Favorite Coffee Shops

Grab Your Travel Mug! Block Club’s Favorite Coffee Shops

There are three things we love at Block Club: Good design, good coffee and a good trip. Understandably, it’s extra pleasing when all three of them happen at the same time.

A quick conversation in the office kitchen (while making an afternoon pick-me-up, naturally) led to the team sharing details of some of our most memorable coffeehouse experiences we’ve had while traveling. These are some of the highlights.

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Omotesando Koffee was a third-wave shop is hidden away in the Shibuya/Aoyama area of Tokyo. Finding it is a feat in itself! Customers were rewarded with friendly service and delicious coffee from the most sought-after barista in Tokyo. It was a private spot to relax in the middle of one of the world’s largest cities. Great people watching too!” – Patrick, principal [photo: Timeout Hong Kong]

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“I recently visited my brother, who lives in Reno, the ‘Biggest Little City in the World,’ where I found a sweet little coffee shop called Hub Coffee Roasters. Inside are two distinct sections: a woodsy, chalet-like coffee bar and a sleek, clean tea bar—both perfectly cozy spots for a snowy Nevada morning.” – Ben, content strategist [photo: Ben Siegel]

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“Last year I was visiting a friend in Los Angeles, who recommended I pop in to see Graffiti Cafe. It’s a beautifully minimalistic space that’s basically the evil twin of Buffalo’s SPoT Coffee. Replace warm, cozy colors and fabrics with stark white walls and geometric, black designer furniture, then add some large modern art installations.” – Pat, brand manager [photo: Sprudge.com]

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“My vote would go to the Silver Lake Coffeebar in California. I used to stop here on my way to work all the time when I lived in Los Angeles. The coffee is great and I loved how the space was designed, especially the floor/bar!” – Steve, brand manager [photo: SamplingLA]

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“I seek out third-wave coffee shops in every city I visit, so it would be impossible to choose just one favorite. A recent favorite would be Sightglass Coffee’s Mission location on 20th Street in San Francisco. The cortado was delicious, but the interior was the true standout with its beautifully executed Art Deco industrial aesthetic.” – Brandon, creative director [photo: Matthew Milman/San Fransisco Chronicle]