7 Short North Coffee Shops that We Can’t Get Enough Of

Searching for your new favorite coffee shop in the heart of Columbus? Look no further! Here is your guide to getting a caffeine (or decaf!) fix in one of Columbus’ most vibrant districts.

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Sam Fujikawa

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Jan 21, 2021

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Home to hundreds of Columbus’ most exciting businesses, the Short North Arts District has become one of the most prominent examples of urban revitalization across Ohio. There are plenty of local shops and restaurants to explore, making the Short North a required destination for both tourists and locals alike. A go-to place whenever you want to get a shopping fix, the Short North is always bustling and bubbling with people from all over.

Whether you need a quick recharge after a long day of shopping or are looking for a new study space, the Short North has you covered with plenty of coffee shops to choose from. With so many places to decide on, we’ve come up with a list of seven of the best shops to get a cup of coffee in this energetic neighborhood.

Here are the seven best coffee shops in the Short North:

  • One Line Coffee
  • Mission Coffee Co.
  • Poindexter
  • Roaming Goat Coffee Company
  • Short North Coffee House
  • Fox in the Snow Cafe
  • Stauf’s Coffee in the North Market
Stylish barista and customer interacting in front of brick wall in coffee shop setting
A specialty roaster with a farm to bean focus. Image courtesy of One Line Coffee’s Instagram page.

One Line Coffee

Focused on sustainable, globally-focused coffee

745 North High St

Columbus, Ohio 43215

Phone: 614.564.9852

Hours are Mon-Thur: 7am-8pm; Fri: 7am-9pm; Sat: 7am-9pm; Sun: 8am-8pm

Are you a self-proclaimed coffee connoisseur? Are you focused on consuming only organic and sustainably sourced products? Do you want to know where your coffee comes from and how it is sold, roasted, and brewed? If you answered yes to any of these (or are just interested in getting a great cup of coffee), then One Line Coffee is the place for you. With a focus on high-quality and sustainably sourced beans, One Line is the perfect spot for you to learn more about how coffee is grown, sourced, and even brewed. Whether you want an espresso drink or a standard cup of brew, One Line boasts some of the best in coffee-making technology, from one of the most advanced espresso machines in the world to the classic French Press.

Customers rave about their pour overs, Kyoto cold brews, and honey lattes, but the company offers a wide selection of high-quality drip brews, espressos, and specialty drinks to satisfy any coffee lover. More of a tea person? No worries! One Line’s menu features a variety of teas with a quality that competes with their coffee counterparts. One Line Coffee also carries a diverse line of home brewing equipment, so you can brew the perfect cup at home. Coffee aficionado or not, One Line Coffee is sure to provide an energizing and positive experience.

Close up of bag of Mission Coffee Co. coffee beans
Coffee that is rooted in the values of craftsmanship, collaboration, and education. Image courtesy of Mission Coffee Co.

Mission Coffee Co.

An industrial atmosphere meets community-focused coffee

11 Price Ave

Columbus, OH 43201

Phone: 614.300.0648

Hours are Mon-Fri: 7am-6pm; Sat-Sun: 8am-6pm

Tucked away off of bustling North High Street, Mission Coffee believes in craftsmanship, collaboration, and education, providing the Short North with only the highest quality coffee. At Mission, you know that you are getting some of the freshest coffee in Ohio, with all of their beans skillfully roasted in Columbus. Posessing a great selection of roasted coffees, craft lattes, and creative signature beverages, there is definitely something on Mission's menu for you to enjoy. In addition to their high-quality practices and menu, Mission Coffee offers classes for novice or pro coffee makers to hone their craft or learn more about how coffee is produced.

Resembling a renovated garage and sporting a rustically industrial interior, you will feel completely at ease in Mission Coffee Company, whether you are working, chatting with friends, or simply just sipping a handcrafted drink. If you want to check out some locally roasted beans and learn some lessons about coffee in the process, then make sure to check out Mission Coffee Co. the next time you are in the Short North.

Bright and airy bar area with midcentury style
Located inside the lobby of the Graduate Columbus, high aesthetics and trendy vibes set the Poindexter apart. Image courtesy of the Graduate Columbus.

Poindexter

This chic café turns into a trendy bar at night

750 North High St

Columbus, OH 43215

Phone: 614.484.1900

Hours are 6:30am-11pm every day

Describing itself as a rebranding of the “coffee bar,” this chain cafe from the Graduate hotels offers a sophisticated, adult atmosphere alongside a simple, no-nonsense menu. Featuring the classic staples one expects from a great coffee shop—think the drip, the latte, the iced coffee—Poindexter also provides a wide range of dishes for breakfast and lunch, all perfect accompaniments to any coffee beverage. Breakfast is served all day, so you can pick up an avocado or Nutella toast with your coffee at any time of the day!

If you aren’t too concerned about super complicated drinks, then Poindexter is a great spot for you to try. And for those that make sure to capture a picture of every cup to share with friends, their sleek interior design provides a perfect background for your next coffee-gram. For a perfect combination of excellent coffee and a cool, modern aesthetic, you have to check out Poindexter during your next visit to Short North!

Espresso in a mug on a wooden table
Flavorful and locally roasted beans are the star of this Short North coffee establishment. Image courtesy of Roaming Goat Coffee Company.

