In collaboration with Nellie Bellie
Stillwater, MN contains a great selection of unique restaurants, shops, and entertainment options, so it’s easy to get tired out from all the fun. Thankfully, there are plenty of delicious coffee shops in Stillwater to fuel back up with a great cup of coffee or tea!
Stillwater offers all sorts of coffee drink options – from specialty lattes to strong black drip coffee to iced coffee shakes to turmeric lattes and oat milk matcha lattes – so no matter what your taste buds prefer, you’re sure to find something that’s worth sipping.
Here are some of the best places to find a cup of coffee in downtown Stillwater.
Revival Coffee & Deli
Revival Coffee & Deli tucks into the back of the historic 1890 River Exchange building and has a gorgeous set of windows overlooking the Freight House, St. Croix River, Gateway Trail, and historic Commander building.
A great place for simple brewed coffee or espresso drinks, pastries, and a breakfast sandwich, you’ll love grabbing a table (they have a decent amount of seating) at Revival to enjoy your cup of coffee before heading to the multiple unique shops in the River Exchange building and along the main street of downtown Stillwater.
Revival Coffee & Deli brews coffee from local UP roasters in Minneapolis, features Nordic Waffle sandwiches, and often have gluten-free pastry selections. Check out their Golden Latte made with turmeric! They are also now home to Something Pasta, so grab easy to-go dishes for a picnic in the summer.
Tin Bins Cafe
Tin Bins is located in an old grain elevator that was built in 1898 and moved 6 years later by horse and log from its original spot to its present location close to the St. Croix River. Even if you aren’t a coffee drinker, this unique building known as The Commander is worth taking a look at!
Tin Bins serves up your favorite coffee drinks and seasonal specialties like an Eggnog Latte in winter or a Nitro Cold Brew Ice Cream float in the summer.
Along with the yummy coffee and casual food, Tin Bins is known for their beautiful deck (because it is only accessed from the indoors, the deck isn’t pup-friendly) and proximity to the river and Gateway Trail. In fact, if you have taken the Gateway bike Trail through downtown Stillwater you know where Tin Bins is! Bonus: Tin Bins has ample indoor seating and a parking lot reserved for their customers.
Tin Bin’s pastries are amazing! Don’t skip a muffin with your coffee!
The Daily Grind Espresso Cafe
This charming coffee shop has been a Stillwater staple and favorite of locals for years. Located on the north side of town, in the back of Valley Bookseller, the Daily Grind has limited indoor seating but their gorgeous deck with fantastic views of the river and plenty of outdoor seating more than makes up for it.
The Daily Grind has easy parking (especially if you are heading next door to the River Market Co-Op) and is conveniently located right off the Brown’s Creek Bike Trail.
You’ll find their menu full of familiar favorite lattes, a great chai tea, and cappuccinos with fun specialty drinks and homemade pastries and breakfast sandwiches.
Don’t forget to ask what the Drink of the Day is at the Daily Grind. Today’s was a red tea latte- Roobious tea, vanilla, Cinnamon, and Honey, with Steamed milk. This is a lovely drink that happens to be Non-caffeinated. And if you have kids in tow, they love their fresh smoothies!
Tucked into the hill right at the bottom of the historic Main Street stairs on the south side of Stillwater, MADE coffee serves up a fantastic selection of good, quality espresso drinks and simple in-house made pastries.
Bring in your furry friends to grab your coffee (they even have treats for them and a water dish waiting outside) and head out to their beautiful patio area (they have very limited indoor seating). In cooler weather you’ll want to hunker around the outdoor fireplace to enjoy your brew before heading back downtown shopping.
The MADE building shares the limestone hill with the Lora Hotel and the historic cave system. Not currently open to the public, the cave system was cut into the hill in 1868 and used by the Joseph Wolf Brewery. After renovations, hopefully you can tour the cave again someday but, you’ll see remnants of the public tour ticket booth that took place near MADE coffee.
This is the coffee shop for those looking for a cup of strong, quality espresso without a lot of fuss or muss. And, of course, with a location that has the singular charm that Stillwater offers. If you are feeling fit, climb the main street stairs for the best view in town year-round.
