All coffee shops can give you that essential java jolt on your morning commute, but it’s a fine few whose hospitality encourages you to nestle in. Here are five spots where you’ll feel more than welcome to take off your coat and stay a while.
1. Coffee Please
Tucked along the main drag of Madeira, this down-to-earth roaster serves a wide range of worldly coffees. The casual, homespun vibes are a reflection of its family-owned and family-operated status, and are complimented by the frequent stream of local moms and their tots coming in. Perk: Stop by on a Tuesday or Thursday to watch the roasting process. Hours: Mon–Sat 6 am–8 pm, Sun 7 am–5 pm. 6930 Miami Ave., Madiera, (513) 271-4700.
2. Coffee Emporium (OTR edition)
Even if you aren’t one of the über cool urbanites who consider this their round-the-corner coffee shop, you still can feel right at home in this warehouse-style abode. Sophisticated touches and plush couches give just enough warmth to be hospitable, without diluting its edgy appeal. Hours: Mon–Fri 6 am–8 pm; Sat & Sun 7 am–6 pm. 110 East Central Parkway, Over-the-Rhine, (513) 651-5483.
3. Sitwells Coffee House
Often lauded for its nightlife music scene, these boho-chic quarters also offer daytime relaxation via its chill, un-ironed vibes. The unhurried service reminds you that it’s nearly impossible to outstay your welcome, and the eclectic crowd is both intriguing and inspiring. Hours: Sun–Thurs 8 am–midnight, Fri & Sat 8 am–2 am. 324 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, (513) 281-7487.
4. Red Tree Art Gallery and Coffee Shop
The airy, loft-style space offers plenty of tucked-away coves for solitude. Or, sink into the centrally situated couch to be amid other coffee sippers. Speckled with local artisan goods like T-shirts and jewelry, this tranquil hideaway doubles as an active art gallery. So, if you need a break from writing your Next Great American Novel, stroll through the current exhibit, Revealed. Hours: Mon–Fri 7 am–6 pm, Sat 8 am–6 pm, Sun 10 am–3 pm. 3210 Madison Rd., Oakley, (513) 321-8733.
5. Awakenings Coffee and Wine
Aside from their bustling evenings of live music and wine tastings, this neighborhood mainstay offers uncannily quiet daytime space, which is why studiers, journalers, and home-office workers alike are frequent guests. PERK: If coffee isn’t cutting the stress of your day, opt for a glass of wine at their bar. Hours: Mon–Thurs 6:30 am–10 pm, Fri 6:30 am–midnight, Sat 7:30 am–midnight, Sun 7:30 am–11 pm. 2734 Erie Ave., Hyde Park, (513) 321-2525.