There are few traditions New Orleans share with the rest of the world, but wanting a solid cup of coffee in the morning is surely one of them. In true New Orleans fashion, however, the city was slow to adopt the boutique coffee shop trend. Still, we finally caught on several years ago, and now it’s rare to have a neighborhood without a local joint offering up a truly solid cup of joe.
The emphasis, of course, is on local. New Orleans is not the kind of place known to take too kindly to chains moving in -- just look at the hullabaloo the Starbucks opening in the Marigny caused -- so the coffeeshops listed here are the kinds of places that offer their own unique vibe, though that doesn’t always mean a cozy place to curl up with a book or plug in your laptop to get lost (on Facebook) in your work.