The Best Cafés in Las Vegas: Where to Find a Break from the Excitement

The Best Cafés in Las Vegas: Where to Find a Break from the Excitement

Getting ready for a weekend in Vegas? Learn more about the area's best cafes before you go! These spots are always a great respite in the world capital of entertainment.

Las Vegas is mostly known for its hotels, casinos, buffets and lounges. With most of its attractions and activities at peak during the late hours of the night, it might take a cold shower and a hot cup of coffee with great food to get you moving the next day. Start your day at one of these 20 best cafés in Las Vegas:

Jean Philippe Patisserie

A photo of Jean Philippe Patisserie - Aria by Sylvia Chan on Flickr.com

Found in ARIA and Bellagio along the Las Vegas Strip, Jean Philippe Patisserie is a favorite of frequent visitors and locals when they need to satisfy a craving for sweets. It is a bit pricier compared to the neighborhood coffee franchise, and rightfully so because their creations are simply the best.

Brave the long lines, and you will be rewarded with great food and drinks. Expect to spend around $20 for a cup of coffee or juice and a snack. For this price, you could definitely get a lot more at another place, but it’s quite worth it if you’re a fan of pastries, cakes and other baked goods.

The patisserie has a wide selection of items, which are beautifully displayed in glass display cases. The general consensus is to always go for the sweets. If you’re thinking of having a sandwich, you should try another place.

Bronze Café

Aside from its espresso, coffee and teas, this café in downtown Las Vegas is famous for its healthy selection of food, including vegan options. Its menu also includes ice-blended drinks, sandwiches, smoothies, salads and fresh baked pastries, the most popular of which is the Tree of Life, a pita sandwich. It has several grab-and-go items, making it a perfect stop for grabbing a meal quickly.

Compared to most places on the Strip, Bronze Café is fairly priced. The Tree of Life Pita costs $9.95, while The Thai Peanut Noodle Salad costs $8.95. A slice of their Vegan “Cheese” Cake costs $4.25. Their menu is available online, making it easy to plan for meals in case you want to eat one at the café.

With its healthy selection of food, Bronze Café is a welcome break from the food that is likely to be part of a trip to Vegas such as international buffets. The café is one of the few inexpensive establishments in the area that specializes in vegan food, so it’s possibly the best choice for vegans looking for a café to hang out in.

MTO Café

Also located in downtown Las Vegas, MTO Café is the perfect place to get some grub the morning after a long night of enjoying the Strip. Its menu is filled with comfort food that are sure to get you ready for another day in Las Vegas. Its signature MTO breakfast consists of three eggs, chicken sausage, turkey bacon, spam, mash browns and your choice of bread. Sounds good? It is.

The price is also great for the amount of food you’re getting. The breakfast just mentioned costs $14, and it’s already the most expensive on the menu. A cup of coffee is $3, and most drinks (not including the vegan options) are at the same price. The café also has a kids’ menu, which is pretty useful for groups traveling with young children.

One downfall is that the café is open only from 8AM to 2PM, which is quite short operation hours in Las Vegas. However, they do deliver during those times for a minimum order of $15. You also have the option to call in advance for pickups.

The Beat Coffeehouse and Records

A photo of The Beat by Michael Koukoullis on Flickr.com

Located on the famous Fremont St., The Beat Coffeehouse and Records is a café that brings together music, food, beer, wine and coffee. It’s chill vibe and hip feel makes it an ideal environment for hanging out and catching up with a friend. Another great selling point is that it has free WiFi.

The Beat is an ideal stop on a day of exploring the downtown area. With plenty of seats and a comfortable atmosphere, the café is a great place to recharge your batteries before heading out to other areas of Las Vegas. The menu also has a wide range of food and drink items, making sure that there’s something for everyone, although they are known for their handcrafted coffee.

The place is also great for music enthusiasts as vinyl records are sold here. The music played in the café is also great, and anyone with an appreciation for old school rock will enjoy it.

