As an extreme coffee drinker, I generally think that one of the best ways to feel out a city is by visiting their local coffee shops. If a city can do coffee right, then all seems right in the world. Whether you’re checking out the city or simply in need of a caffeine jolt, here are a few places to check out while in the area:
This roaster/coffee house is one of the newest additions to Fargo. It offers a “pay what you want” drip brew (a great option for those who can’t commit to verbal communication before their morning cup), a “Terroir” mocha (made with Fergus Falls chocolate), and some amazing cold brew (on nitro-tap!). Sit at the bar to chat up the baristas and allow your coffee curiosity gets the best of you while you watch them craft your drink, or grab a chair and break out the board games.
This roaster used to reside only in Fergus Falls before opening a location in Fargo (next to The Boiler Room in the Loretta Building). The first time I walked in, I tried a Café Miel, which is still my go to (espresso, steamed milk, dash of honey, and a sprinkle of cinnamon). Stumbeano’s also uses homemade syrups, so get ready for a flavor burst in that latte you love so much. (Bonus: If you happen to be in the mood for a donut, Sandy’s Donuts Downtown serves Stumbeano’s brewed coffee in house!)
Directly on Main Avenue in Downtown Fargo, the Red Raven Espresso Parlor is a great place to go if you’re also looking for an eclectic vibe. Some items to try there include: dark roasted brew, soy mocha, or an iced chai tea. Keep an eye on their events page, as they offer live music as well.
Fargoans will immediately tell you that Nichole’s is more of a bakery; however, their coffee is consistently amazing. Grab a couple of shots of espresso, a Chocolate Tower, and enjoy life’s little indulgences.
Babb’s is another great place to go if you’re looking for atmosphere. It features live music and poetry readings, and their Dancing Goats Blend is delightful.
Atomic is another Downtown location that is easy to get to. Near the Fargo Theater, it offers some of the best chai tea I’ve ever had. Grab a cup and hit up some of the Downtown shops!