Coffee is often synonymous with writers, and for good reason—it’s a drink that can be made in a thousand ways, it offers a nice little jolt of caffeine many writers crave while they work, and the places coffee is made and sold oftentimes encourage creativity in a quiet, moody, art-centric setting. Phoenix and its surrounding suburbs might not be notorious for its hole-in-the-wall establishments and wide-ranging cultural offerings (you’re going to have to go to Portland or Seattle for that), but our best Phoenix coffee shops are no slouch in terms of environment and variety. Below are some of Midnight Publishing’s current favorites around Phoenix where our editors and ghostwriters frequent when we want some inspiration (or just to get out of the office). These are all privately owned and operated small businesses, with the clientele that come in religiously for the homemade goodies and delicious coffees—a true testament to these establishments’ quality.
32 Shea: This small coffee shop has a cult following, and is renowned because of its homemade flavored syrups (lavender, pistachio, cinnamon, and rosemary-honey), cold brew, and happy hour small bites. Best writing times are late morning into early afternoon when you can easily find a table in the corner to plug your computer in while sipping on a dirty chai latte and eating an orange-glazed muffin. When the weather’s nice, 32 Shea has a gorgeous tree-lined garden complete with a huge Buddha waterfall for an outdoor oasis. Hours: Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
King Coffee Roastery: Off of Union Hills and the 51 in a strip mall, don’t let King Coffee Roastery’s unassuming location fool you. With high ceilings and an eclectic mix of baked goods and lunchtime sandwiches, writers can easily stay fueled in a wide-open space with tons of natural light. Midnight Publishing’s favorite part—the giant wraparound cushioned bench and table in the furthest corner of the shop; it’s the perfect spot for getting comfortable and writing into the afternoon! Hours: Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Schmooze Workspace and Café: A new addition to Old Town Scottsdale as of summer 2018, Schmooze Workspace and Café offer a coworking space that is perfect for writers who enjoy the bustle of an office and a youthful atmosphere. Brightly lit signage decorating the walls and chairs in bright red and black give Schmooze a lively vibe—the coolest part is that Schmooze’s largest area is equipped with small, separated desks, each with a hanging outlet for easy access. Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sip Coffee and Beer House: Right on the fringes of well-known Scottsdale Road’s boisterous bars and restaurants, Sip Coffee and Beer House is tiny and eclectic, decorated in pops of teal and yellow. Comfy couches, wooden tables, and dark nooks offer several options for where to write, or you can choose one of the bar stools facing giant windows they open on breezy days. Be sure to try the nitro coffee on tap for a smooth, unique experience. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Songbird Coffee and Tea House: Situated in a historical house built in 1904 in Phoenix, Songbird Coffee and Tea House exudes an old-world charm perfect for authors who want to write somewhere other than home. Order the espresso spritzer (espresso, agave, sparkling water and ice) and admire the local art adorning the coffee shop’s walls, or sit outside at a picnic table when the weather permits. Hours: Every day, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., 7 days a week.
Lux: Widely recognized yet still “underground” in nature, Lux prides itself on a popularity fostered through word of mouth—it’s barely-noticeable sign and basic concrete exterior makes finding the coffee shop a difficulty the first time around. Once inside, however, the always-busy coffeeshop offers room after room of tables and couches for long stints of writing; order the Lindsey Six-Shot Velvet coffee if you plan on staying until they close their doors. Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 12 a.m., Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. to 2 a.m.
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