Unseen person pouring water into a glass coffee maker

You can get everything in Manhattan, and most of it you can find downtown. If you’re looking for a great cup of coffee to start your day off right, an unassuming independent shop to grab breakfast or lunch, or a location to get some work done—these Lower Manhattan coffee shops should do the trick.

Kaffe 1668 South

The long-wood tables, and intimate space at Kaffe 1668 South makes it one of the nicest cafes to work out of near the Duane Street Hotel. Additionally, the single-origin coffees are an aficionado’s delight, and the cold-pressed juices and light baked goods offer other delicious ways to start your day.
Kaffe 1668 South. 275 Greenwich St.

Laughing Man Coffee & Tea

This popular counter-serve cafe in Tribeca has a variety of blends and beans, as well as a wide variety of tea options. The foundation that runs the cafe is named The Laughing Man Foundation, which actor Hugh Jackman founded to provide a marketplace for farmers in developing countries to sell their goods, making this a pretty awesome spot to grab some joe.
Laughing Man Coffee & Tea. 184 Duane St.

Gotan

This Franklin Street stop-off is a neighborhood favorite with a variety of espresso drink, breakfast dish, sandwich, salad, and pastry options. Head over during your stay and try a cortado with a herb omelette sandwich, or a fattoush with feta salad, depending on what time of day it is.
Gotan. 130 Franklin St.

Galerie de Cafe

This specialty coffee shop in Tribeca features fair trade teas and coffees for guests to enjoy in a cafe-art gallery hybrid space. Displaying moving work of children on the walls, with its own selection of books to sit back and peruse, the atmosphere of this Lower Manhattan shop is as pleasant as that of any cafe in town.
Galerie de Cafe. 49 Warren St.

Blue Spoon Coffee

A great spot right by City Hall Park, Blue Spoon Coffee is a great downtown cafe to grab a cup to go, or sit and hang around for a while. Brewing the ever-popular Intelligentsia Coffee, the establishment also offers delicious made-to-order sandwiches including cold options like smoked turkey with brie, and hot-pressed paninis like the genoa salami and provolone.
Blue Spoon Coffee. 76 Chambers St.

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