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11 of the Coolest Coffee Shops in Ohio

Caffeine lovers will find their next fix on this list of some of the best local coffee shops in the great state of Ohio!

Coffee is an important part of my life. In fact, drinking a cup of coffee is the first thing I do every morning! My go-to drink is an unsweetened, hot latte but I will splurge on specialty espresso drinks when I want to treat myself or try a unique flavor! I love visiting unique and cute coffee shops wherever we go!

We live in Columbus, Ohio and there are so many great coffee shops in Columbus! (You can read my list of coffee shops in downtown Columbus for more ideas!) It’s nearly a full-time job just trying to visit all of the coffee shops within our city limits! LOL!

Whenever we travel throughout the state, my husband and I are always on the lookout for the most unique coffee shops in Ohio! This list consists of some of the best coffee shops in Ohio that we have personally visited. As we explore, I’ll continue to add to this list so you will have inspiration for your next cup of delicious coffee!

1. Walkie Talkie Espresso & Coffee

  • Address: 504 15th St NW, Canton, OH 44703
  • Website
  • Indoor Seating Available

This coffee shop in Canton is so bright and fun! I had it on my list to visit ever since I first saw a picture of its bright orange building and decor! Luckily enough, when we visited, the coffee was worth the trip!

The outside of Walkie Talkie Coffee in Canton, Ohio.

For a smaller building (a former filling station), there is a decent amount of seating. The space is divided into two rooms. The staff here was super friendly and gave us some ideas for lunch options in the area.

A cup of coffee in front of a decorated wall at Walkie Talkie Coffee shop in Canton, Ohio.

I got a plain latte because that’s my go-to coffee drink, but they also have baked goods and a fun menu of seasonal drinks. We visited this coffee shop in Northeast Ohio at Christmastime and their list of seasonal drinks got its inspiration from the movie A Christmas Story (which was filmed in Cleveland)! For instance: You’ll Shoot Your Chai Out, Red Ryder and Triple Nog Dare!

2. The Coffee Vault

  • Address: 9 W Columbus St, Galena, OH 43021
  • Website

You won’t be disappointed with a visit to The Coffee Vault in Galena, Ohio! First of all, it’s located on the adorable square of Galena. We’re talking total Gilmore Girl vibes here!

A cup of coffee in front of The Coffee Vault in Galena, Ohio.

They have a real vault inside the coffee shop, hence the name! There is a good-sized seating area downstairs and an outdoor patio for warm days!

A boy holding up a chocolate chip cookie.

While this post is about coffee, promise me you will get the humungous chocolate chip cookie! It’s the size of your head and it’s amazing. Trust me.

3. Parable Cafe

Parable Cafe is an upscale coffee shop located in downtown Columbus with an extensive coffee menu during the day and a cocktail menu at night! Parable is also well known for its amazing pastry creations by local chef Aaron Clouse.

The front counter at Parable Cafe in downtown Columbus, Ohio.

On the menu you will find espresso drinks such as americanos, cortados, cappuccinos and lattes plus pour overs, hot tea, matcha and a rotation of seasonal drinks. The decor is bright and modern with an emphasis on greenery throughout the space.

A latte at Parable Cafe in Columbus, Ohio.

Parable believes in paying their employees a fair wage, so you will notice that the gratuity is built into the price of the coffee. The price of the coffee is higher than you will find at other shops, but Parable also wants their coffee to be accessible to all. The cafe offers that those without the means to purchase their drink can ask for their coffee to be put on their “community card”.

4. Undergrounds Café & Coffee House

  • Address: 146 E Liberty St, Wooster, OH 44691
  • Website

I’m partial to this coffee shop in Wooster, Ohio because of the history here. Wooster is my hometown. And though this coffee shop location has changed names and owners over the years, I’ve had many coffee dates in this shop over time. I’m happy to say my experience at Undergrounds Café kept the good memories going!

