Coffee Lover's Tour
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When you're craving a cup of excellent coffee or tea from around the world, you have a world of choices in downtown Santa Fe. Our city is a coffee lover's paradise, whether you're a serious fan of espresso straight up or prefer a cup of frothy cappuccino or international tea. Take our tour of Santa Fe coffee and tea houses and you'll find plenty of fun places to relax that offer an excellent cup of Joe, inspiring conversation and some great views for people-watching.
1. Station at the Railyard, 530A Guadalupe St. (505) 988-2470
This sleek, urban space is located in the heart of the brand new Railyard District, and it serves coffee and espresso drinks, along with fine teas and light breakfast and lunch fare as well as free Wi-Fi. Sit inside and enjoy the buzz from other coffee fanatics and diners, or take a seat outside on the patio and watch the trains come and go.
2. Flying Star Café, 500 Market St., Suite 100, (505) 216-3939
This bright and spacious restaurant and cafe provides the perfect spot for a cup of fresh-brewed coffee. It's also a great place to treat your sweet tooth to a slice of cake, pie or other fragrant treat pulled right out of the ovens of the on-site bakery. A bustling hub of the Railyard District, this is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike, and a great place to plug in for free Wi-Fi or just watch the crowds come and go.
3. Ohori's Coffee, Tea & Chocolate, 505 Cerrillos Rd., Suite B103 (505) 988-7026 and 1098 1/2 S. St. Francis Dr. on Pen Rd. (505) 982-9692
If you're starting off in the Railyard area, Ohori's is first on your list. This has been a locals' favorite since opening in 1984. You'll relish the fresh, dark-roasted gourmet Arabica coffee poured by baristas who take their job seriously. As you sip your Kenya AA or aromatic Colombia coffee, you may find yourself tempted by delectable chocolates as well as colorful kitchenware, home décor items and cookbooks.
4. Downtown Subscription, 376 Garcia St., (505) 983-3085
Situated on Santa Fe's famous Old East Side, this café is usually crowded with artists, writers and other locals meeting to discuss neighborhood news over coffee. This is a great spot to grab your favorite cup of Joe along with a quick bite. The café also stocks an impressive number of magazines for sale, so if you're searching for reading material to enjoy with your coffee, you've come to the right place.
5.Travel Bug, 839 Paseo de Peralta, (505) 992-0418
This store specializes in travel books, maps and gear, but it also contains a great little café with espresso drinks and light snacks, including pastries and bagels. Wi-Fi is free and there are two public computer terminals. Join the serious globe-trekkers as well as the armchair travelers who frequent the store and you'll learn about the other best places to visit on the planet in addition to Santa Fe. Consider taking in one of the monthly slide shows that focus on travel to spots around the world.
6. The Teahouse, 821 Canyon Rd., (505) 992-0972
"Where the East Meets the Wild West" is how The Teahouse bills itself, and it's a fitting name for a specialty restaurant that offers more than 100 teas from around the world. You can also find a broad selection of espresso drinks and a full menu of sandwiches, salads and tasty desserts. (The scones with clotted cream are superb.)
7. The French Pastry Shop, 100 E. San Francisco St., (505) 983-6697
Located inside the historic La Fonda, a former Fred Harvey House hotel, this sweet little spot offers excellent crepes and fresh-baked French pastries to accompany your coffee. Grab a table by the window and watch the world go by. On a wintry day, the best spot is by the fireplace.
8. Starbucks, 106, W. San Francisco St. (505) 992-2858
Seems there's always a Starbucks wherever you are and in downtown Santa Fe, there's one just a few blocks west from the Plaza. Load up on coffee and download new tunes to your Ipod. This is also a T-Mobile Hotspot for Wi-Fi customers. Note: Lines can be long in the summer.
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