Picture this: It’s Saturday morning, and you need a boost of energy to kickstart your weekend. What do you do?
The good news is that there are more than enough Huntsville coffee shops where you can find something to suit your preferences, from charity-minded spots in North Huntsville to a taste of France minutes from Downtown.
Read our roundup of 15 of Huntsville’s finest right here:
1. The Greenroom
Blink and you’ll miss The Camp’s resident coffee shop, the Greenroom. They were decked out for Mardi Gras at MidCity when I went, but check them out year-round for rotating themes and seasonal drink specials.
My pick: You can’t go wrong with an iced latte
2. Honest Coffee Roasters
Headquartered in Franklin, Tennessee, Honest has quickly become one of downtown Huntsville’s go-to spots. Plus, they’re opening a much-anticipated Madison location soon.
My pick: The Bee’s Knees latte (with salted honey) is calling my name
3. Offbeat Coffee Studio
The Offbeat Coffee drive-thru at Redstone Gateway was a regular stop for me when I worked on Redstone Arsenal. The good news is that you don’t need installation access to stop at either of their two Huntsville locations.
My pick: Try the Rose Quartz Latte—it’s pink!
You’ll find Northside inside BeeZr. To order from Northside, simply locate the coffee station at the end of the bar. Grab a cup to sip on the patio or buy a bag of coffee beans to grind and brew at home.
My pick: I’m intrigued by the Raspberry Mocha
5. Gold Sprint
So far, my only experience with Gold Sprint was a concert in one of the back rooms—which is definitely a mark in the shop’s favor. Live music, beer and cocktails join coffee on the list of Gold Sprint’s offerings.
My pick: El Camino—I’ve never had a coffee with habanero syrup, but Gold Sprint seems like the place to try it
6. Charlie Foster’s
Charlie Foster’s is not just any old coffee shop: They have a unique purpose that sets them apart. Charlie Foster’s employs individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities, providing a compelling model of what diversity and inclusion can look like in our community.
My pick: You can’t go wrong with Nitro Cold Brew
Address: 3414 Governors Dr SW Suite 485, Huntsville, AL 35805
Hours: Monday-Friday 7AM-7PM; Saturday-Sunday 8:30AM-7PM
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7. Canadian Bakin’
Canadian Bakin’ is primarily a bakery, but their coffee was good enough to land them on Downtown Huntsville’s Craft Coffee Trail. Make sure to accompany your brew with a Bagel Sando for the full experience.
My pick: The Salted Caramel Latte sounds delicious right now
8. Olde Towne Coffee Shoppe
Visit Olde Towne Coffee for fun themed drinks. Specials change each month—this March, find 4 drinks based on the TV show Portlandia.
My pick: The “Put a Bird On It” cinnamon chai latte
9. Pizzelle’s Confections
Pizzelle’s is a confectionery serving chocolates that look almost too good to eat. If you can’t make it to their storefront in Lowe Mill, they do offer nationwide shipping.
My pick: The Pizzelle chocolate features Kaffeeklatsch espresso and sounds like a must-try
10. The Moon Bakeshop
I’m a big fan of The Moon Bakeshop’s pastries, and their coffee is the perfect accompaniment to a sweet treat. It’s the perfect time of year to enjoy your coffee and pastry outside on the patio.
My pick: Try to catch the King Cake Latte before it’s gone
11. Dragon’s Forge Cafe
Fantasy lovers, don’t miss this out-of-this-world experience at Lowe Mill. The fantasy-themed menu changes seasonally, so there’s plenty of variety to be found year-round.
My menu pick: I want to try the Loch Ness Tea Latte
Address: 2211 Seminole Dr SW Studio 2073, Huntsville, AL 35805
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 11AM-7PM
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12. The Foundation Coffeehouse
This Black-owned business in North Huntsville is a perfect spot for delicious coffee drinks and exciting events like pop-up shops, live music and more.
My pick: The Alabama Honey Latte features cinnamon and honey, two of my favorite coffee accompaniments
13. Angel’s Island
Angel Hussain, owner of Angel’s Island, gained inspiration from the island of Fiji, where she lived for more than a decade. Angel’s Island is a spot that uplifts the community by partnering with local businesses like Mason Dixon Bakery and Piper & Leaf.
My pick: Go all-in with the island theme and try the Fiji Tea
14. L’Etoile French Patisserie
L’Etoile, which translates to “the star,” is a French-style patisserie right in the heart of Huntsville. Handcrafted, high-quality, delicious pastries are made fresh by expert chefs every morning. While you’re there, see how many star motifs you can find in the cafe’s interior design.
My pick: The Mocha is a perfectly sweet treat to sip as you imagine yourself in a Parisian bistro
15. Dark.Side Coffee
Dark.Side Coffee is a shop that gives back to its community—according to the shop’s website, 5% of all proceeds are given back to the North Huntsville community.
My pick: One Snickerdoodle Latte, please