8 Best Coffee Shops In Birmingham Alabama

best coffee shops in Birmingham, Alabama

A spell of coffee has landed in Birmingham, Alabama. Birmingham coffee purveyors (most of whom are new to the craft coffee scene) brew; fresh enthusiasm for coffee brims. Cafes charm quiet spaces in downtown, Five Points South, and Woodlawn. Birmingham has entered its third wave coffee era.

So whether you want a punchy morning espresso (to fuel your work day) or a seasonal latte (the kind that condenses the atmosphere down to a sip), you’ll find it here. There’s now something in Birmingham for every kind of coffee lover.

Here are our (tried-and-tested) picks for the best coffee shops in Birmingham, Alabama.

Trvl Love Koffee

interior of Trvl Love Koffee, one of the best coffee shops in Birmingham Alabama

If the minimalist, heavy windowed, black desked coffee space in Woodlawn Marketplace didn’t make it clear, Trvl Love Koffee is one of the best places for a morning work session. Lattes here are smooth and easy-to-down. Drinks are compulsively sippable and let’s be honest, the signature options will keep you coming back every day (run, don’t walk towards Mr. Moore, a sweet-leaning blend of white chocolate, brown sugar, espresso, and toasted marshmallow).

Stop by on a warm day for one of Trvl Love Koffee’s flights – artful, aesthetic cold coffee boards that allow you to mentally jetset one taste test at a time. Order it with a group of friends. Anita Craig and Chauncey Moore’s coffeehouse is the kind of place that’s a catalyst for conversation. Music is mellow and the atmosphere is easy to relax into. This is our go-to coffee shop in Birmingham.

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General Info

Address: 530 1st Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35212

Cost: $$

Punch Love Coffee

Punch Love Coffee in Birmingham

Ivy carpets the walls outside Punch Love Coffee. The foliage is so thick and jungle-like, I hear birds rustling as I pass a bench. Inside are a handful of tables and a shelf of merch. A friendly barista casually engages in conversation with one customer while also being attentive to the next.

Punch Love Coffee is located in MAKEbhm, an Avondale-area makerspace. So their coffee is, understandably, the kind that moves you into high gear. Go for their espresso or cappuccino. Both have a light air of bitterness, the kind that’s not acrid but still forcibly kicks you into a state of alertness.

General Info

Address: 4000 3rd Ave S Suite 103, Birmingham, AL 35222

Cost: $$

Prevail Union

Prevail Union Coffee Birmingham

Cool, casual Prevail Union is another one of the best coffee shops in Birmingham. Lunch hour consists of hurried officegoers (all suited up and dapperly dressed) looking for a mid-day refuel. There’s room to sit too, by the window and in front of a wall of plants. Get the Alabama Stinger, a shaken iced coffee made with local Alabama honey (it’s everything you crave on a hot day). And if you’re searching for a hot drink, look no further than Prevail Union’s HVR (honey vanilla raspberry latte).

General Info

Address: 420 20th St N Suite 125, Birmingham, AL 35203

Cost: $$

June Coffee

June Coffee, one of the best coffee shops in Birmingham Alabama

Seating at June is sparse, an indicator that coffee is the only thing that matters here. And it is. June makes some of the best coffee in Birmingham. Go for their specialty lattes, especially their Black Sesame And Date Latte (so good. don’t knock it until you try it).

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General Info

Address: 213 25th St N Suite C, Birmingham, AL 35203

Cost: $


Domestique’s name says it all. The brand’s origins are an ode to the word (domestique refers to a cyclist whose role is doing what’s best for their team). Translate that ideology to a coffee shop and you have one that puts customer service first. Expect baristas to be genuinely nice, courteous, and helpful. Drinks are good too (try their cappuccino for a cup that’s both frothy and flavorsome).

General Info

Address: 1024 20th St S Suite 103, Birmingham, AL 35205

Cost: $$

Red Cat Coffee House

inside Red Cat Coffee House on a Saturday morning

On Saturday mornings, when the Market at Pepper Place hums, lines for Red Cat go out the door. The location is convenient and easily accessible. The queue moves slowly, since Saturday-only crepes are a must for many (pro tip: bring a book to read). But seriously, don’t shy away from Red Cat’s menu. It’ll send you into a carb-induced coma (what better way to kick off a cozy weekend?). Drinks are decent too, adding to an atmosphere best suited for long conversations.

General Info

Address: 2901 2nd Ave S #120, Birmingham, AL 35233

Cost: $$$

O. Henry’s Coffee

sign for O Henry's coffee in Birmingham

Close your eyes and think of coffee shops in Birmingham. Chances are O. Henry’s is not the first name that comes to mind. But in the wintertime, the name will niggle at you. You’ll itch for their Christmas blend (as you should. O. Henry’s Christmas blend is the perfect summary of holiday flavors).

types of beans available at O Henry's Coffee

Outside of that, opt for their cafe mocha, a warm drink with deep notes of dark chocolate.

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General Info

Address: 2915 Highland Ave, Birmingham, AL 35205

Cost: $$$

Seeds Coffee Co.

Seeds Coffee: wall of coffee bags available for purchase to take home

One of the largest coffee shops in Birmingham, Seeds is a space to note. It’s a busy place filled with busy people – people waiting in line, people catching up with friends in the empty spaces between seats, people tapping away behind computers. Some sit inside, against color-splashed walls near big wooden beams. Some sit outside, below a gas-station style overhang, one of the last traces of Seeds’ history. The atmosphere is chatty and communal. Go for their nitro cold brew (it’s the best you’ll find in Birmingham).

General Info

Address: 174 Oxmoor Rd, Birmingham, AL 35209

Cost: $$
sincerely anshula

Did you find this post about coffee shops in Birmingham helpful? What are your favorite coffee shops in Birmingham? I’m constantly looking for new places to try. As always, I love hearing your thoughts and recommendations!


  • May
    February 9, 2023 at 12:34 AM

    Santos Coffee, Church Street Coffee & Books, Revelator.

  • Jennifer Johnston
    February 9, 2023 at 2:55 PM

    Thx for suggestions!! If you’re l9oking outside city limits, visit Innova Coffee 4700 Colonnade place 35243!! Great service, drinks and munchies.

    • Anshula Varma
      February 10, 2023 at 2:28 PM

      Oh, that sounds really good! I’ll pick up a coffee from there the next time I’m in Birmingham! xx – Anshula

  • Anita Craig
    March 7, 2023 at 4:18 PM

    Thank you so much for the feature! We are glad that you enjoyed yourself.

    • Anshula Varma
      March 7, 2023 at 11:08 PM

      Thank you so much for serving amazing coffee! Y’all are my go-to coffee shop whenever I’m visiting Birmingham. 😊xx – Anshula

  • Tracy Culver
    March 8, 2023 at 12:14 PM

    Hi !! Love your blog, you need to visit @santoscoffeeusa is a local coffee shop women owned fifth generation coffee growers from Guatemala, they have 5 shops around Birmingham

    • Anshula Varma
      March 8, 2023 at 3:13 PM

      Thank you for sharing! I keep getting messages about this coffee shop. Everyone seems to love it! 😊 xx – Anshula


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