We wanted to put a list together of our favorite local Baton Rouge coffee shops because the coffee shop scene here is quite eclectic. We love a good coffee shop; whether it's a place to meet friends, have an afternoon-pick-me-up, or place to lock in and get work done, coffee shops are a good change of scenery (and flavor) compared to brewing at home. Whether you're local or visiting, check out our favorite go-to spots and let us know what you think!
*These are in no particular order!
Brew Ha Ha
We know this post is about coffee shops but Brew Ha Ha has an amazing selection of cake balls. You can't come here and not try one (or five). In addition to coffee, they have delicious matcha lattes and dirty chai lattes you can sip on while admiring local artwork. You can't go wrong with anything on their menu and can even buy whole beans to brew at home!
City Roots is located in Electric Depot and makes for a great spot to meet a friend or grab a festive latte before shopping at Sweet Baton Rouge or bowling at Red Stick Social. We 10/10 recommend their seasonal beverages - they are to die for! They offer free coffee tastings and are very knowledgeable when it comes to coffee beans and their origin(s), flavors, etc. City Roots also offers food like flatbreads as well as wine, beer, and specialty cocktails! Batch Baking Co. sells their king cakes here during Mardi Gras season and we highly recommend getting in line early - they sell out fast!
French Truck Coffee
French Truck Coffee started in New Orleans and (thankfully) made its way to Baton Rouge. They have a fantastic pour over and iced coffee, along with small bites for breakfast or a mid-afternoon snack. We love enjoying our coffee while sitting on their covered outdoor patio when the weather is nice.
Lighthouse Coffee is close to LSU's campus so it's generally bustling with college students. We recommend getting there a little early if you plan to set up shop for a while. If you can't tell, we're alllll about the specialty drinks, and you can't come here and not try the cereal latte. Milk that has been steeped in Fruity Pebbles is used to make a delicious latte (mind blown, right?!). They also offer a variety of toasts and non-coffee drinks.
Magpie Cafe is a little coffee shop tucked away by the overpass and a Baton Rouge classic. It's the perfect place for a Saturday morning breakfast, with yummy treats (they even have a selection of vegan goodies). We recommend any of their various specialty drinks (one is even topped with real rose petals) or a latte with lavender syrup!
Rêve Coffee Lab
Rêve Coffee Lab just opened their own spot in Baton Rouge and we could not be more excited. It's located in Willow Grove by Perkins Rowe, which is a nice, quaint little area of town. Their specialty coffees are amazing. We tried the King Cake Cappuccino and and Malty Gras Mambo, which came with a strawberry flavored marshmallow. Rêve also serves specialty cocktails so if you want to enjoy a delicious beverage on a Friday afternoon, this is your spot. You can even walk over to Bistro Byronz for dinner but that's for another post.
Social Coffee resides inside Chow Yum Phat, a local Asian street food restaurant that we frequent quite a bit (their hot honey chicken bao and June noods do NOT disappoint). Being inside a restaurant, Social Coffee has a different vibe than your typical coffee shop. Enjoy your coffee at the bar or soaking up the sun by the window. Of course, we can't not mention their specialty coffees. They offer seasonal flavors with festive names like The Grinch and Spice Spice Baby that you can't pass up. They also have festive treats like king cake poptarts from Counterspace BR (we tried their king cake during Mardi Gras season and it. was. so. good)
Well, that's our roundup of our favorite local coffee shops in Baton Rouge! There are many options and we're still checking places off of our list. Let us know in the comments or on insta if you've tried these or have suggestions for us to try next!