Little Rock is fueled by the numerous independent coffee shops located around the city. Recent years have seen a surge in high-quality, independent shops opening in almost every neighborhood.
Community Bakery, founded in 1947 on the Arkansas River’s north bank, is a longtime favorite. The bakery moved to downtown Little Rock’s Main Street in 1952 and is now a staple of the South Main (SoMa) neighborhood. It’s a place where neighbors regularly gather, colleagues schedule breakfast and lunch meetings, and patrons pick up pastries for all occasions. While dine-in services have been suspended due to COVID-19, you can still pick up a tasty treat to-go and there are several sidewalk tables for outside dining.
Farther north on Main Street is Blue Sail Coffee in the Little Rock Technology Park. This tech incubator is the perfect place to sip their Anchor Blend, but they also offer an online store and a coffee subscription service for those who want Blue Sail’s signature blends delivered right to their door. Also in the heart of downtown’s financial district is Revival Coffee whose menu contains pour-overs and signature espresso cocktails. A few blocks away is 2Twenty1, a blended coffee shop and wine bar for locals and visitors alike. In the nearby River Market District is Nexus Coffee and Creative, a spot dedicated to roasted free trade Guatemalan coffee.
The East Village, downtown Little Rock’s newest neighborhood, has become a mecca for Little Rock’s beer drinkers, but local coffee shop Fidel & Co is there when you need a pick-me-up. Their baristas artfully pour lattes in a chic space that makes the most of the neighborhood’s industrial aesthetic.
You’ll find some real gems in Midtown. Visit Mylo Coffee Co. where handmade pastries vie for the title of best breakfast in town right in the heart of the historic Hillcrest neighborhood. Also in Hillcrest is River City Coffee, the ultra-cozy neighborhood spot that’s a hidden gem for locals. And just up the hill in the Heights is Mugs Café, where visitors and locals alike can grab a cup of joe and explore one of Little Rock’s coziest neighborhoods.
Guillermo’s Gourmet Coffee in west Little Rock is another Little Rock coffee institution, having served the community for over a decade. Their wide range of coffees and teas is unmatched in west Little Rock.
No matter what part of Little Rock you find yourself in, you’re never far from a good cup of coffee. Looking for something a little more adult? Grab your Locally Labeled Passport and visit anyone of Little Rock’s breweries, wineries or the award-winning Rock Town Distillery.