La Colombe owners Todd Carmichael and Jean Philippe Iberti started roasting beans almost 20 years ago in Philadelphia but only opened their first NYC café (in Tribeca) a couple of years ago. This Soho outpost opened its doors in 2009. La Colombe also supply a number of cafés and restaurants around the city, including Saturdays, Bittersweet and Le Bernadin. Truly is one of the best brews in the city – only downer for me is they don’t do soy. No problem though, because the olive oil cake and other sweet treats go great with a shot of espresso. Delicious!
Location: 27 Lafayette St (Prince and Houston)
Hours: Mon-Fri 7.30am-6.30pm, Sat-Sun 8.30am-6.30pm
Subway: R W to Prince St; 6 B D F V to Broadway-Lafayette; 4 6 to Spring
Close to: Torrisi Italian Specialties, Café Habana, Little Cupcake Bakeshop.