Coffee bars retain their allure for casual meetings and a quick time out. Adding to the corporate mix are several local stand-outs.
These are some of our favorites.
Cartel has built up its profile by partnering with numerous retail purveyors around the Valley as well as its wholesale distribution. But it also invites coffee lovers to its own cafés for a creative and urban ambience.
1 N. 1st St., Phoenix
7124 E. 5th St., Scottsdale
225 W. University Dr., Tempe
A popular stop for its coffee specialties and delectable baked goodies, Lux has pushed out from its small beginnings to multiple spaces in the building it occupies — but its unobtrusive back-door entrance helps it keep its “locals hangout” ambience.
4404 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
One of the oldest independent coffee houses in Arizona, the Roastery offers exceptional coffee and a variety of eats. Comfortable booths inside, plus sidewalk seating for people-watching — and live music on the weekends.
8120 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale