Chill with Friends at These Cozy Local Coffee Spots

Find your next favorite hangout at these Cincinnati area coffee shops.

Coffee houses are among the best places to just hang out and chill. Check out these local spots perfect for gathering with coffee-loving buds.


Avenue Brew

When Larry Brondhaver started designing Avenue Brew in Bellevue, he used a coffee color scheme (a.k.a., lots of browns). His wife and co-owner Christine Brondhaver had something to say about that. “Hell, no,” Larry says, “and I was introduced to a new word: eclectic.” The couple bought furniture at auctions, painted the walls bright colors (no brown!), and hung signs everywhere. The chalkboard area is a favorite detail, where customers leave notes and drawings. It all lends to a homey, fun, and casual atmosphere. 310 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue, (859) 261-4381 

Hyde Perk

When Hyde Perk closed during COVID last year, the coffee shop used the time to update the space: new countertop window seating, an updated coat of paint, and a cozy lounge space with chairs, a coffee table, and a leather couch. The combo of cool tones and warm wood give the space a vibe that’s relaxed, intimate, and welcoming. 3664-B Edwards Rd., Hyde Park, (513) 871-5111

Sidewinder Coffee

Exposed brick, original hardwood floors, and hand-lettered coffee signs all contribute to Sidewinder Coffee’s vibe: It’s urban and hip, clean and cozy—all with a bit of historic charm. When Kimberly Maurer Buzek opened in Northside, she kept it a blank slate. That way, her coffee shop could morph and adapt to the community over the years. 4181 Hamilton Ave., Northside, (513) 542-8321

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