A cup of coffee in front of Undergrounds Cafe in Wooster, Ohio.

I love the “underground” theme. We’re not talking about excavating dirt and rocks, we’re talking about the London subway, or Underground. Plus the coffee shop is literally underground! It’s located in the basement of the Liberty Street Marketplace in downtown Wooster. The decor features subway maps from various cities. I love subway maps so this resonated with me!

A subway backdrop at Underground Cafe.

This coffee shop serves macarons, breakfast sandwiches and, of course, coffee and espresso drinks. When we were there they had a large selection of muffins, a variety of pastries, and were offering macaroon flights! Recently, on social media, I saw them advertise soup flights and that is something I can really get behind!

Make sure to check out my list of things to do in Wooster before planning your visit!

5. Oasis Coffee Shop & More

  • Address: 26850 US-33, Rockbridge, OH 43149
  • Website

Oasis Coffee shop is such a great place to stop for coffee on your way to or from the Hocking Hills region! Located in Rockbridge, Ohio, this coffee shop in a log cabin is in the same shopping complex as the Hocking Hills Flea Market on route 33.

My family was entertained and enamored by the fun decor at Oasis Coffee Shop! All of the coffee-themed signage and photo ops made this a really fun stop for coffee! Plus, they have enormous donuts and pastries! And I mean enormous.

A large cinnamon roll held up in feont of Oasis Coffee Shop in Hocking Hills.

Additionally, Oasis Coffee shop always has an extensive list of seasonal drinks! When my husband and I stopped. here in the fall, it was hard to choose from all of their Halloween drinks! I got the Brew Boo which featured a mocha with toasted marshmallow!

A cup of coffee in front of an Oasis Coffee Shop sign.

Oasis also has an 18-hole mini-golf course on-site! So not only is this coffee shop a great place for a drink or a treat, it’s a true destination for fun! They also have a second location called Oasis Coffee Shop 2.0 where they serve coffee out of a truck closer to Hocking Hills State Park. 

Read about more restaurants in Hocking Hills or things to do in Hocking Hills to round out your trip to this wonderful place!

6. Lionheart Coffee

  • Address: 530 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115
  • Website

I loved this coffee shop in downtown Cleveland because of its decor and creative coffee drinks! And because their slogan is “Fearless in the pursuit of coffee” and that makes me smile.

The front counter at Lionheart Coffee in Cleveland, Ohio.

We visited this coffee shop one summer when we were staying in downtown Cleveland, visiting the Great Lakes Science Center and the Rock Hall of Fame! It’s a great spot if you’re in the heart of downtown Cleveland and need a good coffee pick me up!

An iced latte in front of a Cleveland sign.

Located in the 5th Street Arcades, this coffee shop has all the coffee drinks you’ve come to expect when walking into a coffee shop PLUS some interesting options like a “black eye” (i.e. lots of caffeine) and a cocoa float. Lionheart also has a list of specialty lattes and from that list, I chose the aptly named Lionheart Latte.

The Lionheart Latte had flavors of bourbon, caramel, brown sugar and cinnamon. It was tasty! My kids got hot chocolate so there was something for all of us to enjoy! Read about more things to do in Cleveland to plan your own trip!

7. Coffeeology

  • Address: 43 N Sandusky St, Delaware, OH 43015
  • Website

Coffeeology in downtown Delaware, Ohio calls itself “A Collective of Our Favorite Things” and this is such a fitting description because Coffeeology is more than just a coffee shop!

The inside of Coffeeology in downtown Delaware, Ohio.

This coffee shop in Delaware, Ohio is unique because it is also a home goods shop that features national and local artisans and just generally cool stuff for sale! They have a large selection of hot and cold coffee drinks including cold brew and iced lattes. They also offer non-coffee options like teas, matcha and fruit smoothies.

An iced coffee drink at Coffeeology.