Sambalatte

Located right at the Monte Carlo Hotel, Sambalatte is a café that you can escape to, hang out in for a few minutes (or hours!) and leave filled with energy. With numerous indoor and outdoor seating, you will never have a problem finding a spot to drink your coffee or eat your croissant. Its leather seats are great for small groups, while its long couches are ideal for big groups making a coffee pit stop. It also has an area dedicated for those who need to plug in their electronics.

Because it is on the Las Vegas Strip, expect it to be a bit pricier. It’s definitely worth it though, whether you’re sipping on their famous Nutella latte or flat white or munching on a blueberry muffin or one of their signature sandwiches. Prepare to spend around $10 to $15 for breakfast or a midday snack and drink.

Sambalatte is a local Vegas-grown business, and tourists are always filing into the Monte Carlo location between 7:00AM to 10:00PM to see what the buzz is about. It has another location at Bocca Park where the vibe is a bit less touristy and more local chic, but it closes a bit earlier (8:00PM from Sunday to Wednesday and 9:00PM for the rest of the week). Both branches are conveniently located, so you have no excuse to miss this Las Vegas gem.

Sunrise Coffee

If you want some peace and quiet, both can be found at Sunrise Coffee. The neighborhood coffee shop is a favorite among vegetarians, vegans and the eco-friendly. It’s also proven to be the ideal spot for reading a book, studying or getting some work done, none of which are activities normally associated with a trip to Las Vegas but might be necessary for some visitors.

The drink menu consists of classics like caramel latte and hazelnut latte ($3.50 to $4.45), gourmet items like truffle berry latte and Mexican mocha latte ($3.50 to $4.45) and traditional café items like the Americano ($2.05 to $2.75) and drip coffee ($1.85 to $2.30). Its breakfast and lunch dishes, such as the Nom Nom Burrito ($6.25) and the Saucy Wench ($6.25) are also worth checking out if you’re looking to fill your stomach or try healthy food options.

The place has both indoor and outdoor seating, and if it’s a nice day, it’s a good option to have your food and drinks outside, as the exterior design is quite charming and rustic, and it does get a bit crowded inside. The café is open from 6:00AM to 9:00PM from Monday to Friday and 7:00AM to 9:00PM on weekends.

IS SWEET

From the outside, IS SWEET seems like your run-of-the-mill café, especially with their huge “coffee and dessert” sign, but once you get yourself seated and order one of their delightful drinks or sweets, you will definitely see why the café is so special. Located in Las Vegas’ Chinatown, this spot is a convenient stop for when you’re visiting attractions away from the Strip.

The café has a menu consisting of favorites like Americano ($2.45 to $4.35) and caramel macchiato ($4.45 or $5.65), but the real stars are its dessert items, such as Honey Toast ($4.00) and waffles ($3.75). You can add various toppings like bananas or strawberries for an extra $1.00, sauces like caramel, condensed milk or maple syrup for $0.50 and ice cream for $1.25. There are also a variety of other items available sometimes, like tiramisu, NYC cheesecake, chocolate cake and melted cheesecake ($4.00 to $6.00). Each dish is served in style, making each one picture-worthy.

The super cute interior and presentation and quality of food makes this café a must-visit when you’re in town. The drinks are good but not spectacular, unlike the desserts which definitely steal the show. Satisfy your sweet tooth during the café’s daily operating hours from 1:00PM to 12:00AM.

Illumilatte Brew Society

If you’re looking for a coffee spot that’s open almost the entire day, you’ll find it at Russell Rd in Las Vegas’ Spring Valley area. Illumilatte Brew Society is one of those places where you can just spend the entire day and not notice how much time has passed by. The interiors are interestingly designed, with crazy illuminati-themed artwork on the walls, and it’s perfect for catching up with a friend or playing a round of two of your favorite card game.

