With winter in full swing, it’s time to find the perfect spot for sipping a steaming mug of coffee. If you’re looking for cozy vibes and good conversations to keep you warm this season, look no further than Pittsburgh’s Strip District! Home to some magical nooks and crannies serving up fresh brews, hot pastries, and delightful ambiance – we’ve rounded up the absolute coziest cafes right here so that your winter mornings can be filled with joy.
Soluna PGH has recently had a facelift and name change from being known as Cafetano. This corner cafe has tons to offer in terms of fantastic food, high-quality coffee, a relaxing atmosphere, and a soon-to-be bar area serving up cocktails that feature their artisanal Mezcal.
While this spot can get fairly crowded, they do have a lot of seating, especially in the back room. You can curl up with a cup on their comfortable couches or cozy up with a warm drink at the bar.
Recommendations: Anything they have that is seasonal is always a winner. They put a lot of thought behind the drinks they craft, so anything seasonal or specialty will for sure impress. The Chai Latte is normally my go-to, but if you are in the mood for something a little bit heavier and semi-dessert style, try the Heavenly Frappe that includes peanut butter, dates, and coffee. You also can never leave here without getting food. The Cheesy Piggy croissant is incredible, along with the Picante Panini. Anything that has the spicy pineapple jam is excellent. They do have a very nice selection of pastries and desserts too. Big fan of the cheesecake. 1601 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
De Fer makes you feel right at home but with better coffee, cuisine, and conversation. This location is always hustling and bustling. You can find not only coffee but cocktails, live music, local finds, and roastery. The staff is welcoming and knowledgeable, so if you are ever uncertain about what to get, they have a slew of knowledge. Honestly, this is a great daytime spot to sip on a warm latte and catch up on your work emails, or a date night spot to have intimate convos and cocktails.
Recommendations: They always make a delicious almond milk latte, but the true spotlight is on the Sproton. Now, this drink is not for everyone because it mixes espresso with tonic water, but I am telling you that you must try it once. If I am looking for something a little stronger, I lean toward the Espresso Martini or Hot Toddy. They have a nice, lighter menu that ranges from breakfast foods, sandwiches, cheese boards, and more. One of my favorites is the Hot Honey Halloumi and Avocado Salad. 2002 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Leaf and Bean is a hidden gem within the streets of the Strip. This eclectic space will warm your hearts and your spirits. Once you step inside, you feel transformed to somewhere warmer. The inspiration comes from wanting people to have an oasis to get away to, similar to The Florida Keys. While the space is welcome to all, they specialize in coffee and cigars. Fun fact: they have a space in Honduras and recently started a private members only club.
Recommendations: I generally like to get black coffee because they have a nice selection of various beans. It fits well with the laid-back vibe of the place. As for a cigar, I get whatever is suggested. The staff is helpful and kind.
If you’re looking for a new coffee spot to check out this winter and want to support local businesses, these three spots can help you find the perfect drink to warm up. Head on over to The Strip District and support these great local businesses! 2200 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222