With so many things to do and see while visiting Fayetteville, it helps to hit the ground running! Whether you’re spending the day on the trails, gearing up for a Razorback game or doing some shopping, nothing gets you going in the morning like a great cup of coffee. Lucky for you, Fayetteville has plenty of options for enjoying some of the best coffee in Northwest Arkansas!
Like its booming craft beer scene, Fayetteville has a lively community of coffee makers, brewers, and baristas whose skills take a cup of java to a whole new level. These cafes bustle seven days a week, and not just for their fresh-ground roasted coffee and Wi-Fi, but also because of their delicious food and other refreshing drinks. Whether you are looking for cozy and casual, quaint and small-batch, or modern and fun, Fayetteville has a coffee shop to meet the mood.
If you’re looking for the perfect coffee shop in Fayetteville to start your day, meet up with a friend or take a break from seeing attractions, Fayetteville offers a plethora of choices. Here is a small list of local shops to get you started:
With five locations across Fayetteville, you'll be hard-pressed to avoid a mention of Arsaga’s when coffee shops are discussed — and for good reason! All of Arsaga’s coffees are small-batch roasted with its Diedrich gas heated roaster. Most of its coffees are a medium roast, specially concocted to bring out the delicate flavors of highly prized coffee beans without sending them up in smoke.
Arsaga's locations can be found at Church & Center, Mill District, the University of Arkansas, and the Fayetteville Public Library, as well as by visiting the Carsaga's Drive-Thru.
Baba Boudan's Espresso
Fayetteville's very first coffee roaster claims to be the finest, and frankly, it's worth finding out! There are more than a dozen of varieties of freshly roasted coffees from around the world available, with daily specials that allow you to sample something new. This local gem is the type of place that still doesn't have a website and is cash only, which only lends to its charm. Locals try to hide this secret, but we just can't - it's honestly one of the best cups of coffee around.
Fun fact: in 2019, Baba Boudan's was forced to close for a short while after a car drove into the building, sustaining themselves and eventually reopening thanks to the support of the Fayetteville community.
This fantastic coffee shop is the one to hit if you need a little more than just coffee! Doomsday takes pride in their space, which is curated as a place for visitors to sit down for awhile. Whether that means a visit with friends, knocking out some work, or just enjoying some down time, you'll be content at comfortable at this Fayetteville favorite. The coffee is roasted in-house, and you can also order from a sizeable menu that includes breakfast and lunch options, plus beer and wine.
Get a breakfast taco if you go. We know it's not coffee, but we're serious.
Centrally located on College Avenue in Fayetteville, Basecamp has established itself as a hotspot for working nomads and college students alike. You can get refueled with a coffee, but the option to refresh with a beer is also there if you need it! Basecamp Coffee can also help you cover your hunger needs, with a rotating menu of selections to satisfy those cravings. The coffee is locally roasted and ethically sourced, matching perfectly with the vibe of this outdoorsy, community-centered coffee shop.
The feel-good vibes are real in this place, and the friendly atmosphere and great service make a great complement to your delicious cup of coffee.
Located on Block Street between Dickson Street and the downtown square, Little Bread Company is an artisan bakery, coffee and sandwich shop known for its community vibe and funky decor. They pour coffee from regional coffee company Mountain Bird, a family-owned, small-batch gourmet coffee roaster in nearby Eureka Springs that utilizes sustainability practices for the best farm-to-cup quality. It is some of the finest coffee in Northwest Arkansas, and available just steps from downtown.
Along with bread and pastries that are to die for, Little Bread serves quiches and breakfast sandwiches that make excellent choices if you need a bite to go along with your coffee.
In north Fayetteville, right on the Mud Creek Trail, you'll find a local coffee shop that feels like home at Old Pine Coffee Roasters! It's the perfect place to chat, get a delicious cup of coffee, get some work done, or enjoy the patio. Pop into Rockin Baker right next door on Fridays & Saturdays to take home the very same bakery products used at several of our local restaurants.
Enjoy the parklet out back by the trail with your cup of coffee for a lush view that's a well-kept secret in Fayetteville.
With locations in Fayetteville, Rogers and Bentonville, Onyx Coffee Lab has established itself as a Northwest Arkansas coffee institution. Located at the intersection of Gregg and Township in Fayetteville, this unassuming coffee shop on the corner really lives up to the “lab” name. The owners - one of whom was named U.S. Barista Champion in 2020 - “consider their business a blend of art and science — tinkering with brewing techniques and drink recipes, hosting public cuppings and inviting customers into the fold to learn everything they can about coffee.”
Featuring a sleek, simple bar with a Modbar espresso system, this little shop is always abuzz with locals and visitors alike. Look on the outside wall for a longstanding mural that resonates with visitors from all over, depicting a woman's face as she screams “decaf” in horror.
With a sprawling patio that overlooks Dickson Street, Puritan Coffee & Beer is an obvious hotspot for students that also provides plenty of spaces for locals to enjoy the view - and the brews! At Puritan, you can get a classic cup of coffee, an adventurous speciality drink (likely created by one of the baristas you see behind the bar), or a sessionable beer, all in one easy-to-enjoy space.
If you're looking to grab a cup of coffee somewhere a little more quiet, stop by after 4pm, when Puritan institutes an electronics-free zone within the shop to encourage face-to-face conversations.
Coffee conquester? Check out these additional options: Bolder Coffee, Boulders and Brews, The Commons, Confident Coffee Roasters, The Hip, Jammin Java, Pink House Alchemy, Red Kite Coffee Company, Six Twelve Coffeehouse & Bar