The 12 Best Coffee Shops In Tulsa
BY BEA BAKER & MATT CARNEY
About This List
One of Tulsa's coolest historic buildings is the Hooper Coffee Company Building. Built in 1924, it’s nestled between the mural-splattered First Street Flea market and a set of railroad tracks. You can imagine green coffee beans being pulled off freight cars, with the smell of the roasters firing and a little bit of grit in the air.
Though Hooper Coffee Company is no longer in production, there are plenty of coffee shops around these days to keep Tulsa caffeinated. Whether you’re looking for a third-wave den of coffee artistry or a cozy neighborhood spot to catch up with a friend, here you’ll find Tulsa’s finest spots. —Bea Baker
Please note that many of these places' regular operations may have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Social distancing and calling in your order ahead are both recommended. And of course, wherever you go, please take a mask.
Multiple locations: 507 S. Boston Ave., 100 E. 2nd St., 110 N. Elgin Ave.
Topeca is one of the few companies in the world with a fully vertically integrated seed-to-cup model. The Tulsa-based company actually owns its own farm in El Salvador, where they oversee every step of the coffee farming process. From there, the coffee beans are shipped to Tulsa where they're roasted, bagged and distributed to grocery stores, restaurants and their own coffee shops.
If you're a coffee enthusiast you might check out one of Topeca's First Saturday tastings or Coffee Geek classes, while professionals should check out their Coffee Campus offerings, which include workshops and classes that highlight technique and instrumentation. You might even get to learn from the best. Topeca's Director of Coffee, Ian Picco, won the 2018 U.S. Roaster Championship. —Root staff
1633 S. Boulder Ave., Tulsa, OK 74119
A third wave coffee shop, cafe and roastery open in downtown Tulsa since 2004, DoubleShot stepped its game up in March 2019 when it moved into a 6,000-square foot barn at 16th St. and Boulder Ave. The Rookery, as it's called, is a rustic, two-story structure made from reclaimed materials that feels much more like a luxury home than a run-of-the-mill coffee shop.
Also, DoubleShot's employees are serious about coffee. They stock a large wall of bagged beans fresh each day at The Rookery, and they love nothing more than to walk you through all the tasting notes and little distinctions between each blend to help you find one you're going to love. They're basically coffee sommeliers. —Matt Carney
823 E. 3rd St., Tulsa, OK 74120
A Tulsa classic in the East Village, Hodges Bend is named after the plot of land on which it sits. Here you can enjoy specialty coffee, cocktails, wine, beer, and food in a luxurious and comfortable environment. Hodges serves coffee beans freshly roasted right down the street by Topeca, but it's what they do with those beans that make all the difference. Here you'll find skilled baristas fixing high-end coffee drinks without easy sweeteners or syrups. Definitely try their Japanese cold brew for a summertime pick-me-up.
In addition to fresh coffee, Hodges offers breakfast, dinner, and brunch fare, all of it well-loved and well-reviewed by Tulsa foodies. Offerings are diverse, from a burger or fried chicken to compressed melon salad and cashew tiki masala. You’re certain to find something delicious here, and with the great service and friendly bartenders, it might just become your favorite spot. —Matt Carney
1317 E. 6th St., Tulsa, OK 74120
Cirque Coffee (it's pronounced "serk") first opened in the Pearl District in 2016, its name an homage to Tulsa's first coffee shop, Le Cirque. It's fitting because drink here is a performance, showcasing the craft and creative potential in every cup of joe.
With bright mural art by Clean Hands and big, open windows, the environment lends itself to fun, quirky concoctions, or a seasonal blend served in style. Big roasters and an elegant bar with stools help connect the baristas and customers in a way that is elegant yet accessible. —Bea Baker
212 N. Main St., Tulsa, OK 74103
Known for their vegetarian and vegan options, this restaurant-slash-coffee-shop-slash-bar-slash-concert venue uses locally sourced ingredients and has a killer chai tea latte. Stop by early and often for fresh-baked scones to go with that cup of pourover coffee, which Chimera sources from multiple roasters across the United States.
