As the air becomes chillier I find myself wanting to get lost in a good book and a frothy cup of coffee or hot chocolate and it’s even better if the place is cozy and welcoming. I am not a coffee expert by any means. I just know what I like, which is a good variety of coffees and a treat or two and the perfect coffee house atmosphere. Kansas City is is full of charming, non chain coffee houses that are happy to have you put your feet up and linger over your laptop. Some even have games to encourage camaraderie. I brought my book and sampled the goods at a few of KC’s finest.
Parisi Artisan Coffee
Located in Union Station (and Park Place in Leawood), this hometown favorite controls every aspect of their coffee and the result is a rich impressive brew. I enjoyed their cappuccino and its strong flavor and there were several yummy treats to pair it with. The seating at Union Station consisted of several tables & chairs in front and in the back there were some cushier seats as well as a bar for laptop use. It wouldn’t be my favorite spot to waste an afternoon away, but the coffee was solid and I would definitely go back.
Another Kansas City creation, there are three locations; Crossroads, Brookside and Leawood and they all produce some amazing coffee and treats. The Factory Cafe in the Crossroads offers free tours as well as a sunny location perfect for studying or daydreaming. Service wasn’t the friendliest but the cappuccino is fabulously full of rich flavor and the pumpkin bread with a coffee glaze frosting was the perfect accompaniment!
Second Best Coffee
Definitely the friendliest shop of the ones I tried, the barista was happy to explain their specials and even brought my order out to me. Located in Waldo, the cafe was warm and welcoming with ample seating, but no soft comfy chairs. I chose one of their seasonal specials, the autumn spice latte, and it was excellent along with the chocolate chip scone.
City Market Coffeehouse
Within a very old building in the City Market, this coffee shop exudes hipster coolness. Baristas are very friendly and helpful, the music great and the food and coffee very good. I ordered a cappuccino and a yummy cranberry scone and sat in one of the many tables to enjoy it. Perfect amount of foam with a deep flavor. There is an abundance of food available from breakfast burritos, paninis, pastries and organic juice and smoothies.
Coffee Girls Cafe
Another trip to Waldo will take you to this charming coffee shop that serves an amazing selection of drinks including some specialties like Soccer Mom and Honey Bear but also have organic breakfasts, lunch and smoothies all freshly prepared in house. Loaded with seats including plush chairs good for reading on a rainy day, I easily found a spot to enjoy some of the best hot chocolate ever.
Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters
Easily my favorite, this very comforting spot calls the Crossroads home. The 110 year old building sports exposed brick and original floors which we all know is the best environment for coffee drinking! Also a bar, you can find seven beers on tap along with a variety of craft cocktails and pastries from Upper Crust and Heirloom Bakery. There is tons of seating – both upstairs and outside on the patio, and because it’s next door to Grinders, you’ll get the benefit of hearing their live music playing. Couches make the place perfect for kicking your feet up with a good book, or having conversation with friends as if you were in your own living room. My cappuccino and apple tartlette were amazing and I will be back again and again.
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