Top 5 West Side Coffee Shops

As the days get shorter but your to-do list gets longer, Cincinnati’s west side is serving up some of the best brew in the city.

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  1. True West Coffee is whimsical yet modern, and a highlight of any trip to Hamilton. Their coffee and specialty drinks are good, but their creative sandwiches, like the Cindy Ann with turkey, swiss, apple, bacon and honey mustard, will leave you pining for your next visit. Hours vary by location, True West on Main, 313 Main St., 513-668-1488, True West Downtown, 221 High St., Hamilton, (513) 668-5815, truewestcoffee.com
  2. Italian-inspired Aromas Java and Gelato offers everything from paninis to doughnuts and baked goods, and of course, coffee and gelato. This one-stop-shop is a favorite on the west side, because its diverse menu pairs well with meetings, dates, luncheons, birthday parties…you get the picture. Monday-Friday, 6am-9pm, Saturday 7:30am-5pm, closed Sunday, 6407 Bridgetown Rd., Bridgetown, (513) 574-3000, aromasgelato.com
  3. Muse Café, which opened in Westwood last summer, is part coffee shop, part bar, and fully chic. The wine, bourbon, and beer selection is enough of a reason to visit, but for those who prefer a more caffeinated vice, the coffee is great. Food, live music, and a just-minimalist-enough atmosphere, Muse may become your new favorite hangout. Hours vary by day, 3018 Harrison Ave., Westwood, (513) 906-7743, facebook.com
  4. Sweet Heart Café is Colerain’s quintessential mom and pop shop. The unassuming storefront lends way to the country-diner décor inside. Try the “famous” custard cake, fresh scones, or classically familiar breakfast foods like hashbrowns and biscuit gravy. Monday-Saturday 6am-3pm, Thursdays 6am-8pm, 9894 Colerain Ave., Colerain, (513) 741- 7810, sweetheartcafeonline.com
  5. Although the west side gerrymandering of College Hill Coffee Company may be debatable, the quality coffee and cozy ambiance are not. This spot checks all the boxes by serving up Seven Hills Coffee, an expansive lunch menu, and homemade baked goods. Stop by on a live music night to take full advantage of the relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Hours vary by day, 6128 Hamilton Ave., College Hill, (513) 542-2739, collegehillcoffeeco.com

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