The wacky theme of the café extends to its menu. Its black and white latte, THE illumilatte ($4.25 TO $4.95) is a favorite among customers. It also has items such as peppermint latte, cinanamon latte and salted caramel latte ($3.90 to $4.50) as well as various teas, smoothies and frappes. The café serves hand-pressed panini and a selection of desserts such as macarons and cupcakes. One thing to note is that the menu is always evolving, so watch out for what creation they serve up next!

For a unique and eclectic atmosphere, definitely veer off the Strip and head to this modern café. The drinks and food are great, but what’s really special about this place is the theme and vibe. Stay for a while and play a game of chess or one of the board games and just take in the Illumilatte experience (from 6:00AM to 12:00AM).

MadHouse Coffee

Normally, cafés in Las Vegas don’t keep up with the city’s infamous all-day, all-night lifestyle, and MadHouse Coffee along Desert Inn Rd is the late-night, early-morning coffeehouse you can count on. Open for 24 hours, this is THE place to go when you start craving for pick-me-up drinks after a long night or at the start of your day.

The café has all of the classics, from caffe latte and cappuccino to Americano and caramel macchiato (from $3.00 to $5.00), and it also has special drinks such as its blended red velvet mocha ($5.25) and Mad Max ($4.50). Need some grub in your belly? They also serve sandwiches, pasta and salad, such as the MadHouse Sandwich and the Gnocchi Al Pesto for around $7.25 to $10.00. Those with a sweet tooth shouldn’t miss items from their bakery selections such as cookies, tiramisu and croissants.

Like most of our previous entries, MadHouse Coffee runs with a theme, and the café’s interiors show this off. Watch out for the different artwork on the walls and furniture, and you’ll see why it’s called MadHouse!

PublicUs

Downtown Las Vegas is turning out to be a café haven, and with the different attractions located in the area, you’ll have no problem choosing one to visit. One of the top spots to check out is PublicUs on Fremont St. The canteen-style eatery with a coffee bar is decorated with a clean and sleek aesthetic, serving a nice contrast to Las Vegas’ wild and crazy one.

The coffee bar has a selection of drinks such as filter coffee, espresso, shaken almond latte and macadamia nut latte ($3.00 to $5.50). Their specials include sparkling white tea, iced Yunnan tree and espresso and tonic ($3.00 to $6.00). Aside from these, customers also visit PublicUs for the food. Their sandwiches include coffee rubbed roast beef, vegan burger and chicken kebob wrap ($6.5 to $13.00). They also serve breakfast favorites such as brioche French toast and corned beef hash. Overall, the menu for food is more varied than the one for drinks.

With friendly and helpful staff and decent customer service in addition to their tasty food and drinks, PublicUs has a leg up among other establishments. It’s on the pricier side, but you’ll find out why once you see and taste what they have to offer. The store’s hours are from 7:00AM to 7:00PM, with an earlier closing time of 5:00PM on Sundays.

Serenade

With themed cafés and restaurants in every corner in Las Vegas and each establishment trying to one-up the other, sometimes what we need is one with a simple menu and no-frills agenda. Serenade on Rainbow Blvd is one place where you can have your go-to order or try something new without getting overwhelmed.

Café menu mainstays such as espresso, macchiato, cappuccino and latte are available for $2.00 to $4.50. They also serve hot teas and frappes. Food items from the menu include pizza ($10), honey bread ($8.50) and Belgian waffles ($9.00).

Calm and uncomplicated, this café will leave you relaxed, and the selection of food and drinks will leave you satisfied. Another great thing about this spot is there is plenty of parking, which is something you can’t always find in Las Vegas, so when the Strip gets too crazy for you, hop inside your car and visit Serenade anytime from 11:00AM to 2:00AM.

Makers & Finders Coffee

Those who fancy themselves coffee aficionados should drop by Makers & Finders in Downtown Las Vegas. The place takes pride in its “seven methods of brewing” and “five single origin beans”, so if you’re looking for something new, then definitely give Makers & Finders a try.