Located in the Tulsa Arts District right across the street from 36 Degrees North, Chimera's regular customers are a mix of entrepreneurs, downtown movers and shakers and working artists. —Root staff
321 S Frankfort Ave Suite 3B, Tulsa, OK 74120
Found in the basement of NEFF Brewing, this underground coffee shop feels — well — underground. The long incline down welcomes you into the art gallery/event space/coffee shop. Art from Clean Hands co-founder Aaron Whisner graces the walls, intermingling with air plants and a bright white interior. There's ample space to socially distance. Bartenders recommend the chai tea latte but you can't go wrong with any of the classics. Baked goods from Antoinette Baking Co. tempt the coffee goer. If you're really hungry, order one of their toasts. Options include strawberries and feta and of course, avocado. —Bea Baker
4532 E. 51st St. Suite E, Tulsa, OK 74135
Tucked away in an unassuming strip mall on 51st and Yale, walking into The Collaborative feels like you’re entering a whole (and very chill) new world. Tea, coffee, and pastries abound. Marketed as a coffee shop, co-working spot, and wine cellar, The Collaborative blends these three aspects well. Their open patio is the perfect spot to meet with a friend for a happy hour or nestle up for a day of working remotely. While some might argue whether this spot inhabits South Tulsa or Midtown, they do nod to their South Tulsa neighbors Nordaggios by using and selling their coffee beans. – Bea Baker
205 E. Archer St., Tulsa, OK 74103
The only coffee shop on this list that is also a hot yoga studio, Press can be found in the Tulsa Arts District's popular Archer Building. It's a spare, efficient spot that's ideal for checking your email before your 60-minute hot vinyasa flow class.
Grab a latte to go or sign up for a yoga class at their website. —Root staff
10 N. Greenwood Ave. #101
Black Wall Street Liquid Lounge (BWSLL) serves up all of the smooth vibes that the name entails. Walking into the coffee shop in downtown’s Greenwood District, friendly baristas greet you. The menu includes tea, espresso, pour overs, and more exotic looking frappes. Find a seat near the bright green wall or sit at the bar overlooking Greenwood Avenue. With an event space in the back for private events and specials for seniors and students, BWSLL fosters the Tulsa community well while providing a jazzy cup o’ joe. —Bea Baker
1102 S. Lewis Ave., Tulsa, OK 74104
Hunter Gambill is a man of man hats. From alcoholic libations to tacos, and now coffee, Gambill’s Coffee & Libations has expanded from their original hub on 6th and Utica Avenue. A part of the Shops at Mother Road Market, Gambill’s offers baked goods, coffee, light lunch fare, wine, and cocktails made with their OK Distilling spirits. The space boasts beautiful natural lighting and patio seating. We recommend the chili mocha if you don’t mind the heat. – Bea Baker
1001 S. Main St., Tulsa, OK 74119
Popular among the downtown crowd and the Tulsa Community College students whose campus sits right across the street, Foolish Things is an elegant industrial space serving freshly roasted coffee as well as an enticing mix of sandwiches and pastries.
Foolish Things' staff takes care to serve a curated mix of coffees from all over the country. Definitely try the Dusty Rose, a fresh combination of rosewater lemonade and espresso.—Root staff
3302 S. Peoria Ave.
Located on the north end of Brookside, Shades of Brown offers an inviting atmosphere for enjoying a cup of coffee, local art, music and an all-around great place to meet up with old friends or possibly meet new ones.
With plenty of restaurants and retailers within walking distance, Shades makes for a convenient mid-day rest stop for when you find yourself in the middle of a long Brookside shopping excursion. And if you find yourself there with time to kill but no reading material, snag a book off of their community shelf in the front of the shop. —Root staff
8156 S. Lewis Ave., Tulsa, OK 74137
A cheery, comfortable spot beloved by students at nearby Oral Roberts University, Nordaggio's exudes friendly charm and the close bonds of community. A must if you're in south Tulsa or love chai lattes. —Root staff
1502 E. 15th St., Tulsa, OK 74120
Decadent cakes, cookies, and pastries line your walk to the cash register on the way into Coffee House on Cherry Street (local parlance often refers to it by the acronym CHOCS). From Guinness cheesecake to vegan chocolate cake and pumpkin bread in the fall, CHOCS has the perfect item for every sweet tooth. The cozy atmosphere, though, is what makes this place a classic Tulsa spot. In fact, it’s entirely possible that a set of teenagers is on their first date every minute that CHOCS open.
This spot pairs well with open mic nights and the Cherry Street Farmer's Market, when the latter is in season. —Bea Baker