Best Brew on the Block

A guide to GHS neighborhood coffee shops.

In the Central District, you can find a high quality coffee shop without walking more than five minutes. Coffee shops are an integral part of a community, providing drinks and goods that fuel our day, or a quiet space to sit down and work. Below are five coffee shops near Garfield in order of proximity and what you can expect at each of them. Coincidentally, all coffee shops described happen to be women-run! In addition, here are some honorable mentions for coffee shops: Porchlight Coffee, Zeitgeist, Katy’s Corner, Broadcast Cafe, Kaladi Brothers, and Tougo Coffee.

Central Cafe and Juicery – Quick fix 

Central cafe is the closest coffee shop to Garfield, the perfect location when you’re running late and in desperate need for fuel. Unfortunately there is only a cramped table inside and outdoor street seating. Central cafe offers a wide menu in both drinks and food, including sandwiches and smoothies if you want a full meal.


Union Coffee  – Espresso enthusiasts

Chloe Ortiz, a barista at Alexandra’s said that Union makes her favorite Americano. Union serves a large variety of espresso, teas, and specialty drinks. While the inside is small, there is substantial seating including an upper level and outdoor seating in the covered parklet. Union coffee has free wifi as well for all your studying needs. 


Temple Pastries  – Best study spot

If you’re searching for the best croissants in the area, look no further. Temple uses Broadcast coffee (another local coffee shop and roastery) that they process in the room next door, served in simple yet elegant white mugs. Regulars of Temple recommend their donuts, cruffins, and croissants. Prices are similar to competing businesses (which yes, is expensive), but is well worth the money. Just a ten minute walk from Garfield, Temple is a great place to study or catch up with friends. The interior is minimalist with ceiling high windows, which creates an ideal space for focused work. 


Squirrel Chops – On the go

Squirrel Chops serves a standard espresso menu using local, small batch roasts. In addition to a coffee shop, Squirrel Chops offers haircuts. Approximately a 12 minute walk, Squirrel Chops is for a student go-to. With no indoor seating, Chops is not the ideal location for studying, but there is outdoor seating available, excellent for people-watching and enjoying the crisp autumn air. Squirrel Chops is the perfect place for stopping by to grab a cup to go. 


Alexandra’s – Relaxing with a book

Alexandra’s is a hybrid bakery/cafe, offering a variety of pastries and macarons, as well as a full vegetarian friendly menu. Their brunch service includes house made waffles and a croque madame that does not disappoint. Alexandra’s has a charming interior, filled with plants and wide windows. Wifi is not available, but you can find a quiet spot to dive into your reading, including back garden seating in the warmer months. Alexandra’s is a 15 minute walk on foot, those averse to hills, beware!