Drinks range from $3.50 to $6.00, and the selection includes tea, cappuccino, salted caramel latte, Mexican spice latte, lavender infused latte, the house brew and a cold brew. Want your coffee made using a certain method such as French press or siphoning? It’s possible, but for a price ($3.00 to $5.00). Latin-inspired dishes are also available, and you can get your share of comfort food such as Latin hash ($9.00), Chipotle chicken ($9.50) and chorizo ($12).

The café has plenty of space with indoor and outdoor seating, but it’s not exactly a spot for cozying up with a good book. With its urban-chic set-up, it’s more of a place for dining with a few friends and chilling out before heading to another place. Makers & Finders Coffee is open from 7:00AM to 4:00PM from Monday to Saturday with shorter hours on Sunday (10:00AM to 3:00PM).

The Cuppa

Have a cuppa at The Cuppa! This up-and-coming coffee bar is located in Grammercy Park in the Spring Valley area, and the space itself is worth the visit for its modern indoor area and gorgeous courtyard, where you can enjoy the beautiful weather and the company of good friends.

Hot drinks range from $2.30 to $4.90, while iced beverages are available for $2.60 to $5.85. All the classics are available – Americano, latte, tea… you name it, and they’ve probably got it. The coffee bar has an in-house bakery, and you can grab some vanilla almond bread ($3.00) or cookie cheesecake ($2.75) to accompany your drink.

The Cuppa is quite young, and it’s exciting to see how it will evolve. Even though it hasn’t been around for a long time, it’s already finding its way into the hearts of locals, and visitors of the city should see for themselves why people have been buzzing about it. Current hours are 6:00AM to 5:00PM on weekdays and 7:00AM to 3:00PM on weekends.

Coffee Pub

Brunch is the name of the game at Coffee Pub on Sahara Ave. If you’re looking for a big, quality breakfast at a café, then head on over to this spot, and you’ll find it for sure. This unassuming mom-and-pop style spot is a great place to take your group when you’re all craving for topnotch comfort food.

All the breakfast favorites can be found here. Omelets, scrambles, benedicts and bagels run for around $8.50 to $13.00, and the servings are huge without sacrificing the taste. You can grab coffee and tea for around $2.00 to $4.00

Serving up delicious food since 1984, Coffee Pub is a true local gem, even if it is a “California-style” café. Catch their service hours from 7:00AM to 3:00PM on weekdays and 8:00AM to 3:00PM on weekends.

Tiabi Coffee & Waffle

Located near UNLV, Tiabi Coffee & Waffle is a popular spot among students and alumni of the university. Tiabi is located at a strip mall, so don’t expect a unique or chic atmosphere. If you’re going to come here, you’re coming here for the food.

The quaint coffee shop is known for… well, its coffee and waffles. The classics are available, but venture from the usual and order one of their creative concoctions, such as Tiff’s Waffle Macchiato ($3.95 to $4.75), Stiles Java Jolt ($3.50 to $4.45) and Espresso Frankenstein Frappe ($3.25 to $4.35). Their waffle items (such as Bananatella, Red Velvet Waffle and Viva Las Elvis) are available for around $5.59 to $7.50.

If you’re just looking for a place to get your sweet fix and don’t mind the strip mall atmosphere, there’s nothing that should stop you from heading over to Tiabi. The café is open from 6:30AM to 7:30PM on weekdays and 7:00AM to 7:00PM on weekends.

Cafe Darak

Pinterest-y, hipster, young – if you don’t mind these things or are in fact looking for a place that embodies it, Café Darak is the café to hit up. The space is decorated with suitcases, vintage (or at least vintage-looking) mismatched furniture and charming trinkets. It even has a blow-up VW tent.

The menu is displayed prominently on the chalk boards and lists items such as brewed coffee ($3.00), vanilla latte ($3.65) and Oreo latte ($4.50), among a wide selection. Food items such as garlic cheese sticks, brownies and tiramisu are also available, but the most popular one would have to be the café’s honey bread.

