In order to have a productive day of reading, coffee is absolutely necessary. I also do a lot of my work remotely, so I’m always on the hunt for the best coffee shops to set up shop in. Here are my top 5, (in no particular order) :
3550 BROADWAY BLVD, KANSAS CITY, MO 64111
Located on 3550 Broadway, Monarch Coffee offers a new, refreshing atmosphere to the Kansas City coffee scene. The clean white surfaces and marble bistro tables give off a cool Parisian shop vibe while the service is downright Midwestern. Monarch has the most beautiful natural light pouring through the windows which makes it the perfect spot for a book club meet up.
COME HERE FOR: SMOOTH CREAMY LATTES • A PICTURESQUE, CALM ATMOSPHERE WITH TONS OF NATURAL LIGHT
419 E 18TH ST, KANSAS CITY, MO 64108
If you know me well, you know that Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters is my home away from home. As in if I’m not working from home then I really am at Thou Mayest. You just can’t beat the vibe and you can’t beat the hospitality of the baristas. It’s like the cafe version of Cheers. *cue theme song. And it feels like coming home.
COME HERE FOR: THE ICED CHAI • LOTS OF PATIO SPACE • KILLER PLAYLISTS • SUPER RAD BARISTAS
MADE IN KC CAFE
1114 BALTIMORE AVE, KANSAS CITY, MO 64105
Located in the heart of downtown, Made In KC Cafe is one of Kansas City’s latest additions to the coffee scene and a brand new favorite of mine. Its location makes it the perfect spot to hunker down for an afternoon read.
COME HERE FOR: CAFE AU OUI (A CEREAL MILK LATTE) • BEAUTIFUL DECOR (THOSE MOSAIC TILE FLOORS!) • THE BEST PEOPLE WATCHING VIEW IN THE CITY
1624 GRAND BLVD, KANSAS CITY, MO 64108
The aroma of freshly baked bread hits you as soon as you walk through the doors of Messenger Coffee, a stunning tri-level cafe that offers a huge variety of freshly baked goods and coffee. Before you settle in to find a spot to read from, be sure to check out all of the different levels that Messenger Coffee has to offer. You’ll find the perfect reading nook in no time.
COME HERE FOR: A CAPPUCCINO • FRESH BAKED BREAD • HEALTHY (AND SCRUMPTIOUS) LUNCH MENU
5012 STATE LINE RD, WESTWOOD HILLS, KS 66205
Nestled on the corner of W 50th Terrace and State Line Rd, Hi-Hat Coffee feels like something straight out of a fairytale. It’s full of storybook charm, cozy nooks, and great tasting joe. Hi-Hat may be small in size but it packs a big punch with their tasty drink menu.
And don’t let Hi-Hat’s small size fool you, this place has plenty of outdoor seating that’s perfect for catching up on your latest read.
COME HERE FOR: MENU VARIETY • COZY ATMOSPHERE • QUICK SERVICE • PATIO SEATING
Oh my goodness that last one kills me! It’s so itty bitty adorable. Now I must plan a trip to Kansas/Missouri to check out these bomb looking coffee shops.
Oh bummer I just discovered you a week late. I was in my favorite first love city a week ago and looking for coffee. I will know now. I will be back. Kansas City, here I come. They have some crazy little coffee shops and I am going to get me one.