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The Top 10 Coffee Shops In Little Italy, New York

Italian coffee culture pervades New York City. Espresso bars and cafes are all over Manhattan Island, whose city life is based on caffeine. In fact, New York takes its espresso so seriously that Manhattan now has more independent coffee shops than chains, and Little Italy is no exception. Read on to find out what makes this charming neighborhood and the classic cafes unique to New York.

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Two hands

This bright, minimalist cafe is on the outskirts of Chinatown, one street away from the hustle and bustle of Mulberry Street. Inconspicuous and yet difficult to miss, Two Hands serves small snacks and snacks as well as a selection of coffee, tea and juices. It's perfect for a light lunch, a refreshing break, or a place to spend the day with friends.

Two Hands, 164 Mott Street, New York, NY, USA

Nolita Mart & Espresso Bar

Nolita Mart & Espresso Bar is a café that also doubles as a small deli. The espresso bar prides itself on "slow coffee," with each cup taking no less than three minutes to tinker. This laid-back coffee shop acts as a stress-free haven for last-minute recharge or last-minute grocery collection. Nolita Mart also carries an eclectic selection of ice cream, including Los Angeles' famous Cool House.

Nolita Mart & Espresso Bar, 156 Mott Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 966 8883

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Landmark Coffee Shop

Landmark has an old-school charm that is hard to fall in love with. In the style of a 1960s dinner, customers feel at home under the simple but cozy Baby Blue tables and the checkered tiles. This uncomplicated café serves comfort American food as well as breakfast all day long and is easy on the wallet.

Landmark Cafe, 158 Grand Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 334 0040

Happy bones

Happy Bones not only sells coffee, but also decorates its walls with local works of art and publications. As a result, this café has a clean and artistic atmosphere that is almost reminiscent of the Neues Museum. With its intimate atmosphere and size, this art café is a dream for creative types on the go.

Happy Bones, 394 Broome Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 673 3754

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Ferrara Bakery & Cafe

Ferrara Bakery & Café is famous in Little Italy, having been a local favorite since its inception in 1892. From cannoli to cake - this family-owned café impresses those with a sweet tooth and coffee connoisseurs alike. Enjoy the gelato at this festive spot in Little Italy and enjoy sitting at a table outside and watching the crowds.

Ferrara Bakery & Café, 195 Grand Street, New York, USA, +1 212 226 6150

Caffé Palermo

Caffé Palermo is a Little Italy establishment that has opened since it opened in 1973. Home to the best cannoli in New York, Caffé Palermo has a humble interior that turns into magic fairy lights on Mulberry Street at night. For tourists and locals alike, there is hardly a better way to pass the time in this area than with a coffee, a cannoli and the cheerfulness of Mulberry Street.

Caffé Palermo, 148 Mulberry Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 431 4205

Sambucas Café

Sambucas Café is also under the Mulberry fairy lights and carries some of the tastiest tiramisu in Little Italy. This cafe is no flashy or more relaxed than many, which makes it ideal for the wandering tourist or local looking to settle down for an afternoon bite.

Sambucas Cafe, 105 Mulberry Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 431 0408

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Caffé Roma

There has been an Italian café, bakery, and ice cream parlor here for decades, so visitors can be confident that most of the goodies here are truly delicious. The green walls and wood paneling give Caffé Roma a classic vintage feel. Caffé Roma is also open until around 11 p.m., making it the perfect place for night owls.

Caffé Roma, 385 Broome Street Suite A, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 226 8413

Counter Culture Coffee

Counter Culture Coffee is a flagship store in Manhattan and is known for its excellent coffee roaster. Visitors can enjoy free mugs or coffee tastings every week, and attend lectures on the art of brewing beer. However, Counter Culture is not a café, but a learning place for serious Java drinkers who want to learn more about the coffee making process.

Counter Culture Coffee, 376 Broome Street, New York, NY, USA

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More known for its Greek yogurt, this shop also serves intelligentsia and buttered coffee, which is made from grass-fed butter. Greecologies is an airy space with a garden with outdoor seating where visitors can enjoy a cup of handmade Greek yogurt or coffee.

Greecologies, 379 Broome Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 941 0100

Author: Roxanne Barnett

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