Sip on their beautiful latte (pictured) and be sure to try one of their freshly squeezed juices, too!
Mon Petit Cheri
Mon Petit Cheri is a must stop for coffee, pastries, and lunch! In-house specialty pastries, delicious breakfast and lunch (many ingredients sourced locally) served up alongside organic, carbon negative coffee and espresso drinks, this has fast become a new Stillwater favorite since it opened.
Originally in the Seward MPLS neighborhood, Mon Petit Cheri made Stillwater home in 2019 and is located on the Southwest side of downtown. Although there is no outdoor seating, Mon Petit Cheri has plenty of cafe seating inside their charming 1880 building with built-in booths.
They offer a great selection of non-dairy milks including oat, almond, and soy, and a variety of vegetarian meal options. Mon Petit Cheri is a helpful place to head to for those with special dietary needs.
Don’t miss their fresh, homemade beignets made hot to order!
This local cafe has been a treasured “find” for years. Up the hill from downtown proper, on the corner of Chilkoot and 4th Street, Chilkoot Cafe has plenty of indoor space and street side cafe tables.
Their coffee is roasted in-house, pastries are made in-house, and you’ll be pleased with the quality of ingredients they use from local farms and growers. They have great gluten-free and vegetarian choices and even make their own granola and ricotta!
Chilkoot is a fantastic place to head to for a cup of coffee and pastry or a delicious farm to table breakfast. A local favorite for good reason. Be sure to check out their rotating display of local art on the walls!
Sara’s Tipsy Pies
Cozy and full of sweet aromas, Sara’s Tipsy Pies success from selling her pies since 2012 has led owner Sara Hayden to open a new retail space in Stillwater in the adorable Churchill/4th street neighborhood shops corner.
You can pick up sweet or savory pies infused with local alcohols and grab a cup of Willows coffee sourced a local who is a fifth generation coffee producer local from her families farm in Costa Rica. The flaky, golden crust, delicious warmth and oozing fillings are just some of the reasons to love Sara Hayden’s handheld pies.
A Cup of Tea & More
Although these places are not thought of as coffee shops in the traditional way, they all serve up a good breakfast to have alongside your cup of coffee, so consider them as a morning stopping point in Stillwater as well: Oasis Cafe, Water Street Inn, Main Cafe, and for Saturday/Sunday weekend brunch stops Whitey’s Saloon , Brick & Bourbon, Feller at Lora.
And for our tea lovers, don’t miss the beautiful and historic Lowell Inn and their High Tea! This historic hotel hosts High Tea with four courses and tea pairings. Although they have High Tea all year long, Lowell Inn High Tea times on Saturday afternoons in December bring an extra special holiday spirit and should not be missed.
Pinch ‘N Rub Spice & Tea shop in downtown Stillwater stocks hard to find, specialty loose-leaf teas that you simply must try! Everything from Honey Lavender Spice Herbal Tea to Green Jade Oolong can be found at Pinch ‘N Rub. Don’t know when you’ll make it to downtown Stillwater next? You can order your favorite teas on Pinch ‘N Rub’s online shop!
Green Bridge Coffee— coming in 2020! Located in Mike’s Electric Bikes new rental location right near the entrance of the renovated historic lift bridge (now painted green)!
Gateway Trailside – summer only
This food truck is located 7 miles north on the Gateway Trail and ONLY accessible by the bike trail. This is one heck of a trip for coffee, but if you are seeking a warm day adventure this is your destination.
Gateway Trailside serves up a couple of simple breakfast items along with their espresso drinks and drip coffee. Kid-friendly and dog-friendly, their menu has something for everyone as you take a quick break from the bike trail.
Next time you head to Stillwater, Minnesota be sure to grab your favorite cup of coffee at any of our cozy and welcoming locations. We know you are bound to find a new favorite drink within a fabulous, charming building. Stillwater, after all, brings #RiverCityCharm with every cup of joe served.
For a complete list of coffee shops in Stillwater visit: https://www.discoverstillwater.com/dining-night-life/quick-food/