, and it’s easy to see why. With lots of comfortable seating and coffee drinks to choose from, this is the perfect spot to linger with friends.
8. Mug Life Coffee Lab
What could cheer you up other than the perfect cup of coffee? Try coffee paired with Zinnia flowers for the perfect wintery day escape!