Discover the best Napa coffee shops! I’ve included the top spots in each town so whether you’re in downtown Napa, St. Helena, Calistoga, or Yountville, you’ll know where to go to find the best coffee and light bites.
I love my quick escapes to California. Napa Valley especially. It’s usually just what I need whether that be a change in scenery, a romantic weekend with Jake, a girls getaway with my closest friends, or a place to enjoy some exquisite wine and food.
If I’m hitting the road for wine tastings, I prefer to skip a heavy breakfast and instead grab a morning coffee and pastry. I also love to grab a latte to-go in the mornings and walk along the main streets of the different towns…downtown Napa, St. Helena, Calistoga, Yountville. It’s nice to enjoy the streets empty when the shops are just starting to open up.
After too many visits to California wine country to count, I’ve decided it’s high time to share my favorite coffee shops in Napa Valley with you! I made sure to include a coffee shop in each town so no matter where your day takes you, I’ve got you covered with the best place for a quick pick-me-up.
1. Southside - Carneros, Yountville, South Napa
The best Napa coffee shop for a sunny patio and the perfect flat white
I discovered Southside on my last trip to Napa…and let’s just say I’ll be stopping by the Yountville location every time I’m in the area. This Napa Valley coffee shop really shines when it comes to a diverse food menu.
You’ll find cafe staples like avocado toast and pastries alongside Latin inspired plates like chilaquiles, the popular Cuban sandwich, and barbacoa bowl. I will also note this was one of the best flat whites I had during my last trip.
The Yountville location is by far my favorite of the three with its sunny patio and convenient location. If you’re in Napa Valley, it’s pretty much a guarantee you’ll be making a stop in Yountville. Get your caffeine fix at Southside, then stroll the charming streets and shops of Yountville.
The South Napa and Carneros locations are both a quick 7-minute drive from downtown Napa and offer a more spacious floorplan at the price of being in a so-so location. Think big parking lot. These are great options if it’s not patio weather and you’ll be staying inside or if you’ll be getting everything to-go. Otherwise, make a point to visit the Yountville location. You won’t be disappointed.
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2. Ritual Coffee Roasters – Napa (Oxbow Market)
One of the best coffee shops in Napa Valley for coffee snobs and pour overs
No trip to Napa is complete without a stop at Oxbow Market. And while you’re browsing the stalls trying to decide between a healthy juice or a sugar rush cupcake, grab a coffee from Ritual Coffee Roasters.
Whenever Jake and I stay in downtown Napa, this is usually our first stop of the day after our morning jog or on the way to a day of wine tastings. Ritual Coffee Roasters easily serves some of the best coffee in Napa Valley.
If you’re the ultimate coffee snob, you’ll appreciate the extensive list of options. Nitro cold brew, aeropress, chemex, kalita wave, French press…you name it, they’ve got it. You also know you’re in a solid coffee shop when they ask which espresso you'd like your latte made with.
The location in Oxbow Market makes for a fun experience with great people watching. You’re also steps away from an array of places to grab a snack or meal.
3. Model Bakery - Napa, St. Helena, Yountville
One of the best coffee shops in Napa Valley for baked goods
Model Bakery has been supplying residents of Napa Valley with baked goods and coffee for almost 90 years. The fresh-baked breads, muffins, croissants, bundt cakes, pies, tarts, and world-famous English muffins are what attracts most visitors. What many don’t know is that Model Bakery also serves up some of the best coffee and artisan espresso drinks in the valley.
Any coffee shop that serves Stumptown Coffee is a winner in my book and knows what they’re doing. From cold brew on tap, to the perfectly sized cortado, and artfully crafted lavender latte, this spot serves up some of the best coffee in Napa Valley.
The newest location is in the heart of downtown Napa right by the popular Oxbow Market. This tiny little shop is perfect to grab coffee and pastries to-go. The Yountville location is aptly named Mini-Model as it’s in a refurbished train caboose! Like the Napa location, this one is a grab and go spot.
St. Helena is the original, and my favorite, location. It's situated on the main street and is spacious enough for a few tables and chairs. I often stop here for lunch as the sandwiches are especially good.
If you get there early enough for breakfast, get one of the breakfast sandwiches made with their English muffins. These English muffins have been listed on Oprah’s list of favorite things for two years running and she has admitted to having them flown to her house.
4. Napa Valley Roasting Company – Napa, St. Helena
The best Napa coffee shop for a local vibe
Napa Valley Roasting Company just screams “neighborhood coffee shop”. The casual vibe, friendly service, and steady stream of both locals and tourists make this a worthwhile stop. Baked goods are provided by local bakeries, alternative milks including oat, hemp, soy, and almond are offered, and the prices are some of the best I’ve seen in Napa Valley.
Both locations, downtown Napa and St. Helena, offer seating. St. Helena is a bit bigger and seems to be popular with students and those working remotely.
This is one of the best coffee shops in Napa Valley if you’re looking for a Starbucks alternative. You’ll find small to large coffee sizes available as well as an array of flavors including lavender vanilla and pumpkin spice lattes.
5. Calistoga Roastery
The most kid-friendly napa coffee shop with a no-fuss vibe
A list of the best Napa coffee shops would not be complete without including a spot in Calistoga, the northernmost town in Napa Valley. Calistoga Roastery feels like it’s been a part of downtown Calistoga from the very beginning. The interior offers a rustic, no-fuss vibe. You can tell this is where the locals go as you’ll hear the owner and staff call people by name.
The menu at this Calistoga coffee shop is simple cafe fare offered at excellent prices. Breakfast sandwiches, smoothies, scones, wraps, and salads.
If you’re looking for fancy latte art and avocado toast, this is not the place for you. If you’re looking for a simple, welcoming, ultra-casual spot, you’ll love it.
I’ll also note this is one of the best coffee shops in Napa Valley if you have kids. There are several large tables to fit big families as well as a kids table and a giant chalkboard to keep them busy.
I hope this list of the best Napa coffee shops steers you in the right direction for the perfect espresso break between sightseeing and wine tasting. These are the spots I try to revisit every time I’m in Napa Valley and I love how each offers a different vibe.
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