Whether you’re a student needing coffee to get you through a couple of hours of studying or you just want a cool place to hang out with your friends, here are some of the coffee shops you should check out in the Salt Lake Valley.
Located in the beautiful avenues of Salt Lake City, Café on 1st is a cozy spot to unwind, catch up with friends and do homework. Tong Chin, the owner of Café on 1st, says he loves coffee for that reason.
“It brings people together, whether people are wealthy or homeless. It can be politicians, businessmen, or students, they all come here to sit down over coffee,” Chin says.
Since opening in 2010, Café on 1st has been about the local community.
“We always want to keep everything local and support the community and the neighborhood. That’s what we have done from the start and that is the direction that we will keep doing it,” Chin says.
Chin’s drinks of choice are americanos, lattes, and Thai coffee. Make sure you grab a cup next time you’re in the avenues!
Address: 39 I Street in Salt Lake City
Located by Smith’s Ballpark, Publik “prides themselves on quality or quantity” according to their website. Everything from sourcing, tasting, and brewing is carefully executed.
The café is student-friendly, providing plenty of tables and even private study rooms on the second floor that you can reserve. It is close to the Salt Lake Community College South City campus and the University of Utah.
“Publik is a third wave coffee shop. We focus on dialing in the coffee, tasting it by a method called cupping, and talking about it with each other. If something doesn’t taste right, we won’t serve it,” says Josh Edgar, the cafe’s manager.
The cafe is open and spacious with wide windows for natural lighting, creating a welcoming environment. Regulars love getting the drip coffee, cold brew and cappuccino.
Address: 975 W. Temple in Salt Lake City
Blue Copper 2000 opened in May in the Marmalade District. This hip spot is filled with a variety of things to do! For anyone familiar with Blue Copper, they know that the coffee is always full of flavor.
Blue Copper owner Patrick Owens touts some of his coffee shop’s signature drinks.
“Our house blend is the most popular and up to par with all of our other origin coffees. It is the most mellow with a chocolaty and nutty flavor,” Owens says. “Our new Kenya origin coffee is super fruity and tastes just like berries. It’s awesome!”
There’s a bar if you want to enjoy a smooth espresso or even chill on the couch with your friends while playing a game of Crystal Castles! Grab a refreshing vanilla lemonade before summer ends.
Address: 401 N. 300 W. in Salt Lake City