A coffee shop’s design often reflects its neighbourhood, whether it’s the quaint Paris-like charm in Savannah, Georgia, or the artsy grit of Miami’s Wynwood. Giving just as much attention as they do to the latte art (those dreamy designs etched into cappuccino or latte foam), proprietors are tapping into design trends with salvaged barn wood, ball-pendant lights, greenery, and hexagonal tiles. That fresh, modern white-wall look is in abundance, too, putting yesterday’s run-of-the-mill cafes with mismatched furnishings and dark colours to shame.
Alabama: The Southern Grind, Orange Beach
This cafe inside Hotel Indigo appeals to the design sensibility of ship lap and distressed wood lovers. Those who want to outfit their abode with the cafe’s coastal-chic decor can shop the look in a retail area.
Alaska: Resurrect Art, Seward
This far-north state may be dominated by drive-through espresso stands, but a former church turned java joint makes for a cozy spot in this coastal town and also an example of creative redesign (like the former choir loft that’s now a seating area).
Arizona: Presta Coffee Roasters, Tucson
The Roastery location is totally industrial-chic with lots of steel beams in the design, plus vintage tour bicycles hanging on the wall above floating shelves that house bags of coffee beans and brewing devices.
Arkansas: Onyx Coffee Lab, Bentonville
Across the street from 21C Museum Hotel, Onyx Coffee Lab popped up two years ago with white vintage-y hexagonal tiles at the open-concept coffee bar, a camel-colour tufted-leather sofa, and coffee tables born out of fallen tree stumps.
California: Beachwood Café, L.A.
Beachwood Cafe’s architect-led makeover (which earned a 2012 AIA Restaurant Design Award) resulted in whimsy, with canary-yellow and turquoise pyramid flooring and exposed knotty-pine beams paired with elegant Noguchi ball-pendant lights.
Colorado: Story Coffee Company, Colorado Springs
Riffing on the tiny-house trend, this java joint is flush with windows to allow in natural light and boasts a patio that guests can spill out to on warm days (and nights).