This large but cozy space has comfortable chairs and couches as well as tables for working or hanging out with friends. I visited this coffee shop with my two sons and all three of us chose a cookie from their selection of baked goods and I got an iced latte. After we got our treats, we were off to explore downtown Delaware and the adorable Beanbag Books (which is included on my list of magical bookstores in Ohio)!

8. Koffee Paradise

Don’t let the exterior of this unassuming coffee shop in Reynoldsburg, Ohio fool you! Inside the shop is warm, welcoming and, dare we say, tropical! The greenery hanging from the ceiling and the fun decor make this coffee shop a destination on the east side of Columbus!

The inside decor at Koffee Paradise in Reynoldsburg, Ohio.

Koffee Paradise serves Crimson Cup coffee, including a huge menu of hot drinks, iced coffee drinks and frozen drinks called Breezes. They also serve pastries and desserts.

An iced coffee drink at Koffee Paradise.

There is ample seating here and some fun photo ops, too!

9. Stauf’s Coffee at Dennison Place

  • Address: 1334 Neil Ave, Columbus, OH 43201
  • Website

Stauf’s Coffee is a local favorite in Columbus with multiple locations and I chose to highlight their Victorian Village location because of it’s wow factor! Stauf’s Coffee is always going to be good and this location has a real vibe about it!

A cup of coffee at Stauf's Coffee in Columbus, Ohio.

This location on Neil Avenue is located in an old, renovated church. A lot of components of the church were repurposed and the stained glass windows add a distinctive element. This coffee shop is located near the campus of The Ohio State University and in the Victorian Village neighborhood of the Short North.

A cup of coffee outside of Stauf's in Victorian Village.

The menu here includes drip coffee, your favorite espresso drinks, hot or iced, and signature flavored drinks! When the weather is nice, a patio is also available for outdoor seating!

10. Ethos + Co Cafe

Ethos Cafe is a coffee shop in Westerville, Ohio with a huge indoor seating and gathering area.

They use Florin Coffee and have a lot of really yummy-looking baked goods! We tried the pie bar and it was delicious! In addition to the typical coffee drinks and teas, their menu includes alternative milks, a root beer float, and a hot chocolate sized just for kids! They also serve smoothies and smoothie bowls!

Two coffee cups inside Ethos + Co Cafe.

With tons of seating and a shelf of board games that can be used in the shop, this is the perfect place for a coffee lover to hang out for a while or bring their laptop to work.

The inside of Ethos + Co Cafe in Westerville, Ohio.

What is unique about Ethos + Co Cafe is that they are a non-profit coffee shop and all of their profits are donated to local organizations! Check their Instagram page (linked above) to see their current partner.

11. Mom ‘n ‘ em Coffee & Wine

  • Address: 3128 Colerain Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45225
  • Website

Recently, I heard that Mom ‘n ’em Coffee & Wine in Cincinnati had been named the Number 5 coffee shop in the United States by Food & Wine! So, as I do, I added them to my list of places to eventually visit! The next time we were in Cincinnati, we made a plan to visit the original location on Colerain Avenue.

The front counter at Mom 'n 'em Coffee & Wine in Cincinnati, Ohio.

This coffee shop is located inside a house (with a cool mural on the side) and there is a huge outdoor seating area. It was February, so we didn’t get to enjoy the patio, but we were imagining how fun it would be when the weather was warm!

A latte sitting on the counter at Mom 'n 'em Coffee shop in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The coffee was, in fact, delicious! Mom ‘n ’em’s was a popular destination on a Sunday afternoon! The staff was very friendly and I’m so glad we got to try it out!

This location of Mom ‘n ‘Em is really close to the American Sign Museum, which is where we went afterwards! A second location of the coffee shop can be found on the east side of the city!


I hope this list of Ohio coffee shops has inspired you for your next road trip! Feel free to leave me a comment sharing what you think is the coolest coffee shop in Ohio and we’ll add it to our list to visit! Check out this list of some of the best Ohio road trips if you’re looking for new ideas, too!

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