Roaming Goat Coffee Company

Specialty roasted coffee located in the heart of the Short North

849 N High St

Columbus, OH 43215

Phone: 614.294.2489

Hours are 8am-3pm every day

Formerly known as the Impero, this small but distinctive establishment puts their extremely interesting and flavorful beans—all roasted in Worthington, Ohio—at the forefront of their shop. The shop features a regular cycle of light and dark roasted beans, all of which hold a unique combination of flavor notes. But there are plenty of exciting options for lovers of coffee concoctions as well! Drinks like the Mayan Mocha, a twist of the classic mocha with the addition of cinnamon, vanilla, cayenne pepper, and himalayan pink salt, are sure to satisfy even the most sophisticated palate.

If you want to make a cup of Roaming Goat’s coffee at home, then feel free to pick up a bag of beans online or at one of the many grocery stores that carry their products! You can also buy from their flagship store on North High, a great choice since every bag of beans comes with a free cup of coffee!

Close up of a mocha topped with whipped cream and chocolate syrup
WIth a menu full of flavored drinks, this staple business is a coffee concoction heaven. Image courtesy of Yelp.

Short North Coffee House

A late-night option for anyone looking to satisfy a coffee craving and sweet tooth

1203 North High St

Columbus, Ohio 43201

Phone: 614.947.1077

Hours are 9am-Midnight every day

Don’t you hate it when you are looking for the perfect cup of coffee, but none of the stores around you have hours that work with your night owl schedule? Well, closing early is not a problem at Short North Coffee House, with a schedule that goes into the wee hours of the night. Short North Coffee is not only the ideal spot for night owls to get their daily dose of caffeine but also a great choice for sweet-toothed java drinkers. You can satisfy any dessert craving with coffee drinks like their signature Almond Joy Mocha, Caramel Apple, or Cherry Cheesecake! Take your coffee with no sugar? Don’t worry, Short North Coffee has you covered with their classic lineup of caffé drinks.

In addition to their sprawling coffee menu, Short North Coffee House has a great selection of food. With menus for snacks, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, there is something for everyone here, even vegans, who can peruse the many offerings Short North Coffee has to accommodate any dietary restriction. The eclectic and mom-and-pop environment is charming and dually acts as a gallery! Check out some local art and enjoy some great coffee the next time you’re in the Short North by heading over to Short North Coffee House.

Just a short walk (or drive) from North High, Fox in the Snow is a must-try for anyone in Columbus. Image courtesy of Fox in the Snow Cafe.

Fox in the Snow Cafe

A trendy local chain with some of the best pastries in town

1031 North Fourth St

Columbus, OH 43201

Phone: 614.372.5677

Hours are Mon-Fri 7am-5pm; Sat-Sun: 8am-5pm

Though technically situated in the Italian District, Fox in the Snow is the perfect spot to unwind after a long day of shopping in the Short North District. Just a short, eight minute walk from the always lively North High Street, Fox in the Snow is perfect for those who want a lowkey and relaxed atmosphere in close proximity to the busy Short North. The shop is a perfect mix of swoon-worthy coffee, superb baked goods, and polished design. The combination of their excellent pastries and high-quality coffee is perfectly accompanied by a quaint and stylish setting.

Customers can choose from a wide variety of hand-poured coffee and espresso drinks, however the freshly baked goods are a must! Pair an oat milk latte with a decadent pecan sticky bun, an americano with a rich custard-filled donut, or an iced coffee with a flaky croissant morning bun. Though it is a short walk away from the businesses that adorn North High Street, you won’t regret checking out this staple of central Ohio.

Bar-style kiosk with barista serving a customer, all inside a large public market
Located inside the North Market, pick up a great cup of coffee while you peruse one of the best one-stop destinations Columbus has to offer! Image courtesy of Stauf’s Coffee Roasters.

Stauf’s Coffee in the North Market

A small kiosk doesn’t sacrifice great coffee, all in an iconic public market

59 Spruce St

Columbus, OH 43215

Phone: 614.456.7685

Hours are Tue-Sat: 9am-7pm; Sun-Mon: 10am-5pm

If you find yourself craving a cup of coffee while walking through the iconic North Market, fear not! Check out the Stauf’s Coffee kiosk the next time you visit the Short North’s famous public market. This locally renowned chain slings some of the best coffee in town, and this location’s small size does not compromise quality! Pick up an iced coffee or latte with one of their many flavor options (vanilla, caramel, honey, you name it!), and check out some of the great vendors that the North Market has to offer.

Stauf’s has been voted as some of the best coffee in Columbus, and you will not be disappointed checking out this smaller location. Offering specialty coffee since 1988, they have established themselves as a staple in central Ohio’s coffee industry. Make a cup of this consistently excellent coffee, all roasted by hand, your shopping companion the next time you visit the North Market.

A lively overhead shot of table featuring coffee, books, pastries, and phones
Take a quick (or long) coffee break whenever you hit the energetic Short North Arts District.

Columbus is home to dozens of great coffee shops, but the Short North features some of the best coffee that this up-and-coming city has to offer. Coffee lovers of all kinds can find a perfect coffee spot in the 614’s premier shopping destination. With a great and distinct selection at each of these seven coffee shops, make sure to check out and support one of these local stores whenever you’re in Columbus! Though you definitely have to visit one of these seven spots the next time you are shopping in the Short North District, all of these places are worth a stop at any time of the day, regardless of whether you want to shop ‘till you drop!

Have you visited one of the coffee shops featured on this list? Did you find a new favorite? Did we leave out your favorite coffee shop in the Short North? Let us know in the comments below!

May 22, 2020
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