Café Darak is a hotspot for students, so it’s always quite packed. If you want to get seated, it’s always a good idea to come at the start of their service hours (12:00PM to 2:00AM).

Grouchy John's

With shelves packed with books and board games, Grouchy John’s is an unpretentious space where you can feel free to sit for hours enjoying a game with your friends or re-reading your favorite book. Artwork from local artists line the wall, giving this cozy café a vibrant atmosphere.

The prices at this joint are pretty reasonable, and you can expect to pay less than $10 for a drink and a snack. They have drip coffee, pour-over, frappes and a long list of specialties, including caramel mocha, Mayan Apocalypse and Honey Booboo. The café also serves donuts, bagels, cookies, croissants, sandwiches and wraps, making sure you don’t go hungry while you’re hanging out inside or at the outdoor area.

For people on the go but need a quick pick-me-up, Grouchy John’s has the perfect solution: the drive thru truck, which is located right outside the main coffee shop. Place an order and have your favorite drink in no time at all! Grouchy John’s is open from 5:00AM to 8:00PM on weekdays and 7:00AM to 8:00PM on weekends.

La Belle Terre Bread French Bakery Café

A solid, not-so-commercialized French bakery café? Yes, please! La Belle Terre Bread French Bakery Café on Sahara Ave is the place to get mouthwatering goodies and freshly made coffee. The café itself is a simple setting, and if you’re looking for a Parisian atmosphere, you won’t find it here, but La Belle does the job of serving up good food and it’s proven by the throngs of people heading to this place when they visit the area.

The café has a selection of bread, pastries and desserts as well as quiches, crepes and artisan sandwiches. For a snack, try a Danish or chocolate almond croissant. If you want something heavier, try the salmon brioche. Brewed coffee, cappuccino, caffe latte and espresso are also available, of course. Expect to spend around $10 for food and a drink.

French food done right – this is what you get in La Belle. The café is an ideal choice for groups, as there are so many choices that each one is bound to find something he or she likes. Grab grub here anytime from 7:00Am to 7:00PM on weekdays and 8:00AM to 7:00PM on weekends.

Baguette Café

Another superb spot for French food is Baguette Café. Its owner is originally from France, so it’s no wonder that this little shop serves up authentic and high quality items. The café is bright, with huge windows everywhere, and it has the vibe of your neighborhood coffee shop – warm and inviting.

For breakfast, you can try their egg baguette panini ($4.00) or quiche du jour ($6.00). There is also a variety of sandwiches available, ranging from $7.50 to $8.50. Drinks (coffee, juice, smoothies and tea) are available for around $2.00 to $6.55.

The owner of the café is very hands-on, and this results into customer service that is always on-point. Though it can get busy because of its outstanding reputation, Baguette Café will always make you feel welcome. Their hours are from 7:00AM to 5:00PM on weekdays and 9:00AM to 3:00PM on weekends.

Strip View Cafe

The people are divided on whether or not this place actually has a good view of the Las Vegas Strip, but they can all agree on one thing: the food and drinks are amazing. Strip View Cade on Rainbow Blvd is a corner joint that will charm you. Unlike some places that are packed with chairs and tables to accommodate as many customers as possible, Strip View Café has indoor and outdoor dining areas that aren’t too crowded.

The café has so many items for breakfast and lunch, including soups, sandwiches, pasta and salads, so if you’re dining with picky eaters, take them here, as there are many options to choose from. A complete meal will set you back around $15 to $25 per person, but if you’re just in it for the coffee and a little snack, a budget of around $10 should be enough.

Its name might be controversial, but Strip View Café doesn’t need the promise of a good view to keep their customers coming back, as the food and drinks they serve are enough. The café is open from 10:00AM to 8:00PM daily.

Cafés in Vegas?

Though it might be a bit weird to think of cafés and Las Vegas in the same breath, it shouldn’t be. With cafés becoming more popular in the area for their food and drinks (and even their atmosphere), you should definitely visit one of the best in Las Vegas.

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