Local Coffee Culture

by Maggie Amjad and Ellie Roberto

With Starbucks on the rise just about everywhere, local cafes and coffee culture have suffered. Cleveland offers quite a few cafes- you just have to know where to look. Up-and-coming neighborhoods like Ohio City, Tremont, and Little Italy offer a multitude of cafes to relax, study and hang out in. Here are some of our favorites to explore.

Vintage Tea & Coffee ($$)

1816 E 12th St

Cleveland, Ohio

Located in downtown Cleveland, this little coffee and tea shop serves a variety of products from around the globe. Their menu includes some drinks such as espresso, hot chocolate, matcha, and bubble teas. They also serve pastries and desserts from local bakeries as well as their own kitchen. I myself have had a black bubble tea from Vintage Tea & Coffee and it was delicious and the best I’ve tasted. The workers there are very helpful with recommending teas and coffees. The space itself is small with limited seating, however, it is well-decorated and very comfortable. I would definitely go back and I highly recommend if you find yourself downtown.


Phoenix Coffee ($)

EAST 9TH1700 E.9th Street Cleveland, OH

COVENTRY – 1793 Coventry Rd. Cleveland Heights, OH

LEE – 2287 Lee Rd. Cleveland Heights, OH

OHIO CITY – 3000 Bridge Ave. Cleveland, OH

I find myself at Phoenix coffee on Lee Road way too frequently throughout the week. Phoenix loves keeping things close to home. All their coffee is roasted in the 216 and they feature local artists in all of their cafes. “We see it as our mission to champion the cause of great coffee here in Cleveland and to build coffee culture and community in the process.” Their menu features all the basic coffee drinks as well as a variety of teas and a seasonal drink. Their different spaces are great for doing homework as there are plenty of tables at all of the locations and the music is always great. I drag my friends here every weekend to study, and I would recommend anyone else to do the same.


Stone Oven ($)

Downtown Cleveland – The Galleria at Erieview1301 East 9th Street Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland Heights 2267 Lee Road Cleveland, OH

Eton-Chagrin/Woodmere- 28601 Chagrin Blvd. Cleveland, OH

Stone Oven is the local cafe we all need in our lives. The wide assortment of pastries make for delicious breakfast options or a midday snack. The sandwiches are incredible- I recommend the tomato pesto with roasted red peppers. The soups and salads are delicious too and provide a tasty lunch in the relaxed environment. Staring out the large bay windows at the Eton location or sitting on the back patio of the Lee Blvd. cafe presents the perfect opportunity to relax, study, or hang out with friends. Stone Oven also has speedy take-out service. I constantly call ahead and pick up lunch on busy afternoons. Stone Oven very quickly has become a staple of my diet and I 100% suggest any of the three locations.


On The Rise ($$)

Cleveland Heights3471 Fairmount Blvd Cleveland Heights, OH

On the Rise is a delicious bakery conveniently located minutes away from HB. The local cafe recently expanded its storefront and offers a wide selection of baked goods. The coffee selection is small, but breads, pastries, cookies, and other treats fill the menu. The lunch menu consists of salads and sandwiches. My favorites include the Jennifer cookie, the chocolate croissants, and the sticky buns. The location makes On the Rise a great place to pick up breakfast pastries for your own mentor group or club meeting. Placing orders ahead of time ensures a delicious breakfast especially since the morning buzz at On the Rise can mean low inventory. I suggest heading over bright and early or after school for a treat!

These 4 cafes are great choices spread throughout the Cleveland Area. other places to check out include BonBon and the TableTop board game cafe in Ohio City, Luna in Cleveland Heights, and Presti’s in Little Italy. Next time you need a caffeine boost, opt out of Starbucks and try one of these local spots!